Pattinson was born in London, England. His father, Richard, imported vintage cars from America, and his mother, Clare, worked for a modelling agency.Pattinson has two elder sisters, singer Lizzy Pattinson, and Victoria Pattinson.Growing up in the Barnes suburb of London,he attended Tower House School until he was 12, and then The Harrodian School.He became involved in amateur theatre at the Barnes Theatre Company. He auditioned and was cast in a small role in Guys and Dolls. He next auditioned for Thornton Wilder's Our Town and was cast as George Gibbs. He also played in Anything Goes and Macbeth.He caught the attention of an acting agent in a production of Tess of the d'Urbervilles and began looking for professional roles.