Kristen Jaymes Stewart (born April 9, 1990) is an American actress and filmmaker. She rose to stardom for her lead role as Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga film series (2008–2012), collectively with Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Rachelle Lefevre, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Michael Sheen, Dakota Fanning, Mackenzie Foy, Bronson Pelletier, Booboo Stewart, and Christopher Heyerdahl; which altogether grossed over $3.3 billion worldwide. She she garnered critical acclaim for her performance in Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria (2014), with Juliette Binoche and Chloë Grace Moretz; which won her the César Award for Best Supporting Actress, the only American actress to win it.
Born and raised in Los Angeles to parents who both worked in the entertainment industry, Stewart’s first credited film role was in The Safety of Objets (2001), with Glenn Close, Dermot Mulroney, Jessica Campbell, Patricia Clarkson, Joshua Jackson, Moira Kelly, Robert Klein, Timothy Olyphant, Mary Kay Place, and Charlotte Arnold. Stewart first gained notice at age 12 for her role as the daughter of Jodie Foster’s character in David Fincher‘s Panic Room (2002), with Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, and Dwight Yoakam.
Other films in the early to mid 2000s include Mike Figgis’s Cold Creek Manor (2003), with Dennis Quaid, Sharon Stone, Stephen Dorff, Juliette Lewis, and Christopher Plummer; Speak (2004), with Michael Angarano, Robert John Burke, Eric Lively, Elizabeth Perkins, D.B. Sweeney, and Steve Zahn; Bart Fruendlich’s Catch That Kid (2004), with Corbin Bleu, Max Thieriot, Jennifer Beals, Sam Robards, John Carroll Lynch, and James Le Gros; David Gordon Green’s Undertow (2004), with Jamie Bell, Dermot Mulroney, Devon Alan, Shiri Appleby, and Josh Lucas; Griffin Dunne’s Fierce People (2005), with Diane Lane, Donald Sutherland, Anton Yelchin, and Chris Evans; John Favreau’s Zathura (2005), with Josh Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo, Dax Shepard, and Tim Robbins.
Films in the mid to late 2000s include The Messengers (2007), with John Corbett, William B. Davis, Dylan McDermott, Carter Kolbeck, and Penelope Ann Miller; Jon Kasdan’s In the Land of Women (2007), with Adam Brody, Meg Ryan, Olympia Dukakis, Makenzie Vega, JoBeth Williams, Elena Anaya, Clark Gregg, and Ginnifer Goodwin; Mary Stuart Masterson’s The Cake Eaters (2007), with Aaron Stanford, Jayce Bartok, Bruce Dern, Elizabeth Ashley, and Miriam Shor; Sean Penn’s Into the Wild (2010), with Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Malone, Catherine Keener, Brian Dierker, Vince Vaughn. Zach Galifianakis, and Hal Holbrook; Jumper (2008), with Hayden Christensen, Bell, Rachel Bilson, Michael Rooker, AnnaSophia Robb, Max Thieriot, Diane Lane, and Samuel L. Jackson; Barry Levinson’s What Just Happened (2008), with Robert De Niro, Penn, Keener, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Robin Wright, Moon Bloodgood, Michael Wincott, and Bruce Willis; The and Greg Mottola’s Adventureland (2009), with Jesse Eisenberg, Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Martin Starr, and Margarita Levieva.
In 2010, she was awarded the BAFTA Rising Star Award. ￼Films in the early 2010s include The Yellow Handkerchief (2010), with William Hurt, Maria Bello, and Eddie Redmayne; The Runaways (2010), with Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon, Riley Keough, Stella Maeve, Scout Taylor-Compton, Johnny Lewis, Alia Shawkat, Hannah Marks, and Tatum O’Neal; Welcome to the Rileys (2010), with James Gandolfini, Melissa Leo, and Ally Sheedy; Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), with Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Nick Frost, and Toby Jones; On the Road (2012), with Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Alice Braga, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Elisabeth Moss, Kirsten Dunst, and Viggo Mortensen; Camp X-Ray (2014), with Peyman Moaadi, John Carroll Lynch, Lane Garrison, Joseph Julian Soria, and Cory Michael Smith; Still Alice (2015), with Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Hunter Parrish; and American Ultra (2015), with Eisenberg, Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Walton Goggins, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, and Tony Hale.
Films in the late 2010s include Anesthesia (2016), with Sam Waterston, Corey Stoll, Gretchen Mol, Tim Blake Nelson (who also directed), and Close; Equals (2016), with Nicholas Hoult, Guy Pearce, and Jacki Weaver; Certain Women (2016), with Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Lily Gladstone, Le Gros, Jared Harris, René Auberjonois; Woody Allen‘s Café Society (2016), with Jeannie Berlin, Steve Carell, Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Corey Stoll, and Ken Stott; and Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2016), with Joe Alwyn, Hedlund, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin, Chris Tucker, and Makenzie Leigh; Lizzie (2018), with Chloë Sevigny, Jay Huguley, Jamey Sheridan, Fiona Shaw, Kim Dickens, Denis O’Hare, and Jeff Perry; JT LeRoy (2019), with Dern, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Diane Kruger, James Jagger, Dave Brown, Jim Sturgess, and Courtney Love; and Charlie’s Angels (2019), with Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Elizabeth Banks (who also directed), Djimon Hounsou, Sam Claflin, Noah Centineo, Nat Faxon, and Patrick Stewart.
Films in the 2020s include Seberg (2020), with Jack O’Connell, Margaret Qualley, Zazie Beetz, Anthony Mackie, and Vaughn; Underwater (2020), with Vincent Cassel, Jessica Henwick, John Gallagher Jr., Mamoudou Athie, and T.J. Miller; Clea DuVall’s Happiest Season (2020), with Mackenzie Davis, Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Dan Levy, Mary Holland, Victor Garber, and Mary Steenburgen; Spencer (2021), with Jack Farthing, Timothy Spall, Sean Harris, and Sally Hawkins.
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- The Thirteenth Year (1999) – directed by Duwayne Dunham – uncredited – TV movie
- The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000) – directed by Brian Levant
- The Safety of Objects (2001) – directed by Rose Troche
- Panic Room (2002) – directed by David Fincher
- Cold Creek Manor (2003) – directed by Mike Figgis
- Speak (2004) – directed by Jessica Sharzer
- Catch That Kid (2004) – directed by Bart Freundlich
- Undertow (2004) – directed by David Gordon Green
- Fierce People (2005) – directed by Griffin Dunne
- Zathura (2005) – directed by Jon Favreau
- The Messengers (2007) – directed by Danny & Oxide Pang
- In the Land of Women (2007) – directed by Jon Kasdan
- The Cake Eaters (2007) – directed by Mary Stuart Masterson
- Into the Wild (2007) – directed by Sean Penn
- Cutlass (2007) – directed by Kate Hudson
- What Just Happened (2008) – directed by Barry Levinson
- Jumper (2008) – directed by Doug Liman
- Twilight (2008) – directed by Catherine Hardwicke
- Adventureland (2009) – directed by Greg Mottola
- Twilight: New Moon (2009) – directed by Chris Weitz
- The Yellow Handkerchief (201) – directed by Udayan Prasad
- The Runaways (2010) – directed by Floria Sigismondi
- Twilight: Eclipse (2010) – directed by David Slade
- Welcome to the Rileys (2010) – directed by Jake Scott
- Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011) – directed by Bill Condon
- Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) – directed by Rupert Sanders
- On the Road (2012) – directed by Walter Salles
- Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012) – directed by Bill Condon
- K-11 (2012) – directed by Jules Stewart
- Camp X-Ray (2014) – directed by Peter Sattler
- Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) – directed by Olivier Assayas
- Nine Kisses (2014) – directed by Elaine Constantine – short
- Still Alice (2015) – directed by Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland
- American Ultra (2015)* – directed by Nima Nourizadeh
- Once and Forever (2015) – directed by Karl Langerfeld – short
- Anesthesia (2016) – directed by Tim Blake Nelson
- Equals (2016) – directed by Drake Doremus
- Certain Women (2016) – directed by Kelly Reichardt
- Café Society (2016) – directed by Woody Allen
- Personal Shopper (2016) – directed by Olivier Assayas
- Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2016) – directed by Ang Lee
- Come Swim (2017) – director/writer only – short
- Lizzie (2018) – directed by Craig William Macneill
- JT LeRoy (2019) – directed by Justin Kelly
- Love, Antosha (2019) directed by Garret Price – herself – documentary
- Charlie’s Angels (2019) – directed by Elizabeth Banks
- Senerg (2020) – directed by Benedict Andrews
- Underwater (2020) – directed by William Eubank
- Happiest Season (2020) – directed by Clea DuVall
- Spencer (2021) – directed by Pablo Larraín
- Crimes of the Future (2022) – directed by David Cronenberg