This highly educated actor graduated from high school at the age of sixteen. Born in Stevenage Hertfordshire, but raised in Windsor, Pettyfer started his acting career early on in high school theater productions and played Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. But before he started acting on stage he modeled for companies such as GAP and Ralph Lauren, who discovered him at a toy store in New York City. He’s also stared in several commercials and was in his first one at age six.
So Pettyfer is no stranger to the camera. Most of us have seen him in the previews for the upcoming movies Beastly and I am Number Four, but before those two movies he starred in Tormented, Wild Child, and Tom Brown Schooldays. However, his breakout role was Alex Rider in Stormbreaker. Pettyfer was chosen to play the main character in Eragon, but turned down the role because of his fear of flying.
Pettyfer did study acting professionally at school but after experience the filming process and being in several show’s he didn’t return and had this to say:
“When you have already experienced going out and working in the real world, and you come back to school, you just see it as a playground and you don’t want to be there any more” – Alex Pettyfer
What I like about Pettyfer is the fact that this young actor hasn’t been swept up by all the fame and attention. Hopefully, he can keep it up as his career really takes off. Currently, he’s dating his I am Number Four co-star Dianna Agron. There’s been rumors about the two being engaged reported by US Weekly, but of course the two are not engaged… well not yet anyway.
Some news about possible movies he may star in include the popular book series City of Bones and The Wardstone Chronicles. So expect to see a lot more of Pettyfer in the next year.