Alex Pettyfer Biography

Alex Pettyfer is an English actor and model known for his roles in movies such as ‘Stormbreaker’, ‘I am Number Four’, ‘Beastly’, and ‘Elvis & Nixon’. With a background in child fashion modeling and a passion for acting, Pettyfer made his debut in the TV movie ‘Tom Brown’s Schoolboys’ and went on to appear in various TV movies and films. He gained recognition for his role in the sci-fi ‘I Am Number Four’ and his lead role in the modern retelling of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ titled ‘Beastly’. Alongside his acting skills, Pettyfer is also admired for his dashing looks, earning him a spot on ‘Glamour Magazine’s list of the world’s sexiest men.

Quick Facts

  • British Celebrities Born In April
  • Also Known As: Alexander Richard Pettyfer
  • Age: 33 Years, 33 Year Old Males
  • Family:
    • Father: Richard Pettyfer
    • Mother: Lee Ireland Robinson
    • Siblings: James Ireland
  • Models
  • Actors
  • Height: 5’11” (180 cm), 5’11” Males
  • More Facts
  • Education: American Academy of Dramatic Arts

Childhood & Early Life

Alexander Richard Pettyfer was born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire on 10th April 1990 to Richard Pettyfer, an actor, and Lee Ireland, an interior decorator. His mother later got married to Michael Ireland, a property developer, after divorcing Richard. Through this marriage, Alex Pettyfer has a half-brother named James Ireland.

Alex was brought up in Slough, Berkshire, and he began his modeling career at the early age of seven. He became a child fashion model for the clothing retailer ‘Gap’. He also did some advertisements for a few yogurt brands.

He studied at several schools and during this time he performed in plays, such as ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk,’ and ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood’. After completing his schooling, he studied at the Young Theatre School in London.


Alex Pettyfer’s onscreen career began in 2005 with a role in the British TV film ‘Tom Brown’s Schooldays’ where he portrayed the lead titular character. It was adapted from the novel of the same name authored by Thomas Hughes. The story was about a stubborn and athletic schoolboy named Tom Brown and his school life where he gets into a fight with a bully.

In 2006, he portrayed the supporting role of Alex Rider in the action spy film ‘Stormbreaker.’ Directed by Geoffrey Sax, the movie was based on a novel of the same name by Anthony Horowitz, who also wrote the screenplay. The story follows a teenage boy who is recruited by the M16 after his uncle, who was a secret agent, gets killed in action. The film, however, was a commercial failure, earning only around half its budget. It was met with mixed reviews.

He appeared in a supporting role in the teen comedy film ‘Wild Child’ (2008) which was directed by Nick Moore. The film did quite well commercially, earning around $50 million on a $20 million budget. The next year, he appeared in a low-budget comedy horror film ‘Tormented’. Directed by Jon Wright, the film was met with mixed to positive reviews, though it was a commercial failure.

In 2011, he played a lead role in the science fiction action thriller ‘I Am Number Four’ which was directed by D.J. Caruso. The film was a huge success financially, earning $150 million on a $50 million budget. However, it received mostly negative reviews from critics. Other actors who starred in the film were Timothy Olyphant, Dianna Agron, Teresa Palmer, and Kevin Durand.

He was next seen in the romantic fantasy drama film ‘Beastly’. Directed by Daniel Barnz, the film was a modern retelling of the popular fairytale ‘Beauty and the Beast’. The film was a commercial success but received negative reviews. The same year, he also appeared in the science fiction movie ‘In Time’ which was also a commercial success.

In 2012, he played an important role in the comedy drama film ‘Magic Mike’ which was directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film was a huge commercial success, earning more than $167 million on a $7 million budget. The film was also met with positive reviews and won multiple awards.

He was then seen in the film ‘The Butler’ which was also a huge success commercially. The film starred many famous actors, such as Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack and Robin Williams.

He played the lead role in the 2014 romantic drama film ‘Endless Love’. Directed by Shana Feste, the film was an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Scott Spencer. The film was an average success commercially but was met with negative reviews. His most recent works on the big screen are the films ‘Elvis & Nixon’ (2016) and ‘The Strange Ones’ (2017). In 2018, he played the lead role in the film ‘The Last Witness’.

Personal Life

In 2012, Alex Pettyfer was engaged to actress Riley Keough. The relationship didn’t work out and the couple called off the engagement.

In 2017, he got engaged to model Marloes Horst.

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