Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan

About Bella: New to Forks, Washington, Isabella Swan arrives to live with her father after her mother remarries. Intelligent, caring and perpetually clumsy, Bella has a habit of finding herself in distress... all the more convenient that she has a vampire to look after her.

About Kristen: Kristen Stewart is best known for playing Jodie Foster's daughter in Panic Room. She's also starred inZathura, In the Land of Women, The Messengers, and had a small role in Into the Wild.

Born: April 9, 1990
Los Angeles, California, USA

Full name: Kristen Jaymes Stewart

Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen

About Edward: Edward Cullen was adopted by Dr. Carlisle Cullen as a 17-year-old. Super-fast, charming and a talented musician, his unique gift is hearing what people are thinking. Everyone except Bella ...

About Robert: Born in England, Pattinson had a small role in Vanity Fair with Reese Witherspoon before landing the role of Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He also sings professionally under the name Bobby Dupea, a reference to Jack Nicholson's character in Five Easy Pieces.

Born: May 13, 1986
London, England

Real name: Robert Thomas-Pattinson

Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black

About Jacob: A Native American from the Quileute tribe, the ever-cheerful Jacob strikes up a friendship with Bella that grows more complicated as the saga continues.

About Taylor: Lautner's key role to date was as Sharkboy in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. He also co-starred in Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and had a role on the NBC series My Own Worst Enemy, playing the son of Christian Slater's character.

Born: February 11, 1992
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Full name: Taylor Daniel Lautner

Cam Gigandet as James

About James: James is a skilled tracker, who hunts for sport. Unlike the Cullens, he primarily feasts on human blood.

About Cam: Gigandet played Kevin on The O.C.. His other credits include Never Back DownWho's Your Caddy? and Jack & Bobby

Born: August, 16 1982Tacoma, Washington, USA

Full name: Cam Joslin Gigandet

Rachelle Lefevre as Victoria

About Victoria: A nomadic vampire with flame-red hair who travels with James and Laurent, she becomes a primary threat to Bella in New Moon and Eclipse.

About Rachelle: Lefevre's credits includeSwingtownConfessions of a Dangerous MindWhat About Brian, and Boston Legal.

Born: February 1, 1979
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Full name: Rachelle Marie Lefevre

Peter Facinelli as Carlisle Cullen

About Carlisle: Dr. Carlisle Cullen is the father of the Cullen clan, having lived over 400 years and respected in the vampire world as a peaceful man with utmost self-control around humans. 

About Peter: Facinelli starred in FastlaneCan't Hardly Wait as Jennifer Love Hewitt's ex-boyfriend, and has had recurring roles on Six Feet Underand Damages.

Born: November 26, 1973
Queens, New York, USA

Spouse: Jennie Garth 

Elizabeth Reaser as Esme Cullen

About Esme: Esme is the warm, caring mother figure of the Cullen clan. She enjoys restoring old houses and was rescued by Carlisle after she jumped off a cliff.

About Elizabeth: Reaser played the eldest sister in The Family Stone, played the amnesiac patient Ava inGrey's Anatomy and stars on CBS' The Ex-List.

Born: June 15, 1975
Bloomfield, Michigan, USA

Full name: Elizabeth Ann Reaser

Ashley Greene as Alice Cullen

About Alice: Alice is super-speedy and has a gift for seeing the future. She also loves fashion and throwing parties.

About Ashley: Greene has guest-starred on episodes of Shark andCrossing Jordan. This is her first major motion picture.

Born: February 21, 1987
Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Full name: Ashley Michele Greene

Kellan Lutz as Emmett Cullen

About Emmett: Emmett's talent is his brute strength. His dominating presence makes him useful in a fight.

About Kellan: Lutz plays George Evans on the CW's 90210. His other credits includeStick It and Generation Kill.

Born: March 15 1985

Dickinson, North Dakota, USA

Full name: Kellan Christopher Lutz

Nikki Reed as Rosalie Hale

About Rosalie: Stunningly beautiful and vain, Rosalie is normally cold to Bella. Above all else, she craves motherhood.

About Nikki: At the age of 14, Reed wrote acclaimed film Thirteen and was also cast in the film. Twilight is her third collaboration with director Catherine Hardwicke.

Born: May 17, 1988
West Los Angeles, California, USA

Full name: Nicole Houston Reed

Jackson Rathbone as Jasper Hale

About Jasper: Jasper, companion to Alice, was once a military leader in the Civil War before he was turned into a vampire. He has the ability to calm anyone around him.

About Jackson: Rathbone started out as an interviewer for Disney 411 and later starred in the ABC Family series Beautiful People.

Born: December 21, 1984

Full name: Monroe Jackson Rathbone