Is Twilight star Robert Pattinson related to Vlad the Impaler?
For the legions of fans who have swooned over his pale skin and ghostly pallor, it might not come as such a surprise:
Robert Pattinson, star of the wildly successful teen bloodsucker series Twilight, is related to a real-life vampire.
OK, that’s stretching it a bit far, but after trawling through thousands of records, genealogists at Ancestry.co.uk have concluded that the 24- year-old actor is a distant relative of 15th-century Romanian ruler Vlad III — aka Vlad the Impaler.
Fast-forward 113 years and Twilight has become one of the most successful franchises on the planet, due in no small part to Pattinson’s portrayal of Edward Cullen, a chivalrous vampire who falls in love with a human girl.
Fortunately, that’s where the similarities end, unless the British actor secretly executes his enemies by thrusting wooden stakes through their bodies, which was Vlad’s favourite past-time in the 15th century.
Legend has it that he also liked to skin the feet of rebels, coat them in salt and let goats lick it off.
‘Without any myth or magic, we find vampires and royalty lurking in Pattinson’s life — making his story just as supernatural as the one he’s playing on screen,’ says genealogist Anastasia Tyler.
The researchers also discovered that Prince Harry and Prince William are Pattinson’s distant cousins on Prince Charles’s side, through a Yorkshire family called the Pickerings in the 1500s. Of course, that means that Vlad the Impaler is also their distant relative.
Is it time to start putting garlic in the State banquets?