Alexander Richard Pettyfer was born April 10, 1990 in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England. Alex’s father is an actor and his mother is an interior decorator. When he was 11, he moved to a place called Isher, and then a few years later, the family relocated to Windsor, where his family still resides.
Alex appeared in school plays, including Willy Wonka, as a kid before taking a school field trip to the I-TV television studios in London when he was 13, where he auditioned for the title role in the TV movie Tom Brown’s School Days. After the filming of Tom Brown, he moved to Los Angeles and got himself an American agent. Not long after, Alex was cast as Alex Rider, the main character in Alex Rider: Stormbreaker (2006), based off of the popular book series. Alex was nominated for a Young Artist Award and an Empire Award for his role. He appeared as the main love interest in Wild Child (2008) opposite Emma Roberts and Georgia King, playing the son of the headmistress, Freddie Kingsley, and not long after, he played a popular jerk named Bradley in a prep school in the British teen horror flick Tormented (2009).
Alex decided to take a break from acting and travel Europe. To finance the trips, he booked a few jobs modeling for Burberry. When Alex returned to the states, he immediately landed the role of Kyle Kingston in Beastly (2011) based on the novel by Alex Flinn, opposite Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen and Neil Patrick Harris. Not long after wrapping Beastly, Alex began filming I Am Number Four (2011), a sci-fi action flick opposite Glee star Dianna Agron and Timothy Olyphant.
Alex wanted to try something different for his next role, In Time (2011), a drama based on a future world in which humans stop aging at 25, then use time as a currency to extend their lives, he plays a villain. He based the madness of his character on Charles Manson, but made him clean-cut. “I like classically twisted, so he’s in a Tom Ford suit, his hair is slicked back, and he’s supremely intelligent.” The movie also stars Justin Timberlake, Olivia Wilde and Amanda Seyfried.
Spring of 2011 went extremely well for Alex, in the months of February and March, he was announced as the frontrunner for the main character in The Hunger Games and The Mortal Instruments series, but he turned both roles down. However, in May, Alex was confirmed to be the star of Magic Mike (2012) playing a young Channing Tatum opposite the man himself, Channing Tatum. He was also confirmed to star alongside Matthew Goode in Overdrive (2012).