He finished school in July 2006, at the age of sixteen.
Played Willy Wonka in a school production of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory when he was younger.
The son of actor Richard Pettyfer and former model Lee Ireland, who is now a TV presenter.
During term time over his secondary school years, Alex was a boarder at Shiplake College, a prestigious boarding school located in Henley-on-Thames. Over the holidays, he lived with his family in the centre of Windsor, Berkshire. His mother Lee Ireland (nee Robinson), a former American television presenter, and property developer stepfather Michael Ireland have lived in the town for the past six years.
Anthony Horowitz, the author of Stormbreaker (2006), practically handpicked Alex for the role of Alex Rider in the film version of the book after seeing his impressive performance in Tom Brown’s Schooldays (2005) (TV).
Has a younger half-brother, James Ireland (born in 1993), who is a talented tennis player.
He attended Shiplake College, a prestigious boarding school located in Henley-on-Thames.
At the age of fifteen, he was chosen out of five hundred other boys to play the part of Alex Rider in the film version of Anthony Horowitz’s Stormbreaker (2006), a British teen novel revolving around a fourteen-year-old hired by MI6 to be a spy.
Briefly attended Millfield School, one of the largest and most prestigious private school in England
Has had renal (kidney) problems since early childhood.
Was offered the title role of Eragon in Eragon (2006) based on the best-selling novel “Eragon” by Christopher Paolini prior to the casting of Ed Speleers. He turned down the part because of his fear of flying.
Was a fashion model for Burberry and the GAP.
Has seven known tattoos: a Celtic cross on his chest, Arabic script on the inside of his right arm, the words, “What Goes Around Comes Around” on his right shoulder, the initials “ER” inside interlinking hearts on his right wrist, a Kanji script on his lower waist, the word “emma” (dedicated to Emma Roberts) on his ring finger and “little lamb” (dedicated to Dianna Agron) outside his left arm.
He supports Arsenal, a English soccer/football team.
Started modeling at the age of 7. He has modeled for such brands as Burberry and GAP.
Went to a private school in Twickenham, England.
Some of his hobbies include skiing, dancing and playing hockey.
Was offered the lead roles in “The Paperboy”, “The Seventh Son” and “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” but turned them all down.