Kristen Jaymes Stewart (born April 9, 1990) is an American actress and film director. Born in Los Angeles to parents who worked in show business, Stewart began her career as a child actor in 1999. She gained notice in 2002 for playing Jodie Foster's daughter in the thriller Panic Room, which garnered her a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Feature Film. She subsequently starred in Speak (2004), Catch That Kid (2004), Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005), and Into the Wild (2007), the latter of which earned her a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. She received widespread recognition in 2008 for playing Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga film series (2008–12), which collectively grossed over $3. 3 billion worldwide.
Stewart has appeared in a wide variety of films throughout her adult career, including Adventureland (2009), The Runaways (2010), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), On the Road (2012), Camp X-Ray (2014), Still Alice (2014), and Equals (2015). She won the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2010 and was awarded the Milan International Film Festival Award for Best Actress in 2011 for Welcome to the Rileys (2010). In 2015, she received critical acclaim for her role opposite Juliette Binoche in Clouds of Sils Maria, for which she won a multitude of accolades, including the César Award for Best Supporting Actress, making her the first American actress to win a César Award. She next starred in Personal Shopper (2016), written for her by director Olivier Assayas. In 2018, she was a member of the jury for the official competition of the 71st Cannes Film Festival.
Stewart was listed as the highest-earning female actress in the Vanity Fair "Hollywood Top Earners List of 2010", with estimated earnings of $28. 5 million. In 2011, she was named number one on Forbes' list of "Hollywood's Best Actors for the Buck". Forbes also named her as the highest-paid actress in 2012, with total earnings of $34. 5 million. She is the "face" of Chanel and Balenciaga fashion brands.