Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson was born in London on 13 May 1986, the youngest of three children of Clare Pattinson (née Charlton), a booker at a model agency, and Richard Pattinson, a vintage car dealer. He grew up in a small home in Barnes with two older sisters, Elizabeth (Lizzy), a singer and songwriter, and Victoria. Pattinson discovered his love for music long before acting and started learning the guitar and piano at the age of four. He attended Tower House School, where he, at age 12, was expelled from for shoplifting explicit magazines and selling them later to his male classmates. He continued to attend The Harrodian School until his graduation. Pattinson's love of cinema began when he was a teenager, and he counts Jack Nicholson and Jean-Paul Belmondo among his acting idols. In his late teens and early twenties, he used to perform acoustic guitar gigs at open mic nights in pubs around London where he sang his own written songs either solo under the stage name Bobby Dupea, or with his band Bad Girls.