Alex Pettyfer transitioned from modeling to acting with fantastic results. A native of Hertfordshire, England, he began appearing in ads as a child and continued into his teen years. He had acted in school plays but made the transition to professional acting at 15 in a production of "Tom Brown's Schooldays" (ITV, 2005) opposite Stephen Fry. He was then cast as Anthony Horowitz's teen literary hero in "Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker" (2006). He continued to model as well, lending his image to campaigns for British clothing company Burberry. His film career went on unabated playing opposite Emma Roberts in "Wild Child" (2008) and starring in the horror-comedy "Tormented" (2009).He had another crack at leading a big-budget vehicle, starring in the sci-fi thriller "I Am Number Four" (2011) as an alien hiding on Earth. He then joined Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Dakota Johnson for "Beastly" (2011), a reimagining of the "Beauty and the Beast" fable. He came to the attention of a new audience when we appeared with Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey as a male stripper in the hit "Magic Mike" (2012). Pettyfer then took a supporting role in the prestige project "Lee Daniels' The Butler" (2013) before starring with Gabriella Wilde in a remake of "Endless Love" (2014). After a brief hiatus, he starred alongside Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon in "Elvis & Nixon" (2016). He then returned to thriller territory with a lead role in "The Strange Ones" (2017). In addition to starring in the historical drama "The Last Witness" (2018), Pettyfer added directing to his resume with the crime drama "Back Roads" (2018). He appeared in a small role in the streaming series "The I-Land" (Netflix, 2019) before reteaming with "Magic Mike" director Steven Soderbergh for a high-profile project. Pettyfer joined a stellar cast, including Meryl Streep and Gary Oldman, for the filmmaker's "The Laundromat" (2019), a dramatization of the international "Panama Papers" financial scandal.