Became known for playing Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga, a role for which she won numerous Teen Choice and People's Choice Awards. Her other films include Zathura, Panic Room, Still Alice, and Adventureland.
She debuted in the Disney Channel film The Thirteenth Year at the age of eight.
She won a Cesar Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 2014 film Clouds of Sils Maria.
She had a highly publicized relationship with Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson from 2008 to 2013. In 2016, she began dating Stella Maxwell. She also briefly dated Alicia Cargile, St. Vincent and French pop singer Soko.