Robert Pattinson, Vlad the Impaler

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Perhaps Robert Pattinson had bloodlust in his blood long before Twilight came along.

According to, the 24-year-old Brit is related to the "real-life Dracula," brutal 15th-century Transylvanian leader Vlad III Dracula, aka Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula.

"Without any myth or magic, we find royalty and vampires lurking in Pattinson's life—making his story just as supernatural as the one he's playing on screen," said genealogist Anastasia Tyler.

The link was apparently made through both Pattinson's and ol' Vlad's relation to the British royal family: R.Pattz is distant cousins with Princes William and Harry, while Vlad is a distant uncle.

So it's not like Pattinson's fangs are real or anything, but...still pretty cool, right?

Coincidentally, Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer is also linked to the British royals, giving her a bit of Vlad blood, too.

And this isn't the first oddity has brought to our attention: According to the site, Hermione Granger player Emma Watson is a relative of a woman convicted of witchcraft in 1592 England.

(Originally published June 23, 2010, at 4:00 p.m. PT)

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