Hayden Byerly

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Hayden Byerly
Hayden Byerly

(2000-10-11) October 11, 2000 (age 19)

Hayden Byerly (born October 11, 2000) is an American actor. Beginning his professional career as a child actor at the age of ten, Byerly is best known for his role as Jude Adams Foster on the Freeform (ABC Family) drama series The Fosters.

Early life[edit]

Byerly was born on October 11, 2000 in Lakewood, Colorado.[1][2][3] He grew up in Littleton, Colorado before eventually relocating with his family to Los Angeles, California at the age of ten to pursue an acting career. He first began to develop an interest in acting by imitating his favorite film and television characters and reciting their lines along with them. He has one younger brother.[3][4]


Byerly began his acting career after winning first place in a national talent competition in Orlando, Florida.[5] Shortly thereafter, he booked his very first audition, making his television debut in 2011 with a guest-starring role as Skunk, the scrappy leader of a misfit basketball team on the Disney XD comedy series Zeke and Luther.[3][5] That same year, he made his feature film debut with a starring role as Nathan Vales in the supernatural horror film 11/11/11.[3]

In 2012, Byerly began a recurring role on the NBC comedy-drama series Parenthood portraying Micah Watson, a boy with spina bifida who becomes the best friend of Max Braverman (portrayed by Max Burkholder). That same year, he transitioned to work as a voice actor, voicing various roles in the video games Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, as well as voicing the role of Prince Gustav on the Disney Channel animated series, Sofia the First.[3]

In 2013, Byerly became one of the principal ensemble cast members on the ABC Family drama series The Fosters.[3] On the series, Byerly portrays Jude Adams-Foster, an abused and sensitive 12-year-old foster child who is subsequently adopted into a large blended family where he begins questioning his sexuality and the nature of his feelings for his best friend Connor (portrayed by Gavin MacIntosh).[6] In March 2014, Hollywood.com named Byerly's "heartwarming" portrayal of Jude to its list of "Favorite LGBTQ Characters on TV."[7]

On March 2, 2015, ABC Family aired an episode of The Fosters ("Now Hear This") that featured Byerly's character and MacIntosh's character sharing a kiss, that is believed to be the youngest LGBT kiss ever in U.S. television history.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Byerly's personal interests include reading mysteries and action-adventure books and solving advanced math problems, as well as playing basketball and video games.[3][4] Alongside his former Fosters co-star Gavin MacIntosh, Byerly has been an outspoken advocate against school bullying, encouraging young people to embrace their differences and lending his support to the "Be Good to Each Other" campaign.[4][9]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 11/11/11 Nathan 'Nat' Vales Feature


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Zeke and Luther Skunk Wetzel Episode: "Luther Turns Four"
2012–2014 Parenthood Micah Watson Recurring (5 episodes)
2013 Sofia the First Prince Gustav (voice) Episode: "Just One of the Princes"
2013–2018 The Fosters Jude Adams Foster Main Cast
2019 Good Trouble Guest (1 episode)
2019 The 11th Commandment Parker Main Cast

Video Games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Young David Mason Voice
2013 Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Additional Voices Voice
2016 Lego Marvel's Avengers Harley Keener Voice


  1. ^ TheFostersABCF (11 October 2013). "It's @haydenbyerly's 13th birthday today!". Twitter. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  2. ^ Bradley Bredeweg (12 October 2013). "Yesterday = great day! Happy Birthday @haydenbyerly". Twitter. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Jude played by Hayden Byerly - The Fosters - ABCFamily.com". ABC Family. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Be Good To Each Other - Hayden Byerly & Gavin MacIntosh Fundraiser". Booster.com. 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Is This The Next Hollywood Star?". KMGH ABC Denver. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  6. ^ Lee Hernandez (24 March 2014). "'The Fosters' Season Finale Recap". Hollywood Life. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  7. ^ Christian Clinton (14 March 2014). "Our Favorite LGBTQ Characters on TV". Hollywood.com. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  8. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/03/the-fosters-same-sex-kiss_n_6792762.html
  9. ^ "The Fosters S:1 - The Honeymoon E:11 - AfterBuzz TV AfterShow". AfterBuzzTV. 13 January 2014. Archived from the original on 26 March 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2014.

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