Jaeden Martell

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Jaeden Martell
Jaeden Martell 2018.jpg
Martell in 2018
Jaeden Wesley Lieberher

(2003-01-04) January 4, 2003 (age 17)
Years active2013–present

Jaeden Wesley Lieberher (born January 4, 2003), known professionally as Jaeden Martell, is an American actor.[1] He has played the role of Bill Denbrough in the 2017 and 2019 film adaptations of the Stephen King novel It. He has also appeared in the mystery film Knives Out (2019) and starred in the miniseries Defending Jacob (2020).

Early life[edit]

Martell was born on January 4, 2003 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,[2] the son of Wes Lieberher, a Los Angeles-based executive chef, and Angela Teresa Martell.[3] His maternal grandmother, Chisun Martell, is Korean.[3] He grew up in South Philadelphia and in 2011, when he was eight years old, he moved to Los Angeles.[4]


Martell's first acting role was in a commercial for Hot Wheels. He appeared in several other commercials after that, including Google, Moneysupermarket.com, Liberty Mutual, Hyundai (for the 2013 Super Bowl), Verizon Fios and General Electric.[5][6] His first major feature film role was in 2014's St. Vincent, where he starred alongside Bill Murray. Murray later recommended Martell to Cameron Crowe for the director's 2015 film, Aloha.[4] He played the title character in the 2017 film The Book of Henry.[4] Martell received further recognition for his starring role as Bill Denbrough in the 2017 supernatural horror film It and its 2019 follow-up It Chapter Two.[7]

In the first six years of his career, he was credited almost exclusively under his family name, Lieberher. In 2019, he switched to his mother's maiden name, Martell.[1]

In 2019, Martell was also a part of Rian Johnson's ensemble cast in the murder-mystery film Knives Out.[7] In March 2019, now credited as Martell, he joined the cast of the Apple miniseries Defending Jacob, based on the William Landay novel of the same name which reunites him with Knives Out co-star Chris Evans.[8] On April 30, 2020, in an Instagram Live interview with Teen Vogue, Martell confirmed that he had joined the cast of Tunnels, co-starring with Susan Sarandon, in the role of Grayson Mitchell, the younger sibling of a victim to gun violence. The film does not have a set or confirmed release date.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2013 Grief The Child Short film, as Jaeden Lieberher
2014 St. Vincent Oliver Bronstein as Jaeden Lieberher
Playing It Cool 6 Year Old Me as Jaeden Lieberher
2015 Aloha Mitchell as Jaeden Lieberher
Framed: The Adventures of Zion Man Walter Short film, as Jaeden Lieberher
2016 Midnight Special Alton Meyer as Jaeden Lieberher
The Confirmation Anthony as Jaeden Lieberher
2017 The Book of Henry Henry Carpenter as Jaeden Lieberher
It Bill Denbrough as Jaeden Lieberher[4]
2019 The Lodge Aidan as Jaeden Lieberher
Low Tide Peter as Jaeden Martell
The True Adventures of Wolfboy Paul as Jaeden Lieberher
It Chapter Two Young Bill Denbrough as Jaeden Martell
Knives Out Jacob Thrombey as Jaeden Martell[7]
TBA Tunnels Grayson Mitchell [10]


Year Title Role Notes
2015 American Dad! Additional voices Episode: "My Affair Lady", as Jaeden Lieberher
2015–2016 Masters of Sex Johnny Masters 11 episodes, as Jaeden Lieberher
2020 Defending Jacob Jacob Barber as Jaeden Martell[8]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Jaeden Martell award nominations
Year Work Award Category Result Ref.
2014 St. Vincent Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Youth in Film Won [11]
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - Male Won [12]
2014 Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Youth Performance Nominated [13]
2015 Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Young Actor/Actress Nominated [14]
2015 Online Film & Television Association Best Youth Performance Nominated [15]
2018 It MTV Movie & TV Awards Best On-Screen Team (with Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jack Dylan Grazer,
Wyatt Oleff, Jeremy Ray Taylor and Chosen Jacobs)
Won [16]


  1. ^ a b Chow, Riley (April 24, 2020). "Jaeden Martell opens up about starring in 'Defending Jacob' and changing his name [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]". GoldDerby. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  2. ^ "UPI Almanac for Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018". United Press International. January 4, 2018. Archived from the original on January 4, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Brandes, Annika (December 13, 2017). "The 16th Unforgettable Gala Part 1: Michelle Lee, David Lim, and more!". The Kraze Magazine. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d Vadala, Nick (March 30, 2017). "Philly-born actor Jaeden Lieberher featured in new trailers for 'It,' 'Book of Henry'". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on June 2, 2017. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  5. ^ "St. Vincent Production Notes" (PDF). St. Vincent official website. The Weinstein Company. p. 20. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 27, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "Midnight Special Press Kit" (PDF). WB Newsroom (in French). Warner Bros. France. p. 24. Archived (PDF) from the original on January 17, 2018. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c Squires, John (November 10, 2018). "Four More Join Knives Out, Including It Star Jaeden Lieberher and Last House on the Left Star Riki Lindhome". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Otterson, Joe (March 20, 2019). "Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell Join Chris Evans in Apple Series Defending Jacob". Variety. Archived from the original on March 21, 2019. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  9. ^ "Teen Vogue on Instagram: "Actor Jaeden Martell (@jaedenwesley) joined senior social media manager @christinedavitt for a conversation about #DefendingJacob, the best…"". Instagram. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  10. ^ Hipes, Patrick (May 16, 2019). "Susan Sarandon To Star In 'Kill Your Darlings' Director John Krokidas' Next Film 'Tunnels' – Cannes". Deadline. Retrieved May 8, 2020.
  11. ^ "'Birdman' and genre love from Las Vegas film critics". HitFix. Uproxx Media Group. December 18, 2014. Archived from the original on January 27, 2018. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  12. ^ Krum, Logan (September 7, 2017). "Making IT big". South Philly Review. Archived from the original on January 27, 2018. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  13. ^ ""Boyhood" and "Birdman" Dominate This Year's Washington DC Film Critics Awards". Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association. December 8, 2014. Archived from the original on January 27, 2018. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  14. ^ Hughes, Jason; Pond, Steve (January 16, 2015). "Critics' Choice Movie Awards Winners: The Complete List". TheWrap. Archived from the original on July 3, 2017. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  15. ^ "2014: The Year of Birdman". Online Film & Television Association. Cinema Sight. Archived from the original on January 27, 2018. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  16. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (June 18, 2018). "MTV Movie & TV Awards Winners: 'Black Panther', 'Stranger Things' Among Top Honorees – Full List". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 5, 2018.

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