Jake Lloyd

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Jake Lloyd
Jake Lloyd.jpg
Lloyd in August 2007
Born (1989-03-05) March 5, 1989 (age 29)
ResidenceIndianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Other namesJake Broadbent
Years active1996–2001

Jake Matthew Lloyd (born March 5, 1989)[1] is an American former actor who played young Anakin Skywalker in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, the first in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. He reprised this role in five subsequent Star Wars video games.

Early life[edit]

Jake Matthew Lloyd was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, the son of EMT William "Bill" Lloyd and entertainment agent Lisa Riley.[2][3][4] He attended Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana and graduated from there in 2007.[5]


Lloyd began his acting career in 1996, playing Jimmy Sweet in 4 episodes of ER. He was then cast as Jake Warren in Unhook the Stars. He got his big break playing Jamie Langston in Jingle All the Way. He also played Mark Armstrong in Apollo 11. Lloyd gained worldwide fame when he was chosen by George Lucas to play the young Anakin Skywalker in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, the first film in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Despite the film's box office success, reception of Lloyd's performance was mixed, and he was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor, though he lost to co-star Ahmed Best.

Post-Star Wars work[edit]

After retiring from acting in 2001, Lloyd continued to make appearances at sci-fi and comic-book festivals.[6] In 2012, he announced that he was directing a documentary highlighting the Tibetan refugees in India, who are attempting to escape persecution by the Chinese government.[7]

Lloyd was commissioned in 2012 to create a promo for singer Mallory Low's song, and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones actor Daniel Logan, who played young Boba Fett in that film, was cast as the star in his video.[8]

Lloyd left Hollywood for Chicago, and dropped out after a semester at Columbia College Chicago, where he studied film and psychology.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In 2012, Lloyd explained that his decision to retire from acting in 2001 was due to bullying at school. As a result, he decided to no longer keep all owned Star Wars memorabilia.[6]

On June 17, 2015, Lloyd was arrested in South Carolina for reckless driving, driving without a license, and resisting arrest.[1][9][10][11] He was moved from jail to a psychiatric facility after he was diagnosed with schizophrenia.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Unhook the Stars J.J.
Jingle All the Way Jamie Langston
Apollo 11 Mark Armstrong Television film
1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Anakin Skywalker Young Artist Award for Best Supporting Actor Ten Years or Younger
Nominated–Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
2005 Madison Mike McCormick Filmed in 2000


Year Title Role Notes
1996 ER Jimmy Sweet 4 episodes
1996–1999 The Pretender Ronnie Collins
Young Angelo / Timmy

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Anakin Skywalker Voice
Star Wars Episode I: Racer
2000 Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles
2001 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
Star Wars: Super Bombad Racing
2002 Star Wars Racer Revenge


  1. ^ a b Hetter, Katya (Jun 22, 2015). "'Star Wars' actor Jake Broadbent arrested in South Carolina". CNN. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Jake Lloyd Biography (1989–)". Film Reference. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  3. ^ "Star Wars: Biography – Jake Lloyd". StarWars.com. Archived from the original on February 13, 2008. Retrieved December 31, 2008.
  4. ^ Benedictus, Leo (July 3, 2004). "Mixed blessings of child stars". The Hindu. Chennai, India: The Hindu Group. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "Star Wars child actor, Carmel grad arrested in South Carolina". Indianapolis Star. Indianapolis, Indiana: Gannett Company. Associated Press. June 22, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Garcia, Courtney (March 9, 2012). "Actor who played Anakin Skywalker as child swears off 'Star Wars' for good". MSNBC. McLean, Virginia: MSN.com. Archived from the original on 30 July 2018. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  7. ^ Jones, Brandon (August 29, 2012). "Jake Lloyd moves on from 'Star Wars' to pursue writing and directing". The Global Dispatch. Lexington, North Carolina: The Dispatch Publishing Company, Inc. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  8. ^ "'Star Wars' Prequel Stars Jake Lloyd & Daniel Logan Teaming Up For Music Video".
  9. ^ Rothman, Michael (June 22, 2015). "Former 'Star Wars' Child Star Jake Lloyd Arrested for Reckless Driving, Police Say". ABC News.
  10. ^ Rosen, Christopher (June 21, 2015). "Jake Lloyd arrested: Star Wars child star led police on high-speed chase in South Carolina". Entertainment Weekly. New York City: Meredith Corporation. The former child star told officers his name was Jake Broadbent, and was charged with failing to stop for officers, resisting arrest, reckless driving and driving without a license.
  11. ^ Broughton, Melissa (June 21, 2015). "'Star Wars' child star arrested after chase, crash in Colleton County". Post and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina: Evening Post Industries. Retrieved June 21, 2015.
  12. ^ French, Megan (April 11, 2016). "'Star Wars' Actor Jake Lloyd Moved From Jail to Psychiatric Facility for Schizophrenia: Report". US Magazine. New York City: American Media. Retrieved March 19, 2018.

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