Jake Lloyd

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Jake Lloyd
Lloyd in 2010
Jake Matthew Lloyd

(1989-03-05) March 5, 1989 (age 33)
Other namesJake Broadbent
Years active1995–2002
Lloyd (right) and Anthony Daniels at the 1st Annual Star Wars Celebration in 1999
Lloyd in 2007

Jake Matthew Lloyd (born March 5, 1989), also known as Jake Broadbent,[1] is an American former actor who portrayed young Anakin Skywalker in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and Jamie Langston in Jingle All the Way.

Early life[edit]

Jake Matthew Lloyd was born in Fort Collins, Colorado on March 5, 1989.

Lloyd attended Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana, where he graduated in 2007.[2]


Lloyd began his acting career in 1996, playing Jimmy Sweet in four 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. Lloyd received the Young Artist Award for Best Supporting Actor.[3]

In 2000, Lloyd starred in the dramas Die with Me and Madison, then retired from acting, although Madison was not released in cinemas until 2005.[4]

Post-Star Wars work[edit]

After retiring from acting in 2001, Lloyd continued to make appearances at sci-fi and comic-book festivals.[5] In 2012, he announced that he would be directing a documentary highlighting Tibetan refugees in India. Lloyd was commissioned in 2012 to create a promotional video for singer Mallory Low. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones actor Daniel Logan, who played the young Boba Fett in the film, starred in the video.[6] Lloyd left Hollywood for Chicago, and dropped out after a semester at Columbia College Chicago, where he studied film and psychology.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In 2012, Lloyd explained that his decision to retire from acting in 2001 was due to bullying at school and harassment by the press, both in response to his role in The Phantom Menace.[5][7][8]

Legal troubles[edit]

In March 2015, police responded to an alleged assault by Lloyd on his mother Lisa Riley. In a statement to the Indianapolis Metro Police Department, Riley alleged Lloyd arrived at her house and began verbally berating her. He then progressed to physically assaulting her, but she declined to press charges, revealing that Lloyd had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and was not taking his medication at the time.[9]

On June 17, 2015, Lloyd was arrested in South Carolina under the name Jake Broadbent for reckless driving, driving without a license, and resisting arrest; he failed to stop for a red light, which initiated a high-speed police chase.[10][11][12] At a hearing on June 22, his bail was set at $10,700.[13] On June 23, Lloyd's mother stated to TMZ that he has schizophrenia and that "the family plans to try and get him help again [...] once he's released from jail".[9] Lloyd was not released on bail.[citation needed]

In April 2016, after being held for 10 months awaiting trial in Colleton County Detention Center, Lloyd was transferred from jail to a psychiatric facility due to his schizophrenia diagnosis.[14][15]

In January 2020, his family issued a statement saying that he has moved closer to his family, and has officially been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.[15][16]



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 – Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
2001 Die with Me Mickey Cooper
Madison Mike McCormick


Year Title Role Notes
1996 ER Jimmy Sweet S02e11, S02e18
1996–1999 The Pretender Ronnie Collins
Young Angelo / Timmy
4 episodes
2022 Obi-Wan Kenobi Young Anakin Skywalker Episode 1 (archive material)

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes
1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Anakin Skywalker
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. ^ "Oscar wins, stardom and rehab: Elle Fanning and 31 other child stars - then and now". Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited. 7 July 2017. p. 26. Archived from the original on 2022-01-12. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ "21st Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Archived from the original on 2012-07-19. Retrieved 2011-03-31.
  4. ^ Belloni, Matthew. "MGM Wins Appeals Court Ruling Over Jim Caviezel Film 'Madison'". HollywoodReporter.com. Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  5. ^ 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 12 March 2012. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  6. ^ "'Star Wars' Prequel Stars Jake Lloyd & Daniel Logan Teaming Up For Music Video". Starpulse. 9 February 2012. Archived from the original on 10 February 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  7. ^ Anisiobi, JJ (March 7, 2012). "Jake Lloyd who played Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace quit film industry after life made living hell". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  8. ^ Butler, Tom (January 31, 2020). "Jake Lloyd's family releases statement on 'Star Wars' actor's mental health 'struggles'". Yahoo!. Retrieved July 26, 2021.
  9. ^ a b "Star Wars Star Jake Lloyd beat his Mom week before crash, suffers from schizophrenia". TMZ. June 23, 2015. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  10. ^ Rothman, Michael (June 22, 2015). "Former 'Star Wars' Child Star Jake Lloyd Arrested for Reckless Driving, Police Say". ABC News.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Hetter, Katya (Jun 22, 2015). "'Star Wars' actor Jake Broadbent arrested in South Carolina". CNN. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ a b Butler, Tom (January 31, 2020). "Jake Lloyd's family releases statement on 'Star Wars' actor's mental health 'struggles'". Yahoo Entertainment. Retrieved February 1, 2020.
  16. ^ Dayani, Aahil (January 30, 2020). "Jake Lloyd's Family Shares Update On Former 'Star Wars' Actor". Heroic Hollywood. Retrieved January 31, 2020.

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