Jake Lloyd

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Jake Lloyd
Jake Lloyd in 2007
Jake Lloyd in 2007
Born Jake Matthew Lloyd
(1989-03-05) March 5, 1989 (age 26)
Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.
Other names Jake Broadbent[1]
Jacob Lloyd[2]
Occupation Actor, entrepreneur
Years active 1996–2001 (acting)
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Jake Matthew Lloyd (born March 5, 1989), also known as Jake Broadbent,[1] is an American former actor. He gained fame when he was chosen by George Lucas to play 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 William 'Bill' Lloyd, an E.M.T. set medic, and Lisa Riley, an entertainment agent.[3][4][5]

Child acting career[edit]

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.

After portraying Anakin in a chain of related video games, Lloyd retired from acting in 2001, citing bullying on the part of classmates and the stress of doing up to 60 interviews a day as his reasons for doing so. He stated in a 2012 interview that being in The Phantom Menace ruined his childhood and his acting career, and that he destroyed all of his Star Wars memorabilia out of anger toward the film.[6]


Lloyd attended Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana.[7] He left Hollywood for Chicago, and dropped out after a semester at Columbia College Chicago, where he studied film and psychology.[8][9]

Post-Star Wars work[edit]

Lloyd continues to make appearances at sci-fi and comic-book festivals.[8] In 2012, he announced he was directing a documentary highlighting the Tibetan refugees in India, who are attempting to escape persecution by the Chinese.[10]

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 movie, was cast as the star in his video.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Lloyd currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.[citation needed]

On June 17, 2015, Lloyd (going by the name Jake Broadbent) was arrested for reckless driving, driving without a license, and resisting arrest.[12] His mother, Lisa, stated that Lloyd suffers from schizophrenia and that the incident was brought on by him having failed to take his medication. She added that Lloyd attacked her at her home in Indianapolis the previous March 26, also due to his struggles with the condition.[13]


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Unhook the Stars J.J.
Jingle All the Way Jamie Langston
Apollo 11 Mark Armstrong
1996-1999 The Pretender (TV Series) Young Angelo / Timmy / Ronny Collins
1998 The Pretender Young Angelo
1999 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Anakin Skywalker Lead role
Young Artist Award for Best Supporting Actor Ten Years or Younger
Nominated–Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
2005 Madison Mike McCormick shot in 2000, release delayed until 2005
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Star Wars Episode I: Racer Anakin Skywalker Main role
2000 Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles Anakin Skywalker voice
2001 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds Anakin Skywalker (Episode 1) voice
Star Wars: Super Bombad Racing Anakin Skywalker
2002 Star Wars Racer Revenge Anakin Skywalker (Episode 1) voice
Year Series Role Notes
1996 ER Jimmy Sweet "Dead of Winter" (Season 2, Episode 11)
"The Right Thing" (Season 2, Episode 14)
"A Shift in the Night" (Season 2, Episode 18)
"Take These Broken Wings" (Season 2, Episode 21)


  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". Celebrity Net Worth. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Jake Lloyd Biography (1989–)". Film Reference. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  4. ^ "Star Wars: Biography – Jake Lloyd". StarWars.com. Archived from the original on February 13, 2008. Retrieved December 31, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Mixed blessings of child stars". The Hindu. July 3, 2004. 
  6. ^ Anisiobi, J.J. (March 5, 2012). "Anakin Skywalker actor Jake Lloyd: 'Star Wars fame turned my life into a living hell'". Daily Mail. 
  7. ^ "". Associated Press/The Indianapolis Star. June 22, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Actor who played Anakin Skywalker as child swears off 'Star Wars' for good" NBC News. March 9, 2012
  9. ^ "Columbia College Chicago". CityTownInfo.com. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  10. ^ "Jake Lloyd moves on from ‘Star Wars’ to pursue writing and directing". The Global Dispatch. 
  11. ^ "'Star Wars' Prequel Stars Jake Lloyd & Daniel Logan Teaming Up For Music Video". 
  12. ^ Broughton, Melissa (June 21, 2015). "‘Star Wars’ child star arrested after chase, crash in Colleton County". Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina). Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  13. ^ Sacks, Ethan (June 23, 2015). "'Star Wars' star Jake Lloyd suffers from schizophrenia, once attacked mom: report". Daily News (New York). 

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