Jay Laga'aia

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Jay Laga'aia
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Jay Laga'aia in Florida, June 2009
Born (1963-09-10) 10 September 1963 (age 56)
ResidenceSydney, New South Wales
NationalityNew Zealand Australian
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)Sandie Jane Laga'aia

Jay Laga'aia (born 10 September 1963) is a New Zealand-Australian actor and singer. He is best known internationally for his role as Captain Typho in the films Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.

Laga'aia is noted for his television roles, including Senior Constable Tommy Tavita in the Australian police drama Water Rats, lawyer David Silesi in the New Zealand legal drama Street Legal and Elijah Johnson in the long running Australian soap opera Home and Away.

He currently appears in an Australian Children's TV Series called Jay's Jungle, which has been broadcast since 2015. He is a regular feature on Australian kids program Play School.


Laga'aia is known for his part on Australian children's TV show Playschool, and also for his role as Captain Typho in the films Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. He played a small role of Draco in three episodes of the television series Xena: Warrior Princess.

Laga'aia was a regular in Australian television shows Water Rats, Play School, Surprise Surprise, and a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother in 2002 and had a guest role as Gabriel in McLeod's Daughters. He is also known for his stage productions such as The Lion King. Laga'aia played the role of Judas in a 1994 production of Jesus Christ Superstar in New Zealand.

On 9 October 2007, Laga'aia released a children's album, Come Dance and Sing.[1] On 24 December 2008, Laga'aia performed on Carols by Candlelight. Laga'aia narrated each of the characters on the children's show Larry the Lawnmower,[2] which ran for 2 seasons starting in 2008. In November 2009, it was confirmed that Laga'aia had joined the cast of Australian soap opera Home and Away, as Reverend Elijah Johnson,[3] until his sacking in February 2012.[4] Laga'aia released his second CD for children, I Can Play Anything, in August 2010.

In 2008 Laga'aia took on the role as Ambassador for the Touch By Olivia Foundation Charity. In 2012 he was appointed as the new Ambassador for the Queensland Kindergartens.

In 2012 Laga'aia two albums, a Christmas album entitled Christmas at Jays Place and a nursery rhyme album called 10 in the Bed. He also provided the music for Scholastic's picture book 'Baby Elephant Walk'.

He returned to the stage to play the role of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the 2013-14 New Zealand and Australia national tour of the acclaimed Broadway musical, Wicked.[5] In 2019, he was part of the Australian tour cast of Peter Pan Goes Wrong.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Laga'aia was born and raised in Mangere, South Auckland, New Zealand, he is now a dual (New Zealand) and Australian citizen. He is of Samoan descent. He has six brothers and sisters and two half-brothers. One of his younger brothers, Frank Laga'aia, was a member of the ARIA award-winning band Ilanda.

Jay is also a member of the International Costuming group the 501st Legion as a member of the Terror Australis Garrison (Australia).

Since 1990, Laga'ia has been married to Sandie Jane Laga'aia, with whom he has eight children: Jeremy, Matthew, Iosefa, Jessica, Nathaniel "Tana", Georgia Rose, Katie, and Isabella.


Jay Laga'aia performing


Year Film Role Notes
1988 The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey Jay
Never Say Die Bruce (cop)
2002 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones Captain Typho
2005 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith Captain Typho
2006 Solo Vincent
2008 Nim's Island Helicopter Pilot
Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! Carpark Victim
Crooked Business Pickaxe
2009 Lightswitch Bo
Daybreakers Senator Wes Turner
2012 8
The Unbroken Morgan Stevens Voice role


Year Series Role Episodes
1984–1986 Heroes Ron 14 episodes
1992 The Other Side of Paradise Mana TV Movie
1993 Soldier Soldier Sgt Bob Gilligan 2 episodes
1994 High Tide Buck Walton 1 episode
1995 Mysterious Island Tenape 3 episodes
1998 Tales of the South Seas Unknown 1 episodes
1995–2000 Xena: Warrior Princess Draco 3 episodes
1996–2001 Water Rats Senior Constable Tommy Tavita 149 episodes
1998 The Violent Earth Jean-Christian Television miniseries
2000–2003 Street Legal David Silesi 52 episodes
2000 Green Sails Maru TV Movie
2005–2006 All Saints Micheal Stevenson 2 episodes
2007 McLeod's Daughters Gabriel 1 episodes
2008 Bed of Roses Nick Pickering 6 episodes
2008 The Strip Frogman 1 episodes
2008–2009 Legend of the Seeker Chase 14 episodes
2008–2009 Larry the Lawnmower Narrator 65 episodes
2010–2012 Home and Away Elijah Johnson Main role
2015–2018 Jay's Jungle Jay Main role

Television appearances as himself[edit]

Year Show
1987 Spot On!
1999 Look Who's Famous Now
2000 Russell Gilbert Live
2000– Play School
2000 Starstruck
2000– The Big Time
2002 Celebrity Big Brother for Charity Live
2003 Pulp Sport
2006 20 to 1
-Hoaxes, Cheats and Liars
2007 Spicks and Specks
-Children's Special
2010 The Circle
30 August[7]
2010 Good News Week
2011 Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation
2015 "Carols in the Domain"
2015 Sally and Possum
2017 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (second evictee, 19 February, day 24)


  1. ^ "Jay Laga'aia Come Dance and Sing". Girl.com.au. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  2. ^ Knox, David (19 September 2008). "Laga'aia the lawnmower for Seven". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  3. ^ Idato, Michael (16 November 2009). "Search begins for fresh geeks". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  4. ^ Dilan Thampapillai (17 February 2012). "A whiteout on what we watch". ABC Online. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  5. ^ BWW News Desk. "Jay Laga'aia to Join WICKED as 'The Wizard' for Auckland Season, September 2013". Nz.broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  6. ^ ACMN. "Peter Pan Goes Wrong". Peter Pan Goes Wrong. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Monday 30 August 2010". The Circle website. Network Ten Pty Limited. 30 August 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2010.

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