Jake Lloyd

Darth Vader TMZ Madison (film)
Jake Lloyd
Lloyd in October 2010
Jake Matthew Lloyd

(1989-03-05) March 5, 1989 (age 31)
Other namesJake Broadbent
Years active1996–2002

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

Early life

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, where he graduated in 2007.[5]


Lloyd (right) and Anthony Daniels at the 1st Annual Star Wars Celebration in 1999

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.

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.

Post–Star Wars work

Lloyd in August 2007

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 claim to be attempting to escape persecution by the Chinese government. Lloyd was commissioned in 2012 to create a promo for singer Mallory Low's song. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones actor Daniel Logan, who played Boba Fett in the film, starred in the song's music video.[7] Lloyd left Hollywood for Chicago, and dropped out after a semester at Columbia College Chicago, where he studied film and psychology.[6]

Personal life

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. The experience also led to claims that he had destroyed all his Star Wars memorabilia, but this claim has been strongly disputed by those close to Lloyd.[6][8][9]

In March 2015, police responded to an alleged assault by Lloyd on his mother Lisa Riley. In a statement to 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 was diagnosed with schizophrenia and was not taking his medication at the time.[10]

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.[11][12][13] At a hearing on June 22, his bail was set at $10,700.[14] On June 23, Lloyd's mother stated to TMZ.com that he has schizophrenia and that "the family plans to try and get him help again [...] once he's released from jail".[10] Lloyd was not released on bail.

In April 2016, after being kept for 10 months without trial in Colleton County Detention Center, Lloyd was transferred from jail to a psychiatric facility. Schizophrenia was given as the reason.[15][16]

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.[16][17]



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
2001 Die with Me Mickey Cooper
2005 Madison Mike McCormick Filmed in 2000


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

Video games

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


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  12. ^ 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.
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  14. ^ Hetter, Katya (Jun 22, 2015). "'Star Wars' actor Jake Broadbent arrested in South Carolina". CNN. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
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