‘Star Wars’ young Anakin Skywalker actor Jake Lloyd diagnosed with schizophrenia

Former child star moved from jail to a psychiatric facility following arrest last June

Jake Lloyd, best known for portraying young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, has reportedly been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

The actor, who rose to fame in 1999 at the age of 10, was arrested last June after a high-speed chase with police in South Carolina, which saw him exceed speeds of 100mph. TMZ reports that he has been moved from jail to a psychiatric facility following his medical diagnosis.

Lloyd’s mother, Lisa, revealed the news to TMZ, further adding that the move has seen an improvement in the former child star’s mental health.


Reports state that there is no time frame for Lloyd’s stay in the psychiatric facility and that “his family wants him to take his time to get healthy”.


Lloyd, who also starred in Jingle All the Way and Apollo 11 during his early career, said in a 2012 interview that acting made his childhood a “living hell”.

“Other children were really mean to me,” he said. “They would make the sound of the lightsaber every time they saw me. It was totally mad.”

“My entire school life was really a living hell – and I had to do up to 60 interviews a day.”