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I am a person! And my name is Anakin.

– Anakin Skywalker, The Phantom Menace

Today we celebrate Jake Lloyd at his 26th birthday

Jake Lloyd, birth name Jacob Christopher Flowers, was born in Colorado, USA. He played young Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace. For this role he won the Young Artist Award 2000 in the category Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Actor Age Ten or Under.

Initial concept sketches of young Anakin had him be a bit older — around 12 years old — until Lucas revised the storyline to be set during Anakin’s ninth year. The gravity of Anakin’s departure from his mother is made all the more powerful by his young age.