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Hayden Christensen

Mostly Credited As: Hayden Christensen
Sometimes Credited As: Hayden Christiansen

Date Of Birth: April 19, 1981 (Age 33)
Country Of Birth: Canada
Birth Place: Vancouver, British Columbia
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Hayden Christensen


Hayden Christensen (born April 19, 1981 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, but raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is the actor most widely known for playing the adult Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, a role previously played by Jake Lloyd. He appeared in Canadian television programs when he was young, then diversified into American television in the late 1990s. He acquired his initial fame starring in Fox's Family Network TV series, Higher Ground (2000), showing off his acting talents as a teen who was sexually molested by his stepmother, then turning to drugs in his despair.

Christensen's critically praised portrayal of a teenager who is misunderstood in Life as a House (2001) won him the National Board of Review's award for Breakthrough Performance of the Year, but didn't receive widespread public notice. However, his far more famous performance in Attack of the Clones (2002) received mixed reviews (many critics found his characterization of the future Darth Vader as an arrogant, self-absorbed teenager off-putting). Subsequently, he garnered good reviews as journalist Stephen Glass in 2003's Shattered Glass. Finally he received favourable responses in the last Star Wars prequel Revenge of the Sith (2005), where he played a more mature, but insecure Anakin gradually converting to the Dark Side.

Christensen played competitive AAA Hockey in Canada before giving it up for acting.The 6'1" actor loves architecture, lasagne and tennis and is allergic to bees.

Since Attack of the Clones, he has been persistently dogged by rumours and tabloid speculations. First he denied that he was romantically involved with co-star Natalie Portman. He also dismissed rumours that he was gay.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Higher Ground (2000)As: Scott Barringer
Episode Cast Credits 

Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003) 
  Hayden Christensen, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Taylor Dayne 06x30: (Feb/21/2008) As Himself 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Will Ferrell, Hayden Christensen, The Hives 16x65: (Feb/19/2008) As Himself 
  Hayden Christensen, Tracy Ullman, Beck 13x149: (May/06/2005) As Himself 
  Hayden Christensen 10x200: (May/10/2002) As Himself 
  Salma Hayek, Hayden Christensen 10x77: (Oct/17/2001) As Himself 

Live with Kelly & Michael (1983) 
  Beautiful Baby Week 2008 26x119: (Feb/14/2008) As Himself 
  Hayden Christensen/Martin Short 23x171: (May/02/2005) As Himself 

The View (1997) 
  Hayden Christensen, Ty Pennington, Jessica Seinfeld 11x55: (Nov/19/2007) As Himself 

Kids' Choice Awards (US) (1988) 
  18th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 18x01: (Apr/02/2005) As Himself 

The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999) 
  11/7/03 05x07: (Nov/07/2003) As Himself 

The Famous Jett Jackson (1998) 
  Popularity 02x04: (Sep/10/1999) As Steve 

Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1992) 
  The Tale of Bigfoot Ridge 06x13: (May/15/1999) As Kirk 

Real Kids, Real Adventures (1998) 
  Paralyzed 02x11: (May/03/1999) As Eli Goodner 

Forever Knight (1992) 
  Fallen Idol 03x18: (Feb/14/1996) As Andre 
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Trivia

The 6'1" actor loves architecture, lasagne and tennis and is allergic to bees.

Christensen played competitive AAA Hockey in Canada before giving it up for acting.

He was discovered when his older sister Hejsa, a former trampoline champion, was shopping around for an agent. No one was home to baby-sit him so he went along and it was suggested that he get an agent himself.

Shares a birthday with Colombian actress Catalina Sandino Moreno.

Denies rumours that he is gay

Hayden played Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars Episode 2 and 3.

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