Born: 19 April 1981
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Best known as: Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Canadian actor Hayden Christensen played Padawan Anakin Skywalker in episodes two and three of the Star Wars movie series by George Lucas. (The character of Skywalker goes on to become the villain Darth Vader, the Dark Lord of Sith and apprentice to the evil Emperor Palpatine). Christensen grew up in Toronto, Ontario and started acting in television commercials when he was seven, moving on to soap operas by the age of 13. He appeared in the feature films The Virgin Suicides (1999, with Kirsten Dunst) and Life as a House (2001), and in the FOX TV series Higher Ground (2000) before Lucas picked him to be in the re-booted Star Wars franchise. Although Christensen received mixed reviews for Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005), the movies made him a household name. He has since appeared in the feature films Awake (2007, with Jessica Alba), Jumper (2008) and Takers (2010, with rapper T.I.).
Extra credit: He is no relation to Traffic actress Erika Christensen.
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