"I quite like the character, because he's this guardian that has Padmé's ear, and her counsel, and he can say things and decree things that not too many people can get away with as far as her security is involved. Once you get the costume on, it's a regal feeling, because the costume is so restrictive, you're forced to pull yourself up and forced to hold yourself with the shoulders back."
―Jay Laga'aia[src]

Jay Laga'aia (born September 10, 1963) played Captain Typho in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Because of his character's eye patch, he often had difficulty hitting his marks on set due to poor depth perception.[1]


In Australia, Laga'aia is a presenter of the children's television show Play School, featuring in a range of the show's merchandise and songs. He also hosted the talent show StarStruck, replacing Jo Beth Taylor.

Laga'aia portrayed Draco in several episodes of the TV series Xena: Warrior Princess, Chase Brandstone in Legend of the Seeker, and Elijah Johnson in Home and Away.

Theatrically, he played the character Mufasa in the long-running production of The Lion King. In the 1994 Disney animated film, Mufasa was voiced by James Earl Jones. Laga'aia also starred in a 1994 production of Jesus Christ Superstar as Judas in New Zealand.

Laga'aia shared the screen with Star Wars co-star Temuera Morrison (Jango Fett and clone troopers) in the 1988 film Never Say Die. He appeared in the 1998 TV miniseries The Violent Earth and the 2009 horror film Daybreakers alongside Claudia Karvan, who portrayed Sola Naberrie, Padmé Amidala's elder sister. He was also in the 2006 film Solo and the TV series Legend of the Seeker with Bruce Spence (Tion Medon).

Laga'aia was the Celebrity Host for the Sagamore Ballroom stage at Celebration III in 2005,[2] and for the Concourse Ballroom stage at Celebration IV in 2007.[3]

For several years, Laga'aia has been the Ambassador for the Touch By Olivia Foundation Charity. In 2012, he was also chosen as the new Ambassador for the Queensland Kindergartens.[4]


Year Title Role Other notes
2015–2018 Jay's Jungle Jay TV series
2014 The Half Dead Dr. Keller Announced
2012 The Unbroken Morgan Stevens (voice)
2010–2013 Home and Away Elijah Johnson TV series
2009 Daybreakers Senator Turner
2009 Makazie One Narrator Short movie (voice)
2009 Lightswitch Bo Short movie
2008/2009 Legend of the Seeker Chase Brandstone TV series
2008–2011 Bed of Roses Nick Pickering TV series
2008 Larry the Lawnmower Narrator TV series (voice)
2008 Crooked Business Pickaxe
2008 The Strip Joe Tahore/Frogman TV series
2008 Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! One-Eyed Zombie
2008 Nim's Island Helicopter Pilot
2007 McLeod's Daughters Gabriel TV series
2006 Solo Vincent
2005/2006 All Saints Michael Stevenson TV series
2005 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith Captain Typho
2002 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones Captain Typho
2000–2003 Street Legal David Silesi TV series
2000 Green Sails Maru TV movie
1998 Tales of the South Seas Unknown role TV series
1998 The Violent Earth Jean-Christian TV miniseries (as Jay Laga'Aia)
1996–2001 Water Rats Snr. Constable Tommy Tavita TV series
1995/2000 Xena: Warrior Princess Draco TV series
1995 Mysterious Island Tenape TV series
1994 High Tide Buck Walton TV series
1993 Soldier Soldier Sgt. Bob Gilligan TV series
1992 The Other Side of Paradise Mana TV movie
1988 Never Say Die Bruce (Cop)
1988 The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey Jay
1984–1986 Heroes Ron Ualesi TV series


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