Jay Laga'aia

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Jay Laga'aia
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Laga'aia in Florida, June 2009
Born (1963-09-10) 10 September 1963 (age 59)
NationalityNew Zealand, Australian
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)Sandie Jane Laga'aia

Jay Laga'aia (born 10 September 1963) is a New Zealand-Australian actor and singer. He is known internationally for his role as Captain Typho in the films Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith .


Laga'aia is noted for his television roles, including Senior Constable Tommy Tavita in the Australian police drama Water Rats , lawyer David Silesi in the New Zealand legal drama Street Legal and Elijah Johnson in the long running Australian soap opera Home and Away .

He currently appears in an Australian Children's TV Series called Jay's Jungle , which has been broadcast since 2015. He is a regular feature on Australian kids program Play School .


Laga'aia debuted as a musician in 1982 as a member of the Consorts, who released the Dalvanius Prime-produced single "Maoris on 45", [1] [2] which was one of the top selling singles in New Zealand in 1982. [3]

Laga'aia is known for his part on Australian children's TV show Playschool, and also for his role as Captain Typho in the films Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith . He played the recurring role of Draco in three episodes of the television series Xena: Warrior Princess .

Laga'aia was a regular in Australian television shows Water Rats , Play School , Surprise Surprise , and a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother in 2002 and had a guest role as Gabriel in McLeod's Daughters . He is also known for his stage productions such as The Lion King . Laga'aia played the role of Judas in a 1994 production of Jesus Christ Superstar in New Zealand.

On 9 October 2007, Laga'aia released a children's album, Come Dance and Sing. [4] On 24 December 2008, Laga'aia performed on Carols by Candlelight . Laga'aia narrated each of the characters on the children's show Larry the Lawnmower , [5] which ran for 2 seasons starting in 2008. In November 2009, it was confirmed that Laga'aia had joined the cast of Australian soap opera Home and Away , as Reverend Elijah Johnson, [6] until his sacking in February 2012. [7] Laga'aia released his second CD for children, I Can Play Anything, in August 2010.

In 2008 Laga'aia took on the role as Ambassador for the Touch By Olivia Foundation Charity. In 2012 he was appointed as the new Ambassador for the Queensland Kindergartens.

In 2012 Laga'aia two albums, a Christmas album entitled Christmas at Jays Place and a nursery rhyme album called 10 in the Bed. He also provided the music for Scholastic's picture book 'Baby Elephant Walk'.

He returned to the stage to play the role of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the 2013-14 New Zealand and Australia national tour of the acclaimed Broadway musical, Wicked . [8] In 2019, he was part of the Australian tour cast of Peter Pan Goes Wrong. [9]

Personal life

Laga'aia was born and raised in Mangere, South Auckland, New Zealand, he is now a dual (New Zealand) and Australian citizen.[ citation needed ] He is of Samoan descent. He has six brothers and sisters and two half-brothers.[ citation needed ] One of his younger brothers, Frank Laga'aia, was a member of the ARIA award-winning band Ilanda.

Jay is also a member of the International Costuming group the 501st Legion as a member of the Terror Australis Garrison (Australia).

Since 1990, Laga'ia has been married to Sandra Jane Laga'aia, the head of maths at Sydney Secondary College Balmain Campus, whom he has eight children with. [10] [ additional citation(s) needed ]


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Jay Laga'aia performing


1988 The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey Jay
1988 Never Say Die Bruce
2002 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones Gregar Typho
2005 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith Gregar Typho
2006 Solo Vincent
2008 Crooked Business Pickaxe
2009Makazie OneNarrator (voice)Short
2009 Daybreakers Senator Wes Turner
2012The UnbrokenMorgan Stevens (voice)
2013The Wiggles: Go Santa Go!Jay the ElfVideo
2015The SpaIvanShort
2020The Legend of Baron To'aGeorge
TBAShadow WarsDr. KellerPost-production


1984–1986HeroesRon UalesiTV series
1988StrangersConst. CampbellTV series
1989The Shadow TraderDemo WorkerEpisode "1.2"
1992 The Other Side of Paradise ManaTV miniseries
1993 Soldier Soldier Sgt. Bob GilliganEpisodes: "Shifting Sands", "Live Fire"
1994 High Tide Buck Walton (voice)Episode: "Hot Rocks"
1995 Mysterious Island TenapeEpisodes: "No One Rules Me", "He's Not Heavy", "Make Yourselves a Home"
1995, 1997, 2000 Xena: Warrior Princess DracoEpisodes: "Sins of the Past", "A Comedy of Eros", "Lyre, Lyre, Hearts on Fire"
1996–2001 Water Rats Senior Const. Tommy TavitaSupporting role (series 1–5)
1998 The Violent Earth Jean-ChristianTV miniseries
2000Green SailsMaruTV film
2000–2003 Street Legal David SilesiMain role
2005–2006 All Saints Michael StevensonEpisodes: "In Sickness and in Health", "Till Death Do Us Part"
2007 McLeod's Daughters GabrielEpisode: "A Spark from Heaven"
2008 The Strip Joe Tahore / FrogmanEpisode: "1.3"
2008–2010 Larry the Lawnmower NarratorTV series
2008–2009 Legend of the Seeker Chase BrandstoneEpisodes: "Prophecy", "Destiny", "Hartland", "Conversion"
2008–2011 Bed of Roses Nick PickeringMain role
2010–2012 Home and Away Elijah Johnson Regular role
2015–2018 Jay's Jungle JayMain role
2017 Drop Dead Weird AnnouncerEpisode: "The Zombie Spectacular"
2018 Black Comedy GuestEpisode: "3.4"
2018 Fighting Season Siaosi UlaleiTV miniseries
2019 Hardball Mr. ButteEpisode: "Impossible Mission"

As himself

1987Spot On!HostTV series
2000Russell Gilbert LiveHimselfEpisode: "1.13"
2000 Surprise Surprise HostEpisode: "1.2"
2000–2005, 2012–2014 Play School HimselfTV series
2001The Big TimeHostTV series
2001–2002 StarStruck HostTV series
2002 Celebrity Big Brother HimselfTV series
2007 Spicks and Specks HimselfEpisode: "3.34"
2010 52 Annual TV Week Logie Awards HimselfTV special
2010 Sleek Geeks HimselfEpisode: "Weeing"
2011 Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation HimselfEpisode: "3.12"
2017 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! HimselfSeries 3
2020 The Living Room Himself — GuestEpisode: "9.10"

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