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Jaeden Martell
Jaeden Wesley Lieberher

(2003-01-04) January 4, 2003 (age 16)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active2013–present

Jaeden Martell (born January 4, 2003), formerly known as Jaeden Lieberher,[1] is an American actor. He is best known for starring as Bill Denbrough in the horror film It (2017), and for his leading roles in the films St. Vincent, Midnight Special, The Confirmation[2] and The Book of Henry.

Life and career[edit]

Jaeden Martell was born on January 4, 2003 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,[3] the son of Angela Martell and chef Wes Lieberher. He is of one quarter Korean descent.[4] He grew up in South Philadelphia, where he attended the Independence Charter School. In 2011, when he was 8 years old, he moved to Los Angeles.[5]

Martell's first acting role was in a commercial for Hot Wheels. He appeared in several other commercials after that, including Google, Moneysupermarket.com, Liberty Mutual, Hyundai (for the 2013 Super Bowl), Verizon Fios and General Electric.[6][7] His first major feature film role was in 2014's St. Vincent, where he starred alongside Bill Murray. Murray later recommended Martell to Cameron Crowe for the director's 2015 film, Aloha.[5]

In November 2018, Martell joined the cast of the Rian Johnson murder-mystery film Knives Out.[8] In March 2019, Martell joined the cast of the Apple miniseries Defending Jacob, based on the William Landay novel of the same name.[9]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2013 Grief The Child Short film / Mini Video
2014 St. Vincent Oliver Bronstein
Playing It Cool 6 Year Old Me
2015 Aloha Mitchell
Framed: The Adventures of Zion Man Walter Short film / Mini Video
2016 Midnight Special Alton Meyer
The Confirmation Anthony
2017 The Book of Henry Henry Carpenter
It Bill Denbrough Also known as It: Chapter One [5]
2019 The Lodge Aiden [1]
It: Chapter Two Young Bill Denbrough (flashbacks) Post-production; Shared role with James McAvoy
Knives Out Post-production [8]
The True Adventures of Wolfboy Paul Post-production
Low Tide Peter Post-production


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 American Dad! Additional voices Episode: "My Affair Lady"
2015–2016 Masters of Sex Johnny Masters Recurring role; 11 episodes
TBA Defending Jacob Jacob Barber [9]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Work Award Category Result Ref.
2014 St. Vincent Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Youth in Film Won [10]
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - Male Won [11]
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Youth Performance Nominated [12]
2015 Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Young Actor Nominated [13]
Online Film & Television Association Best Youth Performance Nominated [14]
2018 It MTV Movie & TV Awards Best On-Screen Team (with Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Jeremy Ray Taylor and Chosen Jacobs) Won [15]


  1. ^ a b Rooney, David (January 28, 2019). "'The Lodge': Film Review | Sundance 2019". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  2. ^ Rea, Steven (16 October 2014). "Jaeden Lieberher is taking big steps in acting". The Detroit News. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  3. ^ "UPI Almanac for Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018". United Press International. January 4, 2018. Archived from the original on January 4, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  4. ^ Brandes, Annika (December 13, 2017). "The 16th Unforgettable Gala Part 1: Michelle Lee, David Lim, and more!". The Kraze Magazine. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Vadala, Nick (March 30, 2017). "Philly-born actor Jaeden Lieberher featured in new trailers for 'It,' 'Book of Henry'". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on June 2, 2017. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "St. Vincent Production Notes" (PDF). St. Vincent official website. The Weinstein Company. p. 20. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 27, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  7. ^ "Midnight Special Press Kit" (PDF). WB Newsroom (in French). Warner Bros. France. p. 24. Archived (PDF) from the original on January 17, 2018. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Squires, John (November 10, 2018). "Four More Join 'Knives Out,' Including 'IT' Star Jaeden Lieberher and 'Last House on the Left' Star Riki Lindhome - Bloody Disgusting". bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Otterson, Joe (March 20, 2019). "Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell Join Chris Evans in Apple Series 'Defending Jacob'". Variety. Archived from the original on March 21, 2019. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  10. ^ "'Birdman' and genre love from Las Vegas film critics". HitFix. Uproxx Media Group. December 18, 2014. Archived from the original on January 27, 2018. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  11. ^ Krum, Logan (September 7, 2017). "Making IT big". South Philly Review. Archived from the original on January 27, 2018. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  12. ^ ""Boyhood" and "Birdman" Dominate This Year's Washington DC Film Critics Awards". Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association. December 8, 2014. Archived from the original on January 27, 2018. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  13. ^ Hughes, Jason; Pond, Steve (January 16, 2015). "Critics' Choice Movie Awards Winners: The Complete List". TheWrap. Archived from the original on July 3, 2017. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  14. ^ "2014: The Year of Birdman". Online Film & Television Association. Cinema Sight. Archived from the original on January 27, 2018. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  15. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (June 18, 2018). "MTV Movie & TV Awards Winners: 'Black Panther', 'Stranger Things' Among Top Honorees – Full List". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 5, 2018.

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