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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 Wesley Lieberher (born January 4, 2003), known professionally as Jaeden Martell,[1] is an American actor. He is known for his role as Bill Denbrough in the 2017 and 2019 film adaptations of the Stephen King novel It.

Life and career

Martell was born on January 4, 2003,[2] the son of Wes Lieberher, a Los Angeles-based chef de cuisine, and Angela Teresa Martell.[3] 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.[4] His maternal grandmother, Chisun Martell, is Korean.[3]

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.[5][6] 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.[4] He played the title character in the 2017 film The Book of Henry.[4] Martell received further recognition for his starring role as Bill Denbrough in the 2017 supernatural horror film It and its 2019 follow-up It Chapter Two.[7]

In November 2018, Martell joined the cast of the Rian Johnson murder-mystery film Knives Out.[7] In March 2019, now credited as Martell, he joined the cast of the Apple miniseries Defending Jacob, based on the William Landay novel of the same name.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
2013 Grief The Child Short film
2014 St. Vincent Oliver Bronstein
Playing It Cool 6 Year Old Me
2015 Aloha Mitchell
Framed: The Adventures of Zion Man Walter Short film
2016 Midnight Special Alton Meyer
The Confirmation Anthony
2017 The Book of Henry Henry Carpenter
It Bill Denbrough [4]
2019 The Lodge Aidan [1]
Low Tide Peter
The True Adventures of Wolfboy Paul
It Chapter Two Bill Denbrough
Knives Out Jacob Thrombrey [7]


Year Title Role Notes
2015 American Dad! Additional voices Episode: "My Affair Lady"
2015–2016 Masters of Sex Johnny Masters 11 episodes
TBA Defending Jacob Jacob Barber Filming[8]

Awards and nominations

Year Work Award Category Result Ref.
2014 St. Vincent Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Youth in Film Won [9]
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - Male Won [10]
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Youth Performance Nominated [11]
2015 Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Young Actor Nominated [12]
Online Film & Television Association Best Youth Performance Nominated [13]
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 [14]


  1. ^ a b Rooney, David (January 28, 2019). "'The Lodge': Film Review | Sundance 2019". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ a b Brandes, Annika (December 13, 2017). "The 16th Unforgettable Gala Part 1: Michelle Lee, David Lim, and more!". The Kraze Magazine. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d 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.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ a b c 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.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "'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.
  10. ^ Krum, Logan (September 7, 2017). "Making IT big". South Philly Review. Archived from the original on January 27, 2018. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  11. ^ ""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.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ "2014: The Year of Birdman". Online Film & Television Association. Cinema Sight. Archived from the original on January 27, 2018. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  14. ^ 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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