How Old Was Princess Leia In Each Star Wars Movie & TV Show?

Summary

  • Princess Leia Organa, the iconic and well-known female character in the Star Wars franchise, has had a remarkable journey throughout her life.
  • At just 10 years old, Leia met Obi-Wan Kenobi in the series Obi-Wan Kenobi, showcasing her independence and confidence even at a young age.
  • At 19 years old, Leia played a crucial role in the Rebel Alliance during the events of Rogue One and A New Hope, taking on significant responsibilities and leading her fellow rebels in the fight against the Empire.

Princess Leia Organa is the most well-known female character in all of Star Wars, but many don’t know how old she was when she was saving the galaxy and fighting the Galactic Empire. As soon as she was first introduced in A New Hope, her signature hairstyle and quick-witted leadership made her an icon for generations of viewers. Some, however, might be surprised to learn just how old (or rather, young) Leia was as she led the Rebel Alliance through war.

Through the years, Leia has appeared in various capacities in both Star Wars movies and TV shows. Though most associated with the actor Carrie Fisher, who originated the role and played Leia in all of her major appearances, many actors have taken turns as the Princess of Alderaan, both in live-action and animation. Her story is one of the rarest in Star Wars; one that audiences have been able to watch from her birth to her death, and all the heroism in between.

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8 Princess Leia Was 10 Years Old In Obi-Wan Kenobi

Though she acts a lot older than 10

10 years after her birth on Polis Massa, Leia Organa met the titular Jedi Master in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. And even at a young age, the qualities of an older Leia were already apparent in the young princess, portrayed by Vivien Lyra Blair. Through her independence, confidence, and a little bit of sass, she was able to pull Kenobi out of his despair, and back into the fight against evil.

Many were surprised to learn that the show focused much more on Leia than on her twin brother, Luke. When she was abducted by bounty hunters in the very first episode, the stakes felt high immediately, even more so because of her young age. Luckily, Kenobi was able to save her, allowing her to live out her youth on Alderaan before joining the Rebel Alliance. The show also provided more context for why future Leia would name her child “Ben.”

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Obi-Wan Kenobi takes place 10 years after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, which showed Anakin’s fall to the dark side and the rise of Darth Vader. Obi-Wan is hiding on Tatooine and watching over Luke Skywalker before Bail Organa recruits him to save a kidnapped Leia. With a confrontation with Darth Vader inevitable, Obi-Wan Kenobi tells the story of a man of a destroyed alliance fighting to protect the future. Ewan McGregor returns as his fan-favorite Star Wars character, as does Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader.

Franchise(s) Star Wars Directors Deborah Chow Showrunner Joby Harold

7 How Old Was Princess Leia In Star Wars Rebels?

Her mission on Lothal came in 3 BBY, making her 16

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In her first canon animated appearance, Leia was already playing a dangerous game. At just 16 years old, she devised a plan to get much-needed ships to a rebel cell on Lothal. Working with Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger, she traveled to Lothal under the guise of a diplomatic mission on behalf of her father, Bail. While there, she allowed the rebels to steal her three Hammerhead corvettes and still found a way to pin the blame on her Imperial guard.

While it’s unclear how much Bail knew about the true nature of her mission, it is pretty impressive for a 16-year-old to be able to pull it off. It just goes to show that, from the very beginning of her life, Leia was determined to do the right thing, even at the risk of her own safety. Luke might be the main character of the original trilogy, but his sister was in the fight long before he ever was.

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Set between Episodes III and IV of the Star Wars film franchise, Star Wars Rebels is a canon animated series that follows a group of ragtag heroes who band together to face the Empire. In an age where the Galactic Empire is hunting down the last of the Jedi, a teenage outcast named Ezra Bridger is discovered to be force sensitive by a surviving Jedi known as Kanan Jarrus. Agreeing to join them and accept Jedi training, Ezra becomes a part of a small but growing crew of rebels determined to destroy the empire covertly.

Seasons 4 Showrunner Dave Filoni , Simon Kinberg

6 Leia Was 19 Years Old In Rogue One & A New Hope

Before hitting 20, Leia was already a leader in the Rebel Alliance

19 seems to be a significant age in Star Wars. Leia and Luke are both 19 in A New Hope. Han Solo is 19 in the prologue of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Anakin was 19 in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, when he lost his mother, became a Jedi Knight, and fought in a war. Rey was 19 in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. None of this is a coincidence; these movies are often about coming of age, and 19 is the perfect time to portray young adulthood.

Even so, it is pretty crazy to think that Leia had so much responsibility so early in her life. She was the youngest-elected Imperial Senator ever and served as a diplomat of Alderaan on many high-risk missions. She was in charge of perhaps the most important (and most dangerous) mission the Rebellion had ever attempted: stealing the plans for the almighty Death Star. At 19, most people are sleeping in college dorms and trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives. Leia was already working to save the galaxy.

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The film that began the Star Wars franchise, Episode IV – A New Hope tells the story of wistful Force-sensitive Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who longs to leave his home planet of Tatooine to fight the evil Empire. After inheriting his Jedi father’s weapon, a lightsaber, Luke sets off under the tutelage of Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) with smuggler Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to join the Rebellion and face the evil Darth Vader.

Director George Lucas Release Date May 25, 1977

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5 Leia Was 22 Years Old In The Empire Strikes Back

The time jump shows her growth as a leader and as a person

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Three years after the Battle of Yavin, we see Princess Leia again, this time as an important member of Echo Base, a rebel stronghold on the frozen planet of Hoth. As Vader and his troops launch a ground assault on the base, Leia is seen giving orders to the X-Wing pilots. So not only is she a diplomatic leader, but by 22, she is also leading soldiers in battle.

Leia also shows growth in other areas throughout the film. She is vulnerable enough to show and accept romantic feelings with Han, going so far as to tell him she loves him by the end of the movie. Empire is also the first time we see Leia connecting to the Force. After Luke loses his hand and falls down the shaft on Bespin, Leia senses his plight and turns the ship around to rescue him. By this time in her life, she is fully an adult, and she finds herself embroiled in fighting the Empire.

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1980 saw the continuation of the Skywalker Saga with Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Although this was the second film in the Star Wars series itself, it would end up being the fifth film chronologically in the Skywalker Saga itself. Created by George Lucas and directed by Irvin Kershner, this sequel sees Darth Vader attempting to locate the Rebel Alliance after they destroyed the Death Star.

Director Irvin Kershner Release Date May 21, 1980

4 Return Of The Jedi Was Just A Year After Empire Strikes Back

Which makes Leia Organa 23 years old

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By Return of the Jedi, Leia is not just leading from afar; she puts her own life at risk to help her friends. She disguises herself as a bounty hunter in order to save Han, and then slays Jabba the Hutt with his own restraining devices. Later on, she fights in the Battle of Endor, helping to secure a Rebel victory and the end of the Empire.

Leia’s character arc grows even stronger on Endor, especially as Luke reveals that the two are separated twins. Though they had reunited (and kissed, ugh!) at 19, the two did not fully realize who they were until they were 23. That is quite the revelation after all they had been through, but Leia takes it in stride. Luke also confirms that Leia is Force-sensitive, opening up a whole list of possibilities for Leia Organa Skywalker.

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The third film released and the sixth film chronologically in the Star Wars Saga, Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi is a sci-fi epic adventure film that continues the adventures of Luke, Leia, Han, and friends as they battle against the Empire. After a narrow escape but crushing defeat at the hands of the empire, the rebel alliance learns that a new Death Star has been constructed above the moon of Endor. With the war reaching its conclusion, the heroes will team with the forest planet’s inhabitants and prepare themselves for one final showdown with Darth Vander and the Galactic Empire.

Director Richard Marquand Release Date May 25, 1983

3 How Old Is Princess Leia In Ahsoka?

While we don’t actually see her, her presence is felt

Though there isn’t an exact date, context clues place the Ahsoka series around 11 ABY, which would make Leia around 30 years old. Leia’s never actually seen on screen, likely because of Fisher’s tragic passing in 2018. In episode 7 “Dreams and Madness,” Leia sends C-3PO to Hera Syndulla’s trial to absolve her of wrongdoing. It is also mentioned that Leia is now the head of the New Republic Defense Council.

Leia being mentioned was a touching tribute to Fisher, and also a reminder of just how important Leia is to the New Republic at this time. At just 30, she is already in charge of an entire government department. She already has enough power to supersede a legal council to help her friend. In true Leia fashion, she is unafraid to use a little deception to do the right thing.

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Ahsoka is a Sci-Fi television series based in the Star Wars universe developed by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni. Starring Rosario Dawson, this series follows Ahsoka Tano as she works with Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo), her trusty droid Huyang (David Tennant), and Hera Syndulla (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) to prevent the return of the villanious Grand Admiral Thrawn. Ahsoka acts as a live-action continuation of the animated series Star Wars: Rebels.

Seasons 1 Showrunner Dave Filoni

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2 Princess Leia Is 53 Years Old In The Force Awakens & The Last Jedi

And still just as vibrant as ever

In one of the most anticipated returns in the sequels, Fisher came back as Princess Leia, now a senator of the New Republic and general of The Resistance. This marked her first live-action appearance since Return of the Jedi. Though older in years, her beauty, grace, and humor remained.

The sequels portray an older, wiser Leia. She is not as brash as she once was, and her years of experience shine through in her calm leadership and expert decision-making. The general is more in tune with the Force. She is also a mother, which adds a new level of responsibility and grief. Similar to the group dynamics in the original trilogy, Leia’s moral need to do the right thing shines through above the character flaws of her friends.

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Set 30 years after Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the JediStar Wars: The Force Awakens teams new heroes Finn (John Boyega), Rey (Daisy Ridley), and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), who is now a General in the Rebel Alliance. Together they try to track down Luke Skywalker while battling the First Order, led by the villainous Kylo Ren. The Force Awakens is the first Star Wars film to be produced by Disney and was directed by JJ Abrams.

Director J.J. Abrams Release Date December 17, 2015

1 How Old Was Leia When She Died In The Rise Of Skywalker?

Just one year passes during the sequels, making Leia 54

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Each of the sequels focuses on one of the original three protagonists taking on a mentorship role for Rey: Han in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Luke in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Leia in Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker. It is unknown how much the plot changed after Fisher’s tragic passing, but the movie still pays homage to both the actor and the character, providing a touching tribute as Leia’s story comes to an end.

In just 54 years, Princess, Senator, and General Leia Organa Skywalker Solo lived a full life.

In the final Skywalker saga movie, Leia is seen training as a Jedi with Luke, and later, the general trains Rey. Before passing, she uses the last of her strength to reach out to her son through the Force, a major turning point in his story. Leia dies peacefully, with R2-D2 by her side, the lone witness at both her birth and death. Like the actor who portrayed her, Leia was gone too soon, but her legacy continues through Rey, and every fan who has been inspired by the Princess of Alderaan along the way.

In just 54 years, Princess, Senator, and General Leia Organa Skywalker Solo lived a full life. That is apparent just in her name and titles. Perhaps the most impressive part, however, is how young Leia Organa was at each pivotal moment in her life. Her Star Wars story serves as a reminder that it is never too early to fight for what you believe in.

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This is the third installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and serves as the culmination of the Skywalker saga. The film sees Rey (Daisy Ridley), Poe (Oscar Isaac), and Finn (John Boyega) team up to put an end to the First Order after Palpatine mysteriously returns. Jurassic World helmsman Colin Trevorrow was originally named director back in 2015 when the film first entered development, but he parted ways with Lucasfilm due to creative differences over the script. In September 2017, Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams signed on to finish what he started.

Director J.J. Abrams Release Date December 20, 2019

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