Star Wars actor Jake Lloyd has reportedly been transferred to a psychiatric ward after spending nearly 10 months in jail.

The actor who starred as a young Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace was arrested last year after he led police on a high-speed chase across two counties in South Carolina.

According to TMZ, the child-star was transferred to the psychiatric centre after authorities concluded he needed help with his schizophrenia.

A scene from the movie Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
A scene from the movie Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

Lloyd's mother Lisa told the gossip website she can already see an improvement in Jake's personality since the transfer.

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Lisa revealed her son's struggles with the mental disorder to TMZ last year, and said Lloyd attacked her several months earlier after failing to take his medication.

The 27-year-old actor was charged last northern summer with reckless driving, failure to stop and driving without a driver's licence after he eventually crashed through a fence, NY Daily News reports.

- AAP