Jay Laga'aia is best 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 role of Draco in several episodes of the television series Xena: Warrior Princess.
Jay 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.
In 2007, Laga'aia released a children's album, Come Dance and Sing.
Jay currently narrates each of the characters on the children's show Larry the Lawnmower which airs on Channel Seven. In November 2009, it was confirmed that Laga'aia had joined the cast of Australian soap opera Home and Away, as Reverend Elijah Johnson. Jay released his second CD for children, I Can Play Anything, in August 2010