The African Media unveils the biography of John Boyega in this article. John Adedayo Bamidele Adegboyega known professionally as John Boyega, is a British-Nigerian actor and producer.
He first rose to prominence in his native Britain for his role as Moses in the sci-fi comedy film Attack the Block (2011), and his international breakthrough came with his role as Finn in the Star Wars sequel trilogy films The Force Awakens (2015), The Last Jedi (2017), and The Rise of Skywalker (2019).
John Boyega Biography
John Adedayo Bamidele Adegboyega was born on 17 March 1992 in the Peckham district of London, to Abigail (née Aboderin), who works with disabled people, and Samson Adegboyega, a Pentecostal minister. He has two older sisters. His parents are both of Nigerian descent.
His first acting role was as a leopard in a play while at Oliver Goldsmith Primary School. While acting in another play there at age nine, he was noticed by Teresa Early, the artistic director of Theatre Peckham, a learning theatre for young people who live in south London.
He spent his time there outside school hours from ages nine to fourteen. There was a rumour that his father wanted Boyega to become a minister like himself, but he has denied this in an interview with Sam Sanders on Fresh Air. He states that his father was supportive of his theatrical interests. Boyega and his sister Grace were among the last people to see Damilola Taylor alive: they were friends and the Boyegas helped watch him.
In 2003, Boyega began his secondary education at Westminster City School, where he partook in various school productions. From 2008 to 2010, he attended South Thames College at the college’s Wandsworth campus to study for a National Diploma in Performing Arts. His activities at the college included playing the title role in the college’s production of Othello.
He enrolled at the University of Greenwich to study for a BA in film studies and media writing, but dropped out to focus on his acting career. He trained with the Identity School of Acting in London, and became a patron of its Los Angeles branch when it opened in 2018.
Boyega trained at the Identity School of Acting in Hackney, and appeared in Six Parties at the National Theatre and Category B at the Tricycle Theatre prior to being offered a role in the 2011 film Attack the Block. In September 2011, HBO announced that Boyega had been cast in the boxing drama pilot Da Brick, loosely based on Mike Tyson’s life. Boyega was expected to play Donnie, who is released from a juvenile detention centre on his 18th birthday and begins to examine what it means to be a man. The pilot was written by John Ridley, but was not picked up by HBO. Also in 2011, he acted in the film Junkhearts in which he portrayed Jamal, a drug dealer who finds some guns and tries to sell them.
Boyega was chosen by Fionnuala Halligan of Screen International as one of the “UK Stars of Tomorrow 2011” and appeared alongside two other actors on the front cover of that magazine in its July 2011 edition. In March 2012, Boyega was cast in the film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book Half of a Yellow Sun. On 29 April 2014, it was confirmed that Boyega had been cast as a major character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It was later revealed Boyega would play Finn, a stormtrooper for the First Order, who leaves the military power after witnessing their cruelty in his first combat mission before joining the fight against them. The film was released on 18 December 2015. Both the film and Boyega’s performance received acclaim from critics and audiences alike.
In 2017, Boyega starred in Detroit, Kathryn Bigelow’s film about the 1967 Detroit riots. The same year, he reprised his role as Finn in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
In January 2016, Boyega formed his own production company, Upperroom Entertainment Limited. His company co-produced Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018), the sequel to the 2013 movie Pacific Rim, alongside Legendary Entertainment. Boyega also starred in the lead role of the film, Jake Pentecost. In 2019 John teased his new collaboration with Writer/Director Sebastian Thiel. The two are in development of a series based on their childhood experiences, which Boyega will be producing.
In November 2018 it was announced that Boyega would be starring alongside Letitia Wright in a novel adaption of Hold Back the Stars. Boyega has also been cast in Steve McQueen’s miniseries Small Axe.
In 2018, Boyega subsequently reprised his role as Finn in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, released in 2019. In an interview on Good Morning America, Boyega revealed that he had accidentally left his script in a hotel room during filming. The script subsequently surfaced on eBay but was bought by a Lucasfilm employee to prevent it from being leaked.
In response to a tweet suggesting he should play the DC Comics character Static in a live-action role, Boyega suggested that he would be too old to star in the role and that he would be interested in seeing a newcomer cast as the character, while himself expressing interest in playing the DC character of Red Hood.
In the 2020 and 2021 editions of the Powerlist, Boyega was listed in the Top 100 of the most influential people in the UK of African/African-Caribbean descent. More recently, his production company UpperRoom set a first look deal with VIS Kids. Moreover, he had been filming the Netflix original series Rebel Ridge when he unexpectedly walked out mid-production due to family issues.
In 2011, he won the best actor at the Black Reel Awards with the film Attack the Block. In 2015, he won the British Academy Film Awards as the Rising star of the year. In that same year he also won the best male new comer at the Empire Awards with the movie Star Wars (the false awaken).
In 2020, he won two awards with the movie Small Axe. He won the best actor in a limited series or TV Movie and best supporting actor (Television) at the Critics Choice Television Award and Global Awards respectively.
He has an estimated net worth of $6 million