John Boyega is an English actor, renowned for appearing in the role of Finn in the Star Wars franchise. The actor has also gained notable attention from the audience, especially in Britain, for appearing in the film Attack the Block.
Boyega's preacher father was supportive of his career choice
John was born on 17 March 1992 in Peckham, London to Samson and Abigail. Samson wanted his son to become a preacher too, but he never discouraged him from pursuing his interests.
He began acting in plays when he was only 9 and was discovered by Theater Peckham’s artistic director Teresa Early. Eventually, he started his training at the theater and began performing in various school productions. He also performed in plays, the most notable one being Othello, when he was attending South Thames College. After graduating, he went on to study Films Studies and Media Writing at the University of Greenwich but he dropped out to concentrate on his career.
Boyega's debut film earned him a Black Reel Award
Although Boyega dropped out from the university, he continued training at the Identity School of Acting in Hackney, and within a year, he received his first film role as Moses in Attack the Block. For his highly acclaimed performance, he won a Black Reel Award for Best Actor along with six more nominations for various awards.
In 2011, Boyega also received his first television role in the drama series Da Brick, but HBO never picked the series. Regardless the disappointment he faced, the year 2011 proved to become a good start for his career as he was chosen as one of the UK Stars of Tomorrow 2011 by Fionnuala Halligan of Screen International.
He received the most important role of his career, i.e. FN-2187/Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015. The role gained him broad exposure along with his first BAFTA Rising Star Award and Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer. He also received six other nominations.
In 2017, he has already appeared in two movies – The Circle and Detroit, and he is scheduled to reprise his role as Finn in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. He has also been signed to appear in the lead role in the film Pacific Rim: Uprising.
Star Wars is hindering John Boyega's love life
The young and talented actor, John does not have a girlfriend, but it does not mean that he is not interested in one. Last year, during an interview with Toronto Sun, he stated that he is determined to find someone who is not just interested in his success. However, his expectation has recently spoiled a date with an unrevealed girl.
John had convinced the girl to go on a date in New York City without letting her know about his professional side.
I tried to go on a date recently with a girl who knew nothing about me which was fantastic.- John Boyega
They had gone to Manhattan’s Times Square. The date was going fine until the girl asked him about his work. As a reflex, he pointed at a huge Star Wars billboard, and it turned the whole situation. Maybe, it would have impressed the girl, but John couldn’t handle the way he elevated himself, and it completely spoiled the date.
Boyega is convinced that Star Wars is hindering his love life, but he also can’t deny that the movie has caused a significant elevation in his fame, earning him a position in the list of the most influential Europeans under 30 by Forbes magazine.
|Birthday||March 17, 1992|
|Age||26 Years Old|