John Boyega Biography
John Boyega Biography: John Boyega, is a British actor and producer best known for his role as Moses in the 2011 comedy film ‘Attack the Block.’
He is most recognized for his portrayal as Finn in the seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ In 2010, he made his main stage debut as the title character in ‘Othello.’
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To make a name for himself, he founded his own production company and appeared in numerous films and television shows. He is a self-made man from a low-income family in South London.
His Nigerian parents wanted him to be a preacher, like his father, but supported his ambition of becoming an actor and gained financial assistance for his formal education in acting. He joined Theatre Peckham and learnt acting in his free time after attending school. He later went on to get a diploma in Performing Arts and left half way through BA in Film Studies & Media Writing to concentrate on his professional career.
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Boyega was born in Peckham, South London, on March 17, 1992, to Nigerian immigrant parents, Abigall and Samson. His father was a Pentecostal preacher who encouraged him to follow in his father’s footsteps, and his mother worked with the disabled.
He grew up in a public housing estate and went to Oliver Goldsmith Primary School. He recognized his ability for acting at the age of five and focused all of his efforts on developing it.
Teresa Early, the director of Theatre Peckham, saw him in a school performance when he was nine years old. With a little financial assistance from a hardship fund and the support of his parents, he joined Theatre Peckham and learnt acting after school hours along with other children of South London between the age of nine and 14.
In 2003, he got admission in Westminster City School. While in school he participated in various plays. He went on to join South Thames College at the Wandsworth campus to study for a course in National Diploma in Performing Arts. He made his mark in college playing the title role in the college’s production of ‘Othello’.
Later, he went to University of Greenwich to take up BA Film Studies & Media Writing but dropped out to start his own acting career.
Boyega made his feature film debut in 2011, playing the role of Moses in the British science-fiction comedy “Attack the Block.” Later in the year, he portrayed a drug dealer in the drama “Junkhearts.” In 2013, Boyega had a supporting role in the film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel “Half of a Yellow Sun,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandiwe Newton.
The next year, he had a leading role in the Netflix film “Imperial Dreams,” playing a reformed gangster who tries to reintegrate into his Los Angeles community after being released from prison. The film won the Audience Award when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2014.
He formed his own production company in 2016 and called it Upperroom Entertainment Limited. He co-produced, alongside Legendary Entertainment, and starred in the lead role in a sequel to the 2013 movie, “Pacific Rim’, called ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’. He also starred in Kathryn Bigelow’s movie about the 1967 Detroit riots.
He will soon appear in the upcoming thriller, ‘The Circle’, co-starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks.