John Boyega was born in London, England on March 17, 1992, to British- Nigerian parents, Abigail, and Samson Adegboyega. He attended Oliver Goldsmith Primary School and Westminster City School for his primary and secondary education, after which he attended South Thames College where he acquired a National Diploma in Performing Arts. He later enrolled at the University of Greenwich to study BA Film Studies & Media Writing. Eventually dropping out of school to allocate more time to his acting career.
John Boyega’s debut movie role was in the British sci-fi comedy “Attack the Block”. In 2011, he acted in the film “Junkhearts” as Jamal, a drug dealer, after which he was later chosen by Fionnuala Halligan of Screen International as one of the “UK Stars of Tomorrow 2011” where he appeared alongside two other actors on the front cover of the 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, news had it that Boyega had been cast as a lead character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In 2017, Boyega starred in Detroit, Kathryn Bigelow’s film about the 1967 Detroit riots.
He is a fan of Marvel Comics and had hoped to play the Marvel character, Black Panther.
In January 2016, Boyega formed his own production company, Upperroom Entertainment Limited. He later announced in June 2016, that his company would be co-producing the sequel to the 2013 movie “Pacific Rim,” which also stars him as the lead actor.
In an interview John Boyega revealed that he actually had training with Mike Bamiloye and Gloria Bamiloye when they were in the United Kingdom. He had been nominated for multiple awards, some of which are; Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer, London Film Critics’ Circle Award for Young British Performer of the Year, Empire Award for Best Actor and MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance.
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