John Boyega


John Boyega is an English actor best known for his role as Finn in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. He has also appeared in other films such as Attack the Block and Detroit.

Early Life and Career

John Boyega was born on March 17, 1992, in London, England. He grew up in a family of Nigerian descent and began acting in school plays at a young age.

Boyega began his acting career in 2011, appearing in the British sci-fi film Attack the Block. He then went on to appear in several British television shows such as Becoming Human and Law & Order: UK.

Star Wars and Beyond

Boyega’s breakthrough role came in 2015 when he was cast as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He went on to reprise the role in The Last Jedi (2017) and The Rise of Skywalker (2019).

In addition to his work in the Star Wars franchise, Boyega has also appeared in other films such as Detroit (2017) and Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018). He has also lent his voice to animated projects such as Watership Down (2018).

Personal Life

Boyega is private about his personal life, but he has been open about his Nigerian heritage and his desire to promote diversity and representation in the entertainment industry.


Boyega is an active philanthropist and supports several charitable causes. He founded the production company “UpperRoom Productions” in 2016 with the goal of producing diverse and inclusive content. He has also worked with the charitable organization “JHC” which aims to help young people in south London achieve their full potential.

Awards and Honors

Boyega has been nominated for and won several awards throughout his career. In 2016, he won the BAFTA Rising Star Award for his work in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He was also nominated for a Teen Choice Award in 2017 for his role in The Last Jedi.

John Boyega on Twitter

John Boyega Fact File

Full Name John Adedayo B. Adegboyega
Date of Birth March 17, 1992
Place of Birth Peckham, London, England
Height 5′ 9″ (175 cm)
Nationality British
Education South Thames College
Occupation Actor, Producer
Years Active 2011 – present


Year Title Role
2011 Attack the Block Moses
2013 Junkhearts Jamal
2014 Half of a Yellow Sun Ugwu
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Finn
2017 Detroit Melvin Dismukes
2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi Finn
2018 Pacific Rim: Uprising Jake Pentecost
2018 Watership Down Bigwig (voice)
2019 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Finn
2019 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind William Kamkwamba
2020 Small Axe: Red, White and Blue Leroy Logan
2021 Naked Singularity Casi
2021 They Cloned Tyrone Tyrone (rumored)

Notable Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Title Result
2016 BAFTA Film Awards Rising Star Award Star Wars: The Force Awakens Won
2016 Black Reel Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor Star Wars: The Force Awakens Nominated
2016 Empire Awards Best Male Newcomer Star Wars: The Force Awakens Won
2018 Black Reel Awards Outstanding Actor, Motion Picture Detroit Nominated
2018 BET Awards Best Actor Detroit Nominated
2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Detroit Nominated
2019 Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture The Hate U Give Nominated
2021 Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Supporting Role Small Axe Nominated


John Boyega FAQs

Q: Where did John Boyega study acting?

A: John Boyega did not attend a formal acting school, but he did study performing arts at South Thames College in London.

Q: How did John Boyega get his breakthrough role in Star Wars?

A: John Boyega was discovered by J.J. Abrams, the director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, after auditioning for a different project. Abrams was impressed with Boyega’s talent and personality and invited him to audition for the role of Finn.

Q: What was John Boyega’s experience like working on the Star Wars franchise?

A: John Boyega has spoken candidly about his experience working on the Star Wars franchise, including the challenges of being a person of color in a predominantly white industry. He has also spoken about his love for the character of Finn and his appreciation for the opportunity to work with talented actors and filmmakers.

Q: What inspired John Boyega to start his own production company?

A: John Boyega started his production company, UpperRoom Productions, with the goal of creating diverse and inclusive content that reflected the experiences of people from different backgrounds. He has spoken about the lack of representation in the entertainment industry and his desire to change that by producing his own projects.

Q: What advice does John Boyega have for aspiring actors?

A: John Boyega has advised aspiring actors to be persistent and patient, and to keep honing their craft through training and practice. He has also emphasized the importance of being true to oneself and not compromising one’s values for the sake of success.

Articles that mention John Boyega

Images: Star Wars