John Adedayo B. Adeboyega, better known as John Boyega, could be described as a passionate actor, whose rising profile has received international accolades. The energy and enthusiasm he employs in his movies have stood him out as a force to reckon with, especially when the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens – the seventh film of the Star Wars series, and its 2017 sequel Star Wars: The Last Jodi, are used as reference points
John developed a passion for acting far back in his primary school days when he played his first role in a play at his primary school, Oliver Goldsmith Primary School, as Leopard. It was here that he was noticed by Teresa Early, the artistic director of Theatre Peckham, a learning theatre for young people in South London. He was known to have spent his after school hours-time at the theatre until his 14 years. He however, rose to prominence in his native United Kingdom for his role as Moses in the 2011 sci-fi comedy film, Attack the Block.
Before he fully joined the theatre, his father, a preacher, had wanted him to become a preacher too, but had to embrace his son’s theatrical passion thereafter. During his secondary education at Westminster City School, he took part in countless school productions, before proceeding to study Performing Arts in South Thames College. His passion for acting made most of his activities at the college noticeable, one of which is playing the title role in the college’s production of Othello.
After his college education, he enrolled at the University of Greenwich to obtain BA in Film Studies & Media Writing, but passion for acting made him drop out. Since then, he has featured in various historical drama film like Pacific Rim Uprising in 2018, Detroit in 2017, The Circle in 2017, Imperial Dreams in 2014, Half of a Yellow Sun in 2013, Junkhearts in 2011, four episodes of the television series 24: Live Another Day, and TV shows like Star Wars Forces of Destiny in 2017, Watership Down in 2017, Major Lazer in 2015, and Becoming Human in 2011. He has received the British Academy Film Awards for Rising Star in 2016. Indeed, he is a rising star.