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Friday, 25 September 2015

BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRO-BRITISH " JOHN BOYEGA " IS A BRITISH ACTOR, BEST KNOWN FOR PLAYING MOSES IN HIS 2011 FILM DEBUT ATTACK THE BLOCK : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

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John Boyega


John Boyega
John Boyega by Gage Skidmore.jpg
John Boyega at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International.
Born17 March 1992 (age 23)
Peckham, London, England
OccupationActor
Years active2011–present
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Weight161 lb (73 kg)[2]
John Boyega (born 17 March 1992) is a British actor, best known for playing Moses in his 2011 film debut Attack the Block.[3]Boyega will play Finn in the upcoming 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Early life


John Boyega (2nd from the left), together with Josh WigginsKodi Smit-McPhee and Sharon Swart (from the left to the right)
Boyega was born in Peckham, London,[4] to Nigerian parents.[5] His first role was that of a leopard in a play at his primary school at the age of five.[6] He attended Westminster City School as a teenager. He later took part in various school productions and attended classes at Theatre Peckham. He was a performing arts student at South Thames College in Wandsworth and was active in theatre productions there, including the lead in Othello in 2010.

Career

Boyega trained at the Identity School of Acting in Hackney,[7] and appeared in the plays Six Parties at the National Theatre andCategory B at the Tricycle Theatre prior to being offered a role in the 2011 film Attack the Block.[8][9] In September 2011, HBOannounced that Boyega had been cast in the boxing drama pilot Da Brick, loosely based on Mike Tyson's life. Boyega was expected to play Donnie, who is released from a juvenile detention centre on his 18th birthday and begins to examine what it means to be a man. The pilot was written by John Ridley,[10] but was not picked up by HBO.[11] Also in 2011, he acted in the film Junkhearts in which he portrayed a drug dealer who found some guns and tried to sell them.
Boyega was chosen by Fionnuala Halligan of Screen International, as one of the "UK Stars of Tomorrow 2011" and appeared alongside only two other actors on the front cover of that magazine in its July 2011 edition.[12]
In March 2012, Boyega was cast in the film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's book Half of a Yellow Sun.[13]
On 29 April 2014, it was confirmed that Boyega had been cast as a lead character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.[14]
Boyega has stated in an interview that he is a fan of Marvel Comics, and that he had hoped to play the Marvel character Black Panther.[15]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2011Attack the BlockMosesBlack Reel Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Nominated – Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer
Nominated – Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Nominated – London Film Critics' Circle Award for Young British Performer of the Year
2011JunkheartsJamal
2012My MurderShakilus TownsendTelevision film
2013Half of a Yellow SunUgwu
2013The WhaleWilliam BondTelevision film
2014Imperial DreamsBambi
2015Star Wars: The Force AwakensFinnPost-production; lead role
2016The CircleTyFilming

Television


YearTitleRoleNotes
2011Da BrickDonniePilot
2011Becoming HumanDanny Curtis4 episodes
2011Law & Order: UKJamal ClarksonEpisode: "Survivor's Guilt"
201424: Live Another DayChris Tanner4 episodes
2015Major LazerBlkmrkt (voice)Supporting role