JOHN BOYEGA (Jake Pentecost/Produced by), recipient of the British Academy of
Film and Television Arts' 2016 Rising Star Award and the Chopard Trophy at
Cannes, captured worldwide attention for his starring role in Star Wars: The
Force Awakens, released by Disney/Lucasfilm in December 2015. Directed by J.J.
Abrams, the film grossed over $2 billion worldwide, shattering box-office
records and stamping its place in history as the highest-grossing U.S. film
release of all time and third-highest internationally. He reprised the role of
Finn in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson in December 2017.
In 2017, Boyega starred in director Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit, which was
released by Annapurna Pictures. Written by Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark
Thirty), the true story followed the civil unrest and riots that descended on
Detroit for five days during summer 1967.
In 2014, he starred in the Netflix feature Imperial Dreams, which won the
Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival; and the in 2017, he starred
in James Ponsoldt's adaptation of Dave Eggers' book The Circle opposite Tom
Hanks and Emma Watson.
In theater, Boyega starred in the London West End production of Woyzeck at The
Old Vic Theatre. He trained at the Identity School of Acting before booking his
first roles on stage in Six Parties, directed by Emma Keele at The National
Theatre, and Category B at The Tricycle Theatre, directed by Paulette Randall.
Additional theater credits include Seize the Day (Tricycle Theatre) and
Detaining Justice (Tricycle Theatre).
Boyega first garnered industry attention in Joe Cornish's cult sci-fi film
Attack the Block, which won the Audience Award at SXSW in 2011 among other
accolades that year. He went on to star in Half of a Yellow Sun alongside
Chiwetel Ejiofor; the HBO pilot Da Brick, directed by Spike Lee; the BBC film My
Murder, directed by Bruce Goodison; and the BBC/Discovery feature length drama
The Whale, alongside Martin Sheen.
His television credits include the critically acclaimed BBC series Becoming
Human, Law & Order: UK for ITV and 24: Live Another Day. He currently resides in