Playing Finn in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” propelled John boyega to the global stage. It’s a stellar leap from the small roles he held in Fox’s “24: Live Another Day” miniseries and the Sundance-acclaimed indie film “Imperial Dreams,” but it’s a part that could define his career.
He was also part of The Circle (2017), the drama films Imperial Dreams (2014), four episodes of the TV series 24: Live Another Day (2014) and the historical fiction drama film Half of a Yellow Sun (2013).
He started acting at London’s local performing arts center for talented children called Theatre Peckham. Boyega went to the theater almost every day after school and during weekends. When he was 16, he studied performing arts at South Thames College and joined Hackney’s Identity School of Acting. He also enrolled at Greenwich University, but he left it to concentrate on acting when his career took off.
After training at Hackney’s Identity School of Acting, Boyega acted in the plays Six Parties and Category B. His breakthrough came with a role in the sci-fi Attack the Block (2011, salary: $300,000), where he won the Black Reel Award for Best Actor, among various nominations. In 2011, chief critic and reviews editor of the magazine Screen International, Fionnuala Halligan, chose Boyega as one of the “UK Stars of Tomorrow 2011”. Boyega was showcased on the front cover of July 2011 Screen International.
Soon, he was given a significant role in the film Half of a Yellow Sun (2013, salary: $2,000), an adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s eponymous novel, and later starred in the critically acclaimed Imperial Dreams (2014).
Boyega’s next role as stormtrooper Finn, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015, salary: $450,000) earned him the BAFTA Rising Star Award, Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer, and several other nominations.
January 2016 saw Boyega launch the production company, Upperroom Entertainment Limited. The same year, Boyega announced that Upperroom Entertainment would join hands with Legendary Entertainment to co-produce Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018), sequel to 2013’s Pacific Rim, where Boyega has the lead role. He is also set to lend voice to the 2017 animated TV series Watership Down.
His other movies include: Junkhearts (2011, salary: $15,000), The Circle (2017) and Detroit (2017).
Boyega also acted in the TV series Becoming Human (2011, salary: $10,000), Law & Order: UK (2011), My Murder (2012, TV film, salary: $4,000), The Whale (2012, TV film), 24: Live Another Day (2014, salary: $10,000), Major Lazer (2015, voice role, salary: $20,000), Saturday Night Live (2015) and Tinkershrimp & Dutch (2016).
An equally good voice-actor too, he has lent voice as Finn to the video games Disney Infinity 3.0 (2015, salary: $3,000) and Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2016). Boyega also played Finn in the theme park attraction Star Tours – The Adventures Continue (2015).
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John Adedayo Adegboyega net worth: $2 Million