John Boyega

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John Boyega
Born(1992-03-17) 17 March 1992 (age 21)
Peckham, South London, England
OccupationActor
Years active2011–present
 
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John Boyega
Born(1992-03-17) 17 March 1992 (age 21)
Peckham, South London, England
OccupationActor
Years active2011–present

John Boyega (born 17 March 1992) is a British actor, best known for playing Moses in the 2011 science fiction film Attack the Block.[1]

Early life[edit]

Boyega was born in Peckham, South London,[2] and his first role was that of a leopard in a play at his primary school[3] at the age of 5. He later took part in various school productions and attended classes at Theatre Peckham.

Career[edit]

Boyega trained at the Identity Drama School, Hackney,[4] and appeared in the plays Six Parties at the National Theatre and Category B at the Tricycle Theatre[5] prior to being offered the role in Attack the Block.[6]

In September 2011, HBO announced 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 scripted by John Ridley,[7] but was passed upon by HBO.[8] In March 2012, Boyega was cast in the film version of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's book Half of a Yellow Sun.[9] Later on in the year of 2011 he played in the movie "Junkhearts". He portrayed a drug dealer who had found some guns and tried to sell them.

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2011Attack the BlockMoses
JunkheartsJamal
Law & Order: UKJamal ClarksonEpisode: "Survivor's Guilt"
Da BrickDonniePilot
2012My MurderShakilus Townsend
Half of a Yellow SunUgwu
2014The WhaleWilliam Bond

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearTitleAwardCategoryResult
2011Attack the BlockBritish Independent Film AwardsMost Promising NewcomerWon
2012Black Reel AwardsBest ActorWon
Best Breakthrough PerformanceWon
Best EnsembleWon
New York Film Academy AwardsBest Actor in a Leading Role - ComedyWon

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tom Lamont (8 May 2011). "Meet the new kids on the block". The Observer. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  2. ^ McCorkell, Andrew (1 May 2011). "'War of the Worlds' meets 'Skins' on London movie set". The Independent (London: INM). ISSN 0951-9467. OCLC 185201487. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Attack of John Boyega". Interview. 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Hall of Fame". identitydramaschool.com. 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Attack the Block feature item". dvd365.net. 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Jen Yamato (1 August 2011). "Attack the Block’s John Boyega on Going ‘From Hoodie to Hero,’ and Taking Hollywood by Storm". Movieline. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Catriona Wightman (1 September 2011). "John Boyega to star in Mike Tyson, Spike Lee HBO pilot 'Da Brick' - US TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Morgan Jeffery (14 March 2012). "'Da Brick': HBO passes on Mike Tyson boxing drama - US TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Ben Pearson (29 March 2012). "Attack the Block star John Boyega joins Half of a Yellow Sun". Filmonic. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 

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