John Boyega is an English actor who first rose to prominence in the United Kingdom before achieving international fame. He began his career in the entertainment industry in 2011 and has already amassed a personal estimated net worth of $6 million. Here is how this famous actor has become so successful and has been able to earn so much money is such a short period of time.
He was born as John Adeyao B. Adegboyega on March 17, 1992, in London, England. When he began his acting career in 1991, he changed his name to John Boyega for professional reasons. He showed promise as an actor from early childhood when he performed in school productions.
While he was still at primary school, he was noticed by the artistic director of Theatre Peckham, Teresa Early. He joined the theater after receiving funding from a hardship fund. Boyega continued to perform in amateur productions throughout his teens.
The actor got his first professional break in 2011 when he performed in several films. He was cast in the film ‘Attack the Block’ and was then cast in the boxing drama ‘Da Brick’ in the same year. Also in 2011, he played the drug dealer Jamal in ‘Junkhearts.
His role in ‘Attack the Block is what initially launched him to fame in the UK. He played the main role of Moses and won a Black Reel Award for Best Actor for his outstanding performance of this role. This British comedy horror film was written and directed by Joe Cornish. It also starred Jodie Whitaker, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, and Leeon Jones.
By 2012, he had risen to prominence in the UK and had even been named as one of the ‘UK Stars of Tomorrow’ by Fionnuala Halligan from Screen International. The same year, he was in the cast of ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’, which is a film adaptation of the book of the same name by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
2014 was the year that John Boyega’s fortunes took an upward turn as he was cast as Finn, one of the lead characters, in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. This was his first major film and it was released in December 2015. He received great acclaim for his performance and he rose to international prominence as a result of this. He also won the BAFTA Rising Star Award and the Empire Award for the Best Newcomer.
Boyega then starred in the film ‘Detroit’ in 2017. This was Kathryn Bigelow’s film about the 1967 riots in Detroit. In the same year, he played the role of Ty in ‘The Circle’. He then resumed the role of Finn in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’. By this time, he had become a well-known actor in the film industry.
Although his roles in these films have been the main source of his income and the reason why he has amassed a net worth of $6 million, acting has not been his only source of income as he has also become a producer. He formed his own production company, Upperroom Entertainment Limited, in 2016.
John Boyega’s latest venture is the upcoming film ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ which is the sequel to the 2013 movie ‘Pacific Rim’. He is starring in this movie in the lead role of Jake Pentecost and is also co-producing this movie with Legendary Entertainment. This film is directed by Steven S. DeKnight who also co-wrote the film with Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder, and T.S. Nowlin. It also stars Scott Eastwood, Jing Tian, Cailee Spaeny, Rinko Kikuchi, and Burn Gorman.
Although this movie was originally scheduled for release in 2017, it was not released until March 23, 2018. This was a high budget movie as it is estimated that the film cost between $150 and 176 million to make. However, it is already a commercial success as it has grossed $288.3 million at the worldwide box office. This means that John Boyega has made a successful debut in film production.
In an acting career that spans just seven years, John Boyega has achieved great things, including financial success. Now that he is a big name in Hollywood, his personal fortune is set to rise further as this actor is now in demand and can command large sums of money for his appearances in films in the future.