John Adedayo B. Adegboyega (born 17 March 1992), known professionally as John Boyega was born in Peckham, south London, to British Nigerian parents, Abigail (née Aboderin), a social worker, and Samson Adegboyega, a Pentecostal minister.
On 29 April 2014, it was confirmed that Boyega had been cast as a lead character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It was later revealed Boyega would play Finn, a stormtrooper for the First Order, who leaves the military power after witnessing their cruelty in his first combat mission before joining the fight against them. The film was released on 18 December 2015. Both the film and Boyega's performance received acclaim from both audiences and critics.