Age: 29
Notable Role: Finn (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

John Boyega was doing great work long before he was internationally recognized for playing Finn, the former storm trooper and Empire deserter with a heart of gold, in the new Star Wars films. He was first recognized in Britain for playing Moses in Attack the Block back in 2011 and has only gained momentum from there. During his Star Wars stint, he was also in Pacific Rim: Uprising as Jake Pentecost. If you haven’t seen Steve McQueen’s Small Axe, make sure to check it out. Boyega was nominated for Best Leading Actor at the BAFTA Awards for his portrayal of Leroy Logan