By George Stephens • 05 December 2019 • 14:14
Star Wars actor John Boyega says he’s met Americans who don’t realise there are black people living in London.
The 27-year-old, who was brought up in Peckham by British-Nigerian parents, says he thinks such attitudes are fuelled by the under-representation of black UK talent.
He spoke with the Radio Times of his experience while promoting his first film, Attack The Block.
“I’m black British and I’m from London,” he said.
“And that in itself is something that the world doesn’t know about yet. I met American people – civilians of a first-world country – who were confused that there were black people in London.”
After starring in the 2011 sci-fi comedy, Boyega was cast in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, after a lengthy seven-month audition process.
He went on to explain why representation in popular culture is very important “That’s why entertainment is so special, it’s a great chance to bring people together and open them up to things they haven’t seen before.”
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