John Boyega, Daisy Ridley Named Among Forbes' 30 Under 30 List

John Boyega and Daisy Ridley
John Boyega and Daisy Ridley

John Boyega and Daisy Ridley’s stars have soared beyond a galaxy far, far away since appearing in worldwide hit “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Naturally, the young actors have earned a spot among other movers and shakers in showbiz featured on Forbes’ annual 30 Under 30 – Entertainment and Hollywood list, announced Monday.

Before finding international fame in leading roles in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars” sequel, the British stars held mostly supporting roles on TV programs. Boyega, 23, starred on Fox’s “24: Live Another Day” miniseries and Ridley, also 23, had only bit parts on Brit series “Casualty” and “Toast of London.”

As the leading heroes in “The Force Awakens,” their faces are far more recognizable now following major box office success–including $740 million in North America in three weeks since its Dec. 18 debut, setting the action-fantasy film on course to upend all-time earner “Avatar’s” $760 million.

Related: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Tops “Jurassic World” at Box Office

For Boyega, it was almost a part that eluded him.

“My first audition was all over the place,” he recalled during an interview with Forbes. “I was, like, two minutes late, but because of the opportunity, it felt like two hours.”

Boyega and Ridley join other budding Hollywood stars like “Fifty Shades of Grey” actress Dakota Johnson, 26, “The Danish Girl” actress Alicia Vikander, 27, “Straight Outta Compton’s” O’Shea Jackson Jr., 24, “Dope’s” Shameik Moore, 20.

Below, Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list:

Michael Blank, 29

CAA executive

Rachel Bloom, 28

Writer, comedian

John Boyega, 23
Actor

Jerrod Carmichael, 28
Comedian, writer

Emilia Clarke, 29
Actor

Pete Davidson, 22
Comedian

Xavier Dolan, 26
Author, director/producer

Taron Egerton, 26
Actor

Abby Elliott, 28
Actor

Bryshere Gray, 22
Actor

Corey Hawkins, 27
Actor

Erik Huberman, 29
Founder, Hawke Media

O’Shea Jackson Jr., 24
Actor

Dakota Johnson, 26
Actor

Brie Larson, 26
Actor

Amy Laslett, 29
President of Production, Kids at Play

Zoysia Mamet, 27
Actor

Molly Matthieson, 29
Agent, WME Ventures

Matt McGorry, 29
Actor

Jason Mitchell, 28
Actor

Shameik Moore, 20
Actor, dancer, singer

Natalie Novak, 26
Agent, UTA

Okieriete Onaodowan, 28
Actor

Anthony Ramos, 24
Actor

Daisy Ridley, 23
Actress

Saoirse Ronan, 21
Actor

Nick Selz, 26
Global Head of YouTube Originals Product Marketing, YouTube

Lilly Singh, 27
Comedian, Writer

Alicia Vikander, 27
Actor

Zendaya, 19
Actor, singer

 

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