The award is the only one that is voted for by the public.
Boyega, who starred in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, said: ‘I want to thank God for this moment. I have some very special people in my life.
‘I’m going to share this award with all the young dreamers who are hard-working… This is for you.’
Star Wars: The Force Awakens won the BAFTA for special visual effects.
Boyega was born in Peckham, south London, to Nigerian parents, Abigail and Samson. His first role was a leopard in a play at his primary school at 8 years old. The now 23 year old recalls how everything froze for a moment, when he was told he was going to star in the new star wars movie by the director J. J Abrams. He is the first black leading character to star in the billion dollar franchise.
Congratulations John Boyega!