James Corden

James Corden

Corden at the 2015 PaleyFest
Born James Kimberley Corden
(1978-08-22) 22 August 1978
Hillingdon, London, England, UK
Education Holmer Green Upper School
Occupation Actor, writer, producer, comedian, television host
Years active 1996–present
Home town Hazlemere, Buckinghamshire, England
Spouse(s) Julia Carey (m. 2012)
Children 2

Comedy career

Medium Film, television, theatre
Genres Political satire, news satire, observational comedy, sketch comedy
Subject(s) American politics, British politics, American culture, English culture, current events, pop culture, mass media, news media
Influences Graham Norton, Chris Evans, Jonathan Ross,[1] Conan O'Brien,[2] David Letterman,[3] Stephen Colbert[4]

James Kimberley Corden, OBE (born 22 August 1978[5]) is an English actor, writer, producer, comedian and television host. He hosts The Late Late Show with James Corden, a late-night television talk show on CBS.

Along with Welsh actress Ruth Jones, Corden co-created, co-wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey (2007–2010) for which he won the BAFTA Television Award for Best Comedy Performance. He was featured on the UK No.1 single "Shout", along with British grime artist Dizzee Rascal, an unofficial anthem of the England football team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Appearing on the UK charity telethon Comic Relief in 2011, Corden created his Carpool Karaoke sketch when he drove around London singing songs with pop star George Michael. Since 2009, Corden has presented the Brit Awards ceremony five times. He has presented the sports based comedy panel show A League of Their Own on Sky 1 since 2010.

In 2011, he played the lead part in the comedy play One Man, Two Guvnors, which transferred from the National Theatre to the West End and then to Broadway, and was also cinecast worldwide via National Theatre Live. For his performance in the Broadway run of the play, Corden won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.[6]

Early life

Corden was born in Hillingdon, Greater London, the son of Margaret and Malcolm Corden. His father was a musician in the Royal Air Force band and his mother was a social worker.[7] He grew up in Hazlemere, Buckinghamshire[8] and attended Park Middle School and Holmer Green Upper School.[5] He has an older sister, Andrea Henry, and a younger sister, Ruth Corden.[9] He was raised in the Salvation Army church but no longer considers himself a Christian.[10]


Early career

Corden's first stage appearance was at the age of 18 with a one-line part in the 1996 musical Martin Guerre.[11] His early television work included Gareth Jones in the 1999 series Boyz Unlimited, He also starred in Tango advertisements in 1998 and had a role as a bookish student in Teachers and in 2000 a small part in an episode of Hollyoaks. Corden had guest appearances on Little Britain and Dalziel and Pascoe, both in 2004. Corden's early film credits include Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? (1999), Mike Leigh's All or Nothing (2002), Heartlands (2002), and Cruise of the Gods (2002).[12]

Rise to prominence

From 2000 through early 2005, Corden starred in the British television series Fat Friends as Jamie Rymer. He garnered a nomination for the 2000 Royal Television Society Award for Network Newcomer On Screen for his work. Beginning in 2004, Corden played the role of Timms in the original London stage production of Alan Bennett's play The History Boys, as well as in the Broadway, Sydney, Wellington and Hong Kong productions and radio and 2006 film adaptation versions of the play.[13][14][15] Also in 2006, he appeared in the film Starter for 10.[12]

From 2007 through early 2010, Corden co-starred in his own series, the BBC Three sitcom Gavin & Stacey. He co-wrote the series with his Fat Friends co-star Ruth Jones; Corden and Jones played the friends of the title characters, with Corden starring as Smithy. The series proved popular and was well-received critically. For the show, Corden won Best Male Comedy Performer and Gavin & Stacey won Best New British Television Comedy at the 2007 British Comedy Awards.[16] At the 2008 Television BAFTAs, Corden won the BAFTA for Best Male Comedy Performance, and Gavin & Stacey won the BAFTA's Audience Award for Programme of the Year.[6][17] In December 2008 the show won Best TV Comedy in the 2008 British Comedy Awards. Gavin & Stacey also won the award for Most Popular Comedy Programme at the National Television Awards in 2010.[18]

Work outside Gavin & Stacey

During the two year, seven months run of Gavin & Stacey, Corden's professional endeavours outside the successful series proved somewhat chequered.[11] He guest hosted Big Brother's Big Mouth, with Gavin & Stacey co-star Mathew Horne, in August 2007. In 2008, he appeared in the film of Toby Young's autobiography How to Lose Friends & Alienate People. He collaborated again with Horne on a 2009 sketch show named Horne & Corden, described by the BBC as a "traditional comedy entertainment show in the style of Morecambe and Wise".[19] The show ran for only one series and was poorly received by the critics, with Corden later admitting "the absolute truth is I wasn't good enough."[20]

In 2009, Corden starred as the lead character in the film Lesbian Vampire Killers, which was not a success. That year he played Clem Cattini in the Joe Meek biopic Telstar, and likewise in the animated Planet 51 along with Mathew Horne.[12][19] In February 2009, he co-presented the Brit Awards with Mathew Horne and Kylie Minogue.[21] On 13 March 2009, he appeared in a sketch for the UK charity telethon Comic Relief giving the England football team a motivational talk, and later presented a section with Horne showing their best bits of comedy from the previous two years along with highlights from the night.[19]

In March 2010, Corden began hosting the Sky1 comedy/sports panel show A League of Their Own alongside team captains Andrew Flintoff and Jamie Redknapp. In March 2010, he presented Sport Relief 2010 alongside Davina McCall and others, and contributed a "sequel" to the 2009 England football team sketch, this time giving a motivational talk to various sport stars including Jenson Button and David Beckham.[22]

In March 2010, Corden took part in Channel 4's Comedy Gala, a benefit show held in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, filmed live at the O2 Arena in London. On 5 June 2010, he performed his England World Cup single with Dizzee Rascal on the finale of Britain's Got Talent. The proceeds from the single went to London's Great Ormond Street Hospital.[23]

In June 2010, Corden played Craig Owens in the Doctor Who episode "The Lodger", in which the Doctor moved in with him. Corden returned as Owens in "Closing Time" in the sixth series. In December 2010, This Is JLS, an hour long Christmas special featuring the boyband and The X Factor runners up, was aired on ITV1, with Corden writing and producing some of the sketches featured in the special. In 2010 he also was in the main cast of the film Gulliver's Travels.[12] In December 2010, he was part of an ensemble voice cast in the English dub of the German animated film Animals United alongside Jim Broadbent, Jason Donovan, Joanna Lumley, Billie Piper, Andy Serkis and others.

One Man, Two Guvnors and other projects

In February 2011, Corden again presented the 2011 Brit Awards. In March, Corden reprised his Gavin & Stacey role as Smithy in a Red Nose Day sketch for the charity telethon Comic Relief. The sketch included appearances by then UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, JLS, Paul McCartney and Justin Bieber. It received positive reviews from critics and was highly regarded as the best sketch of the night.[24] The show also saw the first appearance of his Carpool Karaoke sketch, which saw him singing songs with pop star George Michael while driving around London.[25] In 2011, he appeared in The Three Musketeers.[12]

Starting in June 2011, Corden played the lead role in the hit comedy play One Man, Two Guvnors. The play was also cinecast worldwide as part of the National Theatre Live cinecasts, and transferred from the National Theatre to the West End after touring. The show received universal critical acclaim, and won Best Play at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for 2011.[13][26] The Guardian deemed it "A triumph of visual and verbal comedy. One of the funniest productions in the National's history."[27] The Daily Telegraph described it as "the feelgood hit of the Summer";[28] while The Independent called it a "massive hit",[29] and the Evening Standard "a surefire hit".[30]

Corden made a cameo appearance in the music video for the single "Mama Do the Hump" by Rizzle Kicks, released in December 2011, which reached #2 in the charts. In April 2012, One Man, Two Guvnors transferred to Broadway, with Corden continuing to play the lead. In June 2012, he won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for his performance.[6]

In February 2012, Corden hosted the Brit Awards for the third time. Corden starred as the Baker in the Disney film adaptation of the musical Into the Woods (2014).[31]

The Wrong Mans

For his next project Corden teamed with friend and fellow Gavin & Stacey star Mathew Baynton to create, write and star in The Wrong Mans, a six-part comedy-thriller for BBC Two. The premiere was on 24 September 2013.[32] The series is co-produced by online television provider Hulu.com in the United States where it began airing in November 2013.[33]

The Late Late Show

On 8 September 2014, CBS announced that Corden was to succeed Craig Ferguson as host of the American late-night talk show The Late Late Show on 23 March 2015.[34][35][36][37]

Personal life

Corden married Julia Carey on 15 September 2012.[38] The couple have two children: son Max (born 22 March 2011) and daughter Carey (born 27 October 2014).[39] He is a supporter of Premier League club West Ham United F.C.[40]

Corden was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to drama.[41][42] He received the honour from Princess Anne during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 25 June.[43]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Twenty Four Seven Carl ‘Tonka’ Marsh
1999 Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? Walter
2002 All or Nothing Rory
Heartlands Shady
2005 Pierrepoint Kirky
2006 Heroes and Villains Sam
The History Boys Timms
Starter for 10 Tone
2008 How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Post Modern Review Staff #2
2009 Lesbian Vampire Killers Fletch
Telstar Clem Cattini
The Boat That Rocked Bernard Deleted scenes only
Planet 51 Soldier Vernkot (voice)
2010 Gulliver's Travels Jinks
Animals United Billy the Meerkat (voice) English dub
2011 The Three Musketeers Planchet
2013 One Chance Paul Potts
Begin Again Steve
2014 Into the Woods The Baker
2015 Kill Your Friends Waters
The Lady in the Van Street trader
2016 Norm of the North Laurence (voice) UK version
Trolls Biggie (voice)
2017 Emojimovie: Express Yourself[44] Hi-Five (voice)
2018 Peter Rabbit[45] Peter Rabbit (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Renford Rejects Razor #1 Episode: "Don Bruno"
1999 Boyz Unlimited Gareth 6 episodes
2000 Hollyoaks Wayne Episode: "1.524"
2000–2005 Fat Friends Jamie Rymer 20 episodes
2001 Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story Bran the Giant's son TV movie
2001–2003 Teachers Jeremy 9 episodes
2002 Cruise of the Gods Russell TV movie
2004 Little Britain Dewi Thomas Episode: "2.3"
Dalziel and Pascoe Ben Forsythe Episode: "The Price of Fame"
2007–2010 Gavin & Stacey Smithy 20 episodes; also creator, writer, associate producer
2009 Horne & Corden Various characters 6 episodes; also writer
The Gruffalo Mouse (voice) TV special
2010–present A League of Their Own Himself (host) 67 episodes
2010–2011 Doctor Who Craig Owens 2 episodes
2011 Little Charley Bear Narrator (voice) 22 episodes
The Gruffalo's Child Mouse (voice) TV special
2012 Stella Steven Episode: "1.10"
2013-2014 The Wrong Mans Phil Bourne 8 episodes; also creator, writer
2015 Roald Dahl's Esio Trot Narrator TV movie
2015–present The Late Late Show with James Corden Himself (host) Also writer, executive producer
2016 70th Tony Awards Himself (host) TV special
2016 John Bishop: In Conversation With... Guest Series 1 Episode 1


Year Title Role Location
1996 Martin Guerre (bit part) Prince Edward Theatre, West End
2004 The History Boys Timms Lyttelton Theatre, Royal National Theatre, London
2006 Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong
St James, Wellington
Sydney Theatre, Sydney
2007 Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway
2007 A Respectable Wedding Friend Young Vic, South Bank, London
2011 One Man, Two Guvnors Francis Henshall Lyttelton Theatre, Royal National Theatre, London
Adelphi Theatre, London
2012 Music Box Theatre, New York City

Video games

Year Title Voice
2008 Fable II Monty

Music videos

Year Title Artist
2011 "Happy Now" Take That
2011 "Mama Do the Hump" Rizzle Kicks
2016 "Can't Stop the Feeling! (First Listen)" Justin Timberlake



List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
(as Shout for England with Dizzee Rascal)
2010 1 41 non-album single
"Only You"
(as Kylie Minogue featuring James Corden)
2015 - - Kylie Christmas
"The Greatest Gift"
(with Bret McKenzie)
2016 - - non-album single

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2001 Royal Television Society[47] Network Newcomer – On-Screen Fat Friends Nominated
2007 Writers' Guild of Great Britain Television Comedy/Light Entertainment Gavin & Stacey Nominated
2007 British Comedy Awards[16] Best Male Comedy Newcomer Gavin & Stacey Won
2008 Writers' Guild of Great Britain Television Comedy/Light Entertainment Gavin & Stacey Won
2008 British Comedy Awards Best Television Comedy Actor Gavin & Stacey Nominated
2008 British Academy Television Awards[17] Best Comedy Performance Gavin & Stacey Won
2008 Broadcasting Press Guild Best Comedy/Entertainment Gavin & Stacey Won
2009 Broadcasting Press Guild Best Comedy/Entertainment Gavin & Stacey Nominated
2010 Television and Radio Industries Club TV Entertainment Programme Gavin & Stacey Nominated
2012 Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actor in a Play One Man, Two Guvnors Nominated
2012 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play One Man, Two Guvnors Won
2012 Laurence Olivier Award Best Actor One Man, Two Guvnors Nominated
2012 Whatsonstage.com Awards Best Actor in a Play One Man, Two Guvnors Won
2012 Tony Award[48] Best Actor in a Play One Man, Two Guvnors Won
2013 Satellite Award Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy The Wrong Mans Nominated
2014 British Academy Television Awards[49] Best Male Comedy Performance The Wrong Mans Nominated
2014 Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award[50] Best Ensemble Into the Woods Nominated
2014 Phoenix Film Critics Society Award[51] Best Cast Into the Woods Nominated
2014 Detroit Film Critics Society Award[52] Best Ensemble Into the Woods Nominated
2015 Critics' Choice Movie Award[53] Best Acting Ensemble Into the Woods Nominated
2015 Satellite Award[54] Best Cast – Motion Picture Into the Woods Won
2015 Critics' Choice Television Award[55] Best Talk Show The Late Late Show with James Corden Nominated

Published works


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  2. "James Corden: Conan". team coco. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  3. "Sting, James Corden Sing So Long to David Letterman". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  4. "Stephen Colbert scares James Corden". Deadline. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  5. 1 2 James Corden (29 September 2011). May I Have your Attention Please?. Century. ISBN 978-1-8460-5935-3.
  6. 1 2 3 Profile, United Agents; accessed 28 December 2014.
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  8. "It's all down to confidence". Evening Standard. UK. 2 March 2005. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  9. "The day my father went to war". The Daily Mail. UK. 4 October 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  10. "James Corden admits 'turning his back on Christian upbringing' after doubting his beliefs". Daily Mirror. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  11. 1 2 Cochrane, Kira. "James Corden: 'I'm not sure people even think of me as an actor at all'". The Guardian, 2 October 2011.
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  15. "John Smythe: theatre reviews: NZIAF – The History Boys: More is more". 28 February 2006. Archived from the original on 18 January 2008. Retrieved 17 October 2006. Archived from the original on 18 January 2008.
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  19. 1 2 3 "New show for Gavin and Stacey duo". BBC News. 24 April 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
  20. "Corden: 'Sketch show was mistake'". BBC News. Retrieved 22 October 2011.
  21. "Brit Awards dress rehearsals – see Kylie & James Corden, U2 and Coldplay in all the pics here". Daily Mirror. 18 February 2009. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  22. Gordon, Sarah (18 March 2010). "David Beckham and James Corden share a bath for Sports Relief – in a £4,800-a-night Milan hotel suite!". Daily Mail. London, UK. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  23. "Dizzee Rascal and James Corden record World Cup song". BBC. 12 November 2016.
  24. Thompson, Jody (19 March 2011). "Smithy sketch top on Red Nose Day". Daily Mail. London, UK. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
  25. "WATCH: James Corden's first-ever Carpool Karaoke with George Michael". Express. 12 November 2016.
  26. "Evening Standard Theatre Awards – Winners 2011" westendtheatre.com, 20 November 2011; accessed 25 March 2012.
  27. Billington, Michael. "'One Man, Two Guvnors' -- review", guardian.co.uk, 24 May 2011.
  28. Spencer, Charles. "James Corden stars in the feelgood hit of the summer at the National Theatre" telegraph.co.uk, 25 May 2011.
  29. Taylor, Paul. "'One Man, Two Guvnors', National Theatre: Lyttelton, London" independent.co.uk, 26 May 2011.
  30. Taylor, Paul (26 May 2011). "One Man, Two Guvnors, National Theatre: Lyttelton, London, UK". The Independent. London, UK.
  31. James Corden Joins Streep & Depp In INTO THE WOODS Movie, broadwayworld.com; accessed 28 December 2014.
  32. "BBC Two announces new comedy, The Wrong Mans". BBC Media Centre. 9 Oct 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  33. "BBC, Hulu team on James Corden laffer". Variety online. 9 October 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  34. Carter, Bill (8 September 2014). "James Corden to Replace Craig Ferguson as Host of 'The Late, Late Show' on CBS". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  35. Kondolojy, Amanda (23 October 2014). "'The Late Late Show With James Corden' to Premiere March 2015". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  36. Brian Steinberg (12 December 2014). "CBS Pushes James Corden's Debut On 'Late Late Show' To March 23". Variety. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  37. "Has James Corden cracked America? British comedian is joined by impressive list of A-list guests for his debut on new late night US chat show.... as viewers and critics deliver their verdict". Daily Mail. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  38. Hannah Symmons (29 September 2010). "James Corden To Become A First-Time Dad". Sky News Online. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  39. "James Corden welcomes baby girl". Belfast Telegraph. 30 October 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  40. talkSPORT (8 October 2013). "James Corden on West Ham, Ravel Morrison and England". Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  41. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 61092. p. N12. 31 December 2014.
  42. 2015 New Year Honours List
  43. Percival, Ashley (25 June 2015). "James Corden Receives OBE From Princess Anne At Buckingham Palace Investiture". The Huffington Post UK. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  44. "James Corden, Ilana Glazer Join Animated 'EmojiMovie'". Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  45. Lee, Benjamin (5 August 2016). "James Corden and Rose Byrne to star in Peter Rabbit movie". Retrieved 30 October 2016 via The Guardian.
  46. "Discography Band Aid 20". irish-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  47. "Royal Television Society – Awards". Retrieved 13 November 2006.
  48. Kennedy, Maev. "Tony awards: James Corden raises bar for emotional acceptance speeches". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  49. Harris, Jamie (7 April 2014). "BAFTA Television Awards 2014: This year's nominees in full". Digital Spy. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  50. Adams, Ryan. "Washington DC Film Critics announce 2014 Award Nominees". The Awards Circuit. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  51. "Phoenix Film Critics Society 2014 Awards". Phoenix Film Critics Society. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  52. "Detroit critics name 'Boyhood' the year's best film". The Detroit News. 15 December 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  53. Hammond, Pete (15 December 2014). "'Birdman', 'Budapest' And 'Boyhood' Get Key Oscar Boost To Lead Critics Choice Movie Award Nominations; Jolie Rebounds From Globe Snub". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  54. "Satellite Awards (2014)". International Press Academy. IPA. 2 December 2014. pressacademy.com. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  55. Rouse, Wade (6 May 2015). "HBO and FX Lead 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards Nominations". People. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
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