James Kimberley Corden is a well-known English actor, comedian, singer, and TV host. He is popular for shows like ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’ which started airing from 2015 on the CBS network. The show has been a moderate success, and has earned a few awards. Born and raised in London, UK, he made his first stage appearance at the age of 18 in a popular award-winning musical named ‘Martin Guerre.’ Soon, he started appearing in commercials as well as in supporting roles in several TV shows. He came to prominence after his brilliant performance in the British drama series ‘Fat Friends.’ His role earned him a nomination at the 2000 ‘British Royal Society Awards.’ He then co-produced and starred in the romantic comedy series ‘Gavin & Stacey’ which became a huge hit, and earned international popularity. His skills as an actor and comedian have won him several significant awards throughout his career. He has also voiced prominent characters in films, such as ‘Animals United,’ ‘Norm of the North,’ ‘Trolls,’ ‘Peter Rabbit,’ and ‘Smallfoot.’ He was appointed ‘Officer of the Order of the British Empire,’ an honor which he received from Princess Anne during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in 2015.
Childhood & Early Life
James Kimberley Corden was born on 22 August 1978, in Hillingdon, London, England. His father Malcolm Corden worked as a musician in the ‘Royal Air Force Band,’ while his mother Margaret was a social worker. He grew up in Hazlemere, Buckinghamshire. He has two sisters.
He attended ‘Park Middle School’ and ‘Holmer Green Upper School.’ Though he was raised in a Salvation Army Church, he has stated that he doesn’t identify himself as a Christian. He also studied drama at the ‘Jackie Palmer Stage.’
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At the beginning of his career, James Corden played small roles in several TV shows, such as ‘Boyz Unlimited,’ ‘Teachers,’ ‘Hollyoaks,’ ‘Little Britain,’ and ‘Dalziel and Pascoe.’ He also made appearances in films, such as ‘Whatever Happened to Harold Smith’ (1999) and ‘Curse of the Gods’ (2002).
He gained popularity for his role in ‘Fat Friends,’ a popular British drama series that aired on iTV from the year 2000. The show was an average success.
In 2007, he co-produced and played an important role in ‘Gavin & Stacey,’ a British romantic comedy. The show gained prominence, and was also broadcast in many countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and the Netherlands. It also won several important awards and nominations.
Over the ensuing years, he appeared in several films, such as ‘The History Boys’ (2006), ‘Started for 10’ (2006), and ‘How to Lose Friends and Alienate People’ (2008). He played the lead role in ‘Lesbian Vampire Killers’ in 2009, but the film wasn’t much of a success.
In 2010, he started hosting ‘A League of Their Own,’ a British sports-based game show which began airing from May. The same year, he played a supporting role in ‘Gulliver’s Travels,’ an American adventure fantasy comedy film directed by Rob Letterman. The film became a commercial success. He also played a voice role in the German animated film ‘Animals United.’
In 2011, he played the lead role in the popular award-winning comedy play ‘One Man, Two Guvnors.’ Over the next few years, he appeared in films, such as ‘Begin Again’ (2013), ‘Into The Woods’ (2014), and ‘Kill Your Friends’ (2015).
In 2015, he began hosting ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden,’ which was well-received by audience as well as the critics.
James Corden is also a popular voice artist. In 2009, he voiced 'Soldier Vernkot' in 'Planet 51.' In 2016, he voiced 'Laurence' and 'Biggie' in 'Norm of the North' and 'Trolls,' respectively. In 2018, he voiced 'Peter Rabbit' and 'Percy' in 'Peter Rabbit' and 'Smallfoot,' respectively. In 2020, he reprised his voice role as 'Biggie' in 'Trolls World Tour.'
‘Fat Friends,’ a British drama series, can be regarded as the first major TV series in James Corden’s career. Created by Kal Mellor, the series focuses on the lives of a few slimming club members, and shows how their body weight impacts their lives. It was an average success and won a few awards.
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The TV series ‘Gavin & Stacey,’ which started airing in 2007, is one of the most significant works in James Corden’s career. The show, which was created by Corden himself along with Ruth Jones, was directed by Christine Gernon. It starred actors like Matthew Home, Joanna Page, and Ruth Jones. The show was a huge success and became popular worldwide. It was broadcast in several countries. It won awards, such as the ‘British Academy Television Award’ and ‘British Comedy Award.’ Corden won four awards for the series.
James Corden played the lead role in ‘The Wrong Mans,’ a British comedy drama series, which aired from 2013. Created by Corden and Matthew Baynton, the series was directed by Jim Field Smith. It starred Baynton, Corden, Sarah Solemani, Tom Basden, Paul Cawley, and Chandeep Uppal. The show received mostly positive reviews, and won a ‘Royal Television Society Award.’
Corden played an important role in ‘Into the Woods,’ an American musical fantasy film, which was directed and produced by Rob Marshall. The film starred actors like Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, and Chris Pine. The film is about a childless couple who go on a mission to put an end to a curse. The film became a commercial success, and also received three ‘Oscar’ nominations. It won four awards in total.
He appeared in the British crime thriller film ‘Kill Your Friends’ which is among his most important works. Directed by Owen Harris, the film starred actors like Nicholas Hoult, Georgia King, Craig Roberts, and Jim Piddock.
Awards & Achievements
James Corden has won several awards throughout his career. These awards include ‘British Comedy Award’ for ‘Best Male Comedy Newcomer’ for his performance in ‘Gavin & Stacey,’ and ‘Drama Desk Award’ for ‘Outstanding Actor’ for his role in the play ‘One Man, Two Guvnors.’
In 2015, he won the ‘Britannia Award’ for ‘British Artist of the Year.’ The same year, he was also appointed ‘Officer of the Order of the British Empire’ during the 2015 ‘New Year Honours’ for his contribution to drama.
James Corden is married to television producer Julia Carey with whom he has two children.
As a philanthropist, he has supported various organizations, such as UNICEF and ‘Teenage Cancer Trust.’ For his generosity, he is known as one of the ‘nicest stars of Britain.’
Corden is a supporter of ‘Premier League’ club ‘West Ham United.’
He currently lives in Malibu, California, USA.