James Corden Biography

James Corden is a well-known English actor, comedian, singer, and TV host. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about his life.

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Birthday: August 22, 1978

Nationality: British

Famous: Philanthropists Actors

Age: 41 Years, 41 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Leo

Also Known As: James Kimberley Corden, James Kimberley Corden,OBE

Born in: London Borough of Hillingdon, United Kingdom

Famous as: Actor

Height: 5'8" (173 cm), 5'8" Males

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Spouse/Ex-: Julia Carey

father: Malcolm Corden

mother: Margaret Corden

siblings: Andrea Henry Corden, Ruth Corden

children: Max Corden

City: London, England

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education: Holmer Green Senior School

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James Kimberley Corden is a well known English actor, comedian, singer, and TV host who 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 Greater London, in the 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 named ‘Fat Friends’. His role also earned him a nomination for the 2000 British Royal Society Award. Shortly after, he co-produced as well as starred in the romantic comedy series ‘Gavin & Stacey’, which became a huge hit, and earned international popularity. His spectacular skills as an actor and comedian have won him several significant awards throughout his career. He has also been appointed ‘Officer of the Order of the British Empire’, an honor which he received from Princess Anne during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Some of his latest works include the thriller movie ‘Kill Your Friends’ and the animated comedy film ‘Trolls.’

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Childhood & Early Life
  • At the beginning of his career, James Corden played small roles in several TV shows such as ‘Boyz Unlimited’, ‘Teachers’, ‘Hollyoaks’, ‘Little Britain’, and ‘Dalzien 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 as well as played an important role in ’Gavin & Stacey’ a British romantic comedy. The show gained huge prominence worldwide, 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 Ten’ (2006), and ‘How to Lose Friends and Alienate People’ (2008). He played a lead role in ‘Lesbian Vampire Killers’ in 2009, though the film wasn’t much of a success.
  • In 2010, he started hosting the show ‘A League of Their Own’, a British sports based game show, which began airing from May. The same year, he appeared in a supporting role in ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, an American adventure fantasy comedy, which was 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), ‘Kill Your Friends’ (2015), and ‘Trolls’ (2016).
  • In 2015, he began hosting ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’, which was well-received by both the audience and critics.
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Major Works
  • ’Fat friends’ a British drama series, can be regarded as the first major work in James Corden’s career. Created by Kal Mellor, the series focuses on the lives of few slimming club members, and shows how their weight has impacted their lives. It was an average success and won a few awards.
  • 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 and starred actors such as Matthew Home, Joanna Page, and Ruth Jones along with Corden. 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 the ‘British Comedy Award’. Corden won a total of four awards for the series.
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  • James Corden played the lead role in ‘The Wrong Mans,’ a British comedy drama series which aired from 2013. Created by Corden himself along with Matthew Baynton, it was directed by Jim Field Smith, and starred Baynton and Corden besides Sarah Solemani, Tom Basden, Paul Cawley, and Chandeep Uppal. The show received mostly positive reviews, and also 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 such as Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, and Chris Pine along with Corden. The film is about a childless couple who is on a mission to put an end to a curse which was put on them by a witch. 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 also included actors Nicholas Hoult, Georgia King, Craig Roberts, and Jim Piddock.
Awards & Achievements
  • James Corden has won several awards throughout his career, which include the ‘British Comedy Award’ for Best Male Comedy Newcomer for his performance in ‘Gavin & Stacey’ in 2007 and the ‘Drama Desk Award’ for Outstanding Actor for his role in the play ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ in 2012.
  • In 2015, he won the ‘Britannia Award’ for the British Artist of the Year. The same year, he was also appointed ‘Officer of the Order of the British Empire’ in the 2015 New Year Honours for his contribution to drama.
Personal Life
  • 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 the UNICEF and Teenage Cancer Trust. For his generosity, he is often known as one of the ‘nicest stars of Britain’.
  • He currently lives in Malibu, California, in the US.

1. All or Nothing (2002)


2. The Last Hangman (2005)

  (History, Crime, Drama, Biography)

3. Begin Again (2013)

  (Music, Drama)

4. One Chance (2013)

  (Drama, Music, Biography, Comedy)

5. TwentyFourSeven (1997)

  (Romance, Drama, Sport, Comedy)

6. The History Boys (2006)

  (Comedy, Drama, Romance)

7. Heartlands (2002)

  (Comedy, Drama)

8. The Lady in the Van (2015)

  (Drama, Biography, Comedy)


Primetime Emmy Awards
2019 Outstanding Short Form Variety Series Carpool Karaoke (2017)
2019 Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool (2018)
2018 Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series James Corden's Next James Corden (2018)
2018 Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series James Corden's Next James Corden (2018)
2018 Outstanding Short Form Variety Series Carpool Karaoke (2017)
2017 Outstanding Special Class Program The 70th Annual Tony Awards (2016)
2017 Outstanding Variety Special The Late Late Show Primetime Carpool Karaoke Special (2017)
2016 Outstanding Variety Special The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special (2016)
2016 Outstanding Interactive Program The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)
BAFTA Awards
2008 Best Comedy Performance Gavin & Stacey (2007)

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