James Corden biography
Date of Birth: August 22, 1978
James Corden has had a prolific career as an actor in film, television and onstage. Born in London to parents Malcolm and Margaret Corden, he grew up in Buckinghamshire with his two sisters Andrea and Ruth. James knew early on he wanted to be an actor, studying drama at the Jackie Palmer Stage School.
James appeared in a small budget film and made a guest appearance on the TV series Renford Rejects before landing a regular role on the Channel 4 comedy series Boyz Unlimited, about a boy band, which ran for just one season in 1999. His next starring role on a TV series came in Teachers, from 2001 to 2003. His role as Jaimie on Yorkshire Television’s drama series Fat Friends, led to a Newcomer on Screen nomination from the Royal Television Society.
James went on to originate the role of Timms in the British play The History Boys, which he played in London and on tour on-and-off from 2004 to 2007, as well as in the film version, alongside the late Richard Griffiths.
In 2007 James co-wrote and starred in the British comedy series Gavin & Stacey, which led to him winning a 2008 BAFTA for Best Male Comedy Performance. His work outside of Gavin & Stacey had mixed success, as he starred in mediocre films such as Vampire Killers and Gulliver’s Travels, and also worked as a host for award shows and as a panelist on British reality television. Doctor Who fans will remember him as two-time guest star Craig Owens.
He was in a relationship with his Gavin & Stacey co-star Sheridan Smith before splitting in 2009, shortly after he met Julia Carey, whom he married in 2012. The couple has a son together, named Max.
James returned to the West End stage in 2011, playing Francis Henshall in One Man, Two Guvnors, then went on to play the role on Broadway, which led to his first Tony award for Best Actor in a Play in 2012. Since then his career has gained momentum, earning him roles in films like Begin Again, One Chance and Into the Woods, in which he stars alongside Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp.
In 2014 it was announced that James would replace Craig Ferguson as the host of the Late, Late Show on CBS in early 2015.
Into the Woods
The Three Musketeers
Gulliver’s Travels (2010)
Animals United (2010)
Vampire Killers (2009)
The Boat That Rocked (2009)
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)
Heroes and Villains (2006)
The History Boys
Starter for 10
All or Nothing
Whatever Happened to Harold Smith (1999)
Twenty Four Seven (1997)
James Corden Filmography