James Corden
Corden in December 2008
James Kimberley Corden

(1978-06-17) 17 June 1978 (age 45)
Occupation(s)Actor, television writer and presenter, comedian, singer, songwriter
Years active1996–present
TelevisionFat Friends
Gavin & Stacey
Horne and Corden
James Corden's World Cup Live
PartnerJulia Carey (2010–present)

James Kimberley Corden[1] (born 17 June 1978)[2] is an English actor, television writer, producer and presenter. He is co-creator and star of BBC comedy shows Gavin & Stacey and Horne & Corden, and acted in the 2009 film Lesbian Vampire Killers.

Early life

Corden was born in Hillingdon, Greater London,[1] and grew up in Hazlemere, Buckinghamshire.[3] He has an older sister Ange, and a younger sister Ruth.[4]


Corden obtained his first part at eighteen years old [5] in the musical Martin Guerre.[6] He then starred in the British television series Fat Friends as Jamie Rymer, and played Gareth Jones in the series Boyz Unlimited. His television work includes a credited minor role as Razor #1 in Renford Rejects (Series 1 Episode 2, 1998) ,a role playing a bookish student in Teachers (Series 1, 2000) and he also made a guest appearance in Little Britain. Corden's film credits include Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? (1999) and Mike Leigh's All or Nothing (2002).

In 1998, Corden appeared in an advertising campaign for Tango, where his every word is being copied by overweight balding ginger men using megaphones that the company were promoting as a free gift. The advert was subsequently banned after complaints of a trend in school children bullying others in the same manner as the advert.[7]

Corden played a small part in Channel 4/T4's Hollyoaks. He played a caretaker of the local college briefly around 2001–02. In an August 2008 interview with Esquire Magazine, he commented on his disdain for the programme and members of the cast.[8]

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 film versions of the play.[9][10][11] Corden stars in the BBC Three comedy Gavin & Stacey that he co-wrote with his Fat Friends co-star Ruth Jones.

Corden guest hosted Big Brother's Big Mouth with his Gavin & Stacey co-star Mathew Horne in August 2007. He appears in the film of Toby Young's autobiography How to Lose Friends & Alienate People and series two of Gavin & Stacey.

In February 2008 he shot a BBC pilot, Hey, Hey, We're The Monks. He collaborated with Horne on a new sketch show named Horne & Corden, a "traditional" "comedy" show in the style of Morecambe and Wise.[12]

In February 2009, he co-presented the Brit Awards with Mathew Horne and Kylie Minogue.[13]

On 13 March 2009, he appeared in a sketch for Comic Relief giving the England football team a motivational talk. He later went on to present a section with Mathew Horne showing their best bits of comedy from the last two years along with highlights from the night.

In 2009 he had a minor role in The Boat That Rocked as Bernard, a deejay for Radio Sunshine. This clip was taken out of the film for the US release, Pirate Radio, and is now in the deleted scenes feature on the DVD.

In March 2010, Corden began hosting the Sky One 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.[14]

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 30 March. On 5 June 2010, he performed his England World Cup single with Dizzee Rascal on the finale of Britain's Got Talent. All of the proceeds from the single will be going to Great Ormond Street Hospital. [citation needed]

In June 2010, Corden played Craig Owens in an episode of 'Doctor Who', in which the Doctor moved in with him. The BBC have confirmed that he'll be returning as Owens in another episode in the 6th 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 March 2011 Corden reprised his role as Smithy in the Smithy Red Nose Day sketch. The sketch included appearances by Gordon Brown, JLS and Paul McCartney and received positive reviews from critics and was highly regarded as the best sketch of the night. [15]

Personal life

Corden is engaged to former TV producer Julia Carey, introduced to him by former house mate Dominic Cooper.[16] The couple announced in late September 2010 that they were expecting their first child together.[16] They became engaged on Christmas Day 2010,[17] and their son, Max, was born on 22 March 2011.[18] [19]

Corden was previously in a relationship with actress Sheridan Smith, which ended in June 2009.[20] He is a supporter of West Ham United F.C..[citation needed]

Awards and recognition

Corden was nominated for the 2000 RTS Award for Network Newcomer — On Screen for his work on Fat Friends.[21]

Corden won Best Male Comedy Performer and Gavin & Stacey won Best New British Television Comedy at the 2007 British Comedy Awards.[22]

At the 2008 Television BAFTAs, Corden won the BAFTA for Best Comedy Performance.Gavin & Stacey won the Sky+ Audience Award for Programme of the Year, the only award at the ceremony voted for by the public, beating the likes of The Apprentice and Britain's Got Talent.[23]

Gavin & Stacey won the award for Most Popular Comedy Programme at the National Television Awards 2010, beating other nominees Benidorm and Harry Hill's TV Burp.[24]

Selected credits


Year Title Role Location
1996 Martin Guerre (musical) Prince Edward Theatre, West End
2004 The History Boys Timms Lyttelton Theatre, Royal National Theatre, London
2006 Timms Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong
Timms St James, Wellington
Timms Sydney Theatre, Sydney
2007 Timms Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway
2007 A Respectable Wedding Friend Young Vic, South Bank, London


Year Title Role Other notes
1997 Twenty Four Seven Carl ‘Tonka’ Marsh
1999 Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? Walter
2002 All or Nothing Rory
Heartlands Shady
Cruise of the Gods Russell
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
2010 Gulliver's Travels Jinks
2010 Animals United (film) Billy the Meerkat


Year Title Role Other notes
1996–1998 Out of Tune
1998 Renford Rejects Razor #1
1999 Boyz Unlimited Gareth
2000–2005 Fat Friends Jamie Rymer Four series
2001/2002 Hollyoaks Wayne One episode
2001 Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story Giant's son
2001, 2003 Teachers Jeremy Three episodes
2003 Weight Watchers Extreme Mike Neasham One episode
2004 Little Britain Dewi Thomas (Daffyd's brother) One episode
2004 Dalziel and Pascoe Ben Forsythe One episode
2007–2010 Gavin & Stacey Smithy Co-Writer
2007, 2008 8 Out of 10 Cats Himself Four episodes
2007, 2008 Big Brother's Big Mouth Himself
30 October 2008 Never Mind the Buzzcocks Himself Guest team captain, Series 22, Episode 6
6 July 2008 Top Gear Himself
28 December 2008 The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Himself On a team with Sean Lock
2009 Horne & Corden Various characters
2009 Red Nose Day 2009 Himself Co-host
2010 Red Nose Day 2009 Smithy Sketch
2009, 2010 Chris Moyles' Quiz Night Himself
25 December 2009 The Gruffalo Mouse (voiceover) BBC Christmas Special
2010 A League of Their Own Himself Host
2010 Sport Relief Smithy Various sketches
19 March 2010 Sport Relief Himself Co-host
5 June 2010 Britain's Got Talent Himself Singing with Dizzee Rascal
12 June 2010 – 11 July 2010 James Corden's World Cup Live Himself Host
12 June 2010, 2011[25] Doctor Who Craig Owens Series 5, Episode 11: "The Lodger", "Episode TBC"
2 September 2010 The King is Dead Himself Series 1, Episode 1: "The President of the USA"
2011 Little Charlie Bear Narrator CBeebies

Video games


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  2. ^ Xfm London interview, 22 March 2008.
  3. ^ It's all down to confidence
  4. ^ The day my father went to war
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  13. ^ "Brit Awards dress rehearsals – see Kylie & James Corden, U2 and Coldplay in all the pics here". Daily Mirror. 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2010-03-23.
  14. ^ Gordon, Sarah (2010-03-18). "David Beckham and James Corden share a bath for Sports Relief – in a £4,800-a-night Milan hotel suite!". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 2010-03-23.
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  17. ^ Alan Carr: Chatty Man, 24 January 2011
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