James Corden

Last updated 09 January 2020

James Corden
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James Kimberley Corden OBE

Born: Tuesday 22nd August 1978 (age: 45)

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James Corden 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.

In June 2010, Corden played Craig Owens in the Doctor Who episode "The Lodger", in which the Doctor moved in with him. Craig did return as Owens in "Closing Time" in the sixth series 

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

Corden obtained his first part at eighteen years old in the musical Martin Guerre. 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.

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.

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. 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 2009 sketch show named Horne & Corden, described by the BBC as a "traditional comedy entertainment show in the style of Morecambe and Wise." 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."

In February 2009, he co-presented the Brit Awards with Mathew Horne and Kylie Minogue. 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 (retitled 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 alongsideDavina 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.

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.

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 February 2011, Corden again presented the 2011 BRIT Awards. In March, Corden reprised his role as Smithy in the Smithy Red Nose Day sketch. The sketch included appearances by Gordon BrownJLSPaul McCartney andJustin Bieber. It received positive reviews from critics and was highly regarded as the best sketch of the night.

In June 2011, Corden played the lead role in One Man, Two Guvnors.

Corden was nominated for the 2000 RTS Award for Network Newcomer � On Screen for his work on Fat Friends.

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

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.

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.

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