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James Corden

Corden in December 2008
Born James Kimberly Corden
18 June 1978 (1978-06-18) (age 31)
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England
Occupation actor, writer and producer

James Kimberly Corden[1] (born June 18, 1978)[2] is a BAFTA-winning English actor, comedian, writer and producer. He co-created and stars in the BBC One/BBC Three comedy Gavin & Stacey and BBC Three comedy Horne & Corden, and is the star of the 2009 film Lesbian Vampire Killers.


Personal life

Corden was born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire on 18th June, 1978 and grew up in Hazlemere, a nearly suburb. [3][4][5][6] He studied drama as a young boy at Jackie Palmer Stage School and then attended Holmer Green Senior School in Holmer Green near High Wycombe and the Misbourne School, in Great Missenden.[4][5][6] Corden was not a serious student and did not attend university.[4][5]

He currently lives in South London with friend and fellow History Boys star Dominic Cooper, star of hit musical Mamma Mia!


Corden waited eight years for his first part, a dancer in the West End:[7]

"I never worked at all, I don't know why. I think it was the best thing that could have happened to me because it taught me about rejection from a really early age. At the time it was awful, all my friends were getting parts in paint adverts and stuff. "

His first role was in the musical Martin Guerre.[5] 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 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 Mike Leigh's All or Nothing (2002).

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 which was based on the life and times of Paul Byrne a life long friend and fellow comic. As well as a second series for the BBC, Corden will act as executive producer for an NBC pilot of an American version of the show.

Corden guest hosted Big Brother's Big Mouth with his Gavin & Stacey co-star Mathew Horne in August 2007. Corden and Horne were the permanent hosts for the Big Brother's Big Mouth series running alongside E4's Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack in January 2008.[12] He appears in the film of Toby Young's autobiography How to Lose Friends & Alienate People and series two of Gavin & Stacey. He cohosted the What's on Stage Awards ceremony in 2008.

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 and Corden, a "traditional" comedy show in the style of Morecambe and Wise[13] which was postponed by BBC3 after being badly received by critics and achieving poor viewing figures. Corden also starred along with Horne in the film Lesbian Vampire Killers, which was also poorly received by critics, achieving 29% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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

On Friday 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.

On 17 March 2009, Corden appeared on The Paul O'Grady Show..[citation needed]

James also does the voice over for the end of the Orange Mobile adverts, where the clip is telling a story about a witch and a ordinary girl share daily activities together, others have been made.[citation needed]

He also performed the voice of the mouse in the Gruffalo animated movie.[citation needed]

Most recently, he has made a number of public requests for job opportunities.

Awards and recognition

Corden was nominated for the 2000 RTS Award for Network Newcomer — On Screen for his work on Fat Friends.[14]

Corden won Best Male Comedy Newcomer and Gavin & Stacey won Best New British Television Comedy at the 2007 British Comedy Awards.[15]

At the 2008 Television BAFTAs, Corden won the BAFTA for Best Comedy Performance. Also, 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.[16]

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.[17]

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 The History Boys Timms Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong
2006 The History Boys Timms St James, Wellington
2006 The History Boys Timms Sydney Theatre, Sydney
2007 The History Boys 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
2002 Heartlands Shady
2002 Cruise of the Gods Russell
2005 Pierrepoint Kirky
2006 Heroes and Villains Sam
2006 The History Boys Timms
2006 Starter for 10 Tone
2008 How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Post Modern Review Staff #2
2009 Lesbian Vampire Killers Fletch
2009 Telstar Clem Cattini


Year Title Role Other notes
1996 - 1998 Out of Tune
1998 Renford Rejects Razor #1
1999 Boyz Unlimited Gareth
2000 Fat Friends Jamie Rymer Four episodes
2001/2002 Hollyoaks Wayne One episode
2001 Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story Giant's son
2001, 2003 Teachers Jeremy Three episodes
2003 Little Britain Dewi 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
2008 Never Mind the Buzzcocks Himself Guest team captain
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
2009, 2010 Chris Moyles' Quiz Night Himself
25 December 2009 The Gruffalo Mouse (Voiceover) BBC Christmas Special
2010 Doctor Who Craig BBC New Season
2010 A League of Their Own Himself Host

Video games


  1. ^ Daily News interview, 21 March 2009.
  2. ^ Xfm London interview, Saturday 22 March 2008.
  3. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2009/jun/07/james-corden-horne-gavin-stacey-comedy
  4. ^ a b c Bilgorri, Lindi (2005-03-02). "It's all down to confidence". http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/display.var.575072.0.0.php. Retrieved March 6, 2007. 
  5. ^ a b c d Bilgorri, Lindi (2004-09-14). "James goes back to school". http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/display.var.527398.0.0.php. Retrieved March 6, 2007. 
  6. ^ a b Hashmi, Nasser (2001-04-30). "TV Star of Teachers". http://www.croydonguardian.co.uk/news/archive/display.var.2052.0.tv_star_of_teachers.php. Retrieved March 6, 2007. 
  7. ^ Anita Singh (2008-04-19). "Gavin and Stacey's James Corden: From joblessness to Stateside fame and fortune". The Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/04/19/nact219.xml. Retrieved 2008-04-20. 
  8. ^ "James Corden: 'I hate Hollyoaks'". http://news.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/hi/entertainment/newsid_7545000/7545482.stm. 
  9. ^ "Internet Broadway Database: James Corden Credits on Broadway". http://www.ibdb.com/person.asp?ID=412502. Retrieved October 17, 2006. 
  10. ^ "National Theatre : Productions : The History Boys 2004". http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/?lid=7785. Retrieved October 17, 2006. 
  11. ^ "John Smythe: theatre reviews: NZIAF-THE HISTORY BOYS: More is more". http://nbr.co.nz/smythe/2006/02/nziaf-history-boys-more-is-more.html. Retrieved October 17, 2006. 
  12. ^ Wilkes, Neil (2007-12-04). "New 'Big Mouth' hosts named". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/bigbrothercelebrityhijack/a81119/new-big-mouth-hosts-named.html. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  13. ^ "New show for Gavin and Stacey duo". BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7364997.stm. 
  14. ^ "Royal Television Society — Awards". http://www.rts.org.uk/awards_det.asp?id=1301&sec_id=338. Retrieved November 13, 2006. 
  15. ^ "The British Sitcom Guide — News". http://www.sitcom.co.uk/news/news.php?story=000326. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
  16. ^ "TV Winners in 2008". http://static.bafta.org/awards/television/latest-winners-and-nominees,91,BA.html. Retrieved 2008-04-21. 
  17. ^ "Doctor Who scoops two National TV awards". BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8471232.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-21. "BBC One comedy Gavin and Stacey won most popular comedy programme" 

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