James Corden started his acting career with a role on the London stage when he was 17. He graduated to more substantial roles on such television shows as Boyz Unlimited and Fat Friends. In 2004, Corden earned accolades for his work on the Alan Bennett play The History Boys. He went on to create the popular British sitcom Gavin and Stacey, which debuted in 2007. In 2012, Corden won both an Olivier and Tony Award for his performance in One Man, Two Guvnors. He then appeared in such films as Into the Woods and Begin Again in 2014. In March 2015, Corden became the host of The Late Late Show. He took home an Emmy for his signature Carpool Karaoke in 2016.
Early Life and Career
Born on August 22, 1978, in England, actor James Corden discovered his desire to perform at an early age. As he writes in his autobiography, Can I Have Your Attention Please?, "I wanted to entertain people, to act, sing, dance; everything and anything that would mean people would look at me and smile."
Corden spent most of his childhood in Hazlemere, a village near High Wycombe. His mother was a social worker and his father was a musician in the Royal Air Force. His family was active in the Salvation Army. Corden started studying his craft at the Jackie Palmer Stage School, an after school program that gave children acting and dancing lessons. At 17, Corden landed his first professional part in a production of the musical Martin Guerre. He soon moved on to more substantial roles on television, including Boyz Unlimited, Fat Friends and Teachers.
Success on Stage and TV
In 2004, Corden won praise for his turn as Timms in Alan Bennett's critically acclaimed play The History Boys. He became friends with his fellow performer Dominic Cooper during this time. Corden was also encouraged by Bennett to start writing. The History Boys proved to be life-changing for him. He appeared in the show's London run and its subsequent tour, including a stint on Broadway. Corden also reprised his role for the 2006 film adaptation. The following year, he found success on the small screen with the sitcom Gavin and Stacey, which he created with his Fat Friends co-star Ruth Jones. Corden played Smithy, best friend to Gavin, on the hit series.
Corden had some career setbacks in 2009 when he scored a string of flops. Horne and Corden, his sketch show with Mathew Horne, his co-star from Gavin and Stacey, failed to attract an audience. The pair also bombed at the box office with the film Lesbian Vampire Killers. He managed to overcome these disappointments with the help of his stellar performance on the London and Broadway stage with One Man, Two Guvnors. For his deft handling of this comedy, Corden took home both an Olivier Award and a Tony Award in 2012. He won praise for another project the following year, a Hulu series called The Wrong Mans, which he and Mathew Baynton created and starred in. In 2014 Corden went on to appear in the musical film Into the Woods with Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and Anna Kendrick.
'The Late Late Show' and Tonys
In September 2014, it was announced that James Corden would be replacing Craig Ferguson as the host of The Late Late Show. Surprised that CBS picked him, Corden told Variety, “When I got the job, I’d never even been on an American talkshow.” He considered the decision to hire him to be “a really bold choice.”
Corden made his late night debut in March 2015 with actor Tom Hanks as one of his guests. Since then, he has attracted an array of stars, including Mariah Carey, Katie Couric and David Beckham. The performer continued to display his love for musicals and comic timing in 2016 as the host of the 70th Annual Tony Awards telecast. That same year he also took home an Emmy for his signature Carpool Karaoke work on his talk show.
On February 12, 2017, Corden hosted the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.
Corden moved from England to Los Angeles with his wife Julia and their two children, son Max and daughter Carey.
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