James Corden (born 17 June 1978) 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.
Corden grew up in Hazlemere, a suburb of High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. 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. Corden was not a serious student and did not attend university.
On Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2 November 2007), he confirmed that he was dating the actress Sheridan Smith. However, on 11 March 2008, after flirting with Lily Allen on her chatshow, she asked if he was single. He replied, 'It's complicated'. He was later also seen leaving a comedy gig with Allen. However, he confirmed his relationship with Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps star Smith was back on, in July 2008, after telling friends "The time away has been good for us and I know we have something special. We're taking it slowly and I am more than happy. She is my best mate, too." As of February 2009 Corden and Sheridan Smith's relationship is now back on.
Corden is a fan of West Ham United, which causes conflict with his Gavin & Stacey co-star Mathew Horne, who is a Tottenham Hotspur fan. Following an appearance on Soccer AM in January 2007, Corden revealed that he has attended many West Ham United games with fellow supporter Russell Brand.
Corden waited eight years for his first part, a dancer in the West End:
"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. He then starred in the British television series Fat Friends as Jamie Rymer, and played Gareth Jones in the series Boyz Unlimited. His TV 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 2001-2. In an August 2008 interview with Esquire Magazine he commented on his disdain of the programme and members of the cast. Corden said he would rather die than go back to appear on Hollyoaks, saying: "I met a couple of really good friends there, but it's (only) 20% nice people."
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. 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. He appears in the forthcoming film of Toby Young's autobiography How To Lose Friends and Alienate People and series two of Gavin & Stacey. He cohosted the Whats on Stage Awards ceremony in 2008.
In February 2008 he shot a BBC pilot, Hey, Hey, We're The Monks. He will collaborate with Horne on a new sketch show named Horne and Corden, a "traditional" comedy show in the style of Morecambe and Wise as well as the film Lesbian Vampire Killers.
In February 2009, he co-presented the Brit Awards with Mathew Horne and Kylie Minogue.
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, James appeared on The Paul O'Grady Show.
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.