James Corden

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James Corden
James Gordon Toronto Film.jpg
Corden at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival
Born James Kimberley Corden
(1978-08-22) 22 August 1978 (age 35)
Hillingdon, London, UK
Occupation Actor, television writer and presenter, comedian, singer, songwriter
Years active 1996–present
Television Fat Friends
Gavin & Stacey
Horne and Corden
James Corden's World Cup Live
A League of Their Own
Spouse(s) Julia Carey (2012–present)
Children Max

James Kimberley Corden (born 22 August 1978)[1] is an English stage, television and film actor, comedian, television comedy writer, producer and presenter.

His biggest early success was as co-creator, co-writer and star of the BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey (2007–2010), for which he won the BAFTA Television Award for Best Comedy Performance. He was also featured on the No.1 single "Shout" along with British grime artist Dizzee Rascal an unofficial anthem of the England football team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa in 2010.[2]

In 2011 he attracted international attention as the lead in the comedy play One Man, Two Guvnors, which transferred from the National Theatre to the West End and then to Broadway, and was also cinecast worldwide via National Theatre Live. For his performance in the Broadway run of the play, Corden won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.

Early life

Corden was born to Malcolm and Margaret Corden in Hillingdon, Greater London.[3] His father was a musician in the Royal Air Force band and his mother a social worker.[4] He grew up in Hazlemere, Buckinghamshire[5] and attended Park Middle School and Holmer Green Upper School.[1] He has an older sister, Andrea Henry, and a younger sister, Ruth Corden.[6]

Career

Early career

Corden's first stage appearance was at the age of 18 with a one-line part in the 1996 musical Martin Guerre.[7] His early television work included Gareth Jones in the 1999 series Boyz Unlimited, He also starred in Tango adverts in 1998 and had a role as a bookish student in Teachers and in 2000 a small part in an episode of Hollyoaks. Corden also had guest appearances on Little Britain and Dalziel and Pascoe, both in 2004.

Corden's early film credits include Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? (1999), Mike Leigh's All or Nothing (2002), Heartlands (2002), and Cruise of the Gods (2002).

Rise to prominence

From 2000 through early 2005, Corden starred in the British television series Fat Friends as Jamie Rymer. He garnered a nomination for the 2000 Royal Television Society Award for Network Newcomer On Screen for his work.

Beginning in 2004, 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 2006 film adaptation versions of the play.[8][9][10] Also in 2006, he appeared in the film Starter for 10.

From 2007 through early 2010, Corden co-starred in his own series, the BBC Three sitcom Gavin & Stacey. He co-wrote the series with his Fat Friends co-star Ruth Jones, and Corden and Jones played the two friends of the two title characters. The series proved popular and was well-received critically.

For the show, Corden won Best Male Comedy Performer and Gavin & Stacey won Best New British Television Comedy at the 2007 British Comedy Awards.[11] At the 2008 Television BAFTAs, Corden won the BAFTA for Best Male Comedy Performance, and Gavin & Stacey won the BAFTA's Audience Award for Programme of the Year.[12] In December 2008 the show won Best TV Comedy in the 2008 British Comedy Awards. Gavin & Stacey also won the award for Most Popular Comedy Programme at the National Television Awards in 2010.[13]

Work outside Gavin & Stacey

During the two year, seven months run of Gavin & Stacey, Corden's professional endeavours outside the successful series proved somewhat checkered.[7] He guest hosted Big Brother's Big Mouth with his Gavin & Stacey co-star Mathew Horne in August 2007. In 2008 he appeared in the film of Toby Young's autobiography How to Lose Friends & Alienate People. He collaborated again 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."[14] 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."[15]

In 2009, Corden starred as the lead character in the film Lesbian Vampire Killers, which was not a great success. That year he was also in the main cast of the feature Telstar, and likewise in the animated Planet 51 along with Matthew Horne.

In February 2009, he co-presented the BRIT Awards with Mathew Horne and Kylie Minogue.[16] On 13 March 2009, he appeared in a sketch for Comic Relief giving the England football team a motivational talk, and later presented a section with Horne showing their best bits of comedy from the previous two years along with highlights from the night.

In March 2010, Corden began hosting the Sky1 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.[17]

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 5 June 2010, he performed his England World Cup single with Dizzee Rascal on the finale of Britain's Got Talent. The proceeds from the single wentto Great Ormond Street Hospital.

In June 2010, Corden played Craig Owens in the Doctor Who episode "The Lodger", in which the Doctor moved in with him. Corden returned as Owens in "Closing Time" in the sixth 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 2010 he also was in the main cast of the film Gulliver's Travels.

One Man, Two Guvnors & other projects

In February 2011, Corden again presented the 2011 BRIT Awards. In March, Corden reprised his Gavin & Stacey role as Smithy in a Red Nose Day sketch for Comic Relief. The sketch included appearances by Gordon Brown, JLS, Paul McCartney and Justin Bieber. It received positive reviews from critics and was highly regarded as the best sketch of the night.[18] In 2011 Corden also appeared in the film The Three Musketeers.

Starting in June 2011, Corden played the lead role in the hit comedy play One Man, Two Guvnors. The play was also cinecast worldwide as part of the National Theatre Live cinecasts, and transferred from the National Theatre to the West End after touring. The show received universal critical acclaim, and won Best Play at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for 2011.[19] The Guardian deemed it "A triumph of visual and verbal comedy. One of the funniest productions in the National's history."[20] The Daily Telegraph described it as "the feelgood hit of the Summer";[21] while The Independent called it a "massive hit",[22] and the Evening Standard "a surefire hit".[23]

Corden made a cameo appearance in the music video for the single "Mama Do the Hump" by Rizzle Kicks, released in December 2011, which reached #2 in the charts.

In April 2012 One Man, Two Guvnors transferred to Broadway, with Corden continuing to play the lead. In June 2012 he won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for his performance.

In February 2012, Corden hosted the BRIT Awards for the third time.

In May 2013, it was announced that Corden will star as the Baker in the film adaptation of the musical Into the Woods.[24]

The Wrong Mans

For his next project Corden teamed with friend and fellow Gavin & Stacey star Mathew Baynton to create, write and star in The Wrong Mans, a six-part comedy-thriller for BBC Two. The premiere was on 24 September 2013.[25] The series is co-produced by online television provider Hulu.com in the US where it will air in November 2013.[26]

Awards and recognition

Corden was nominated for the 2000 RTS Award for Network Newcomer – On Screen for his work on Fat Friends.[27]

Corden won Best Male Comedy Performer and Gavin & Stacey won Best New British Television Comedy at the 2007 British Comedy Awards.[11]

At the 2008 Television BAFTAs, Corden won the BAFTA for Best Male Comedy Performance for Gavin & Stacey. 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.[12]

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.[13]

In June 2012 Corden won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play for his role in One Man, Two Guvnors.[28]

In September 2012, Corden was named British GQ's Man of the Year, and featured on its cover.[29]

Personal life

Corden was in a relationship with actress Sheridan Smith until June 2009.[30][31]

He is married to Julia Carey, introduced to him by former housemate Dominic Cooper.[32] Their son, Max, was born on 22 March 2011.[33][34]

Theatre credits

Year Title Role Location
1996 Martin Guerre (bit part) Prince Edward Theatre, West End
2004 The History Boys Timms Lyttelton Theatre, Royal National Theatre, London
2006 Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong
St James, Wellington
Sydney Theatre, Sydney
2007 Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway
2007 A Respectable Wedding Friend Young Vic, South Bank, London
2011 One Man, Two Guvnors Francis Henshall Lyttelton Theatre, Royal National Theatre, London
Adelphi Theatre, London
2012 Music Box Theatre, New York City (Tony Award, Leading Role in a Play)

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role 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 (animated)
2010 Gulliver's Travels Jinks
Animals United Billy the Meerkat (animated)
2011 The Three Musketeers Planchet
2013 One Chance Paul Potts
Begin Again Steve
2014 Into The Woods The Baker Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1996–1998 Out of Tune
1998 Renford Rejects Razor #1
1999 Boyz Unlimited Gareth
2000 Hollyoaks Wayne One episode
2000–2005 Fat Friends Jamie Rymer Four series
2001 Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story Bran the Giant's son
2001-2003 Teachers Jeremy Two series
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
2009 Horne & Corden Various characters
2009 The Gruffalo Mouse (voiceover) BBC Christmas Special (animated)
2010 Red Nose Day 2010 – Sport Relief Smithy Sketch
2010-2011 Doctor Who Craig Owens Series 5, Episode 11: "The Lodger"
Series 6, Episode 12: "Closing Time" [35]
2011 Red Nose Day 2011 – Comic Relief Smithy Sketch
2011 Little Charley Bear Narrator CBeebies (animated)
2011 The Gruffalo's Child Mouse (animated)[36]
2012 Stella Steven episode 1.7
2013 The Wrong Mans Phil Bourne Co-written by Corden

Video games

Television Appearances

Year Title Role Notes
2007-2008 8 Out of 10 Cats Guest Four episodes
2007-2008 Big Brother's Big Mouth Host
2008 Never Mind the Buzzcocks Guest team captain, Series 22, Episode 6
Guest host, Series 23, Episode 1
2008 Top Gear Guest
2008 The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Guest On a team with Sean Lock
2009 Red Nose Day 2009 – Comic Relief Host Co-host
2009-2010 Chris Moyles' Quiz Night Guest Two Episodes
2010- A League of Their Own Host
2010 Sport Relief Host Co-host
2010 Britain's Got Talent Guest Singing with Dizzee Rascal
2010 James Corden's World Cup Live Host
2010 The King is Dead Guest Series 1, Episode 1: "The President of the USA"
2011 Piers Morgan's Life Stories Guest
2014 BRIT Awards Host 2014

Discography

Singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK IRL
[37]
"Shout"
(as Shout for England with Dizzee Rascal)
2010 1 41 non-album single

References

  1. ^ a b James Corden (29 September 2011). May I Have your Attention Please?. Century. ISBN 978-1-8460-5935-3. 
  2. ^ Shout for England: Dizzee Rascal: James Corden HMV.com
  3. ^ "Births England and Wales 1837–2006". Findmypast.co.uk. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Sharon and Kelly Osbourne give their backing to Fashion Targets Breast Cancer 2013". Thirdsector.co.uk. 2013-04-30. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  5. ^ "It's all down to confidence". Evening Standard. UK. 2 March 2005. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "The day my father went to war". The Daily Mail (UK). 4 October 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Cochrane, Kira. "James Corden: 'I'm not sure people even think of me as an actor at all'". The Guardian. 2 October 2011.
  8. ^ "Internet Broadway Database: James Corden Credits on Broadway". Retrieved 17 October 2006. 
  9. ^ "National Theatre : Productions : The History Boys 2004". Retrieved 17 October 2006. 
  10. ^ "John Smythe: theatre reviews: NZIAF – The History Boys: More is more". 28 February 2006. Retrieved 17 October 2006.  Archived from the original on 2008-01-18.
  11. ^ a b "The British Sitcom Guide – News". Retrieved 7 November 2007. 
  12. ^ a b "TV Winners in 2008". Retrieved 21 April 2008. 
  13. ^ a b "Doctor Who scoops two National TV awards". BBC News. 21 January 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2010. "BBC One comedy Gavin and Stacey won most popular comedy programme" 
  14. ^ "New show for Gavin and Stacey duo". BBC News. 24 April 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  15. ^ "Corden: 'Sketch show was mistake'". BBC News. $ March 2010. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  16. ^ "Brit Awards dress rehearsals – see Kylie & James Corden, U2 and Coldplay in all the pics here". Daily Mirror. 18 February 2009. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  17. ^ Gordon, Sarah (18 March 2010). "David Beckham and James Corden share a bath for Sports Relief – in a £4,800-a-night Milan hotel suite!". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  18. ^ Thompson, Jody (19 March 2011). "Smithy sketch top on Red Nose Day". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  19. ^ "Evening Standard Theatre Awards – Winners 2011" westendtheatre.com, 20 November 2011, accessed 25 March 2012
  20. ^ Billington, Michael. " 'One Man, Two Guvnors' - review" guardian.co.uk, 24 May 2011
  21. ^ Spencer, Charles. "James Corden stars in the feelgood hit of the summer at the National Theatre" telegraph.co.uk, 25 May 2011
  22. ^ Taylor, Paul. " 'One Man, Two Guvnors', National Theatre: Lyttelton, London" independent.co.uk, 26 May 2011
  23. ^ Taylor, Paul (26 May 2011). "One Man, Two Guvnors, National Theatre: Lyttelton, London". The Independent (London). 
  24. ^ James Corden Joins Streep & Depp In INTO THE WOODS Movie
  25. ^ "BBC Two announces new comedy, The Wrong Mans". BBC Media Centre. 9 Oct 2012. Retrieved 10 Oct 2012. 
  26. ^ "BBC, Hulu team on James Corden laffer". Variety online. 9 Oct 2012. Retrieved 10 Oct 2012. 
  27. ^ "Royal Television Society – Awards". Retrieved 13 November 2006. 
  28. ^ Kennedy, Maev (11 June 2012). "Tony awards: James Corden raises bar for emotional acceptance speeches". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  29. ^ "Tony Winner James Corden Named British GQ’s Man of the Year | Broadway Buzz". Broadway.com. 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  30. ^ "Corden: 'James Corden weds Julia Carey in lavish £250,000 ceremony'". Daily Mail. September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  31. ^ Armstrong, Stephen (27 December 2009). "Sheridan Smith drops the chav act for Legally Blonde". The Times (UK). Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  32. ^ Hannah Symmons (29 September 2010). "James Corden To Become A First-Time Dad". Sky News Online. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  33. ^ "Newsbeat – James Corden becomes a father for the first time". BBC. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  34. ^ [1][dead link]
  35. ^ "BBC – Doctor Who – Casting News: He's Back! – News & Features". 25 February 2011. 
  36. ^ "The Gruffalo's Child". BBC One. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  37. ^ "Discography Band Aid 20". irish-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 

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