James Corden (birth name – James Kimberly Corden) is an English television host, writer, comedian, and actor, who played the lead part in ”One Man, Two Guvnors.”
Corden hosts The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS in the US since 2015.
He was born on August 22, 1978, in Hillingdon, London, UK.
His mother, Margaret, was a social worker, while his father, Malcolm Corden, worked as a musician in the Royal Air Force Band.
James spent most of his childhood in a village near High Wycombe, called – ”Hazlemere.”
He went to Holmer Green Upper School.
His first stage appearance was in the 1996 musical Martin Guerre.
In 2004, he got his big break in Alan Bennett’s play The History Boys where he was cast as the jokester Timms.
From 2007 to 2010, Corden co-wrote and starred in the British comedy series ”Gavin & Stacey.”
He played Craig Owens in the Doctor Who episode “The Lodger” in June 2010.
In 2009, James performed as Fletch in Lesbian Vampire Killers, a British comedy horror film written by Paul Hupfield and Stewart Williams and directed by Phil Claydon. Later, Corden said about the film:
”’Lesbian Vampire Killers’ was quite embarrassing.”
In March 2010, he took part in the benefits comedy show ”Comedy Gala.”
In 2011, Corden appeared in the action-adventure film The Three Musketeers.
Also in 2011, Corden played the lead role in ”One Man, Two Guvnors.” In 2012, he received a Tony Award for his role in the comedy.
James received the BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year in 2015. In the same year, he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year Honours.
In 2016, Corden performed as Biggie in Trolls, a computer-animated musical comedy film based on a story by Erica Rivinoja.
The Late Late Show
He paid the salaries of furloughed employees on the Late Late Show in April 2020.
Carpool Karaoke is a recurring segment on the show in which Corden invites celebrities to travel with him in a car. Some of his famous guests are:
- Céline Dion;
- Stevie Wonder;
- Michelle Obama;
- Paul McCartney;
- George Clooney.
Corden said in an interview:
”It is ridiculous to find yourself in a car singing along with Stevie Wonder.”
In October 2019, he did ”Airpool Karaoke” with Kanye West, reported CNN.
In 2007, Corden started to date Sheridan Smith, an English actress who also appeared in Gavin & Stacey. They broke-up in 2009.
On September 15, 2012, James Corden married actress-turned-producer Julia Carey in a private ceremony at Babington House in Somerset.
The two met through former housemate Dominic Cooper, who performed in Jericho, Captain America, Dracula Untold, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Huner.
James proposed to Julia Carey on December 29, 2010.
They have three children:
- Charlotte (b. on December 12, 2017);
- Carey (b. on October 27, 2014);
- Max (b. on March 22, 2011).
The family moved to the United States in 2014 so James could start his job as the host of The Late Late Show.
In 2017, Corden bought a five-bedroom, eight-bathroom home in Los Angeles for about $10 million from Steve Levitan – the creator of Modern Family who bought the house in 1996 for $1.55 million. James also has a home in Belsize Park, London.
Corden is 5’8″ (173 cm) tall.
”I don’t care about awards and all the attention being a celebrity gets you.”
”My major ambition is just to stay relevant.”
”The difference between doing something and not doing something is doing something.”
”I don’t consider myself to be incredibly confident, or really lacking in confidence.”
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”I wish I didn’t like sweets as much as I do.”
His comedy influences are:
- Stephen Colbert;
- Graham Norton;
- David Letterman;
- Conan O’Brien;
- Jonathan Ross;
- Chris Evans.
His favorite comedian is Anna Wintour.
In 2020, USA Today reported that Corden had a minor eye surgery that was performed while he was awake. The surgery was required after he sustained an eye injury in 2012.
He is a West Ham United supporter.
In 2017 and 2019, Corden hosted the Grammy Awards. In 2016 and 2019, James hosted the Tony Awards.
James Corden – Net Worth
Corden earned most of his wealth from performing in over 74 movies and television series, including – Gavin & Stacey, Fat Friends, The Wrong Mans, The Prom, Doctor Who, and Heroes and Villains.
In addition, James serves as the host of The Late Late Show since 2015. In 2019, he signed a new contract worth $19 million with CBS to continue as host of The Late Late Show until August 2022.
”He is a host and performer whose considerable talents shine on every stage,” said David Nevins, Chief Creative Officer for the CBS Corporation.
His Carpool Karaoke segment on the show was a key factor for his bumper pay deal. Therefore, television host James Corden has an estimated net worth of $35 million.
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