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Name: James Corden
DOB: 22 August 1978
Birth Place: Hillingdon, London, United Kingdom
Claim to fame: Gavin & Stacey star and comedian
- James’ middle name is Kimberley
- In 1998, he appeared in an ad campaign for Tango that was banned
- James used to live with his hunky History Boys co-star Dominic Cooper
- He used to play the coronet in a Salvation Army band
Gavin & Stacey star James studied drama at the Jackie Palmer Stage School and made his acting debut in the Shane Meadows film 24 7: Twenty Four Seven in 1997. That didn’t mean he’d hit the bigtime though as he then worked his way through the usual small telly roles in the like of Hollyoaks and Teachers.
He landed his first notable role in the successful sitcom Fat Friends in 2000 alongside future Gavin & Stacey stars Ruth Jones and Alison Steadman. Then came his breakthrough, being cast in Alan Bennett’s hit play The History Boys in 2006 alongside Dominic Cooper and future Doctor Who Matt Smith, touring the world, playing Broadway and starring in the acclaimed movie adaptation.
James became a household name with the massive TV hit Gavin & Stacey, which he co-wrote with Ruth Jones. Running for three series from 2007, he won a BAFTA for his performance and the show won Best New TV Comedy at the British Comedy Awards.
James has since starred in the less successful spin-off sketch show Horne & Corden, drunkenly chatted-up Lily Allen live on TV, starred in several hit British films including The Boat That Rocked, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People alongside Kirsten Dunst and Simon Pegg, and flopped in the Lesbian Vampire Killers.
James used to date Gavin & Stacy co-star and Two Pints of Lager actress Sheridan Smith, and is now engaged to TV producer Julia Carey, with a son, Max, born in March 2011.