James Corden

The 'Gavin and Stacey' star has reached the big time after his Tony award win.


James Kimberly Corden made his acting debut into the world on 22 August 1978 in High Wycombe, Aylesbury, where he went on to study at the Jackie Palmer Stage School before attending Holmer Green Senior School.

He has admitted that he was never that academic at school and preferred to joke around and act, perhaps preparing him for his comedy career. Corden made his acting debut in the monochrome Shane Meadows' film '24 7: Twenty Four Seven' in 1997. A number of small TV roles followed, including appearances in 'Hollyoaks' and 'Boyz Unlimited', until Corden landed parts in the popular shows 'Teachers' (2001-03) and 'Fat Friends' between 2000 and 2004 alongside his future writing partner Ruth Jones.

Corden's next film appearances were in 'Starter for 10' in 2006 and 'The History Boys' in the same year, where he met his former flatmate Dominic Cooper. 2007 saw Corden reach mainstream success as he penned the hit comedy show 'Gavin and Stacey' with Jones. The pair also starred in the show, with Corden playing the main character's best friend Smithy, who had a relationship with Jones' character Nessa. The show won the Best Comedy Show Bafta, while Corden went home with the Best Comedy Actor prize.

'Gavin and Stacey' ran for three seasons until 2010. During this period, Corden also appeared in 'How To Lose Friends and Alienate People' (2008), a self-penned film with Matt Horne called 'Lesbian Vampire Killers' (2009) and comedy sketch show 'Horne and Corden' the same year. He also enjoyed an on/off relationship with his 'Gavin and Stacy' co-star Sheridan Smith but the pair split for good in August 2009 due to work commitments. He then met Julia Carey in December that year. On Christmas Day 2010, Corden became engaged to Carey and she gave birth to their first child Max Kimberley Corden on 22 March 2011.

While his personal life has been going from strength to strength, so has his professional career. He played a supporting role in 'The Three Musketeers' in 2011 and in a few episodes of 'Doctor Who' with Matt Smith in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, he narrated the children's TV show 'Little Charley Bear' and voiced a character in 'The Gruffalo's Child'. He also took to the West End fronting the show 'One Man Two Guvnors'.

It was transferred to Broadway in early 2012, with Corden going with it. On 11 June 2012, Corden was the surprise winner of the Best Performance By A Leading Actor In A Play Tony Award beating Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John Lithgow and James Earl Jones. After receiving the award, Corden revealed he was "thrilled beyond words". This notable theatre prize proves that Corden has now reached the big time with a long future ahead of him.