James Corden

James Corden

The host of CBS's Late Late Show since March 2015, James Corden was born in Buckinghamshire and, as a child, studied drama at the Jackie Palmer Stage School.

His break came in the ITV comedy-drama Fat Friends, where he met Ruth Jones, with whom he would go on to created the BBC Three hit Gavin and Stacey. However, before that he would appear in Hollyoaks as Wayne and in Alan Bennett's play The History Boys, which opened in 2004. He played Timms in the London, Broadway, Sydney, Wellington and Hong Kong productions, and in the radio and film adaptations.

Gavin & Stacey, which started in 2007, made his name. He won best male newcomer nomination at that year's British Comedy Awards, and the show won best new TV comedy. On the show, he struck up a friendship with co-star Mat Horne. They have since hosted Big Brother's Big Mouth together, as well as various awards ceremonies, and a critically slammed sketch show

But then he reinvented himself as the host of Sky's sports panel show League Of Their Own, and co-creating the BBC Two comedy-thriller The Wrong Mans.

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James Corden is shown the d'Or

New ‘entertainer of the year’ award for talk show host

James Corden is to be named ‘entertainer of the year’ by the Rose d’Or Awards.

It is the first time that the accolade, to be handed out at a ceremony in Berlin on Tuesday September 19 has been given out by the European Broadcasting Union.

They say it is to ‘recognise the contribution to the world of entertainment of one talented individual over the past 12 months’

Corden, 39, has presented the Late, Late Show on CBS in the US since 2015 and has made a global impact with his Carpool Karaoke feature, helping the show’s YouTube Channel reach over a billion views.

‘There couldn’t be a more perfect recipient of the first Rose d’Or Entertainer of the Year Award than James Corden,’ said the EBU’s Jeroen Depraetere.

‘The international impact of Corden’s imaginative and very funny work in the last year has been huge. When you can get the former First Lady of the USA to join in you know you have a huge hit and this award recognises James Corden’s enormous talent and creativity.’

Corden has previously won a Tony Award for One Man, Two Guvnors as well a Bafta for Gavin and Stacy among other awards.

British comedies including Fleabag, People Just Do Nothing and Witless have been shortlisted for other awards at the TV festival.

Up for best sitcom are Gold’s Henry IX, about a king, played by Charles Edwards, having a midlife crisis, BBC Three’s People Just Do Nothing, about the pirate radio station Kurupt  FM; and  Witless, also for BBC Three, starring Kerry Howard and Zoe Boyle as two women in the witness protection programme after witnessing a gangland murder.

Completing the shortlist is Finnish show Wingman, about two neighbours who get into scrapes.

Up for best comedy are Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s much decorated Fleabag, and Brexaggedon?!,  Jolyon Rubenstein and Heydon Prowse’s half-hour special satirising the EU referendum.

They are shortlisted alongside Australia’s Here Come the Habibs – a controversial sitcom about a Lebanese-Australian family who move into a wealthy suburb after winning the lottery, which has been slammed for its 'racial stereotypes’ – and Germany’s Kroymann, a sketch show featuring performer  Maren Kroymann.

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Published: 7 Sep 2017

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