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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Covid halts James Corden's new comedy

Star had to isolate for a week

Filming of James Corden’s new comedy Mammals has been halted after someone on the production was tested positive for Covid.

The Gavin & Stacey star had to self-isolate for a week along with other cast and crew.

Paddington and The Shape of Water actress Sally Hawkins  also stars in the six-part show, while  Tom Jones has a cameo,

The Covid incident happened a couple of weeks ago, The Sun reports, with filming now resumed in London and Cornwall.

Mammals has been written by Britannia co-creator Jez Butterworth, who has been vague about the premise beyond hinting that it is  about the challenges of marriage.

When the Amazon Prime show was announced last month, Butterworth was full of praise for Corden, saying: ‘His performance in One Man Two Guvnors was like seeing Mickey Rooney, Terry-Thomas and The Marx Brothers rolled into one. His Smithy in Gavin and Stacey is for the ages – he took a needy, big-hearted mess of a supporting character and made it iconic. 

‘But neither is a patch on his Sea Monster in The Late Late Show  Shape of Water sketch with Sally Hawkins. Google it.’

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Published: 10 Aug 2021

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DVD (2010)
Horne & Corden

Book (2008)
Gavin & Stacey


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