Describing himself as the "chunky unit", James Kimberley Corden was born in Hillingdon, London and raised in Buckinghamshire, the son of Margaret (Collins), a social worker, and Malcolm Corden, a musician. He studied drama at the Jackie Palmer Stage School before going on to Holmer Green Senior School, near High Wycombe. However, he admits that he had very little academic ambition and turned to acting, making his screen debut in the monochrome Shane Meadows film TwentyFourSeven (1997). After taking small roles in television drama series, he landed his first notable role as the teenage member of a slimming club in the British TV comedy-drama Fat Friends (2000). Shortly afterwards, he appeared on the London stage in Alan Bennett's play "The History Boys", taking part in its subsequent international tour, as well as the cinema adaptation. Whilst working on Fat Friends (2000), he met the Welsh actress Ruth Jones and, between them, they fashioned the sitcom (in which both also appear) Gavin & Stacey (2007), the big hit of the 2007 season, winning British Film Academy awards for them both as Best Comedy Show and for James as Best Comedy Actor. He also persuaded three of the erstwhile "History Boys" to make cameo appearances as Gavin's stag party friends. In 2011 he found fame as a stage actor in the acclaimed farce 'One Man, Two Guv'nors' transferring with it from London to Broadway, thus beginning Transatlantic success topped in 2015 when he became the host of CBS 'The Late, Late Show'.
Julia Carey (15 September 2012 - present) ( 3 children)
Son of Malcolm Corden (b. 1951) and Margaret Corden (née Collins) (b. 1952).
Brother of Andrea Corden Henry (née Corden) (b. 1975) and Ruth Corden (b. 1982).
Paternal grandson of Cedric (b. 1929) and Isabel (née Pattison) Corden (b. 1931).
Uncle of Joel (b. 2003) and Ellen Henry (b. 2006), via sister Andrea.
Is the former roommate of Dominic Cooper.
Is a West Ham United supporter.
Was in a relationship with Gavin & Stacey (2007) co-star Sheridan Smith twice. They began a relationship in November 2007 but later separated in March 2008, only to reconcile in February 2009. However they went on to separate permanently in August 2009 due to work commitments.
Confirmed his engagement to Julia Carey, having proposed on Christmas Day after planting an engagement ring in her stocking (29 December 2010).
Became a father for the first time at age 32, when his fiancée Julia Carey gave birth to their son, Max McCartney Kimberley Corden, on 22 March 2011.
Won the 2012 Tony Award as Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for "One Man, Two Guvnors".
There's nothing nicer than getting a round of applause for turning up for work, It's amazing! You start work and people clap. Do you know what I mean? And then they stand up and clap at the end.
[on a memory of getting his first laugh] I was three and it was during my younger sister's christening and I was lifted up to stand on a chair so I could see. I looked out at the congregation of about thirty or forty people, bu to me it seemed like thousands. And I started to do little dances on the chair and pull faces and turn around under my legs - and everyone burst out laughing. Even the vicar was laughing. And I can vividly remember something clicked and thinking, This feels amazing!