The honor of Trendom’s first #MCM of 2016 is going to one of our absolute favorites, Mr. James Kimberley Corden. Yes, I said Kimberley. He’s a man of many talents, has one of the best laughs in the industry and charisma that just oozes out of him.
If you watch The Late Late Show With James Corden, you’ll know that every night, when his MC Reggie Watts introduces him, he tells the studio and television audience “All the way from (insert random city here), here’s Jaaaaames Corden.” In fact, James was raised in a little town called High Wycombe (pronounced Wickham), just about an hour outside of London. Growing up, he wasn’t a great student (his words, not ours) and really didn’t find his way until his late teen years when he found stage acting. While stage acting was his first foray into the industry, he’s been on television and in movies a ton over the years.
Corden’s first big TV role was as Jamie Rymer on the UK show Fat Friends, which he appeared on from 2000 to 2005. Starting in 2007, James starred as ‘Smithy’ on the incredibly popular showGavin & Stacey, which he co-created with comedienne Ruth Jones. In 2008, James appeared as Smithy in a sketch for Red Nose Day and Comic Relief with the England Football Team where he gave them a motivational speech. A certain David Beckham is in this sketch as well – keep that in mind for later on.
After Gavin & Stacy, James began hosting the Sky1 comedy/sports panel show A League of Their Own (ALOTO) – an absolutely hilarious show with stunts that we only wish could be done on American television. If you’re a 1D fan, you’re probably familiar with the time that Harry Styles, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson were guests on the show. Niall got a fake tattoo, Louis saved a goal, Harry kissed James in a kiss cam sketch – it was great. He also had a guest spot on a little known show called Dr. Who (you might have heard of it) as Craig, a one time roommate of the Doctor.
James is still hosting A League of Their Own, but he made a huge jump in television when he took over the Late Late Show slot on CBS from Craig Ferguson in March 2015.
Even though he’s had enormous success in the UK, he was still a relative unknown in the US when he was announced as the new host. With his sense of humor, a great live band, an outsider’s perspective on America, and overall feel-good personality, James has convinced the American audience to fall head over heels in love with him. Carpool Karaoke is definitely a fan favorite and he has a plethora of other great recurring sketches. What’s also different, to the American audience at least, is that he brings his guests out all at once and allows them all to bounce off one another in a way that other late night shows don’t.
The stage was James’ first entry into the entertainment industry. His first stage role only consisted of one line, but his second stage role was a huge break for him. He originated the role of Timms in the original London stage production of The History Boys. The show was picked up for a world tour. The cast and crew performed the show 185 times worldwide and even went on to make a film adaptation. The History Boys won the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2005 and the Tony Award for Best Play in 2006. In 2006, a film adaptation was released, with most of the original stage cast. You might recognize a few key players here – Richard Griffiths and Frances de la Tour (Uncle Vernon and Madame Maxine from Harry Potter, respectively) were in the original stage cast and film cast.
His biggest achievement on stage is definitely the play One Man, Two Guvnors, in which he played the main character – a man who becomes employed by two highly contentious and possibly dangerous characters at one time and the shenanigans that follow. The show was a huge success worldwide and toured the world for four years, but James was only in the initial tour in the UK and the Broadway run. For his performance, he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.
James has been a very very busy man in his young career. As far as film goes, he’s been in a grand total of 21 films so far. Most recently, he showed off his singing chops as the lead actor in One Chance, the bio com-drama about Britain’s Got Talent winner Opera singer Paul Potts, and as The Baker in Into The Woods. If you’ve watched the Late Late Show, you know he has an incredible voice. But to be in such big musical movies, especially Into The Woods, is seriously awesome. The guy can do almost anything!
As a fan of James, I was lucky enough to go to one of the first tapings of the Late Late Show when it first started filming in late March. I was nervous and excited because I had never been to a show taping and I already adored James at that point. There’s the saying “never meet your heroes.” While I didn’t meet James that day, I did see him off camera and I can tell you that he’s just as great off camera as he is on. He has a great charisma about him, he’s incredibly talented, and seems to be a genuinely great guy. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for him!
I’m a 26 year old working professional who fangirls in her free time, and not-so-free time, over One Direction, Ed Sheeran, 5SOS, Fleetwood Mac, Marvel and DC comics, and Harry Potter along with a plethora of other fangirl worthy topics. Writing and sharing stories is my passion and I hope to make a living out of it someday. I love classic rock, new rock, classic 80’s songs that inspire bad dance moves, books and movies galore. I didn’t choose the fangirl life, the fangirl life chose me.