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James Corden Net Worth

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James Corden Net Worth: $70 million
Born: 22nd August 1978 (43 Years Old)
Profession: British actor, comedian, and TV host    
Children: 3

British actor and comedian James Corden has an estimated net worth of $70 million. 

Early Life 

James Kimberley Corden was born on 22nd August 1978 in Hillingdon, Greater London. His father, Malcom Corden, was a musician in the RAF band who later sold Christian books and bibles. His mother, Margaret Corden née Collins, was a social worker.

James grew up in Hazlemere, a large village in Buckinghamshire, 2.5 miles northeast of High Wycombe. Other notable residents of the village include Sir William Ramsay, a noble prize-winning chemist, Sir Geoffrey de Havilland, an aviator and aircraft designer, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, a singer in the band Little Mix.

A young James Corden. Credit: Pinterest

James attended Park Middle School followed by Holmer Green Upper School. He also attended the Jackie Palmer Stage School.

He has two sisters, an older sister Andrea (who was born in 1975) and a younger sister, Ruth. Ruth is a civil servant.

At school, James was teased for his middle name Kimberley. He said “literally every man in my family has it [as their middle name] – it’s a tradition. For ages I pretended it was Karl, but my sister was going out with one of my mates and told him, then he told the whole school. It wasn’t great.”

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Corden with his two sisters and Mother and Father. Credit: Instagram

Early career

Growing up, Corden was always an entertainer but despite going to many auditions, he didn’t succeed until he was 17. His first role was in Martin Guerre, the musical in 1996. He had one line: “Roast the meats.” 

Corden went on to focus on TV. He was in the British comedy series Boyz Unlimited in 1999 and also appeared in advertisements for Tango the previous year. The 1998 Tango commercial actually got banned as it was body shaming and showed a naked Corden being bullied.

In 2000, he played the part of a bookish student in the British comedy-drama series Teachers. He also appeared in Hollyoaks, Little Britain, and Dalziel and Pascoe.

Around this time, he also appeared in four films: Whatever Happened to Harold Smith, All or Nothing, Heartlands, and Cruise of the Gods.

Rise to Fame 

Between 2000 and 2005, James Corden played the role of Jamie Rymer in Fat Friends, a drama set in Leeds that explored the lives of slimming club members. This led him to be nominated for the Royal Television Society’s best newcomer award. 

Stepping away from the small screen, James Corden played Timms in The History Boys in London. He also travelled to Broadway, Wellington, Sydney, and Hong Kong too. This was in 2004. 

In 2006, there was a film adaption of the play, which starred Corden. He also appeared in the film Starter for 10 the same year. 

Corden’s true rise to prominence, though, came from his own production Gavin & Stacey, which he co-wrote with Ruth Jones, who was his co-star in Fat Friends. Gavin & Stacey was well-received by critics and won lots of awards.

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Gavin & Stacey was a huge hit in the UK. Credit: Daily Mail

Beyond Gavin & Stacey

While writing and starring in Gavin & Stacey, James Corden also took on other roles. 

He started in How to Lose Friends and Alienate People and Lesbian Vampire Killers. He also hosted various shows, including Big Brother’s Big Mouth, the Brit Awards 2009, A League of Their Own, and Sports Relief.

The First Carpool Karaoke   

In 2011, Corden reprised his role as Smithy for a Comic Relief sketch. His sketch had appearances from the band JLS, the then UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Justin Bieber, and Paul McCartney.

This sketch was the first time we saw Corden do his Carpool Karaoke sketch. It was George Michael that hopped in his car and shared songs with him.

One Man, Two Guvnors and Children’s shows

In June 2011, Corden appeared in the hit play One Man, Two Guvnors. This play was cinecast worldwide as a part of the National Theatre Live. It transferred to the West End after the tour.

This show was critically acclaimed and won The Evening Standard Theatre Awards for Best Play 2011.

As well as his theatre role, Corden starred in many children’s TV and film roles. 

This included the musical film Into the Woods – a Disney film adaptation. He also narrated the BBC film adaption of the Roald Dahl novel Esio Trot, which was broadcast on New Year’s Day in 2015. Finally, he also appeared in Trolls as Biggie.

The Late Late Show

In  2015, Corden became the host of the American talk show The Late Late Show. This was where his Carpool Karaoke took off. This included a sketch with Adele, which became the most viral YouTube video of 2016. 

The video currently has over 260 million views and is still the most watched segment on the show’s YouTube channel.

The presenter has stated that his favourite ever Car Pool Karaoke was with Beatles legend, Sir Paul McCartney which was filmed back in 2018 in the singer’s hometown of Liverpool.

In April 2022, Corden announced he would leave the show in 2023.

Corden’s favorite ever Car Pool Karaoke. Credit: YouTube.

Corden’s Personal Life

For several years, Corden lived with Dominic Cooper, his co-star in The History Boys. Cooper introduced James Corden to Julia Carey, who later became his wife.

Corden married Julia Carey on 15th September 2012 after three years of dating.

Julia Carey is an American producer. Corden has claimed that the first thing he ever said to her was that she was the most beautiful woman in the world. 

When the pair married, they had already had their first child, a son called Max who was born in 2011. His siblings, two sisters, followed. Carey (whose first name is her mother’s maiden name) was born in 2014 and Charlotte in 2017. 

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James and hife wife, Julia. Credit: LifeandStyleMag

When Charlotte was born, Corden was meant to be hosting The Late Late Show, but One Direction singer Harry Styles took over hosting for him. 

According to some reports, James gave his son the middle name McCartney as an unusual payment for Paul McCartney to appear in his Comic Relief sketch. Max also has the middle name Kimberley, which is also James’ middle name.

The family keeps a low profile and live in Los Angeles in a star-studded neighborhood. Corden also has a house in Belsize Park in London for when he’s in the United Kingdom. 

Awards and Nominations

James Corden has received lots of awards and nominations. 

In 2008, Corden won a BAFTA Award for Best Comedy Performance for Gavin & Stacey. He was also nominated for further BAFTAs in 2014 (2), and 2015 (2). He also won Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year in 2015.

In 2012, he won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for One Man, Two Guvnors

For The Late Late Show, James Corden has been nominated for four Emmy awards and has won two awards. On its own, Carpool Karaoke has also been nominated for numerous Emmy Awards and has won five Emmys.

In 2021, Corden was nominated in the Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy category for The Prom. 

James Corden has also won: British Comedy Awards, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards, Drama Desk Award, Satellite Award, Whatsonstage.com Awards, Critics’ Choice Television Awards, and more besides. 

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Corden celebrates his Emmy win. Credit: YouTube

James Corden’s Famous Quotes

“On stage, you have to have incredible confidence, or you would stop doing it. But I don’t think I will ever get to the point where I go, ‘I know exactly what I am doing,’ and I don’t think I want to.” – James Corden

“I don’t consider myself to be incredibly confident, or really lacking in confidence. When you’re on Jonathan Ross’ or Graham Norton’s show, inevitably there’s something to sell. And there’s a live audience; you’re sat between Cameron Diaz and Tinie Tempah – I don’t really see it as ‘me.’ It would be odd if it was.” – James Corden

“I don’t care about awards and all the attention being a ‘celebrity’ gets you. It’s just part of the job.” – James Corden

“You can either hope and pray you don’t get picked on, or you can, in a way, almost make yourself a bigger target, because it’s harder to bully something that’s really big. It’s easy to bully something that’s small and frail.” – James Corden

“My biggest tip is this… treat bread like chocolate. You wouldn’t have a chocolate bar in the morning and then a double chocolate bar at lunch and then some chocolate before dinner. I was essentially eating a loaf of bread a day. And that doesn’t work for me.” – James Corden

“I guess I have a faith. I have an overriding feeling that all of this can’t be for nothing. But then I also fully understand that it might be.”

– James Corden

Summary: James Corden Net Worth

  • James Corden’s Net Worth is $70 million.
  • He is a successful British actor and comedian who has won extensive awards. 
  • He has appeared on stage, on TV, in films, and has also hosted shows both in the United Kingdom and the United States. 
  • Corden is married to Julia Corden née Carey.
  • He has three children, Max, Carey, and Charlotte.
  • They live in Los Angeles. 

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