What you need to know about 'Late Late Show' frontrunner James Corden
James Corden is the frontrunner to take over CBS’ The Late Late Show when current host Craig Ferguson steps down later this year, sources confirm to EW. (CBS has declined to comment.) When the news broke Tuesday, the revelation caused some confusion among Americans who haven’t heard of the comedian (example: One tweeter posted, “*Googles James Corden*”). But over in England, Corden is known for his roles in everything from sitcoms to theater—and even has multiple awards to prove it.
To acquaint you with the latest potential late-night addition, we’ve made a timeline of the highlights of Corden’s career, including his awkward interview with One Direction when he hosted 2014’s BRIT Awards and his upcoming role in Disney’s Into the Woods.
Gavin & Stacey, 2007-2010
Corden worked with Ruth Jones to create and write Gavin & Stacey, a romantic sitcom following a couple in a long-distance relationship. The show won multiple awards over its three-season run, including four British Comedy Awards. Corden played the lead’s best friend in the show, and won an award for best comedy performance at 2008’s BAFTA Awards.
Horne and Corden, 2009
This sketch show, starring Corden and fellow comedian Matthew Horne, wasn’t exactly beloved by its viewers: Although its premiere episode had high ratings, viewership soon dipped and the show ended up being critically panned. After Horne and Corden went off the air, Corden told BBC News the show was a “mistake.” “I’m not good enough at writing sketches to write a sketch show,” he said.
Doctor Who, 2010
Whovians will recognize Corden as Craig Owens, a slacker in love with his co-worker, whom the Doctor goes on an adventure with in “The Lodger.”
One Man, Two Guvnors, 2011-2012
Corden took to the stage in 2011 to star in One Man, Two Guvnors, a British comedy about a man trying to keep, well, two governors apart. When the show moved from London to Broadway, Corden won a Tony Award for his performance, winning out against legendary performers like Frank Langella and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
BRIT Awards, 2009, 2011-2014
The Grammy Awards might not be so keen on having a host (the show went without one for multiple years), but the BRIT Awards—the U.K.’s own pop music awards—have relied on Corden since 2011 to keep the annual show together. His hosting shtick typically involves crude, pop culture-relevant jokes: “Who was the first here to get in touch or go and visit [Justin Bieber] in prison?” Corden asked a visibly uncomfortable One Direction at this year’s awards. “Did you tell him what guys do to people who look like him in prison?”
One Chance, 2013
Paul Potts won Britain’s Got Talent in 2007 and just six years later, David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) directed a dramedy about the opera singer’s rise to fame. Corden starred as Potts in the film, which featured Taylor Swift and Jack Antonoff’s Golden Globe-nominated song, “Sweeter Than Fiction.”
The Wrong Mans, 2013
EW’s Melissa Maerz dubbed The Wrong Mans, a Hulu series starring Corden and Mathew Baynton, “the closest thing to must-see TV online”: The comedy drama follows two friends who get caught in a web of crime after Baynton’s character answers a ringing phone at the scene of a car accident. Both Corden and Baynton scored BAFTA nominations this year for their comedic performances on the show.
Begin Again, 2014
Corden co-starred alongside Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine when he played Keira Knightley’s best friend in this year’s American musical drama Begin Again.
Into the Woods, 2014
The comedic actor is playing the Baker in Disney’s upcoming Into the Woods, an adaption of the Stephen Sondheim play of the same name about a group of fairy tale characters who attempt to make all of their wishes come true. He’s just one member of the star-studded cast, including big names like Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp.