James Kimberly Corden, OBE (born 22 August 1978[1]) played Craig Owens in the Doctor Who stories The Lodger and Closing Time, and the box set exclusive Up All Night.

Corden is a BAFTA and Tony award-winning English actor, comedian, writer and producer, active since the late 1990s. His television credits include the BBC One comedy Gavin & Stacey, co-starring and co-created by Ruth Jones and co-starring Joanna Page, and the BBC Three comedy, Horne & Corden. His film credits include How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, with Simon Pegg and Fenella Woolgar; and Lesbian Vampire Killers, with Paul McGann. On stage he is best known for his roles in One Man, Two Guvnors and The History Boys (both the original production and the film), the latter with fellow Doctor Who actors Samuel Barnett, Russell Tovey, Sacha Dhawan, Jamie Parker, and Samuel Anderson.

Thanks to his "centrepiece" comedy skeches in 2008, 2009 and 2010, he is heavily identified with Sport Relief, a biennial charity event similar to, and produced by, Comic Relief. Public perception of him as a figure associated with both comedy and sport likely led to him landing a job as the presenter of the comedy sports quiz A League of Their Own.

He told "Den of Geek" in 2011 that he'd appear in Doctor Who again for free.

Also, Corden hosted the BRIT Awards in 2013.

He's married and has a son, Max.

In 2014 it was announced that he would be the new host of the American television programme The Late Late Show, taking over from Craig Ferguson, who is coincidentally a huge fan of Doctor Who and a friend of Peter Capaldi, who plays the Twelfth Doctor. Also coincidentally, the previous host of the programme, Craig Kilborn, also had the first name Craig - much like Corden's Doctor Who character. Doctor Who cast members who have been guests on the show during Corden's tenure include Matt Smith and David Tennant.

In the 2015 New Year Honours, Corden was made an OBE for services to drama.[2]

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  1. Percival, Ashley (17 June 2015). BRITS BLITZ: From 'Fat Friend' To US Chat Show Giant, We Chart The Rise And Rise Of James Corden. The Huffington Post. Retrieved on 13 December 2016.
  2. New year honours 2015: the full list. The Guardian (30 December 2014). Retrieved on 13 December 2016.