James Corden, a multifaceted British actor and television host, has been a significant presence in the entertainment world since the 1990s. Known for his captivating roles and his lively comedic style, Corden has taken on a variety of characters throughout his cinematic journey. Here is a comprehensive list of his work, delving into plot details, character roles, production credits, and other essential details.
1 – Twenty Four Seven (1997)
Directed by Shane Meadows and produced by Stephen Woolley, the film was released under the banner of Big Arty Productions. James Corden played the character, Carl ‘Tonka’ Marsh. The movie revolves around a boxing coach who aims to keep the local kids off street troubles. Though the film was not a box office smash, it was appreciated critically and received several nominations at the British Independent Film Awards.
2 – Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? (1999)
This comedy film, directed by Peter Hewitt and produced by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, was released under the studio Yorkshire International Films. James Corden took on the role of Walter. Set in the disco era of the 70s, the film explores a young man’s love life while his father discovers he has telekinetic abilities. The film didn’t perform exceptionally well at the box office but garnered a cult following due to its quirky storyline and setting.
3 – All or Nothing (2002)
Directed by the legendary Mike Leigh and produced by Simon Channing Williams, the movie was distributed by StudioCanal. James portrayed Rory in this gritty drama that portrays a family living in a London working-class district. It received positive reviews and showcased Leigh’s impeccable skill in portraying raw human emotions. The movie was not a massive hit in terms of box office but was appreciated by critics worldwide.
4 – Heartlands (2002)
Directed by Damien O’Donnell and produced by Richard Jobson and David Forrest, it was released under the banner of Miramax Films. Corden’s character is Shady in this romantic comedy. The story follows a man who embarks on a road trip to confront his cheating wife. Along the way, he has a series of misadventures and meets a variety of unique characters. While the film wasn’t a major box office success, it was appreciated for its heartwarming story and light-hearted take on self-discovery.
5 – Pierrepoint (2005)
The film, directed by Adrian Shergold and produced by Christine Langan, was released by Granada Productions. James Corden played Kirky, contributing to the ensemble cast. The movie details the life of Britain’s most famous hangman, Albert Pierrepoint. While not a box-office hit, it was critically acclaimed, especially for Timothy Spall’s performance in the lead role.
6 – Heroes and Villains (2006)
In this film, directed by Selwyn Roberts and produced by Jonny Persey, Corden took on the role of Sam. Released by APT Films, the plot revolves around an average guy whose life takes a wild turn when he becomes embroiled in a crime plot, leading to a series of comedic misadventures. Though the film wasn’t a massive success, Corden’s comedic skills were on full display.
7 – The History Boys (2006)
Directed by Nicholas Hytner and produced by Damian Jones, the film was a product of DNA Films. James Corden portrayed Timms. It’s an adaptation of Alan Bennett’s play, focusing on a group of history pupils preparing for the Oxford and Cambridge entrance examinations. The film was critically acclaimed, praised for its script and stellar performances.
8 – Starter for 10 (2006)
Produced by Tom Hanks, Pippa Harris, and Sam Mendes, and directed by Tom Vaughan, the movie hailed from HBO Films. James Corden portrayed Tone. Set in 1985, the film follows a first-year student at Bristol University who attempts to join their famous University Challenge quiz team. He must balance his studies, love life, and the pressures of the quiz competition.
9 – How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)
Robert B. Weide directed this comedy, with Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen as producers. Released by Intandem Films, Corden played the role of Post Modern Review Staff #2. Based on a memoir by Toby Young, the story revolves around a British writer struggling to fit into the high-profile world of Vanity Fair in New York. While it had a mixed critical reception, it showcased an ensemble cast with notable comedic moments.
10 – Lesbian Vampire Killers (2009)
Directed by Phil Claydon and produced by Steve Clark-Hall, this horror-comedy was a product of AV Pictures. James Corden played Fletch. The film narrates the tale of two hapless friends caught in a village where women turn into lesbian vampires. While it wasn’t critically acclaimed, the movie has since become a cult classic for its over-the-top humor and genre mashup
11 – Telstar (2009)
This drama, directed by Nick Moran and produced by Simon Jordan and Adam Bohling, was released by Aspiration Films. Corden portrayed Clem Cattini. The movie chronicles the life of Joe Meek, a pioneering British music producer. Corden’s role, though not central, contributed significantly to the narrative.
12 – Planet 51 (2009)
In this animated comedy film directed by Jorge Blanco and Javier Abad, Corden voiced Soldier Vernkot. Produced by Guy Collins and Ignacio Pérez Dolset, and released by TriStar Pictures, the story revolves around an astronaut arriving at a planet, only to discover its green inhabitants live in fear of alien invasion.
13 – Gulliver’s Travels (2010)
Rob Letterman directed this fantasy adventure comedy, which saw Corden in the role of Jinks. With John Davis as the producer, the 20th Century Fox film offered a modern twist on Jonathan Swift’s classic tale with Jack Black in the lead role.
14 – Animals United (2010)
In this animated comedy-adventure, Corden voiced Billy the Meerkat in the English dub. Reinhard Klooss and Holger Tappe directed the film, which was produced by Reinhard Klooss and Holger Tappe. It was released by Constantin Film and tells the tale of a group of animals attempting to save their watering hole.
15 – The Three Musketeers (2011)
Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and produced by Jeremy Bolt and Paul W.S. Anderson, Summit Entertainment released this action-adventure. Corden portrayed Planchet, adding comedic relief in a film that retells the classic Dumas tale.
16 – One Chance (2013)
This biographical comedy-drama, directed by David Frankel and produced by Simon Cowell, Kris Thykier, and Michael Menchel, saw Corden in the role of Paul Potts. Distributed by The Weinstein Company, it showcases the true story of Potts, a shop assistant turned opera singer who won Britain’s Got Talent.
17 – Begin Again (2013)
John Carney directed and produced this musical drama in which Corden played Steve. Released by The Weinstein Company, it focuses on the blossoming partnership between a struggling record label exec and a young singer-songwriter, played by Keira Knightley.
18 – Into the Woods (2014)
Rob Marshall directed this fantasy musical, with James Corden in the role of The Baker. Produced by John DeLuca, Rob Marshall, Marc Platt, and Callum McDougall, the Disney film weaves various fairy tales into a cohesive narrative.
19 – Kill Your Friends (2015)
Directed by Owen Harris and produced by Gregor Cameron, Will Clarke, and Len Blavatnik, this British dark comedy thriller features Corden as Waters. Based on the novel of the same name, it gives a satirical take on the music industry during the Britpop era.
20 – The Lady in the Van (2015)
In this British comedy-drama, Corden played a street trader. Directed by Nicholas Hytner and produced by Damian Jones, Kevin Loader, and Nicholas Hytner, it’s a character study on an eccentric woman who lived in a van for 15 years.
21 – Norm of the North (2016)
Directed by Trevor Wall and produced by Nicolas Atlan, Ken Katsumoto, Steve Rosen, and Liz Young, this animated adventure comedy saw Corden voicing Laurence in the UK version. Distributed by Lionsgate, it revolves around a polar bear named Norm who travels to New York City to stop a developer from building condos in his Arctic home.
22 – Trolls (2016)
In this vibrant musical animation, Corden voiced Biggie, a large Troll who is notably gentle. Produced by Gina Shay and directed by Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn, the DreamWorks Animation film delves into the world of Trolls who must save their village from the Bergens.
23 – The Emoji Movie (2017)
Corden voiced Hi-5, a hand emoji, in this computer-animated comedy film. Tony Leondis directed, with Michelle Raimo Kouyate producing. Released by Columbia Pictures, the movie explores the hidden world inside a smartphone.
24 – Peter Rabbit (2018)
Directed by Will Gluck and produced by Will Gluck and Zareh Nalbandian, this live-action/animated comedy sees Corden voicing the titular character, Peter Rabbit. Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation released the film, which revolves around the misadventures of Peter Rabbit as he feuds with Mr. McGregor.
25 – Ocean’s 8 (2018)
Gary Ross directed this heist comedy film, with Steven Soderbergh producing. Corden played John Frazier, an insurance fraud investigator. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, the movie follows a group of women planning a heist at the Met Gala.
26 – Smallfoot (2018)
In this animated musical comedy, Corden voiced Percy, a human television personality. Produced by Bonne Radford, Glenn Ficarra, and John Requa, and directed by Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig, the Warner Animation Group film explores the story of a Yeti who believes humans exist.
27 – Yesterday (2019)
Danny Boyle directed this musical romantic comedy, with Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Matthew James Wilkinson, and Bernard Bellew producing. Corden played himself in a cameo. Released by Universal Pictures, it speculates a world where only one man remembers The Beatles.
28 – Cats (2019)
This musical fantasy film, directed by Tom Hooper and produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Tom Hooper, saw Corden as Bustopher Jones. Distributed by Universal Pictures, it’s based on the stage musical of the same name.
29 – Trolls World Tour (2020)
A sequel to 2016’s Trolls, Corden returned as Biggie. Directed by Walt Dohrn and David P. Smith, with Gina Shay producing, this DreamWorks Animation film sees the Trolls discover various Troll tribes devoted to different music genres.
30 – Superintelligence (2020)
In this action comedy, Corden voices the titular Superintelligence, an AI that seeks to understand humanity. Directed by Ben Falcone and produced by Rob Cowan, Falcone, and Melissa McCarthy, it was released by Warner Bros. Pictures.
31 – The Prom (2020)
Directed by Ryan Murphy and produced by Adam Anders, Dori Berinstein, Bill Damaschke, and Ryan Murphy, this musical comedy saw Corden as Barry Glickman. Distributed by Netflix, the story revolves around a group of theater stars who shake up a small Indiana town as they rally behind a teen wanting to go to the prom with her girlfriend.
32 – Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021)
The sequel to the 2018 film, this live-action/animated comedy saw Corden return as the voice of Peter Rabbit. Directed by Will Gluck, who also produced alongside Zareh Nalbandian, the film was distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing.
33 – Cinderella (2021)
Corden both acted as James and produced this modern take on the fairy tale classic. Directed by Kay Cannon, this musical romantic comedy was released by Amazon Studios.
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