CBS has reportedly hired British actor and comedian James Corden to take over for host Craig Ferguson on “The Late Late Show” next year. While reps for Corden and the network haven’t confirmed the news, an “individual with knowledge of the situation” told The Wrap that the Brit would be next to host the 12:35 a.m. talk show.
But you’re probably wondering, who is this guy? He looks kind of familiar, but where the heck have I seen him before? Well, here’s your introduction.
For one, you might recognize him as The Baker from the teaser trailer for the musical-movie “Into The Woods”. Corden joins the ensemble cast, alongside huge players like Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, and Johnny Depp.
The 35-year-old also recently starred in the musical film “Begin Again” playing Keira Knightley’s songwriting best friend. But Corden’s musical resume doesn’t stop there: the actor won a Tony Award for his starring role in the comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors,” which ran in London and New York City. And remember that “One Chance” biopic Taylor Swift wrote the song “Sweeter Than Fiction” for? Yeah, Corden showed off his opera skills as the starring role of Paul Potts.
“Doctor Who” fans may recognize the actor as the character Craig Owens, father of baby Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All.
Besides appearing in a bunch of other British TV shows (“Fat Friends,” “Teachers”), Corden’s biggest earliest success was starring in and co-writing the critically acclaimed British sitcom “Gavin & Stacey“, which won a BAFTA for Best Comedy Performance and a British Comedy Award. And speaking of awards, he’s also hosted The Brit Awards four times.
You can also check out Corden’s Hulu series (also co-starred and created) “The Wrong Mans”; a dramedy about two men who get caught up in a criminal conspiracy.
Whew! Corden has had quite the career so far, and even though he’s not a household name yet in America, he’s well on his way. The actor also has a pretty sizable social media presence with 4.3M followers on twitter.
Ferguson, who has hosted the late night talk show since 2005, will step down from his role in December.