Inside James Corden’s private life with wife Julia and family, as Gavin and Stacey returns

Inside James Corden’s private life with wife Julia and family, as Gavin and Stacey returns

Inside James Corden’s private life as his Gavin and Stacey return is ‘confirmed’ (Picture: Jason LaVeris/ FilmMagic)

After much speculation James Corden will be returning to screens to reprise his role in Gavin and Stacey.

It was reported today that the beloved series was going to be returning for a Christmas special, with cast members including James and Ruth Jones to appear again.

The series was last on screens in 2019, when a special festive episode saw Ruth’s Nessa get down on one knee and propose to James’ Smithy, however it ended with a cliffhanger.

After quitting The Late Late Show last year, fans speculated James’ move home to the UK would see him work on the sitcom again.

In the past few years James had shared how he and wife Julia always planned to come home, with their plans sped up during a particularly emotional interaction with his son.

Although we know quite a bit about James’ career in front of the cameras, here’s a bit more about his family life.

Who is James Corden’s wife Julia Corden?

He married wife Julia Carey in 2012 (Picture: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Julia Corden (née Carey) is a TV producer, who has been married to James since September 2012.

Although not much is known about her, she did once work for Save The Children, with the couple meeting at a 2009 event for the charity.

Their mutual friend Dominic Cooper, who James co-starred with in the 2006 movie The History Boys, was the one to introduce them.

The former talk show host previously revealed his first words to his future wife were: ‘Hi, Jules. You might be the most beautiful woman in the world.’

‘We sat and we very jokingly kind of planned the rest of our lives together, an hour and a half after we met,’ he added.

‘As a joke! We were just talking. And we were both talking about how much we felt like we were now past the notion of going out every night – that we had hit the age where the prospect of a quiet night in was glorious.’

How many children does James Corden have?

The couple share three children (Picture: Image Press Agency/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock)

James and Julia have three children together.

The couple welcomed their son Max Corden on March 22, 2011, with Dominic his godfather.

Daughter Carey Corden came along on October 27, 2014, while Charlotte Corden was born on December 12, 2017.

Why did James Corden go back to the UK and leave The Late Late Show?

He left The Late Late Show last year (Picture: Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)

James and his family spent several years living in the US, as he hosted The Late Late Show from 2015, up until April 2023.

When appearing on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show that month, James explained that the ‘absolute crux’ of his decision to leave the United States came down to where he and his wife wanted to raise their children.

‘If I allow myself to think about the financial aspects of walking away, it makes my chest tight,’ he said.

‘I get it. … To be able to call my dad on Thursday and say, “What are you doing today? Do you want to go for lunch?”. That is a feeling that I’ll just never ever get back [because one day] the phone is going to ring, and that option is not going to be there anymore.

‘To have missed out on those moments in exchange for money doesn’t feel like a good decision.’

He did end the show with a bang, though – recruiting global superstar Adele for the show’s final Carpool Karaoke segment.

Is James Corden best friends with Adele?

He has been friends with Adele for over a decade (Picture: The Late Late show with James Corden)

After first meeting in Cardiff, Wales, before Adele’s career-defining album 19 was released in 2008, James and Adele have been close friends for years.

For the final episode of Carpool Karaoke, Adele also drove James to work for his last day on The Late Late Show, with the singer giving an insight into their bond.

‘I’ve never lived in LA without you guys so I’m a bit nervous about it, to be honest with you, and very, very sad,’ she said about having to say goodbye to James and Julia.

She went on to share the couple had been ‘so integral in looking after’ her and her son Angelo following her split from her husband Simon Konecki in 2019.

‘You and Julia would always give me this advice,’ she recalled.

Adele also revealed that one of her biggest hits was inspired by a conversation she had with James.

What is James Corden’s net worth?

He is set to reprise his role on the beloved sitcom for an upcoming Christmas Special (Picture: BBC/GS TV Productions Ltd/Tom Jackson)

After leaving The Late Late Show last year, it’s been reported that James’ net worth sits around £70 million.

It was previously claimed he earnt around $6 million (£4.7 million) each year to host the CBS talk show.

Does James Corden have a podcast?

After leaving his talk show, it was announced James had signed a deal with SirusXM, with his podcast This Life of Mine with James Corden being released earlier this month.

The show is set to feature ‘in-depth, richly produced conversations between Corden and a variety of prominent guests on the people, places, possessions, music, and memories that made them’.

The initial line-up of guests will include Jeremy Renner, Martin Scorsese, Kim Kardashian and David Beckham.

Gavin & Stacey is streaming on BBC iPlayer.

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