By Dan Strayer

16th October 2019

6 Amazing Things You Need to Know About James Corden’s Wife

Talk show host James Corden and wife Julia pose
Source: Planet Radio

In the life of James Corden’s wife Julia Carey, there have been many memorable months.

To that point, the trajectory of husband James’ career had more than exceeded expectations. Though she had worked as both a TV producer and actress, life as James Corden’s wife had mirrored James’ meteoric rise. To date, it has taken him from the UK across to the US.

  • First, in the BBC sitcom Gavin and Stacey as the impulsive, memorable Smithy.
  • Then via subsequent appearances as Smithy on star-studded Comic Relief specials.
  • Later, he became show co-host for Sky One’s A League of Their Own.
  • Carpool Karaoke hit show host on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
  • Time on the red carpet, as two-time host of the Tony Awards and Grammy Awards, respectively.
  • Near interrupter of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.

Harry Styles As A Last-Minute Stand-In

But since their move to Los Angeles as full-time host of the show, the parents of now three children gave birth to a naturalized US citizen, the second of two daughters Carey. As Harry Styles stepped in as host, a Tweet from the couple revealed their latest happiness.

Today we welcomed a beautiful baby daughter into the world. Both she and her mother are doing great. We can’t stop smiling. Thank you Harry for stepping in to host the show at 2 and a half hours notice! x x x

— James Corden (@JKCorden) December 13, 2017

Monumental as the birth of their third child was, it has been a tipping point in the family’s future. Namely: where will they be spending the children’s formative years as the allure of Hollywood sinks its teeth into the talented funnyman?

To know this, you need to know who the former Julia Carey really is. To do that, here are six truly amazing things you need to know about her.

6. The Next Move for James and Julia Corden

With a hit talk show that has allowed him to interview the elite in music, movies, television and pop culture, James has carved his entertainment niche through the YouTube-friendly show segment Carpool Karaoke. Remarkably, the concept originated from an idea for Comic Relief with the late George Michael, almost directly out of an episode of Gavin and Stacey:

The original skit was a YouTube hit, and the segment on his talk show since then has become a worldwide phenomenon. Acclaimed singers riding alongside James include Adele, Elton John, Mariah Carey and Paul McCartney.

Coupled with their children’s growing familiarity with life in the US, James Corden’s wife and James himself are pondering their next move. He took his time considering whether to renew his contract with CBS. Speculation reveals there are many people back in the UK they’d want to see more often. They relocated to Los Angeles five years ago for the nightly programme.

“I have a year left on my contract. It’s hard. It’s so much more than just, “What do I want to do?”

Amicable Agreement

James Corden will continue to host The Late Late Show on CBS into next decade
Source: File Photos

Despite concerns, Corden and CBS came to terms since those comments with a bump in pay from what was £3 million annually to £5 million. The contract extension runs to 2022, but with caveats that will allow James and the family to get back to the UK and cut back on his hours. The deal keeps Corden with CBS on the show until August 2022.

Said David Nevins of CBS:

“James Corden has burned his way to the top of US television with a daring, energetic and inventive broadcast that stands out in the late-night space. James and his shows are a great source of pride to CBS, and it’s exciting to extend our relationship into the future.”

5. How to Become James Corden’s Wife? Party with Actor Dominic Cooper

No, seriously: the persistence of the star of Preacher and Mamma Mia played a huge role in how this Hollywood couple first met.

But as the story goes, James admits that he wasn’t “up” for a night out with fellow actor Dominic Cooper at first.

At the time, Carey was working for Save the Children, and Corden’s good friend, the actor Dominic Cooper, invited Corden to attend an event the nonprofit was organizing.

“I said, ‘I’m really enjoying this sort of thing — like, cooking dinner, falling asleep, not really drinking. And he said, ‘Come on, let’s go, it’ll be fun.’ Thank God he persuaded me.”

When Cooper introduced the two, Corden couldn’t help himself.

“I said, ‘Hi, Jules. You might be the most beautiful woman in the world…Well, thank you very much. That sounds like something you say a lot.’ And I said, ‘I’ve never said it before in my life.’ That was it. That was it, really. I was in. And by an absolute miracle, so was she.”

Cooper Becomes a Godfather

Dominic Cooper was instrumental in bringing James Corden's wife together with the talk show star
Source: BBC America

From all accounts, Cooper’s work was done. The future couple took it from there:

“We sat and we very jokingly kind of planned the rest of our lives together, an hour and a half after we met…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.”

“I remember saying to her, ‘Well, what about on Friday we could do nothing together? You could come over and we could just do nothing. And then maybe we could do nothing on the Saturday, and we could do nothing on the Sunday…and if our evenings are enough of nothing, then maybe this would be come something…she said, ‘That sounds like a fun idea.'”

The unsung hero of the Corden family story is Cooper, as Dominic is son Max’s godfather.

4. Naturally, They Don’t Suffer Threats Well

In many ways, social media forums, like Twitter, give trolls or even mere critics of celebrity culture notoriety. That said, it’s often up in the air whether the notoriety is deserved.

However, there was no such grey area involving one case in May that involved Corden. After a Late Late Show segment, an online troll earned a suspension from Twitter after tweeting that he hoped the Corden’s “kid gets cancer.”

Admirably, James stood up for his family on the social media platform. Yet he did so in a highly professional manner that earned praise.

That is, without question, the single most upsetting thing I think you could ever say about me or my family. Please take a minute and think about what you just wrote and whether you want to be a person who publicly says such things.I believe you’re better than that x

— James Corden (@JKCorden) May 14, 2019

The account, which we will not give quarter or popularity to by name in this space, remains suspended by Twitter five months later.

Interestingly, the repulsive Tweet and Corden’s admirable above the fray response came as Corden was speculating about his future on the show.

3. She Has Never Watched Gavin And Stacey

Sometimes, the path to Hollywood is sometimes paved from humble bricks. To that end, Corden’s career found a new level thanks in part to his work developing and starring in the memorable BBC sitcom Gavin and Stacey.

So where’s the humility, you ask? Well, that came from James Corden’s wife and family. Julia, so the story goes – well, we’ll let James tell it:

“There is a level of ownership around my character in Gavin and Stacey.

“My wife to this day who has never watched an episode of Gavin and Stacey and is constantly taken aback by the level of, ‘Smithy, let’s get a beer!’

“I always think well, I don’t drink beer it gets me a little gassy.

“I love they feel such an affection, but at the same time it’s sort of strange if you’re with your children.”

James Corden's wife Julia Carey poses with him before an event
Source: Hello Magazine

2. Credit For a Tony Award Goes To James Corden’s Wife

Julia Carey’s relationship with James Corden positions her as a key influence on his success. Whether it be as his wife or girlfriend, Corden himself has said she’s been there for him on multiple occasions.

Before she became his wife, Julia encouraged James to take his stage show character in One Man, Two Guv’Nors to Broadway. Not surprisingly, the suggestion was prescient. James won a Tony Award for his performance.

In his acceptance speech, James attributed his success to her.

“My girlfriend Julia gave birth to our son five days before we started rehearsals…She’s my baby mama and I can’t wait to marry her. Seriously, I would not be holding this if it wasn’t for her. She made me say ‘us’ instead of ‘I’ and ‘we’ instead of ‘me’ and I love her. Thank you very much.”

1. The Split in Time Between the UK and Malibu

With three children in tow, life for the Cordens is a regular treat.

The couple has three children together:

  • Son Max was born in March 2011
  • Daughter Carey was born in October 2014
  • Daughter Charlotte was born in December 2017

Returning Home?

James Corden's £10 million Los Angeles home
Source: The Sun

They still want to get back to the UK as often as possible. As a consequence, James Corden’s wife and the family maintain homes both in the UK and outside Los Angeles. However, the new contract extension will give James more time away from the spotlight. As a result, time with family and friends in the UK could be on the rise for the Cordens.


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