James Corden with his OBE

It's official: we've lost him to the US

James Corden, how did you do it?!

Nobody (not even James) expected a boy from Buckinghamshire to be the one to crack America, especially after his rise to fame in BBC Three classic Gavin And Stacey (RIP, Smithy). Welsh comedy isn’t the most marketable across the pond, but somehow, James Corden is now one of America’s most famous faces.  

Many before him have tried (and failed) to break the States, but there’s clearly something about James that’s snatched the hearts of America. You don’t land those Carpool Karaoke guests without a few celebrity connections.

Aside from his famous friends, we have a few other ideas why JC is living the life right now…

Sure, you tweeted a lemon emoji, but did you re-enact a visual monologue to each of Beyonce’s Lemonade music videos? James Corden did, and it’s equal parts hilarious and creepy. You NEED to see this.


Get yourself a cold glass of fresh squeezed #Lemonjames at the link in our bio.

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Carpool Karaoke
In case you’ve been living under a rock, James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke is easily our favourite way to waste time on the internet. He’s pooled with everyone from Adele, Justin Bieber and One Direction to Stevie Wonder.    

Speaking Of Celeb BFFs
James is besties with Brits Harry Styles, David Beckham, Ellie Goulding and Jack Whitehall, as well as calling Mariah Carey, J-Law and Bieber pals across the pond.  

He Can Sing
Who knew?! James actually played a struggling singer opposite Keira Knightley in the film Begin Again, as well as opera singer Paul in One Chance. He even took to the stage with (also famous BFF) Gary Barlow.  

It’s the new Carpool. Take one mega-celeb, add a toddler choreographer and watch the magic unfold.

He’s Just Like Your Mate
The #1 reason James Corden is such a huge hit Stateside? He’s just a normal guy! You could definitely grab a pint with him, before spilling your guts on your worst ever Tinder date. He’d listen  - and get a kebab with you afterwards.

Justin Bieber and James Corden