You know that multi-talented U.K. performer you heard was probably going to replace Craig Ferguson as the host of CBS’ The Late Late Show? He got the job.
CBS confirmed Monday that 36-year-old James Corden will join the broadcast late-night host club. He’s described by the network as “a Tony Award-winning performer on Broadway, a BAFTA-winning star of a U.K. television series, a feature film actor with two releases this year, and an acclaimed host, writer and producer in several genres of television.”
Ferguson will end his run as the show’s host in December; Corden will start in 2015 (presumably in January, though CBS did not specify a month). “James Corden is a rare entertainment force who combines irresistible charm, warmth and originality with a diverse range of creative instincts and performance talent,” said Nina Tassler, chairman of CBS Entertainment. “He is the ultimate multi-hyphenate – a writer, creator and performer who is loved and respected in every medium he touches, including theater, comedy, music, film and television. James is already a big star in the UK and he’s wowed American audiences on Broadway; we’re very excited to introduce his considerable and very unique talents to our network television audience on a daily basis.”
“I can’t describe how thrilled and honored I am to be taking over from the brilliant Craig Ferguson,” Corden said. “To be asked to host such a prestigious show on America’s #1 network is hugely exciting. I can’t wait to get started, and will do my very best to make a show America will enjoy.”
Corden co-created and co-starred in the acclaimed BBC comedy series Gavin and Stacey, had a recurring role in the BBC’s Doctor Who, and is currently co-starring in the film Being Again, with another feature film, Into the Woods, coming this December.