Corden became a household name in 2007 thanks to the phenomenal success of Gavin and Stacey. Not only did he play best friend Smithy in the TV rom-com, but he also served as co-writer alongside Ruth Jones. Corden picked up gongs at both the British Comedy Awards and Television BAFTAs for his work on the show.
Striking while the iron was hot, Corden also worked on several other projects during the show’s run. He featured in the big screen comedy How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, portrayed Clem Cattini in the story of music producer Joe Meek’s life, Telstar, and provided a voiceover for animation Planet 51. But Corden would soon suffer a backlash which threatened to derail his career.
It seems Corden’s partnership with Gavin and Stacey co-star Matthew Horne was largely to blame. The pair were accused of becoming overexposed after they presented the BRIT Awards alongside Kylie Minogue, made the much-maligned horror comedy Lesbian Vampire Killers and created their own eponymous sketch show, all within the space of a year. The latter, in particular, was met with a hostile response from the press. And even Corden later admitted that he simply “wasn’t good enough.”