James Corden says he was a castaway long before Desert Island Discs

Fame and loneliness led the Gavin & Stacey star to go out drinking every night

James Corden was "so lost" at one point in his late 20s that his Gavin & Stacey co-stars, Ruth Jones and Rob Brydon, both told him to change his habits. The comic actor, who is starring in the West End's record-breaking hit One Man, Two Guvnors, and who is heading to New York for the play's opening on Broadway in spring, was out partying with strangers most nights of the week because he was lonely, the 33-year-old tells Kirsty Young when he is interviewed this morning on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs.

"I got lost beyond anywhere I thought I could have been," he tells Young. "This door had opened to a world that I thought looked like fun and where people go 'you are amazing. You are great. Can I have a photo? Do you want a drink?' So you just end up on this path of 3am cab rides with people you don't know heading across London to someone's house, who you don't know, with a group of people who think it's amazing that you are there. This is an intoxicating thing to be part of."

Corden, who now has a 10-month-old son, Max, with his fiancée Julia Carey, explains that he now feels "responsible" for much of the criticism levelled at him. "It is a strange thing when you go through these periods when you can do no wrong. You can start to think you are more of a dude than you really are. I had a swagger in my walk, yet the work that I produced at that time wasn't good enough. I don't think it was as bad as people were saying, but I feel like I met them halfway and definitely deserved a little bit of a smack, I guess."

He tells Young that he regrets his "spoilt and brattish" behaviour when he won a Bafta in 2008 for Gavin & Stacey. "I will never ever understand it and I will always regret it. Because I was over the moon and I shouldn't have been afraid of showing it."

Jones and Brydon tried to make him see sense. Corden recalls: "Rob Brydon took me to lunch and said: 'What are you doing going out all the time being photographed with all these people? This isn't the you I know. But it is the you I am having to defend to people'."

He explains it was caused by loneliness and that a visit by his parents three years ago helped him to change.


Vanessa Thorpe

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