Inside James Corden's private life as his return from Gavin and Stacey is 'confirmed' (Photo: Jason LaVeris/ FilmMagic)

After much speculation James Corden will return to screens to reprise his role in Gavin and Stacey.

It was reported today that the beloved series would return for a Christmas special, with cast members including James and Ruth Jones appearing again.

The series was last shown on screens in 2019 when a special festive episode saw Ruth's Nessa get down on one knee and propose to James' Smithy, but it ended with a cliffhanger.

After leaving The Late Late Show last year, fans speculated that James' move to the UK would lead to him working on the sitcom again.

In recent years, James has shared how he and his wife Julia had always planned to return home, with their plans accelerated during a particularly emotional interaction with their son.

While we know a little about James' on-camera career, here's a little more about his family life.

Who is James Corden's wife Julia Corden?

James Corden and Julia Carey

He married wife Julia Carey in 2012 (Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Julia Corden (née Carey) is a TV producer who has been married to James since September 2012.

Although not much is known about her, she has worked for Save The Children, with the couple meeting at a charity event in 2009.

Your mutual friend Dominic Cooper, with whom James co-starred in the 2006 film The History Boys, introduced them.

The former talk show host previously revealed that his first words to his future wife were: 'Hi, Jules. You can be the most beautiful woman in the world.

“We sat down and jokingly planned the rest of our lives together an hour and a half after we met,” he added.

'Like a joke! We were just talking. And we were both talking about how much we felt we were past the idea of ​​going out every night – that we had reached the age where the prospect of a quiet night in was glorious.

How many children does James Corden have?

Julia Carey and James Corden

The couple has three children (Photo: Image Press Agency/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock)

James and Julia have three children together.

The couple welcomed their son Max Corden on March 22, 2011, with Dominic being his godfather.

Daughter Carey Corden was born on October 27, 2014, while Charlotte Corden was born on December 12, 2017.

Why did James Corden return to the UK and leave The Late Late Show?

He left The Late Late Show last year (Photo: Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)

James and his family spent several years living in the US, as he hosted The Late Late Show from 2015 until April 2023.

While appearing on SiriusXM's The Howard Stern Show that month, James explained that the “crux” of his decision to leave the United States came down to where he and his wife wanted to raise their children.

“If I allow myself to think about the financial aspects of leaving, I feel a tightness in my chest,” he said.

'I understand. (…) Being able to call my dad on Thursday and say, “What are you doing today? Do you want to go to lunch?” That's a feeling I'll never get back [because one day] the phone will ring and this option will no longer be there.

'Losing these moments for money doesn't seem like a good decision.'

He ended the show with a bang – recruiting global superstar Adele for the show's final Carpool Karaoke segment.

Is James Corden Adele's best friend?

James Corden and Adele at the latest Carpool Karaoke.

He has been friends with Adele for over a decade (Photo: The Late Late show with James Corden)

After first meeting in Cardiff, Wales, before Adele's career-defining album 19 was released in 2008, James and Adele have been close friends for years.

For the final episode of Carpool Karaoke, Adele also took James to work on his final day on The Late Late Show, with the singer giving an insight into their bond.

“I've never lived in L.A. without you guys, so I'm a little nervous about it, to be honest, and really, really sad,” she said of having to say goodbye to James and Julia.

She went on to share that the couple had been “very important in the care” of her and her son Angelo following her split from her husband Simon Konecki in 2019.

“You and Julia always gave me this advice,” she recalled.

Adele also revealed that one of his biggest hits was inspired by a conversation he had with James.

What is James Corden's net worth?

Gavin and Stacey.

He is set to reprise his role in the beloved sitcom for an upcoming Christmas special (Photo: BBC/GS TV Productions Ltd/Tom Jackson)

After leaving The Late Late Show last year, it was reported that James' net worth is around £70 million.

It was previously claimed he earned around $6 million (£4.7 million) a year for hosting the CBS talk show.

Does James Corden have a podcast?

After leaving his talk show, it was announced that James had signed a deal with SirusXM, with his podcast This Life of Mine with James Corden launching earlier this month.

The show is set to feature “in-depth, richly produced conversations between Corden and a variety of prominent guests about the people, places, possessions, music and memories that created them.”

The initial lineup of guests will include Jeremy Renner, Martin Scorsese, Kim Kardashian and David Beckham.

Gavin and Stacey are streaming on BBC iPlayer.

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