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James Corden says opportunities for working class people in the entertainment industry are “limited”.

James Corden has said that working class people are “not bred for success” and have “limited opportunities” in the entertainment industry.

The 44-year-old comedian, who recently resigned as host on CBS’s The Late Late Show, landed his first stage show role in 1996 at age 17 in Martin Guerre before starring in the 1997 film Twenty Four Seven, which he credits as ” life changing”.

The son of Royal Air Force musician Malcom and social worker Margaret, James grew up in Buckinghamshire, where he attended Holmer Green Senior School.

James, who starred in Radio 4’s This Cultural Life, reflected on his own accomplishments after being told such things were “not possible”.

Speaking to presenter John Wilson, he said: “When I think back to the time I was making this film (Twenty Four Seven), I just think it was a life-changing experience for me.”

James added that director Shane Meadows taught him that “nobody’s going to invite you to the table.”

“I think especially if you’re from a working class background. You are not bred for success. Talent is everywhere and opportunity is not. It just isn’t,” he admitted.

James continued, “You’re limited in a way. It wasn’t until I met my wife that I realized that I think she’s done thirteen GCSEs and I’ve done six. And the most you could do at my school was seven. You’re kinda capped. They are not actually told that these things are possible.

“I appreciate what I learned from him [Shane] you’re going to have to bully yourself through it. You have to get people to sit down at the table if that’s what you want. It will not simply be presented to you.’

At the age of four, James got the nerve for entertainment after standing in a chair at his younger sister’s christening and grimacing as people laughed.

He wrote in his autobiography – May I have your attention, please? – that it “felt amazing” when people looked at him, and that from that day on, every day became a quest for attention.

James took acting classes after school and attended many auditions without much luck until he was 17.

He started a B-Tech in performing arts but dropped it and landed a one-line role in the 1996 musical Martin Guerre at the age of 18.

He turned down another small role in Les Miserables to focus on building his screen career, landing roles in Shane Meadows’ Twenty Four Seven, Hollyoaks, Mike Leigh’s All or Nothing and ITV’s Fat Friends – where he played Ruth James, his Gavin and Stacey colleague, met writer and star.

His big break came when he won the role of Timms in Alan Bennett’s The History Boys while it was a huge hit at the National Theatre, then went to Broadway before being made into a film.

Last year, James turned down a multi-year deal from TV bosses to remain in the US, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The surprise announcement that he will be leaving America next year – despite an estimated £40million offer to stay – shocked Hollywood.

Discussing his decision to step down from The Late Late Show, he added: “I think it’s a bigger risk to stay. There is an amazing clip of David Bowie talking about never playing for the gallery.

“On the day I was announced that I was leaving, it was made very clear to me that there was a job here for the next five years and I won’t lie, financially it’s good.

“I would watch this clip. I must have watched it fifty times this week where he just says, ‘If you feel safe in the field you work in, you’re not working in the right field.

“Always go a little further into the water than you think you can be in. Get out of your depths a little, and when you don’t feel like your feet are touching the ground, you’re about to go to the right place to do something exciting.'”

James will step down as host of The Late Late Show at the end of next season as he plans to spend more time at home in the UK, confirmed.

The host made the decision to quit at the end of Season 8, despite the best efforts of CBS executives, who exclusively told they were “desperately trying to keep him longer.”

The star and his wife Jules, 10, are considering returning to the UK with their three children Max, 11, Carey, 7, and Charlotte, 4, but they’re still trying to figure out what’s next for the family .

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