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James Corden has said that working class people are 'not bred for success' and face  'capped opportunities' within the entertainment industry. 

The comedian, 44, who recently stepped down as host on CBS's The Late Late Show, landed his first stage show role in Martin Guerre in 1996 aged 17, before going on to star in the 1997 film, Twenty Four Seven, which he admits was 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. 

Thoughts: James Corden, 44, said that working class people are 'not bred for success' and face 'capped opportunities' within the entertainment industry on Friday

Thoughts: James Corden, 44, said that working class people are 'not bred for success' and face 'capped opportunities' within the entertainment industry on Friday

Starring on This Cultural Life on Radio 4, James reflected on his own successes after being told that such things were 'not possible.' 

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

James then added that director Shane Meadows taught him that 'no one is going to invite you to the table.' 

'I think particularly if you're from a working class environment. You're not bred for success. The talent is everywhere, and opportunity isn't. It just isn't,' he admitted. 

TV host: The comedian, who recently stepped down as host on CBS's The Late Late Show, landed his first stage show role in Martin Guerre in 1996 aged 17

TV host: The comedian, who recently stepped down as host on CBS's The Late Late Show, landed his first stage show role in Martin Guerre in 1996 aged 17

On screen: James went on to star in the 1997 film, Twenty Four Seven, which he admits was as 'life changing' (Pictured far left)

On screen: James went on to star in the 1997 film, Twenty Four Seven, which he admits was as 'life changing' (Pictured far left)

James continued: 'You’re capped in a way. I didn't realise until I met my wife that she did I think thirteen GCSEs and I did six. And the most you could do at my school was seven. You're kind of capped. You're not really told that these things are possible. 

'I guess what I learned from him [Shane] is you’re going to have to bully your way through this. You’re going to have to get people to budge up to sit at the table if that’s what you want to do. It isn’t going to just be presented to you.'

At the age of four, James got the bug for entertaining after standing on a chair at his younger sister's christening, pulling faces while people laughed.

Family: Son of Royal Air Force musician Malcom and social worker Margaret, James grew up in Buckinghamshire, where he attended Holmer Green Senior School (pictured in 2018)

Family: Son of Royal Air Force musician Malcom and social worker Margaret, James grew up in Buckinghamshire, where he attended Holmer Green Senior School (pictured in 2018)

He wrote in his autobiography - May I Have Your Attention, Please? - that it 'felt amazing' to

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