VIDEO: Comedian James Corden stuns West Hampstead estate agents with surprise visit

James Corden at Greene & Co. in West Hampstead

James Corden at Greene & Co. in West Hampstead - Credit: Archant

Interrupting a managing director in the middle of a staff meeting is unlikely to be met kindly - unless you’re an award-winning comedian known to millions.

Employees at the West Hampstead branch of estate agents Greene & Co were left stunned last week when out of nowhere Gavin & Stacey star James Corden burst through the door.

The 34-year-old arrived at the branch, in West End Lane, around 8am last Wednesday to give managing director David Pollock a few pointers on management skills.

Wearing his trademark tracksuit top, Corden adopted his famed alter-ego ‘Smithy’ to deliver his own brand of pep talk to the sales and letting team assembled for Mr Pollock’s regular morning meeting.

The visit was in recognition of the company’s charity efforts this year, helping to raise £35,000 for Rays of Sunshine, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Having seen the funny side of Corden’s comic turn, Mr Pollock said: “We are involved in a number of charitable projects and James came in to help us with our support of Rays of Sunshine, our charity of the year.

“It was absolutely fantastic to see everyone’s reaction, he really got into it and a number of people were crying with laughter. I don’t think anyone could quite believe it was him!”