Reminiscing about history, boys? James Corden and Dominic Cooper near 20-year friendship

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Reminiscing about history, boys? James Corden and Dominic Cooper near 20-year friendship going strong

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They went down in history when they starred in an award-winning play as young actors.

Now James Corden and Dominic Cooper have shown their friendship is still going strong 18 years later.

Corden, 43, and Cooper, 44, played schoolboys in writer Alan Bennett’s The History Boys in London and on Broadway before starring in a 2006 movie version.

Corden went on to become a top US chat show host while Cooper starred in the Mamma Mia! films. 

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James Corden and Dominic Cooper have shown their friendship is still going strong 18 years later

James Corden and Dominic Cooper have shown their friendship is still going strong 18 years later

The friends were reunited for drinks and cigarettes at swish London restaurant Scott’s. They then threw caution to the wind as they cycled off without helmets on matching electric bikes amid busy traffic in the capital.

Despite their casual attire and dark sunglasses, they failed to go unnoticed by fellow diners who spotted the old friends as they left.

With an estimated combined fortune of more than £60million, Corden and Cooper’s jaunt to Scott’s is a far cry from life in their 20s when they shared a humble London flat.

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The friends were reunited for drinks and cigarettes at swish London restaurant Scott’s

The friends were reunited for drinks and cigarettes at swish London restaurant Scott’s

Corden, 43, and Cooper, 44, played schoolboys in writer Alan Bennett’s The History Boys in London and on Broadway before starring in a 2006 movie version

Corden, 43, and Cooper, 44, played schoolboys in writer Alan Bennett’s The History Boys in London and on Broadway before starring in a 2006 movie version

‘We only had one bed, and one piece of cutlery which was a spatula,’ Cooper revealed on Corden’s show last year. ‘And I remember a really depressing evening where he caught me. He came home and I was just eating baked beans with a spatula out of the can.’ 

Corden added: ‘For about three weeks all that was in our fridge was a chocolate Lindt bunny and half a vitamin water, that was it in the whole fridge.’ 

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Corden, who has three children with his wife Julia Carey, found further success as Smithy in BBC comedy Gavin And Stacey before heading to the US in 2015.

He is currently planning to end his stint on The Late Late Show – which features him singing with stars in Carpool Karaoke – and return to the UK next year. 

Ben Turner, a founding partner of Corden’s production company Fulwell 73, said last month that he is ‘really excited to get James back in the UK.’ 

Cooper, who introduced Corden to Julia, is the godfather of their first child Max.

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They then threw caution to the wind as they cycled off without helmets on matching electric bikes amid busy traffic in the capital

They then threw caution to the wind as they cycled off without helmets on matching electric bikes amid busy traffic in the capital

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