James – who of course co-wrote and starred in Gavin and Stacey – was in a band called ‘Insatiable’, and of it, he told the Daily Star, “I did form a boy band called Insatiable when I was young. I was so into it.”
He added, ““If I was not doing acting I would 100% be with the kids trying for The X Factor or Britain’s Got Talent.
“I tried to use my band to pull the ladies but I soon realised if you’re going to be in a boyband you don’t want to be the least attractive one.
“The first boyband I formed was Full Frontal and then we did Insatiable.”
And of being such a big fan of Take That, James said, “My love of Take That got me into trouble. I got bullied more for that at school than for being big…
“My mates bullied me as I used to go and watch Take That with a group of girls.
“I went to all of their tours and hung around their hotel.
“I am not ashamed.
“I love boybands. I love them all, Code Red, Ultimate Kaos, New Kids and 911.”
So James was delighted when, thanks to his fame, he got to meet Take That.
He said, “At their Circus tour in Cardiff, I went backstage and met all the lads. I turned to Jason and I could not hold being cool for long.
“I said: ‘I am so happy you’ve got back together. I’ve seen you 15 times now.’
“Then I did one of their old dance moves in front of them.
“However, before I went Gary asked for a photo.”