Brit actor James Corden beat Hollywood heavyweights to a top Tony award

Up a stage: Corden in his award-winning role
Up a stage: Corden in his award-winning role

Actor James Corden was “overwhelmed” to pick up a Tony award for his show One Man, Two Guvnors. Corden beat Hollywood’s finest to the prize at the prestigious theatre award ceremony in New York.

The actor, 33, first found fame in the TV comedy Gavin And Stacey.

At last night’s ceremony he paid tribute to his fiancee Julia when he collected his gong.

He said it was a great honour to be mentioned in the same breath as actors such as James Earl Jones, Frank Langella, John Lithgow and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

"To be on a list with you was enough and holding this, it honestly just reminds me that there is no such thing as best. Honestly, I am overwhelmed," he added.

Corden won the award for best leading actor in a drama for One Man, Two Guvnors, which was nominated in seven categories.

He said he shared the award with the show's "brilliant" cast and crew, and went on to thank producer Bob Boyett, "who took a huge risk bringing this ridiculously silly play to your city".

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