James Corden is 'The Governor' at the Tonys

Monday June 11, 2012

James Corden proved he was "The Governor" when he picked up the award for best leading actor in a drama for his hit show One Man, Two Guvnors at the annual Tony Awards in New York.

James, who won acclaim for the London run of the show, beat a host of Hollywood superstars to the award.

Big names he was up against included James Earl Jones, Frank Langella, John Lithgow and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Fighting back his emotions as he picked up his Tony award, the 33-year-old paid tribute to his girlfriend Julia, who gave birth to the couple's son five days before rehearsals for the production began.

He said he was "overwhelmed" at being nominated alongside such highly-regarded actors.

"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 said.

The Tony Awards are an annual celebration of excellence of Broadway theatre.

Photo: © Rex Features

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