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'I can't wait to marry her': an emotional James Corden thanks girlfriend as he picks up Tony

11 JUNE 2012  An emotional James Corden was "The Governor" of the Tony awards at the weekend.

The Gavin & Stacy star held back tears as he picked up the best leading actor in a drama gong for his hit theatre show One Man, Two Guvnors at the Big Apple ceremony.


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James, who won acclaim for the London run of the show, welled up as he thanked his other half.

He said: 'My girlfriend Julia gave birth to our son like, five days before we started rehearsals.

"She's my baby mama, and I can't wait to marry her. Seriously, I would not be holding this if it wasn't for her."

He tearfully added: "She makes me say 'us' instead of 'I' and 'we' instead of 'me', and I love her. Thank you very much."

The Brit beat a host of Hollywood legends to the trophy.

 

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

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.

 

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Fellow winners at the cermony included Hugh Jackman, who was surprised when he his wife Deborra-Lee Furness emerged to present him with a special award one-off award recognising his contribution to Broadway and his charity work.

"She's never kept a secret her entire life," said the actor as he took to the stage. "[She said] 'I'm off to the loo,' and I was like, 'OK, see you in a bit.'"

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