James Corden won acclaim for his bravura performance in One Man, Two Guvnors – and that was before the play even relocated to Broadway.
Now, after rave reviews from the famously demanding New York critics, the comedy wunderkind has been nominated for a prestigious Tony Award.
Not that the Tony committee could easily have ignored him.
His turn as a portly misfit left audiences rocking with laughter and led reviewers to hail the show as "splendidly silly" and the "hoot of the season".
The nomination is particularly significant as the awards usually recognise American talent. for the Gavin and Stacey writer/actor.
At the ceremony on June 10, the Buckinghamshire boy will keep company with some of the biggest names in American theatre.
Heavyweight contenders for the title of best leading actor, include Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, Star Wars actor James Earl Jones, John Lithgow and Frank Langella.
No one should rule him out just because his rivals include Darth Vader and an Oscar winner.
But the 33-year-old Gavin and Stacey writer/actor is just delighted to have made the shortlist.
He said: "I'm absolutely thrilled to be nominated for a Tony Award and to see my name on a list with these four American acting legends is overwhelming.”