James Corden
The British actor choked back tears after recieving the Tony Award for Best Actor YouTube

James Corden fought back the tears after being awarded the Tony Award for the Best Actor in a Play.

The 33-year-old former Gavin and Stacey star beat Philip Seymour Hoffman, James Earl Jones, Frank Langella and John Lithgow to walk away with the coveted prize.

He won it for his performance in the Broadway production of One Man, Two Guvnors.

Corden revealed that he was overwhelmed as he delivered his emotional acceptance speech at the Beacon Theatre in New York.

He told the audience: "John Lithgow and James Earl Jones and Frank Langella - and my favourite actor in the world, Philip Seymour Hoffman - to be on a list with you was enough, and holding this honestly just reminds me there is no such thing as 'best'.

"Honestly, I am overwhelmed."

He also paid an emotional tribute to his girlfriend Julia Carey, who recently gave birth to their son.

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.

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

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