Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Broadway star Corden charms the US critics

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(Pic courtesy of mografik on Flickr)

Comedian, presenter, writer and now award-winning Broadway actor – James Corden has enjoyed a stellar rise to stardom.
Corden’s latest career milestone saw him steal the limelight at Sunday’s Tony Awards when he scooped the prestigious Best Actor gong, much to the surprise of many people, including the man himself it seems.
A mesmerising and energy-fuelled performance in the slapstick One Man, Two Guvnors has propelled Corden into the spotlight in America.
The fact he beat actors of the calibre of James Earl Jones, Frank Langella, John Lithgow and Philip Seymour Hoffman speaks volumes about how the Gavin and Stacey star is making his mark on the other side of the Atlantic.
“Honestly, I am overwhelmed,” beamed the 33-year-old after being crowned the King of Broadway.
Here’s a look at Corden’s career to date…
TV work
JC started appearing on the small screen in the late 1990s in shows such as Fat Friends and Renford Rejects. He also had cameo roles in Little Britain and Hollyoaks before getting his big break in 2007 in Gavin & Stacey, which he wrote along with co-star Ruth Jones. An avid West Ham fan, Corden currently hosts sports panel show A League Of Their Own.
Treading the boards
Corden’s theatre CV includes spells in The History Boys and A Respectable Wedding, but it’s his portrayal of the riotous Francis Henshall in One Man, Two Guvnors that has paved the way for his recent success, taking it from West End to Broadway.
From small screen to big screen
While success on the small screen and stage has already achieved, Corden is arguably still waiting to really make his mark on the big screen. Having said that, it’s surely only a matter of time before this talented all-rounder proves a hit at the box office.
What next?
Another big gig awaits JC…as he’s due to wed fiancee Julia Carey.

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