Congratulations, Corden!

Anyone who has caught the news today cannot help but be touched and impressed by James Corden’s acceptance speech yesterday evening as the Doctor Who guest star won the award for best leading actor at the Tony Awards in New York!

In his emotional speech, the actor – known to Whovians as Craig Owens in 2010’s The Lodger and 2011’s Closing Time – gave full credit to the impressive names also nominated (including Darth Vader voice actor James Earl Jones) and his partner, Julia, who had given birth to their son days before Corden began rehearsals for the show, One Man, Two Guvnors.

After the speech, Corden described the other nominees Philip Seymour Hoffman (the favourite), John Lithgow, Frank Langella and James Earl Jones – “as four of the finest actors alive”.

Crucially, Corden, also revealed the determination that has seen him hailed over the years for writing and starring in Gavin & Stacey and his part in The History Boys‘ success.

“There are lots of people who will tell you you’re too small, too big, too funny-looking… but the very fact I’m holding this should tell you none of that matters. If you don’t give up, you can’t fail.”

Whether this success means Corden’s schedule prevents a third appearance by Craig Owens or not we don’t yet know, but in the meantime, congratulations, James Corden!

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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