James Corden confirmed to host Tony Awards 2016

British comedian continues his stateside rise

British actor James Corden has been confirmed as the host of the 2016 Tony Awards.

The 2016 Tony Awards will take place on June 12 at New York’s Beacon Theater.

Corden will succeed last year’s co-hosts Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth, while Neil Patrick Harris, Hugh Jackman and Sean Hayes have all hosted in recent years.

The comedian, actor and Broadway star has become a hit in the US, becoming the new face of The Late Late Show (who he took over from Craig Ferguson), as well as acting in several successful Broadway productions, including 2006’s ‘The History Boys’ and 2012’s ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’. His Late Late Show segment, Carpool Karaoke, has become an international hit.

The regular slot sees a musician or group join Corden in his car as they drive around Los Angeles whilst singing songs together, with Coldplay’s Chris Martin billed as the next guest.

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In the clip, which you can watch below, Corden picks up Martin as the Coldplay frontman looks for someone to take him to the Super Bowl. Coldplay will perform at the NFL event this Sunday evening (February 7) in Santa Clara.

Meanwhile, Corden has also confirmed another Carpool Karaoke guest with Elton John set to join him in an episode which will air after the Super Bowl on Sunday. Elton John will join him during his special post-Super Bowl broadcast alongside fellow guests Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick and Adam DeVine.