James Corden has confessed he’d love to be recognised as a dramatic actor rather than just a comic one.

The Gavin And Stacey star is currently wowing Broadway audiences with his turn in laugh-a-minute show One Man, Two Guvnors, but insists he’s more than just a funnyman.

“Here I am in a comedy and all I think is, ‘God, I wish people knew how dramatic I am.’ Such is the life of an actor, really. You long for one thing and as soon as you get it, you hope for something else,” he admitted.

But the dad-of-one – who plans to marry his fiancee, former TV producer Julia Carey, when his run on Broadway ends – revealed he loves getting the audience laughing at his new play.

“Someone came in late yesterday – like about 15 minutes late – and that’s fine, you just carry on. But he came in late and he was moving bags and switching seats and just stood up,” recalled James.

“I just stopped my speech and said, ‘Are you all right? Are you all settled now? Can I get you anything – a drink, something to eat, a watch?’ It was great, I just referred to him throughout the show.”

James last appeared on the New York stage in school-based drama The History Boys.

“My career has taken turns which I’ve only ever dreamt of. I’ve been so blessed to have so many different things,” he added.

“But there’s a big part of me that has felt like everything I’ve done has tried to be a quest to try to come back and work here again. We’ve got five months to go and I’m already dreading leaving.”