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GAVIN and Stacey star James Corden is up against Jude Law for a prestigious theatrical award.

The pair are both in the running for the Best Actor gong at this year's Olivier Awards.

Among the other names shortlisted for the award are Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller for their shared roles in the National Theatre production of Frankenstein.

Corden has been widely praised by the critics for his performance in the comedy One Man, Two Guvnors which has been a huge West End hit.

Law was nominated for his role in Anna Christie.

The awards will be handed out on April 15 at a ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London.