Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming

Born
January 27 1965 ( age: 52 )
Manhattan, New York
Occupation (s)
Actor, director, producer, writer, activist
Years active
1980–present
Associated acts
The Good Wife Not My Father's Son
Award
Year Project Award Category Result
1988 Conquest of the South Pole Olivier Award Best Newcomer in a Play Nominated
1991 Accidental Death of an Anarchist Olivier Award Comedy Performance of the Year Won
1992 Bernard and the Genie British Comedy Award Top Television Newcomer Won
1992 Prague Atlantic Film Festival Best Actor Won
1993 Prague Scottish BAFTA Award Best Film Actor Nominated
1993 La Bête Olivier Award Comedy Performance of the Year Nominated
1994 Cabaret Olivier Award Best Actor in a Musical Nominated
1994 Hamlet Shakespeare Globe Award Richard Burton Award Nominated
1994 Hamlet Theatre Management Association Award Best Actor Won
1996 Romy and Michele's High School Reunion MTV Movie Award Best Dance Sequence Nominated
1998 N/A Vanity Fair Hall of Fame Inducted
1998 Cabaret New York Free Press Award Best Actor Won
1998 Cabaret New York Public Advocate's Award Won
1998 Cabaret FANY Award Best Actor in a Musical Won
1998 Cabaret Tony Award Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Won
1998 Cabaret Outer Critics Circle Award Best Actor in a Musical Won
1998 Cabaret Drama Desk Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical Won
1998 Cabaret Theatre World Award Outstanding Broadway Debut Won
2001 N/A New York Immigrant Achievement Award N/A Won
2002 The Anniversary Party Prism Award N/A Won
2002 The Anniversary Party Independent Spirit Award Best First Feature Nominated
2002 The Anniversary Party Independent Spirit Award Best Screenplay Nominated
2002 The Anniversary Party National Board of Review Award Excellence in Filmmaking Won
2003 N/A Bailey House Key Award Won
2003 N/A Convent of the Sacred Heart Hatter's Ball Award Won
2003 Nicholas Nickleby National Board of Review Award Best Ensemble in a Movie Won
2004 N/A Newfest Trailblazer Award Won
2004 N/A Bailey House 20 for 20 Key Award Won
2004 N/A Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Artistic Achievement Award Won
2004 N/A Special Civil Rights Award Won
2005 Son of the Mask Golden Raspberry Award Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor Nominated
2005 N/A HRC Humanitarian Award Won
2005 N/A Scotland Magazine Icon of Scotland Award Won
2006 Bent Theatregoer's Choice Award Best Actor Nominated
2006 N/A Human Rights Campaign The Elizabeth Birch Equality Award Won
2006 N/A LIGALY Award Won
2006 The Threepenny Opera Drama League Honored
2006 N/A GLAAD Media Award The Vito Russo Award Won
2006 Sweet Land Sedona Film Festival Birkner Humanitarian Award Won
2007 Sweet Land Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature Won
2007 N/A Big Apple Film Festival Golden Apple Award for Honorary Achievement Won
2007 N/A Santa Fe Film Festival Maverick Award Won
2007 N/A LAMBDA Liberty Award Won
2007 Ghost Writer Barcelona Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Tribute Award Won
2007 Ghost Writer Provincetown International Film Festival Excellence in Acting Award Won
2007 Ghost Writer SHOUT Film Festival Beacon Award Won
2007 The Bacchae Herald Arcangel Award Won
2007 N/A Phoenix Film Festival Copper Wing Tribute Award Won
2008 N/A Anti-Violence Project Courage Award Won
2008 N/A Trevor Project Hero Award Won
2009 N/A Scottish Style Awards Most Stylish Male Nominated
2009 N/A National Trust for Scotland Great Scot Award Won
2009 N/A PFLAG PFLAG Choice Award Won
2009 I Bought a Blue Car Today SX Magazine Best Cabaret Won
2009 I Bought A Blue Car Today Whatsonstage.com Awards Best Solo Performance Nominated
2010 I Bought A Blue Car Today Time Out New York Best of Cabaret Nominated
2010 I Bought A Blue Car Today Bistro Award Outstanding Recording Won
2010 N/A Chicago International Film Festival Artistic Achievement Award Won
2010 N/A National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Leadership Award Won
2010 N/A Point Foundation Courage Award Won
2010 N/A Theater Offensive Out on the Edge Award Won
2010 N/A Johnnie Walker Great Scot Award Nominated
2010 The Good Wife International Press Academy Best Supporting TV Actor Nominated
2010 The Good Wife Emmy Award Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2011 N/A Denver Film Festival Excellence in Acting Award Won
2011 Cumming The Fragrance Fleshbot Award Sexiest Fashion Won
2011 Zoorgamazoo AudioFile Magazine Earphones Award Won
2011 Zoorgamazoo Audie Award Solo Narration – Male Won
2011 Charity Work Johnnie Walker Great Scot Award Nominated
2011 The Good Wife Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2011 The Good Wife Critics' Choice TV Awards Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2011 The Good Wife Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2012 N/A Johnnie Walker Great Scot Award Nominated
2012 N/A Matthew Shepard Foundation Making A Difference Award Won
2012 N/A Live Out Loud Awards Star Award Won
2012 Macbeth AudioFile Awards Best Voice of the Year Won
2012 Macbeth Audiofile Magazine Earphone Award Won
2012 The Good Wife Crime Thriller Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2012 The Good Wife Screen Actors' Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2012 Any Day Now Key West Film Festival Golden Key Award Won
2012 Any Day Now Napa Valley Film Festival Favorite Actor or Actress Won
2012 Any Day Now Outfest Best Actor Award Won
2012 Any Day Now Seattle International Film Festival Best Actor Award Won
2013 Any Day Now Dorian Award Film Performance of the Year Nominated
2013 Any Day Now Gaybie Award Best Actor in a Gay Themed Movie Nominated
2013 N/A Bailey House Arts & Legacy Award Won
2013 Macbeth on Broadway Drama League Awards Distinguished Performance Award Nominated
2013 Macbeth on Broadway United Solo UAward Nominated
2013 Macbeth on Broadway Broadway.com Audience Choice Favorite Actor in a Play Won
2014 Arthur: Show Off Emmy Award Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Nominated
2014 Cabaret on Broadway Drama League Awards Distinguished Performance Award Nominated
2015 The Good Wife Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
2015 The Good Wife Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Spouse
Hilary Lyon (m. 1985; div. 1993) Grant Shaffer (m. 2012)
Nationality
British, American

Film

Cumming made his movie debut in 1986 in the Passing Glory of Gillies MacKinnon. His feature film debut came in 1992 when he starred alongside Sandrine Bonnaire and Bruno Ganz. American audiences first saw him playing the oleaginous Sean Walsh, an unwanted suitor of Minnie Driver's character, in Circle of Friends, an Irish film released in 1995. Also in 1995 he played Boris Ivanovich Grishenko in the James Bond movie GoldenEye. In 1996 he'd a success as the Revd Mr Elton in Emma. His first picture in America was the Romy and Michele's High School Reunion of 1997, playing Sandy Frink opposite Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow. Cumming co-wrote, co-directed, co-created, and co starred in the ensemble film The Anniversary Party with friend and former Cabaret co-star Jennifer Jason Leigh, in 2001.[8] The two starred in the film as a Hollywood couple. The film premiered at Cannes and garnered two Independent Spirit nominations and a National Board of Review award. He went to star in and direct Suffering Man's Charity, later released as Ghost Writer. Earlier in his career, Cumming also directed two short films, Butter and Burn Your Telephone. The latter began its life on BBC Radio 4 as an one-off drama.

Television

United Kingdom

In the Scottish Television show Cumming made his TV debut in 1986 Take Taggart and the High Road. His breakthrough role was as Bernard Bottle in the Christmas 1991 BBC comedy Bernard and the Genie, a Richard Curtis-scripted movie by which he starred alongside Rowan Atkinson and Lenny Henry. Cumming went to star as flight attendant Sebastian Flight in the BBC2 sitcom The High Life in 1995. The series was written by Cumming and co-star Forbes Masson, continuing an acting-writing partnership the two had grown since their drama school days. Cumming returned in 2011 to British TV screens to star on the Sky show, as Desrae, a transvestite The Runaway. He has also made several documentaries: My Brilliant Britain, about Scottish humour, The Actual Cabaret in which he investigated the Weimar cabaret artistes and the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are ? in 2010 in which he found his maternal grandfather was a war hero who had died playing Russian roulette.

United States

Cumming has guested on several U.S. TV shows: In 2001, he appeared as O in the HBO comedy Sex and the City the designer in the episode, 'The Real Me'. 2003 found him playing with a cameo role in the sitcom Frasier, playing with Niles' yoga educator. He also guest starred the Sun. Cumming played the character of Bill Blaikie, a homosexual drag queen party promoter hired by Kit Porter to manage her café cum nightclub, in season 3 of The L Word. He appeared in episodes 2 to 7, which initially broadcast on Showtime in 2006. In 2007, Cumming played an inventor whose brain had been partially removed, Glitch/Ambrose, in the TV miniseries, Tin Man. He also supplied the voice of Chuck Masters, a 50-year old, paralysed, HIV positive gay man in Logo's Rick and Steve, a stop cartoon sitcom created by Q. Allan Brocka. Cumming hosted Saturday Night Live in 2000.

Show

He played Eli Gold on the CBS television show The Good Wife. He appeared in the latter third of the first season as a guest star, becoming a series regular in the show's 2010– 2011 season. He has been nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Golden Globe Award and a Satellite Award for his performance. Cumming guest-starred in the improvised web series Web Therapy of Lisa Kudrow, portraying Fiona Wallice, Austen Clarke, a potential love interest for Kudrow's character. Showtime announced plans to air Web Therapy as a TV series, and Cumming's guest appearance was broadcast within the first season finale of the show on 20. Initially, the character was intended for an one-off appearance, however strategies were later changed and Cumming became a recurring cast member during the TV series' second season in 2012.

Theater

Cumming started his theater career in his native Scotland, performing with Theatre Workshop, Borderline and Glasgow Citizens' LABEL in seasons with the Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, Dundee Rep, The Tron Glasgow and tours. He and Slupianek played Edinburgh 's 1988 production of Conquest of the South Pole, which later transferred to the Royal Court in London and earned him an Olivier Award nomination as Most Promising Newcomer. He went to perform plays with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Bristol Old Vic and played with Valere in La Bete at the Lyric, Hammersmith, London. In 1991 he and The Madman played with by Dario Fo, for which he won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance. He also adapted the play with director Tim Supple. In 1993 he received great critical acclaim and the TMA Best Actor award for playing title role in the 1993 English Touring Theatre's Hamlet (playing opposite his then-wife, Hilary Lyon, in the part of Ophelia).He played the role of The Master of Ceremonies in Sam Mendes's 1993 revival of the musical Cabaret in London's West End opposite Jane Horrocks as Sally Bowles. He received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor. He reprised the role in 1998 for the Mendes-Rob Marshall Broadway revival, this time opposite Natasha Richardson as Sally Bowles. He won a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance. Cumming performed alongside Dianne Wiest in Classic Stage Company's production of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, directed by Viacheslav Dolgachev. In 2002, Cumming and then-boyfriend British director Nick Philippou formed the production company The Art Party. The company's first and only play was the first English production of Jean Genet's play Elle, which Cumming had adapted from a literal translation by Terri Gordon. The business folded in 2003. He returned playing with the lead role in Bent, a play about homosexuals in Germany. He collaborated with Tiffany and the National Theatre of Scotland in 2012, playing all the characters in Macbeth. He brought this critically acclaimed production of Macbeth to a 73 and to Nyc's Lincoln Center in 2012 -show Broadway engagement at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in 2013. Macbeth concluded its run on 14. In 2014 he returned again to Broadway to star in Roundabout Theater Company's revival production of Cabaret, directed again by Sam Mendes. Starring opposite Michelle Williams, 24 opened April 2014 and closed 29. The run was expanded initially from its 24-week engagement. The role of Sally has transformed throughout the production when Williams left to include Sienna Miller and Emma Stone.

Other work

  Tommy's Tale, cumming's novel, was published in 2002. He's also written articles for magazines, notably as a contributing editor for Marie Claire magazine, writing in Paris, in addition to what it was like for him dressing as a woman for a day. He also contributed articles to Newsweek, Modern Painters, Out, Black Book and The Wall Street Journal. He composed a chapter of If You Had Five Minutes with the President, an assortment of 55 essays and has also written prefaces and introductions to various novels, such as the works of Andy Warhol, Nancy Mitford and Christopher Isherwood. Cumming recorded a duet of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with Liza Minnelli to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and 11 September Fund. In 2005 he released an award winning fragrance called "Cumming," and a connected line of scented bath lotion and body wash. An additional scent was launched in 2011, named "Second (Alan) Cumming", with all proceeds going to charity. On 1 September 2009, Cumming released his first solo album based around his one man show, a Blue Car Today I Bought. In 2012, he narrated the audiobook "Macbeth: A Novel", composed by A.J. Hartley and David Hewson. The novel significantly expands upon the topics created in the play. On 10 he released the single Someone Like the Edge of Firework. In 2012, he launched his photography career with his first display Alan Cumming Snaps. Cumming presented Urban Secrets on the Travel Channel and Sky Atlantic where he uncovers secrets that were hidden in various urban areas including London and Brighton. In October 2013, Cumming appeared in the music video for "City of Angels" by Thirty Seconds to Mars. In 2014, Cumming was a supporter and activist for the Scottish 'Yes' campaign in the run-up to Scotland's referendum on autonomy in September 2014. In October 2014, Alan Cumming and the Broadway cast of Cabaret collected donations for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS during the "Gypsy of the Year" fundraising season. He published his autobiography, Not My Father's Son, which copes with both his experiences growing up having an abusive father and the discoveries he made about his maternal grandfather's life while filming Who Does One Think You Are?. On 7 Cumming co-hosted the 69th annual Tony Awards. On 5 February 2016, Cumming released his second full length record, recorded live at New York City's Café Carlyle, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs: Live At The Cafe Carlyle.

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