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- Any Day Now is released in UK cinemas on September 6th...See Alan opposite Lisa Kudrow in Showtime's Web Therapy...Smurfs 2 is in cinemas now...The Head That Wears A Crown, Alan's new CD of Shakespeare speeches is now available...The Good Wife returns to US TV screens on September 29th...Alan appears in Jay Z's video Picasso Baby... Alan's fragrance The Second Cumming is now available with all profits going to charity...//
Alan Cumming is beyond eclectic.
Right now he is the political maverick Eli Gold on CBS\' The Good Wife, for which he has received Emmy, SAG and Satellite award nominations, but over the last couple of years he has also: sung at venues around the globe including the Sydney Opera House; appeared in films opposite Helen Mirren, Cher, James Franco and Christina Aguilera; voiced a Smurf, a goat and Hitler; entered upside down and suspended by his ankles in a Greek tragedy, and sparred with Dianne Wiest in Chekhov; directed and starred in a musical condom commercial; written articles for Newsweek, Harpers Bazaar and Out; recorded an award-winning album of songs and a dance remix; made three documentaries; released a second fragrance (naturally named Second Cumming); hosted PBS\' Masterpiece Mystery as well as speaking out for LGBT equality and civil rights and going to Buckingham Palace to receive an OBE for all of the above. Oh, and Time Magazine also called him one of the most fun people in show business. Duh!
He was an award-winning Hamlet and he had his own talk show. He shot a video portrait with Robert Wilson and recorded a duet with Liza Minnelli. He made films back to back with Stanley Kubrick and the Spice Girls. He wrote a Sunday Times best-selling novel and has an award-winning signature fragrance. He has played Dionysus, the Devil, the Pope and was shot by Herb Ritts for Vanity Fair as Pan. He was a teleporting superhero, a Lee Jeans model and hosted Saturday Night Live. He is an Independent Spirit Award-winning producer and National Board of Review-winning director. He has sung at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the London Palladium and San Francisco\'s Castro Theatre. He was named Icon of Scotland. He designed wallpaper. He was the voice of Black Beauty. He isn’t nearly done yet.
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For the past 25 years Alan Cumming has forged a career that is as idiosyncratic and diverse as it successful. Whilst still a student at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama he made his movie debut in Gillies McKinnon\'s Passing Glory and his theatre debut as Malcolm in Michael Boyd\'s production of Macbeth at the Tron, Glasgow. Upon graduating he found fame quickly as the latter half of Scottish stand-up sensations Victor and Barry, and with a bad boy stint on the soap Take the High Road. Within a few years he made a sensational West End debut at the Royal Court Theatre in Conquest of the South Pole for which he received his first Olivier Award nomination, and went on to seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre where he won an Olivier Award for Accidental Death of An Anarchist, the Dario Fo classic which he also adapted for the stage.
For the National Theatre Studio he directed Michel Tremblay’s Bonjour La, Bonjour and played Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. He was nominated for Olivier Awards for La Bete and Cabaret, and his sensational Hamlet at the Donmar Warehouse in London won him a TMA Best Actor Award and a Shakespeare Globe nomination. The Daily Mail described his performance as ‘an actor knocking on the door of greatness’.
He made his feature film debut in Ian Sellar’s Prague opposite Bruno Ganz and Sandrine Bonnaire, which premiered at Cannes in 1992. His introduction to American audiences came with Circle of Friends, followed shortly by Goldeneye and Emma. His first movie shot in Hollywood was Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, and since the he has alternated between blockbusters such as X2:X Men United, the Spy Kids Trilogy, Son of the Mask, Burlesque and smaller independent films like Urbania, Titus (opposite Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange) and Sweet Land (which he also produced and received and Independent Spirit award).
With Jennifer Jason Leigh he wrote, produced, directed and acted in The Anniversary Party, which won them a National Board of Review award and two Independent Spirit nominations. His second film as director was Ghost Writer (aka Suffering Man\'s Charity) which won him six awards for acting and directing on the film festival circuit.
In 1998, Cabaret opened on Broadway and Alan was instantly embraced by New York City and heralded for his stunning performance as the EmCee. He won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics’ Circle, FANY, Theatre World, NY Press and New York Public Advocate’s awards for his work, but for him the biggest prize was finding his new home.
He has continued to work on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera opposite Cyndi Lauper, Design For Living and off-Broadway in Jean Genet’s Elle (which he also adapted) and The Seagull, opposite Dianne Wiest. In 2006 returned to the British stage in Martin Sherman’s Bent, and most recently appeared in the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Euripides’ The Bacchae, which opened the Edinburgh International Festival and toured Scotland, transferred to London and then to the Lincoln Center Festival in NYC. Alan won the Herald Arcangel award for his work as Dionysus.
On American TV he has guest starred on Sex and the City, Frasier, Third Rock From The Sun, The L Word, the Sci-Fi Channel’s record-breaking Tin Man and the TV movies Annie, Reefer Madness and The Goodbye Girl. He is also the host of PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery. In Britain he wrote and starred in the cult sitcom The High Life as well as many other films for the BBC including Bernard and the Genie, for which he won a British Comedy Award.
His most recent films include the art world satire Boogie Woogie, Jackboots on Whitehall, Dare and The Tempest. 2011 will see him in the independent releases Maladies (with James Franco) and Sam Neave\'s Almost In Love. He will also play Salvador Dali in the surreal biopic Dali 3D.
in 2009 he premiered his cabaret show I Bought A Blue Car Today as part of the Lincoln Center American Songbook series. He has since performed it at venues all over the world including the Sydney Opera House, the Vaudeville Theatre in London\'s West End, the Geffen Playhouse in LA andvarious dates across America. His album of the same name won a Bistro award.
Alan’s activism and passion for causes such as LGBT rights, sex education and genital integrity have earned him many humanitarian awards from the LGBT Task Force, The Human Rights Campaign, The Trevor Project, Lambda Legal, The Point Foundation and GLAAD’s Vito Russo Media Award.
He lives in New York City with his husband, Grant Shaffer, and their dogs Honey and Leon.