Actor Alan Cumming can be seen in the mini-series "The Runaway" and was nominated for an Emmy for his guest starring appearance on the first season of the hit CBS drama of "The Good Wife," playing Eli Gold. He joined the cast as a series regular for the second season.
Cumming created a cabaret show "I Bought A Blue Car Today" ("A modern day Noel Coward" - "The New York Times") for the Lincoln Center in NYC and went on to perform it at the Sydney Opera House, London's West End, and The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. One summer, he blew away audiences at Feinstein's in NYC, Broad Stages in Santa Monica, and at The Castro Theater in San Francisco. The one man show was also featured in Fire Island's famed Pines then at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The album "I Bought A Blue Car Today" recently won a Bistro award and is available in stores and on iTunes.
Later, he appeared alongside Cher and Christina Aguilera in the movie "Burlesque" and with Helen Mirren, Chris Cooper, Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, and Djimon Hounsou in Julie Taymor's film adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest." In 2011, he was heard in three animated films: "Sir Billi the Vet" opposite Sean Connery, "Jackboots on Whitehall" (in which he plays Hitler and Braveheart), and as Gutsy Smurf in "The Smurfs."
He recently launched an obsession-based website www.itsasickness.com.
Alan Cumming is beyond eclectic. 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 released an award-winning album, wrote a "Sunday Times" best-selling novel, and had 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 award winning director. He has sung at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the London Palladium, and the Sydney Opera House. He was named Icon of Scotland and won the Great Scot award. He designed wallpaper. He was the voice of Black Beauty. He isn't nearly done yet.
Alan Cumming (www.alancumming.com) trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. After leaving the Academy he quickly found himself celebrated in his homeland for both his television work (including the Scottish soap "Take The High Road") and his stand-up comedy (the legendary "Victor and Barry," which he wrote and performed with drama school pal Forbes Masson.) But it was the theatre that gave him his biggest break when he appeared in Manfred Karge's "Conquest of the South Pole" at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. The play transferred to the Royal Court in London's West End and Alan was nominated for the Most Promising Newcomer Olivier Award.
He went on to work with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre, where he won an Olivier award for his performance in Dario Fo's "Accidental Death of an Anarchist." For the National Theatre Studio he directed Michel Tremblay's "Bonjour La, Bonjour" and played Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet." He was nominated for further 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 opposite Bruno Ganz and Sandrine Bonnaire in Ian Sellar's "Prague," which premiered at Cannes in 1992 and for which he won the Best Actor award at the Atlantic Film festival and a Scottish BAFTA award nomination. 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" (for which he received an MTV Movie Award nomination), and since the he has alternated between blockbusters such as "X2:X Men United," the "Spy Kids" trilogy, and smaller independent films like "Urbania," "Titus" (opposite Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange), and "Sweet Land" (for which he received an Independent Spirit award as producer). 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. He was also seen in the independent films "Dare" and "Boogie Woogie."
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, Theatre World, New York Press, FANY, 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. He returned to the British stage in 2006 in Martin Sherman's "Bent" and 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 performance as Dionysus.
On American television, he appeared in "Sex and the City," "Frasier," "Third Rock From The Sun," and "The L Word" and the TV movies "Annie," "The Goodbye Girl," and "Reefer Madness" and the Sci-Fi Channel's record-breaking "Tin Man." 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.
Alan's activism and passion for various civil rights and sex education causes has earned him many humanitarian awards including two Human Rights Campaign awards, GLAAD's Vito Russo media award, the Trevor Project Hero Award, and other honors from the Anti-Violence Project, LAMBDA Legal, and Pflag to name but a few. His homeland has honoured him with an honorary doctorate from the University of Abertay, Dundee, the Great Scot award, and in 2005 he was named Icon of Scotland. He is an ambassador for the Edinburgh Festivals, the United Nations Millennium Goals Campaign, and President of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama's American Foundation. He was recently made an O.B.E (Officer of the British Empire) in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours' List.