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Alan Cumming

  • Birthplace: Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Birthday: January 27

Alan Cumming made his professional acting debut as Malcolm in Michael Boyd’s production of Macbeth at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow in 1985. He went on to work extensively in the Scottish theatre before his West End debut in Conquest of the South Pole earned him his first Olivier award nomination. He appeared with the RSC, played Romeo for the RNT Studio and earned further Olivier nominations for La Bete and Cabaret. His career-defining Hamlet for the English Touring Theatre earned him huge critical acclaim, a TMA Best Actor award and Shakespeare Globe nomination.

Alan Cumming made his professional acting debut as Malcolm in Michael Boyd’s production of Macbeth at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow in 1985. He went on to work extensively in the Scottish theatre before his West End debut in Conquest of the South Pole earned him his first Olivier award nomination. He appeared with the RSC, played Romeo for the RNT Studio and earned further Olivier nominations for La Bete and Cabaret. His career-defining Hamlet for the English Touring Theatre earned him huge critical acclaim, a TMA Best Actor award and Shakespeare Globe nomination. He won an Olivier for Accidental Death of an Anarchist at the Royal National Theatre.

In 1998 he made his sensational Broadway debut when Cabaret transferred to NYC, winning him the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Theatre World, NY Press, FANY and Public Advocate awards. He went on to appear on Broadway in Design for Living and as Mack the Knife in The Threepenny Opera. Off-Broadway he appeared as the Pope in Jean Genet’s Elle (which he also adapted) and as Trigorin in The Seagull opposite Dianne Wiest. In 2006, he returned to the West End in Martin Sherman’s Bent, and in 2007 appeared in the National Theatre of Scotland’s The Bacchae, directed by John Tiffany (Herald ArcAngel Award).

On TV he currently appears as Eli Gold in The Good Wife for which he has been nominated for Emmy, SAG, Satellite and Critics Circle awards. He also appears opposite Lisa Kudrow in Showtime’s Web Therapy and is the host of Masterpiece Mystery on PBS.

His eclectic film career has seen him work consecutively with Stanley Kubrick and the Spice Girls, and make appearances in the X Men, Spy Kids, Flintstones and Smurfs franchises as well as roles in many independent films such as Sweet Land (Independent Spirit Award), Julie Taymor’s Titus and The Tempest and most recently Travis Fine’s Any Day Now for which he received several Best Actor awards on the film festival circuit. With Jennifer Jason Leigh he wrote, produced, directed and starred in The Anniversary Party (National Board of Review award, two Independent Spirit nominations).

He has also published a novel, Tommy’s Tale, released an album of songs, I Bought A Blue Car Today, and last year had his first exhibition of photographs, Alan Cumming Snaps! He regularly performs in concert, most recently with Liza Minnelli at New York’s Town Hall and over the past few years has sung in seasons at the Sydney Opera House, the Geffen Playhouse, LA and London’s Vaudeville Theatre.

For his humanitarian work, particularly in the field of LGBT rights and equality, he has been honored by many organizations including HRC, GLAAD, The Trevor Project and The Matthew Shepard Foundation to name but a few. From his homeland he was honored with both the Great Scot and Icon of Scotland awards, and was made an OBE in the 2009 Queen’s Honors List. Time magazine named him one of the three most fun people in show business.

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AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

4 Nominations No Emmys

Outstanding Special Class Program - 2016

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series - 2015

  • Nominee
  • Alan Cumming, as Eli Gold
  • The Good Wife
  • CBS
  • Eye Productions in association with Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series - 2011

  • Nominee
  • Alan Cumming, as Eli Gold
  • The Good Wife
  • CBS
  • CBS Television Studios in association with Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series - 2010

  • Nominee
  • Alan Cumming, as Eli Gold
  • The Good Wife
  • "Fleas"
  • CBS
  • CBS Television Studios in association with Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions

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