Alan Cumming
Birth Date:
January 27, 1965
Birth Place:
Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland, UK
5' 10
Famous for:
His part as the charismatic Emcee in stage musical Cabaret (1998)
Monikie Primary School
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"I am hedonistic rather than decadent, because decadent means you do things that have no purpose. Hedonistic means you love fun. You live life for fun." Alan Cumming

X-MEN may be considered one of most popular comic-based movies ever and mutant "Nightcrawler," played by Alan Cumming, had an important impact in its sequel X2.

During his journey as an actor, Cumming has become known as multi-talented. His remarkable work as the Emcee in Sam Mendes' Broadway revival of Cabaret (1998) earned Cumming a Tony Award and his skill continued to shine in performances like Boris the computer wiz in the Bond Movie "Goldeneye" (1995) and Fegan Foll in the family comedy "Spy Kids" (2001) together with Antonio Banderas. The fact that Cumming is a multi-talented entertainer was again proved in The Anniversary Party (2001) and in the fact he wrote his first novel, "Tommy's Tale," which was published in 2002. Recently, Cumming has added his own cologne named "Cumming" to his endeavors.

Cumming is worldly known as bisexual and refers to himself as "a frolicky pansexual sex symbol for the new millennium." Cumming is also an activist and defender of gay rights. Alan once stated, "President Bush wants to make an amendment to the Constitution to ban gay marriage. I think he is wrong and out of step with the way attitudes are changing around the world. What is so scary about gay people getting equal rights? Why shouldn't everyone have the option to go and officially register their relationship? But more importantly to me, why should gay people not get the health, tax and other benefits for their partners and families that straight people get."

Cumming is involved in such AIDS charities as Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Cumming is often portrayed as a liberalist person with a high sensibility of humanism.

"And I think, especially now, we need to shout and be loud and say 'No, you're wrong, you're wrong. I am not like you and I am not going to pretend. Why should your way be right and my way be wrong?' I don't like the word acceptance at all. I just want to be respected totally. That's why I'm here. There are different ways you can do it obviously, like trying to create change by not making them afraid of you. But also you need to have an organization doing through legal and political methods. That is what this one, (ESPA) is doing." Alan Cumming

Uppin Cumming

Childhood and Family:

Alan Cumming (nicknamed Uppin) was born on January 27, 1965. He lived near Dunkeld, Scotland, where his father Alex Cumming was a forester and his mother Mary was a secretary (later divorced). He also has a brother named Tom.

Cumming's family lived for a while in a country estate with no neighbors. This secluded life helped form Alan into a creative person. Cumming graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow in 1985.

Alan was once married to actress Hilary Lyons. The couple married in 1985. Co-starring in Hamlet with Hilary, the British press began referring to them as "the new Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson." But after 8 years of marriage, they divorced. About his marriage, Cumming shared, "I thought it would last forever."

Following his divorce, Cumming spends romantic time with Circle of Friends bisexual co-star Saffron Burrow.

The Emcee


After graduating from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Cumming appeared with actor Shirley Henderson in the 1986 six-part series on British Television titled "Shadow of the Stone." He followed the performance with roles in "The Conquest of the South Pole" (1988) and "Mr. Bean" (1989). In 1991, he played the lead in the BBC Christmas special "Bernard and the Genie" and became well known in the Scottish sitcom "The High Life" for which he also wrote the theme music. Alan finished "Prague" (1992), "Hamlet" (1993), "Second Best" (1994) and "Circle of Friends" (1995) before making more movies in America.

The US would prove to be a gold mine for Alan Cumming. His first movie in the US was providing his voice in "Black Beauty" (1994). He was then seen in the blockbuster James Bond movie "Golden Eye" (1995).

He played the hedonistic Lord Rochester in Plunkett and Macleane (1997) as well as the mad scientist Fegan Floop in Spy Kids and its sequels, directed by Robert Rodriguez.

In 2001, Alan Cumming co-directed, co-produced, co-wrote and co-starred in "The Anniversary Party." Other roles included appearances in: Urbania (2000), "God, the Devil and Bob" (2000), The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000), Company Man (2000), Get Carter (2000), Investigating Sex (2001), Josie and the Pussycats (2001), Zero Effect (2002), CinéMagique (2002), Nicholas Nickleby (2002), X2 (2003), Pits (2003), and The Goodbye Girl (2004). Fans can also catch Cumming in the upcoming Sweet Land (2005), Ripley Under Ground (2005), Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (2005), Gray Matters (2005), Son of the Mask (2005), Neverwas (2005), Bam Bam and Celeste (2005), Cat Tale (2006), Ant Bully (2006) and Full Grown Men (2005).


  • National Board of Review: Best Ensemble Performance, Nicholas
  • Nickleby, 2002 National Board of Review: Excellence Filmmaking Award, The Anniversary Wedding, 2001
  • National Board of Review: The Indie Spirit Award for Best First Feature and Screenplay, The Anniversary Wedding, 2001 NY Immigrant Achievement Award, 2001
  • Tony Award: Best Actor in Musical, Cabaret, 1998
  • Martini Rossi/TMA awards: Best Actor, Hamlet, 1994
  • Lawrence Olivier award Nominee: Best Actor in a Musical category, Cabaret, 1994
  • Richard Burton Award Nominee: Best Actor, Hamlet, 1993
  • Olivier Award Nominee: Comedy Performance of the Year, La Bete, 1993
  • British Comedy Awards: Best TV Comedy Newcomer, Bernard and Genie, 1992
  • Lawrence Olivier Award Nominee: Best Film Actor, Prague, 1992
  • Scottish BAFTA Award Nominee: Best Film Actor, Prague, 1992
  • Laurence Olivier Award: Comedy Performance of the Year, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, 1991
  • Laurence Olivier Award Nominee: Most Promising Newcomer, the Conquest of the South Pole, 1988
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