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Birth information

27 January 1965 Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland, UK

How tall is Alan Cumming?

1.78 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Grant Shaffer
Hilary Lyon

Life Story of Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming was born on January 27, 1965, in Aberfeldy, Scotland, to Mary (Darling), an insurance company secretary, and Alex Cumming. His family lived nearby in Dunkeld, where his father was a forester for Atholl Estate. The family (including his brother, Tom) moved to Fassfern near Fort William, before moving to the east coast of Scotland in 1969, where Alan's father took up the position of Head Forester of Panmure Estate; it was there that Alan grew up. He went to Monikie Primary School and Carnoustie High School, where he began appearing in plays, and soon after that began working with with the Carnoustie Theatre Club and Carnoustie Musical Society.

In 1981, he left high school with 8 'O' Grades and 4 Highers, but because he was too young to enter any university or drama school he worked for just over a year as a sub-editor at D.C. Thomson Publishers in Dundee. There he worked on the launch of a new magazine, "Tops", and was also the "Young Alan" who answered readers' letters. In September 1982 he began a three-year course at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. He graduated in 1985 with a B.A. (Dramatic Studies) and awards for verse...

Significant features of Alan Cumming

His ability to flawlessly change his voice and appearance for each role

Publications and Magazines about Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming Not My Father's Son - A Family Memoir. 2014
Alan Cumming You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams - My Life in Stories and Pictures. 2016

What movies did Alan Cumming play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Instinct (2019) , After Louie (2017) , ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (2007) , Suffering Man's Charity (2007) , Full Grown Men (2006) , Sweet Land (2005) , The Anniversary Party (2001) ,
Directors Filmography
Suffering Man's Charity (2007) , The Anniversary Party (2001) , Screen Two (1996) , Butter (1994) ,
Actors Filmography
Bright in a Hollow Sky Pastor, Going Back Brian Mackinnon, Run Steve, Briarpatch (2019) , Instinct (2019) Dr. Dylan Reinhart, Broad City (2019)...

Birth information

27 January 1965 Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland, UK

How tall is Alan Cumming?

1.78 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Grant Shaffer
Hilary Lyon

Life Story of Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming was born on January 27, 1965, in Aberfeldy, Scotland, to Mary (Darling), an insurance company secretary, and Alex Cumming. His family lived nearby in Dunkeld, where his father was a forester for Atholl Estate. The family (including his brother, Tom) moved to Fassfern near Fort William, before moving to the east coast of Scotland in 1969, where Alan's father took up the position of Head Forester of Panmure Estate; it was there that Alan grew up. He went to Monikie Primary School and Carnoustie High School, where he began appearing in plays, and soon after that began working with with the Carnoustie Theatre Club and Carnoustie Musical Society.

In 1981, he left high school with 8 'O' Grades and 4 Highers, but because he was too young to enter any university or drama school he worked for just over a year as a sub-editor at D.C. Thomson Publishers in Dundee. There he worked on the launch of a new magazine, "Tops", and was also the "Young Alan" who answered readers' letters. In September 1982 he began a three-year course at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. He graduated in 1985 with a B.A. (Dramatic Studies) and awards for verse...

Significant features of Alan Cumming

His ability to flawlessly change his voice and appearance for each role

Publications and Magazines about Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming Not My Father's Son - A Family Memoir. 2014
Alan Cumming You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams - My Life in Stories and Pictures. 2016

What movies did Alan Cumming play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Instinct (2019) , After Louie (2017) , ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (2007) , Suffering Man's Charity (2007) , Full Grown Men (2006) , Sweet Land (2005) , The Anniversary Party (2001) ,
Directors Filmography
Suffering Man's Charity (2007) , The Anniversary Party (2001) , Screen Two (1996) , Butter (1994) ,
Actors Filmography
Bright in a Hollow Sky Pastor, Going Back Brian Mackinnon, Run Steve, Briarpatch (2019) , Instinct (2019) Dr. Dylan Reinhart, Broad City (2019)...

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Alan Cumming in Broad City (2014)

Hosted Saturday Night Live (1975) in February 2000 when the expected host, Jon Stewart, had to back out at the last minute.

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Graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with a B.A. and also won the Gordon Bottomley Award for direction, and an award for the speaking of Scots verse in 1985.

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Halle Berry and Alan Cumming in X-Men 2 (2003)

Was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award as Most Promising Newcomer for his performance in the production of "The Conquest of the South Pole" in 1988.

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Alan Cumming and Anna Paquin in X-Men 2 (2003)

Won a Laurence Olivier Award for Comedy Performance of the Year for "Accidental Death of an Anarchist" in 1991.

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Toni Collette, and Alan Cumming in Jane Austens Emma (1996)

Received the NY Immigrant Achievement Award. [2001]

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Alan Cumming in Jane Austens Emma (1996)

He was also honored by the Drama League for "Design For Living".

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Alan Cumming in Jane Austens Emma (1996)

For The Anniversary Party (2001), he received the National Board of Review Excellence in Filmmaking Award and was nominated for The Indie Spirit Award for Best First Feature and Screenplay.

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Alan Cumming in Jane Austens Emma (1996)

For Halloween 2002 in Vancouver, Cumming and his X2: X-Men United (2003) costar, Ian McKellen, dressed as their characters Fegan Floop (from "Spy Kids") and Gandalf (from the Lord of the Rings trilogy) respectively. 'He carved me this great Nightcrawler pumpkin and helped answer the door so there were Gandalf and Floop handing out candies,' says Cumming.

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Received the Olivier Award in 1991 (1990 season) for Best Comedy Performance for Accidental Death of an Anarchist.

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Alan Cumming in Jane Austens Emma (1996)

On Sunday 7 January 2007, he registered his civil partnership with Grant Shaffer at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London.

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Alan Cumming and Wallace Langham in Battle of the Sexes - Gegen jede Regel (2017)

Won Broadway's 1998 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for a revival of "Cabaret."

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Alan Cumming, Wallace Langham, Martha MacIsaac, Sarah Silverman, Emma Stone, etc.

Mentioned on The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996) that Reese's Peanut Butter Cups was one of his favorite things about the United States, after which he was so bombarded by the candy sent to him from fans that he had to stop eating them for a while.

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He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to the arts and civil rights.

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Alan Cumming and Wallace Langham in Battle of the Sexes - Gegen jede Regel (2017)

Earned his part in Eyes Wide Shut (1999) after sending an audition to director Stanley Kubrick. His American accent was so fluent that Kubrick, who was himself American, had no idea Cumming was Scottish until he met him on set.

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Alan Cumming, Wallace Langham, Martha MacIsaac, Sarah Silverman, Emma Stone, etc.

Is a huge fan of the TV series The Outs (2012) and appeared in the final episode of its debut season after offering to do so.

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Alan Cumming and Emma Stone in Battle of the Sexes - Gegen jede Regel (2017)

TLA Releasing Awards - Gaybie - Best Lead Actor in a Gay Movie - 2013 - Nominee - Alan Cumming - Any Day Now (2012).

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Alan Cumming and Emma Stone in Battle of the Sexes - Gegen jede Regel (2017)

Currently starring in the off-Broadway production of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull at the Classic Stage Company opposite Dianne Wiest. [January 2008]

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Alan Cumming in Conan (2010)

Performing as Macheath in the Broadway Revival of The Threepenny Opera at Studio 54. [May 2006]

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Alan Cumming in Conan (2010)

Attending Collectormania 7 at Milton Keynes [May 2005]

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Halle Berry and Alan Cumming in X-Men 2 (2003)

A prominent celebrity supporter of Scottish independence.

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Alan Cumming, Nathan Lane, and Jamie Bell in Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

Was offered the role of Gildery Lockheart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), but when he learned from his agent how much more money Rupert Grint, with whom he shares an agent, would be getting paid he refused to sign on as he would not agree to be paid less than "a 12 year old amateur!".

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Alan Cumming, Jamie Bell, Barry Humphries, and Charlie Hunnam in Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

Was considered for the role of Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa in Moulin Rouge! (2001) that went to John Leguizamo.

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Alan Cumming, Barry Humphries, and Douglas McGrath in Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

Didn't reprise his role as Nightcrawler in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), because he couldn't bear going through the make-up process again.

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Alan Cumming in Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

Was originally cast as The Green Goblin/Norman Osborne in the disastrous musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, but left due to delays.

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Alan Cumming in X-Men 2 (2003)

Of Clan Cumming.

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Alan Cumming and Rebecca Romijn in X-Men 2 (2003)

In 2014, he published the tell-all memoir "Not My Father's Son", which documents the physical and emotional abuse inflicted on him by his father, and their years of estrangement.

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Famke Janssen, Halle Berry, Alan Cumming, Ian McKellen, and Hugh Jackman in X-Men 2 (2003)

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Julianna Margulies and Alan Cumming in Good Wife (2009)

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Julianna Margulies and Alan Cumming in Good Wife (2009)

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Alan Cumming and Margo Martindale in Good Wife (2009)

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Alan Cumming in Good Wife (2009)

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