Alan Cumming has been described by Time Magazine as one of the most fun people in show business, by the New York Times as a ‘bawdy, countercultural sprite’ and by the Guardian as ‘European, weird, and sexually ambiguous’.

He has won over thirty awards for his humanitarianism and social activism, received both the Great Scot and Icon of Scotland awards from his homeland and was made an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) for his contributions to the arts and LBGT equality by the Queen, whose portrait was taken down when his was unveiled at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2014!

Alan Cumming is many things to many people – renaissance man, style icon, social activist, bon viveur - but to himself he is a story-teller and provocateur for hire. 

He lives in New York City with his husband, illustrator Grant Shaffer, and their dogs, Jerry and Lala.




Alan Cumming is a Tony, Olivier and Emmy award-winning actor, singer, writer, producer and director. His recent theatre work includes Cabaret on Broadway and an international tour of his cabaret show Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs. His many films include Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Goldeneye, Eyes Wide Shut, Spy Kids, X2:X Men United and more recently Any Day Now, After Louie and Battle of the Sexes. On TV he appeared on 7 seasons of The Good Wife and was nominated for multiple Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG awards, and is the star of the new CBS series Instinct. His memoir Not My Father's Son  was a #1 New York Times bestseller and he is also the author of You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams, a book of stories and photographs,  the novel Tommy's Tale and The Adventures of Honey and Leon, a children's picture book illustrated by his husband Grant Shaffer.