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Actor ALAN CUMMING (Sebastian) has recently completed filming the miniseries "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 will join the cast as a series regular for the second season.

Last year Cumming created a cabaret show "I Bought a Blue Car Today” for the Lincoln Center in New York City and went on to perform it at the Sydney Opera House, London's West End and The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. This summer he blew away audiences at Feinstein's in New York City, Broad Stages in Santa Monica and at The Castro Theater in San Francisco. The one-man show was featured in Fire Island's famed Pines on July 30 and then at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from August 13-15. The album "I Bought a Blue Car Today” recently won a Bistro award.

Later this year Cumming will appear 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 will be 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.”

Alan Cumming 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 theater 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 Cumming 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.

Cumming 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 then he has alternated between blockbuster films 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. Most recently he was seen in the independent films "Dare” and "Boogie Woogie.”

In 1998 "Cabaret” opened on Broadway and Cumming was instantly embraced by New York City and heralded for his stunning performance as the EmCee. He won Tony®, Drama Desk, Outer Critics' Circle, Theatre World, New York Press, FANY and New York Public Advocate's awards for his work. 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 most recently 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,” "The L Word,” 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.

Cumming's homeland has honored him with an honorary doctorate from the University of Abertay, Dundee, and 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.


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