Alan Cumming
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Alan Cumming (born January 27, 1965) is a Scottish film and stage actor. He has directed, produced, and written films, TV series and plays, voiced several soundtracks, written a book, developed a stand-up show at the Edinburgh Fringe, and formed his own production company. Cumming also has his own range of beauty products, the initial product being a cologne called "Cumming: the Fragrance," as well as a series of other bath/body products such as "Cumming All Over" body wash.

Personal life

Cumming divides his time between New York City and London with his dog, Honey.[1] He has publicly stated he is an atheist.[2] Alan has dated both men and women, and was once described in The Observer as "a frolicky pan-sexual sex symbol for the new millennium," though he has stated that he thinks of himself as bisexual.[3]

In 1985, he married Hilary Lyon. They divorced in 1993, however, after his mental breakdown, and he subsequently became involved in several shorter relationships over the next two years, including one with Saffron Burrows, herself openly bisexual. He has a civil partnership with artist Grant Shaffer, whom he met in 2004 and dated for two years. The civil ceremony was performed at the Old Royal Naval College. In a profile for The Times, he recently stated he was considering adopting a child.[4] In March 2005, he was honoured with the Vito Russo Award at the 16th Annual GLAAD Media Awards for outstanding contributions toward eliminating homophobia.[5]

Cumming is openly bisexual, an LGBT rights activist, and has promoted gay rights on both sides of the Atlantic with organisations such as Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the Human Rights Campaign, as well as working for several AIDS charities, including American Foundation for AIDS Research and Broadway Cares/Actors' Equity Association Fights AIDS. He is also a member of the Creative Coalition, an organisation to bring public awareness of social issues. He was presented with the San Francisco Human Rights Campaign's Humanitarian Award in 2005.

Cumming has recently become a patron of NORM-UK, a UK registered charity concerned with the foreskin and genital integrity.[6][7][8]


  3. New York Post
  4. Times July 18, 2006 "Odd man out: Alan Cumming", David Mattin
  5. [1] GLAAD Press Release on March 7, 2005
  6. [2] NORM-UK News Item: "Film Star Wants the Foreskin to be with you"
  7. [3] Alan Cumming Official Website: "Up and Cumming"
  8. [4] News Item: "X-Man Nixes Circs"
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