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Alan Cumming won a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance as the emcee in the Broadway revival of Cabaret.

On the big screen he was most recently seen in Julie Taymor's Titus, oppoisite Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange. His additional film credits include: Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, Prague, Emma, Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, Spice Wold, Goldeneye, Circle of Friends and the upcoming feature Company Men. He made his feature film debut in Passing Glory while in his final year at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

After three years of television and theatre work in Scotland, Cumming made his West End debut in 1989 at the Royal Court in The Conquest of the South Pole and was nominated Most Promising Newcomer in that year's Olivier Awards. He was Olivier nominated for his performance in La Bete at the Lyric Hammersmith and went on to win an Olivier Award for the Royal National Theatre production of Accidental Death of an Anarchist. He garnered an Olivier Award nomination for his work in the London production of Cabaret and also received wide critical acclaim for his performance of Hamlet at the Donmar Warehouse.

Mixing his film and theatre success with a diversity of other work, Cumming is also known on the stand-up cabaret circuit as the latter half of the comedy duo Victor and Barry. He has adapted a number of plays for the Royal National Theatre and has directed Bonjour La Bonjour at the Royal National Theatre Studio. He also was the co-writer and star of the cult BBC sitcom The High Life.

Other TV credits include the films Bernard and the Genie, for which he was named the Top Television Newcomer at the 1992 British Comedy Awards, The Last Romantics, Mickey Love and the upcoming made-for-TV movie Annie. He also wrote and directed the award-winning short film Butter and stars in the animated series God, the Devil and Bob.

Bio courtesy Universal Pictures (01-Jan-2000)