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Alan Cumming (born 27 January, 1965) is a Scottish actor, singer, writer, producer, director, and activist who has appeared in numerous films, television shows, and plays. His best-known film roles include his performances in EmmaGoldenEye, the Spy Kids seriesSon of the Mask, and X2. He is currently working at the CBS TV series Instinct (stylized as INSTIИCT) with Bojana Novakovic.

He portrayed Fegan Floop in Spy Kids, Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over.

Early life[]

Cumming was born in Aberfeldy, in Perthshire, Scotland, the son of Mary (née Darling), an insurance company secretary, and Alex Cumming, a forester. He has stated that his father was physically and emotionally abusive towards him.[1][2] He has one older brother, Tom, and a niece and nephew. Brought up in Angus, Cumming attended Monikie Primary School and Carnoustie High School and originally aspired to a career in veterinary medicine, but a personality clash with his biology teacher prevented him from taking a related elective and he subsequently set his sights on becoming an actor.[3] Following graduation, he spent a year and a half employed as an editor and columnist for the Scottish pop magazine TOPS before entering the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. On graduation from Drama school he married fellow student, Hilary Lyon; they divorced 8 years later and had no children.

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  1. Higginbotham, Adam Cumming out on top. The Observer, Sunday 16 February 2003.
  2. Alan Cumming Biography (1965–). Film Reference.com.
  3. "Alan Cumming." Then It Must Be True.com. May 2001.

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