Fellow: Cumming
Elected: 2020
Discipline: History, Theory and Practice of the Creative and Performing Arts
Mr Alan Cumming
Actor, Producer, Singer, Author and Activist, Scotland
Alan Cumming is an internationally-recognised screen and theatre actor, author, social activist, and – most recently – bar owner, based in New York City. Alan got his start as a student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has since gone on to perform – both in character and as himself – in films, television and on stages all over the world. His memoir Not My Father’s Son became a #1 The New York Times bestseller. Alan’s activism for civil rights, sex education and social justice causes has earned him over forty humanitarian awards. His portrait hangs in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
Of his Honorary Fellowship, he said: “We are at a time in history when more than ever before we need to talk, debate, and conclude. It is such an honour to be asked to join such a great group of thinkers and I am so excited to meet the RSE fellows.”