Alan Cumming’s four decade-long career recognised with award

Scotland’s television industry was celebrated at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket on Thursday.

The career of Scots actor Alan Cumming has been recognised as he received a coveted award on Thursday.

The Perthshire-born entertainer received the RTS Scotland Special Award at the glittering Royal Television Society (RTS) Scotland award ceremony in Glasgow on June 8.

The 58-year-old, whose career spans nearly 40 years, was recognised for his achievements across his varied and successful TV career, from the beloved Scottish comedies, Victor and Barry and The High Life, to award-winning US series The Good Wife and his latest show, Schmigadoon!.  

In a speech upon receiving the award, Cumming said: “I owe my whole career to Scotland. I made my first film here when I was 20. I got my first of many roles on Scottish Television when I was 21 and my first feature film was a Scottish co-production with a Scottish writer/director. 

“I continue to return to my homeland to work on screen and on stage. It’s truly my honour to be back in Glasgow where it all began nearly four decades ago, to receive this award from RTS. I’m no awa to bide awa!”  

Scotland’s television industry was celebrated at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket with a total of 28 awards being handed out. 

Stephen O’Donnell, chair of RTS Scotland, said: “What a night! When you see all this talent together in the one room, it’s clear to see that Scotland’s creative community punches above its weight. 

“These awards are so important to recognise the incredible TV talent we have here in Scotland, not only to celebrate their achievements but also to inspire the next generation – something that is crucial to us at RTS Scotland.”