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Alan Cumming, 56, awarded honorary doctorate from drama school the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

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‘They made me the performer I am today’: Alan Cumming, 56, is awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for his human rights work

Alan Cumming has been awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater drama school, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

The Olivier and Tony Award winner, 56, returned to the Glasgow school to be honoured for his career on the stage and screen and his work for equality and human rights.

Accepting the award at a small ceremony, the Hollywood actor said: ‘I feel very moved today on receiving this honorary doctorate.

Proud: Alan Cumming, 56, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater drama school, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Proud: Alan Cumming, 56, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater drama school, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

‘I came to study here 36 years ago and I felt like I belonged here from the word go. The spirit of this institution has made me the performer that I am today.

‘Three years of training and developing technique is very special – the older I’ve got I realise how important this training has been and the confidence I gained here has stood me in such good stead.

‘I really like that I went to college here in Glasgow – it allowed me to make mistakes, to learn and to have a laugh.’

Student days: The Olivier and Tony Award winner returned to the Glasgow school to be honoured for his career on the stage and screen and his work for equality and human rights

Student days: The Olivier and Tony Award winner returned to the Glasgow school to be honoured for his career on the stage and screen and his work for equality and human rights

He added on Instagram: ‘I got an honorary doctorate of drama today from my alma mater! 

‘It’s now called the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland but in my day it was the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and I graduated 36 years ago!! 

‘Thank you to all the staff and students for a beautiful and touching trip down memory lane. It truly is an honour.’

Making a speech: Accepting the award at a small ceremony, the Hollywood actor said: 'I feel very moved today on receiving this honorary doctorate'

Making a speech: Accepting the award at a small ceremony, the Hollywood actor said: ‘I feel very moved today on receiving this honorary doctorate’

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said Cumming was an inspiration who ‘flows seamlessly between art forms’.

He added: ‘Alan’s work consistently demonstrates that bold ideas, adaptability and clear artistic authenticity are a potent combination.

‘His impressive body of work and his commitment to social activism are an inspiration to the next generation and we are very proud of his prolific contribution to the arts and society.’

Inspiration: Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said Cumming was an inspiration who 'flows seamlessly between art forms'

Inspiration: Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said Cumming was an inspiration who ‘flows seamlessly between art forms’

Alan has won prestigious Tony and Olivier awards for his stage work and starred in TV shows Sex and the City, Frasier, The L Word and The Good Wife.

He has appeared in films including the James Bond adventure GoldenEye, Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut and superhero smash, X2 among others.

Off screen he has worked for LGBT rights in the UK and US and is known for his support for Scottish independence.

All-rounder: Off screen he has worked for LGBT rights in the UK and US and is known for his support for Scottish independence

All-rounder: Off screen he has worked for LGBT rights in the UK and US and is known for his support for Scottish independence

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