Cumming, from Aberfeldy in Perthshire, made his acting debut in the 1980s and is perhaps best remembered in Scotland for the comedy series The High Life which he created with Forbes Masson.
In the decades since he has appeared in dozens of films including Spy Kids and X-Men 2 as well as having a starring role in the US TV series The Good Wife.
Now 58, Cumming is thinking more about ageing and it is the focus of his new solo tour, set to begin later this month, called Alan Cumming is Not Acting His Age.
He describes the show as akin to an old-fashioned cabaret, featuring a performance filled with music and discussions covering a range of topics such as sex, death, and alcohol.
Cumming says there are under-discussed positives to getting older.
“You get wiser, you don’t worry so much,” he says. “Wisdom is about realising life is a cyclical thing, the same things keep coming around.
“It’s the same show with different costumes.”
Cumming says realising this enables better decision-making later in life and being open to the possibility of new experiences.
“We worship at the altar of youth,” he says.
“I talk about this in the show, why have we decided that something that is inevitable, inexorable, like ageing is the worst possible thing in the world?
“We need to find beauty in not just youth.”