The Good Wife star Alan Cumming has turned journalist to write an impassioned plea to his fellow Scots to vote for independence.

The actor has been a vocal supporter of the 'Yes' campaign ahead of the referendum in Scotland on Thursday (18Sep14) when voters will go to the polls to decide whether they want to leave the United Kingdom.

Cumming, who is currently appearing in the Broadway production of Cabaret, flew back to Glasgow last week (ends14Sep14) to continue campaigning during a break from the show, and he has now penned an emotive piece for the New York Times.

The star cannot vote as he moved to the U.S. and became an American citizen, but he is urging his countrymen to make the effort to hit the polling stations.

He writes, "The atmosphere is extraordinary. The whole country is engaged as never before. There has never been anything so politically important to me... This is not about hating the English. It is about democracy and self-determination. Scotland is weary of being ruled by governments it did not vote for... The Yes campaign is about hope for a fairer, more caring and prosperous society; the No campaign says only: better the devil you know.

"I am an optimist. Westminster's leaders, like the rest of the world, may have only just cottoned on, but independence is a step we Scots have been contemplating carefully for a long time. After 16 years of devolution, we don't need training wheels any more. We can go it alone."