The Good Wife actor is currently on tour with his concert series Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs and what he enjoys about singing live, as opposed to his acting job, is the ability to connect with an audience, which is why he has no problem taking phones or camera from guests who have been recording him rather than engaging with the show.

"Of course you’re going to record me and take a photo when I’m doing a concert. But don’t be sitting a metre away from me, holding your arm like that…" he tells Britain's Observer magazine, miming somebody holding a camera to their face. He also shows off a tattoo on his arm which reads "Only Connect", a line from the novel Howard's End.

"I had this epiphany," he adds. "I don’t have to take my photo with everybody who asks. When you’re picking up your dog’s poop and someone says: 'Can I have a photo?' and I say: 'I have s**t in my hands' and they go: 'Oh, once you put it in the bin, can I have a photo?' I will say no."

During the interview, Alan also admits he is relieved The Good Wife is coming to an end this month (May16) because his character Eli Gold was never meant to be in the show for its entire seven-season run, and he is so bored of playing the same storyline that he actually wanted to leave sooner.

"I’m over it," he shared. "I was going to leave last year. I said: 'I’m bored. I do the same thing again and again. There’s only so many ways I can raise my eyebrows. I was talking to my team. I said that I feel like all I do is come into the room and go: 'Alicia (played by Julianna Margulies), what the hell is going on?' and literally the next day I got the script and the first line was: 'Alicia, what the hell is going on?'"

The Good Wife, which began in 2009, concludes on 8 May (16) in the U.S.