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Ellis in January 2016
Thomas John Ellis

(1978-11-17) 17 November 1978 (age 42)
Cardiff, Wales
Years active2000–present
(m. 2006; div. 2014)
(m. 2019)

Thomas John Ellis (born 17 November 1978) is a Welsh actor. He is best known for playing Lucifer Morningstar in the Netflix urban fantasy series Lucifer and its Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover appearance in the Arrowverse franchise, Gary Preston in the BBC One sitcom Miranda, Hollywood doctor William P. Rush in the USA Network series Rush, and Mark Etches in the supernatural drama series The Fades.

Early life

Thomas John Ellis was born in Cardiff on 17 November 1978, the son of Marilyn Jean (née Hooper) and Christopher John Ellis.[1] He has three sisters, one of whom is his twin. His father, uncle, and one of his sisters are all Baptist ministers.[2] After his birth, the family moved to England and he grew up in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.[3] He attended Sheffield's High Storrs School and played the French horn in the City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra.[4] He later received a BA in Dramatic Studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.[4]


Some of Ellis' earlier roles include Gary Preston on the BBC One sitcom Miranda (2010–2015); King Cenred on the BBC fantasy series Merlin (2008); Justyn in Channel 4's No Angels; and Thomas Milligan in the Doctor Who series three finale "Last of the Time Lords". He has appeared in the long-running BBC One soap opera EastEnders; the BBC sketch comedy show The Catherine Tate Show; and the BBC medical drama Holby City. In July and August 2009, he starred in the ITV comedy drama Monday Monday.[5][6] He was cast as Detective Inspector Bland in Agatha Christie's Poirot.

In February 2015, Ellis was cast as Lucifer Morningstar in the Fox series Lucifer, based on DC Comics' publication and character of the same name, which premiered on 25 January 2016.[7] The show later moved to Netflix. On 23 June 2020, it was announced that Netflix had renewed the show for a sixth and final season.[8] He reprised the role of Lucifer during The CW's The Flash episode of the Arrowverse crossover "Crisis on Infinite Earths".[9]

In 2021, Ellis won the Tell-Tale TV Award for Favorite Actor in a Cable or Streaming Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror Series.[10]

Personal life

In 2006, Ellis married English actress Tamzin Outhwaite, with whom he has three children.[11] After he admitted to having an affair with an unnamed actress, they divorced in April 2014.[12] He married American screenwriter Meaghan Oppenheimer in 2019.[13]



Year Title Role
2001 High Heels and Low Lifes Uniformed officer
2001 Buffalo Soldiers Squash
2003 I'll Be There Ivor
2004 Vera Drake Police constable
2005 The Best Man Groom
2006 Calon Gaeth Edward
2008 Miss Conception Zak
2019 Isn't It Romantic Dr. Todd


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Kiss Me Kate Ben Episode: "Kate's Niece"
2001 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby John Browdie Television film
2001 Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story Bigger boy 1 Miniseries; 2 episodes
2001–2002 Nice Guy Eddie Frank Bennett Main role
2002 Wild West Bungee jump instructor Episode: "Fear of Bungee"
2002 Linda Green Marko Episode: "Viva Espana"
2003 Pollyanna Timothy Television film
2003 Holby City David Jones Episode: "Endgame"
2003 Spine Chillers Alex Episode: "The Irredeemable Brain of Dr Heinrich Hunsecker"
2004 Messiah III: The Promise Dr. Phillip Ryder 2 episodes
2005 Doctors Ricky Adams Episode: "Slim Chance"
2005 Midsomer Murders Lee Smeeton Episode: "Midsomer Rhapsody"
2005 Waking the Dead Harry Taylor Episode: "Straw Dog"
2005 Love Soup Mike Episode: "Take Five"
2005 ShakespeaRe-Told Claudio Episode: "Much Ado About Nothing"
2005–2006 No Angels Justyn 4 episodes
2006 EastEnders Dr. Oliver Cousins 29 episodes
2006 Pulling Sam 2 episodes
2006–2007 Suburban Shootout PC Haines Main role
2006–2007 The Catherine Tate Show Detective Sergeant Sam Speed 2 episodes
2007 Casualty Joe Kelsall Episode: "Combat Indicators: Part 1"
2007 Doctor Who Tom Milligan Episode: "Last of the Time Lords"
2008 Trial & Retribution Nick Fisher 2 episodes
2008 The Passion Apostle Philip 4 episodes
2008 Harley Street Dr Ross Jarvis 5 episodes
2009 Monday Monday Steven McColl Main role
2009–2015 Miranda Gary Preston Main role
2010 Dappers Marco Episode: "Proper Job"
2010 Merlin Cenred 4 episodes
2010 Accused Neil McGray Episode: "Liam's Story"
2011 Sugartown Max Burr Main role
2011 The Fades Mark Etches Main role
2012 Silent Witness Father Jacobs Episode: "Fear"
2012 Playhouse Presents Bill Episode: "The Other Woman"
2012 Gates Mark Pearson 5 episodes
2012 The Secret of Crickley Hall Gabe Caleigh Miniseries; 3 episodes
2013 Once Upon a Time Robin Hood Episode: "Lacey"
2013 Agatha Christie's Poirot Detective Inspector Bland Episode: "Dead Man's Folly"
2014 Under Milk Wood Mr. Ogmore Television film
2014 Rush Dr. William Rush Main role
2015 The Strain Rob Bradley Episode: "Identity"
2016–2021 Lucifer Lucifer Morningstar / Michael Demiurgos Main role
2018 Family Guy Oscar Wilde (voice) Episode: "V Is for Mystery"[14]
2018 Queen America Andy 2 episodes
2019 The Flash Lucifer Morningstar Episode: "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Three"


  1. ^ "10 Things You Never Knew About Tom Ellis, Star of 'Lucifer' and 'Miranda'". BBC America. 10 September 2020. Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Miranda's Tom Ellis on mixing his religious upbringing with playing the Devil in Lucifer". Radiotimes. 25 October 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Well known alumni". High Storrs School. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  4. ^ a b "The Devil in Tom Ellis". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  5. ^ Hibberd, James (22 February 2013). "TV's Pilot Season Goes (Very) High-Concept". Entertainment Weekly: 26.
  6. ^ Thompson, Zac (2 March 2015). "DC Comics' "Lucifer" Pilot Finds Its Star At FOX". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  7. ^ Barton, Steve (27 February 2015). "Lucifer – Tom Ellis Gets His Horns". Dread Central. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  8. ^ Nellie, Andreeva (29 July 2018). "Netflix Chief On Cancelling 'Everything Sucks' & 'Lady Dynamite', Rescuing 'Lucifer' & 'Shadowhunters' Future – TCA". Deadline. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  9. ^ Moore, Trent (10 December 2019). "Surprise! Crisis on Infinite Earths crossed over with Netflix's Lucifer with a perfect cameo". SYFY WIRE. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  10. ^ TV, Tell-Tale (28 May 2021). "The 2021 Tell-Tale TV Awards: Results! 'Julie and the Phantoms,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Lucifer,' and 'WandaVision' Among Winners". Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  11. ^ "Lucifer star Tom Ellis looks almost unrecognisable in first-ever television role". Hello Magazine. 27 May 2021. Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  12. ^ "Tamzin Outhwaite breaks silence after ex-husband Tom Ellis remarries". Hello! magazine. 5 June 2019. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  13. ^ Heller, Corrine (3 June 2019). "Lucifer Star Tom Ellis Marries Meaghan Oppenheimer in Star-Studded Ceremony". E! News.[better source needed]
  14. ^ "Family Guy [Deleted]". The Futon Critic. 11 March 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2019.

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