Tom Ellis (actor)

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Tom Ellis
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Tom Ellis at 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
Thomas John Ellis

(1978-11-17) 17 November 1978 (age 40)[1]
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Alma materRoyal Conservatoire of Scotland
Tamzin Outhwaite
(m. 2006; div. 2014)

Thomas John Ellis (born 17 November 1978), better known as Tom Ellis, is a British actor from Cardiff, Wales. He is best known for playing Gary Preston in the sitcom Miranda (2009–2015) and Lucifer Morningstar in the American television series Lucifer (2016–).

Early life[edit]

Ellis was born in Cardiff, the son of Marilyn Jean (Hooper) and Christopher John Ellis.[1] His father, sister and uncle are all Baptist ministers, with his uncle, Robert Ellis, being principal of Regent's Park College, Oxford, which his father also attended.[2] Ellis attended High Storrs School in Sheffield during his education and was a French horn player in the City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra. Tom went on to study BA Dramatic Studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, which was previously named Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD).


Other notable roles include Gary Preston in a hit TV show Miranda aired on BBC co-side with Miranda Hart from November 9, 2009 to January 1, 2015 , Justyn in Channel 4's No Angels and Thomas Milligan in the series three finale of the BBC One science-fiction television programme Doctor Who. In July and August 2009, Ellis starred in ITV comedy drama Monday Monday with Fay Ripley.[3][4] He was also cast as Detective Inspector Bland in Agatha Christie's Poirot. Ellis was the star of the USA network series Rush, playing a Hollywood physician. In February 2015, it was announced that Ellis was cast as Lucifer Morningstar in the Fox Television drama Lucifer, based on the comic with the same name, which premiered on 25 January 2016.[5] He was also cast in The Fades, originally aired in 2011.

Personal life[edit]

In 2005, Estelle Morgan, Ellis' ex-girlfriend, gave birth to Ellis' first daughter, Nora. Ellis was married to actress Tamzin Outhwaite from 2006 to 2014. On 25 June 2008, she gave birth to their first daughter, Florence Elsie. On 20 December 2008, the pair appeared on the ITV gameshow All Star Mr & Mrs Christmas Special. Their second daughter, Marnie Mae, was born on 2 August 2012. On 29 August 2013, a spokesperson for the couple stated that they had separated, and the following month Outhwaite filed for divorce.[6][7][8]

As of 2018, Ellis is engaged to television producer Meaghan Oppenheimer.[9]


Film and television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby John Browdie
High Heels and Low Lifes Police Officer
Buffalo Soldiers Squash
2001–02 Nice Guy Eddie Frank Bennett
2003 Pollyanna Timothy
I'll Be There Ivor
2004 Messiah III: The Promise Dr. Phillip Ryder
Vera Drake Police Officer
2005 Much Ado About Nothing Claudio
Midsomer Murders Lee Smeeton Episode: "Midsomer Rhapsody"
Waking the Dead Harry Taylor Episode: "Straw Dog"
2005–06 No Angels Justyn
2006 EastEnders Dr. Oliver Cousins
The Catherine Tate Show Detective Sergeant Sam Speed
2007 Suburban Shootout P.C. Haines
Doctor Who Tom Milligan Episode: "Last of the Time Lords"
The Catherine Tate Christmas Show Detective Sergeant Sam Speed
2008 Trial & Retribution Nick Fisher
Miss Conception Zak
Harley Street Dr Ross Jarvis Episode: "Episode 4"
The Passion Apostle Philip/Philip
2009 Monday Monday Steven
2009–15 Miranda Gary Preston
2010 Dappers Marco
Merlin Cenred
Accused Neil
2011 The Fades Mark Etches
Sugartown Max Burr
2012 Gates Mark Pearson
The Secret of Crickley Hall Gabe Caleigh
2013 Walking Stories Jarrod Short film
Agatha Christie's Poirot Detective Inspector Bland Episode: "Dead Man's Folly"
Once Upon a Time Robin Hood Episode: "Lacey"
2014 Rush Dr. William Rush Lead role; 10 episodes
2015 The Strain Rob Bradley Episode: "Identity"
2016-18 Lucifer Lucifer Morningstar Lead role
2018 Family Guy Oscar Wilde (voice) Episode: "V Is For Mystery"[10]
2018 Queen America Andy Episode: "Social Awareness"
2019 Isn't It Romantic Films that have not yet been released Doctor
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released


  1. ^ a b "Famous family trees: Tom Ellis". 23 January 2013.
  2. ^ "BBC Website on Miranda".
  3. ^ Hibberd, James (February 22, 2013). "Hollywood Insider: What's Going on Behind the Scenes: TV's Pilot Season Goes (Very) High-Concept". Entertainment Weekly. New York: Time Inc.: 26.
  4. ^ "Tom Ellis, The Fades, Pulling, and Miranda, Gothica (TV 2013)". Dread Central. Retrieved March 18, 2013.
  5. ^ "Lucifer – Tom Ellis Gets His Horns". Dread Central. Retrieved March 18, 2013.
  6. ^ "Tamzin Outhwaite 'files for divorce from Tom Ellis, citing adultery'", Express, 10 September 2013.
  7. ^ (No author.) "Tamzin Outhwaite 'Divorcing' Tom Ellis After He Reportedly Admits Cheating With One-Night Stand", Huffington Post UK, 9 October 2013.
  8. ^ Kelby McNally. "'We're all moving forward' Tom Ellis speaks out about Tamzin Outhwaite split", Express, 19 September 2013.
  9. ^ Webb Mitovich, Matt (July 26, 2018). "Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Five-0, Legends, Lucifer, Supernatural, NCIS, S.W.A.T., Nashville Finale and More". TVLine. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  10. ^ "Listings - FAMILY GUY on FOX -".

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