Tom Ellis (actor)

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Tom Ellis
Tom Ellis SDCC 2015.jpg
Ellis in July 2015
Born Thomas John Ellis[1]
(1978-11-17) 17 November 1978 (age 37)[1]
Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom[1]
Spouse(s) Tamzin Outhwaite (2006–2014)
Children 3

Thomas John "Tom" Ellis (born 17 November 1978) is a Welsh actor from Cardiff, Wales, known for playing Dr. Oliver Cousins in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders and Detective Sergeant Sam Speed in a Life on Mars parody on The Catherine Tate Show. He was also Sam in the BBC One comedy Pulling and he played Gary in the BBC Two/BBC One comedy Miranda. He is known to audiences in the United States for two American television shows in which he plays the title character, USA Network's Rush and Fox's Lucifer.

Personal 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. Ellis was married to actress Tamzin Outhwaite from 2006 to 2014. On 25 June 2008 she gave birth to their first daughter, Florence Elsie. He has another daughter, Nora, from a previous relationship. On 20 December 2008 the pair appeared on the ITV gameshow All Star Mr & Mrs Christmas Special. On 19 March 2012 Ellis announced via his Twitter account that Outhwaite was pregnant with their second daughter, Marnie Mae, who was born on 2 August 2012. On 29 August 2013 Ellis and Outhwaite announced their separation. Their spokesperson stated that the couple had separated and the following month, Outhwaite filed for divorce, citing Ellis' infidelity as the grounds for dissolution of the marriage.[3][4][5]


Other notable roles include Justyn in Channel 4's No Angels and Thomas Milligan in the series three finale of resurrected BBC One science-fiction television programme Doctor Who. In July and August 2009, Ellis starred in ITV comedy drama Monday Monday with Fay Ripley. In 2013, he was cast as Victor Frankenstein ("a brilliant doctor who's trying to find a way to bring his late daughter, Anna, back to life") in the ABC pilot series Gothica, a modern-day supernatural drama.[6][7][8] 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.[9]


Film and television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby John Browdie
2001–02 Nice Guy Eddie Frank Bennett
2001 High Heels and Low Lifes Police Officer
Buffalo Soldiers Squash
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 Claude
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
The Catherine Tate Christmas Show Detective Sergeant Sam Speed
2008 Trial & Retribution Nick Fisher
Miss Conception Zak
The Passion Apostle Philip/Philip
2009 Monday Monday Steven
2009–15 Miranda Gary Preston
2010 Dappers Marco
Merlin Cendred
Accused Neil
2011 The Fades Mark Etches
Sugartown Max Burr
2012 Gates Mark Pearson
The Secret of Crickley Hall Gabe Caleigh
2013 Once Upon a Time Robin Hood Episode: "Lacey"
2014 Rush Dr. William Rush Lead role
2015 The Strain Rob Bradley
2016–present Lucifer Lucifer Morningstar Lead role


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