Tom Ellis (actor)

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Tom Ellis
Tom Ellis SDCC 2015.jpg
Born Thomas Ellis
(1978-11-17) 17 November 1978 (age 37)
Bangor, Wales
Spouse(s) Tamzin Outhwaite (2006–2014)
Children 3

Tom Ellis (born 17 November 1978) is a Welsh actor best known for playing Dr. Oliver Cousins in the BBC 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 comedy Pulling and played Gary in the BBC2/BBC1 comedy Miranda.

Personal life[edit]

Ellis was born in Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales. His father, sister and uncle are all church ministers, with his uncle Robert Ellis being Principal of Regent's Park College, Oxford, which his father Chris[disambiguation needed] also attended.[1] 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 Ellis. He has another daughter, Nora Ellis, from a previous relationship. On 20 December 2008, the pair appeared on 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 child together; their daughter Marnie Mae Ellis was born 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.[2][3][4]

Ellis is formerly a Sheffield Wednesday fan, but now supports Arsenal.[5]


Other notable roles include Justyn in Channel 4's No Angels and Thomas Milligan in the series three finale of British science-fiction television programme Doctor Who. 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] 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.[9]

In July and August 2009, Ellis starred in ITV comedy drama Monday Monday with Fay Ripley.

Ellis was the star of the USA network series Rush, playing a Hollywood physician.


Year Title Role
2001 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby John Browdie
2001–2002 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 – Midsomer Rhapsody Lee Smeeton
Waking the Dead - Straw Dog Harry Taylor
2005–2006 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
2009–2015 Miranda Gary Preston
2010 Dappers Marco
Merlin King Cenred
Accused Neil
2011 The Fades Mark Etches
Once Upon a Time Robin Hood
Sugartown Max Burr
2012 Gates Mark Pearson
The Secret of Crickley Hall Gabe Caleigh
2014 Rush Dr. William Rush
2015 The Strain Rob Bradley
2016 Lucifer Lucifer Morningstar


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