Tom Ellis (actor)

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Tom Ellis
Tom Ellis SDCC 2015.jpg
Ellis in July 2015
Born Thomas John Ellis
(1978-11-17) 17 November 1978 (age 39)[1]
Cardiff, Wales, UK
Spouse(s) Tamzin Outhwaite (m. 2006–14)
Children 3

Tom Ellis (born 17 November 1978) is a Welsh actor, known for playing Dr. Oliver Cousins in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders and as Gary Preston in 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 (as William Tell Rush) and Fox's Lucifer (as Lucifer). He was also Sam in the BBC Three comedy Pulling.

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. 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.[citation needed]

Ellis resides in the U.S. and Canada.[3][4][5]


Other notable roles include 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, and Robin Hood in Once Upon a Time. In July and August 2009, Ellis starred in ITV comedy drama Monday Monday with Fay Ripley.[6][7] 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.[8]


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 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
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
2013 Agatha Christie's Poirot Detective Inspector Bland Episode: "Dead Man's Folly"
2014 Rush Dr. William Rush Lead role
2015 The Strain Rob Bradley Season 2 Episode 6: Identity
2015–2018 Lucifer Lucifer Morningstar Lead role (Main actor)


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