Tom Ellis (actor)

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Ellis in September 2022
Thomas John Ellis

(1978-11-17) 17 November 1978 (age 44)
Cardiff, Wales
Alma mater Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Years active2000–present
  • (m. 2006;div. 2014)
  • (m. 2019)

Thomas John Ellis (born 17 November 1978) is a Welsh actor. He is known for his roles as Gary Preston in the BBC One sitcom Miranda (2009–2015) and the title character in the Fox urban fantasy series Lucifer (2016–2021), reprising his role as the latter in the Arrowverse franchise's "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover (2019).


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 sister are Baptist ministers. [2] Shortly after his birth, the family left Wales for England and settled in Sheffield. [3] Ellis attended Sheffield's High Storrs School and played the French horn in the city's youth orchestra. [4] He later earned a BA in Dramatic Studies from Glasgow's Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. [4]


Ellis' breakout role was that of Gary Preston on the BBC One sitcom Miranda (2010–2015); he has also appeared as 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 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

Ellis married English actress Tamzin Outhwaite in 2006, and they had two children together before divorcing in April 2014. [11] He also has a third daughter from a relationship prior to Outhwaite. [12] [13] He married American screenwriter Meaghan Oppenheimer in 2019. [12] [14] He welcomed his fourth daughter with Meaghan Oppenheimer on 8 November 2023. [15]



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
2006Calon GaethEdward
2008 Miss Conception Zak
2019 Isn't It Romantic Dr. Todd


2000 Kiss Me Kate BenEpisode: "Kate's Niece"
2001 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby John BrowdieTelevision film
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story Bigger boy 1Miniseries; 2 episodes
2001–2002 Nice Guy Eddie Frank BennettMain role
2002 Wild West Bungee jump instructorEpisode: "Fear of Bungee"
Linda Green MarkoEpisode: "Viva Espana"
2003 Pollyanna TimothyTelevision film
Holby City David JonesEpisode: "Endgame"
2004 Messiah III: The Promise Dr. Phillip Ryder2 episodes
2005 Twisted Tales AlexEpisode: "The Irredeemable Brain of Dr Heinrich Hunsecker"
Doctors Ricky AdamsEpisode: "Slim Chance"
Midsomer Murders Lee SmeetonEpisode: "Midsomer Rhapsody"
Waking the Dead Harry TaylorEpisode: "Straw Dog"
Love Soup MikeEpisode: "Take Five"
ShakespeaRe-Told ClaudioEpisode: "Much Ado About Nothing"
2005–2006 No Angels Justyn4 episodes
2006 EastEnders Dr. Oliver Cousins 29 episodes
Pulling Sam2 episodes
2006–2007 Suburban Shootout PC HainesMain role
2006–2007 The Catherine Tate Show Detective Sergeant Sam Speed2 episodes
2007 Casualty Joe KelsallEpisode: "Combat Indicators: Part 1"
Doctor Who Tom MilliganEpisode: "Last of the Time Lords"
2008 Trial & Retribution Nick Fisher2 episodes
The Passion Apostle Philip 4 episodes
Harley Street Dr Ross Jarvis5 episodes
2009 Monday Monday Steven McCollMain role
2009–2015 Miranda Gary PrestonMain role
2010Dappers[ citation needed ]MarcoEpisode: "Proper Job"
Merlin Cenred 4 episodes
Accused Neil McGrayEpisode: "Liam's Story"
2011 Sugartown Max BurrMain role
The Fades Mark EtchesMain role
2012 Silent Witness Father JacobsEpisode: "Fear"
Playhouse Presents BillEpisode: "The Other Woman"
Gates Mark Pearson5 episodes
The Secret of Crickley Hall Gabe CaleighMiniseries; 3 episodes
2013 Once Upon a Time Robin Hood S2 Episode 19 "Lacey"
Agatha Christie's Poirot Detective Inspector BlandEpisode: "Dead Man's Folly"
2014 Under Milk Wood Mr. OgmoreTelevision film
Rush Dr. William RushMain role
2015 The Strain Rob BradleyEpisode: "Identity"
2016–2021 Lucifer Lucifer Morningstar / Michael Demiurgos Main role
2018 Family Guy Oscar Wilde (voice)Episode: "V Is for Mystery" [16]
Queen America Andy2 episodes
2019 The Flash Lucifer MorningstarEpisode: "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Three"
2022 Robot Chicken Michelin Man (voice)Episode: "May Cause Indecision...Or Not"
2022The Great NorthRick Chateau (voice) (The character “Dick Chateau”’s brother)Episode: “Dick, Rick, Groom Adventure”
2024Exploding KittensGodCat (voice)Main role

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