Tom Lister (actor)

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Tom Lister
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Thomas Brown

Years active1999–present
Jennifer Humpage
(m. 2004)

Tom Lister is an English actor, known for his roles as Carl King in Emmerdale from 2004 to 2012, Harry Wainwright in Heartbeat and Rob Ingram in The Bill .


Early and personal life

Lister was born as Thomas Brown, but took on his mother's maiden name when acting to avoid confusion with another actor under the name of Tom Brown. [1] He is married to primary school teacher Jennifer Humpage and they have two sons. [2] He is a Christian. [3] He studied at Birmingham School of Acting (BSA) for three years and graduated in 2001.


Lister began his career making appearances in series including Heartbeat , Doctors and The Bill . In February 2004, he made his debut appearance on the ITV soap opera Emmerdale as Carl King, a role he maintained for eight years until his departure on 18 October 2012. Lister appeared alongside his Emmerdale co-stars Lucy Pargeter, Nick Miles, Kelsey-Beth Crossley and Nicola Wheeler as the King family in a special episode of All Star Family Fortunes , playing against Coronation Street's Webster family and winning. He also appeared as singer Jamie Cullum in Stars In Their Eyes . Later in 2012, Lister appeared as Captain Hook in the Sunderland Empire pantomime, Peter Pan . He made his musical theatre debut in the world premiere of The Water Babies at the Curve in Leicester on 24 April 2014 as Grimes. In 2014, Lister toured the UK as Wild Bill Hickok in the musical Calamity Jane .


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