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Tom Ellis (actor)

Thomas John Ellis (born 17 November 1978) is a Welsh actor, known for his roles as Gary Preston in the BBC sitcom Miranda and Lucifer Morningstar in the American series Lucifer. He has also appeared in the long-running BBC One soap opera EastEnders, the BBC sketch show The Catherine Tate Show and the BBC medical drama Holby City, amongst others.

Tom Ellis
Tom Ellis SDCC 2015.jpg
Ellis in 2015
Thomas John Ellis

(1978-11-17) 17 November 1978 (age 41)[1]
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
London, England, United Kingdom
Alma materRoyal Conservatoire of Scotland
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)

Early lifeEdit

Ellis was born in Cardiff, the son of Marilyn Jean (née Hooper) and Christopher John Ellis.[1] Ellis attended High Storrs School in Sheffield and played French horn in the City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra. He went on to study BA Dramatic Studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (previously the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama [RSAMD]).


Ellis's notable roles include Gary Preston in the hit TV show Miranda aired on BBC co-side with Miranda Hart from 9 November 2010 to 1 January 2015; King Cenred in the BBC fantasy series Merlin; Justyn in Channel 4's No Angels; and Thomas Milligan in “Last of the Time Lords” the series three finale of the BBC One science-fiction television programme Doctor Who. In July and August 2009, Ellis starred in the ITV comedy drama Monday Monday with Fay Ripley.[4][5] He was also cast as Detective Inspector Bland in Agatha Christie's Poirot. He starred as a Hollywood physician in the USA Network series Rush. In 2011, he starred as Mark Etches in the British supernatural drama The Fades.

In February 2015, it was announced that Ellis was cast as Lucifer Morningstar in the Fox television drama Lucifer, based on the comic of the same name, which premiered on 25 January 2016.[6] The show was renewed by Netflix for a fourth season which was released on 8 May 2019. On 6 June 2019, it was announced that Netflix renewed the show for a fifth and final season.[7] He reprised the role of Lucifer during the The Flash episode of the Arrowverse crossover “Crisis on Infinite Earths”.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby John Browdie
High Heels and Low Lifes Police Officer
Buffalo Soldiers Squash
2001–02 Nice Guy Eddie Frank Bennett
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
Harley Street Dr Ross Jarvis Episode: "Episode 4"
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
Agatha Christie's Poirot Detective Inspector Bland Episode: "Dead Man's Folly"
Once Upon a Time Robin Hood Episode: "Lacey"
2014 Rush Dr. William Rush Lead role
2015 The Strain Rob Bradley Episode: "Identity"
2016–present Lucifer Lucifer Morningstar Lead role
2018 Family Guy Oscar Wilde (voice) Episode: "V Is For Mystery"[9]
Queen America Andy
2019 Isn't It Romantic Dr. Todd
2019 The Flash Lucifer Morningstar Episode: "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Three"


  1. ^ a b "Famous family trees: Tom Ellis". 23 January 2013.
  2. ^ McNally, Kelby (10 September 2013). "Tamzin Outhwaite 'files for divorce from Tom Ellis, citing adultery'". Daily Express.
  3. ^ Heller, Corrine (3 June 2019). "Lucifer Star Tom Ellis Marries Meaghan Oppenheimer in Star-Studded Ceremony". Eonline.
  4. ^ Hibberd, James (22 February 2013). "TV's Pilot Season Goes (Very) High-Concept". Entertainment Weekly: 26.
  5. ^ Thompson, Zac (2 March 2015). "DC Comics' "Lucifer" Pilot Finds It's Star At FOX". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  6. ^ Barton, Steve (27 February 2015). "Lucifer – Tom Ellis Gets His Horns". Dread Central. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  7. ^ Nellie, Andreeva (29 July 2018). "Netflix Chief On Cancelling 'Everything Sucks' & 'Lady Dynamite', Rescuing 'Lucifer' & 'Shadowhunters' Future – TCA". Deadline. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  8. ^ Moore, Trent (10 December 2019). "Surprise! Crisis on Infinite Earths crossed over with Netflix's Lucifer with a perfect cameo". SYFY WIRE. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Family Guy [Deleted]". The Futon Critic. 11 March 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2019.

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