Thomas John Ellis

Tom Ellis

Tom Ellis, a Welsh-born British actor, achieved international fame for his captivating portrayal of the charismatic and enigmatic lead character, Lucifer Morningstar, in the hit television series “Lucifer.” Beyond this iconic role, his diverse acting portfolio includes significant contributions to other projects such as “Merlin,” “Miranda,” “Rush,” “Isn’t It Romantic,” and “Players,” showcasing his versatility across various genres in both television and film.

What we know about this person

Full name:

Thomas John Ellis

Date of birth:

November 17, 1978

Zodiac sign:



Cardiff, United Kingdom





Marital status:

Married to Meaghan Oppenheimer




6' 3" (1.91 m)


actor, producer

Early life

Born on November 17, 1978, in Cardiff, Wales, Tom grew up in a musical and spiritual household—his mother taught music while his father served as a pastor in a local Baptist church. Tom spent many of his early years in the church community of Bangor, where his father was stationed, cultivating a profound appreciation for music which he often explored alongside his family.

Tom’s academic journey began in Sheffield, England, where his musical talents extended to playing the trumpet and French horn in a youth orchestra. By age twelve, Tom was contemplating an acting career, a path further encouraged by a drama teacher his parents met at a school event who suggested he pursue formal theater training.

Financial constraints limited his educational options post-secondary school, preventing him from studying in London. However, a visit to a friend at the University of Glasgow introduced him to the city that would capture his heart and lead him to enroll at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Tom’s early artistic endeavors included engaging in the theatrical world of pantomime, notably starring in a production of “Beauty and the Beast,” where he portrayed both the prince and the beast. This role marked the beginning of his transition into professional acting, leading him to pursue roles in both theater and film following his graduation from the conservatoire.


Tom Ellis in Lucifer


Tom Ellis embarked on his cinematic journey in the early 2000s, initially securing modest roles in various British television shows and films. His early breakthrough came with the series “Nice Guy Eddie” (2001-2002), where he assumed a leading role. By 2006, Ellis had captured international acclaim for his portrayal of Gary Preston in the TV series “Miranda,” where his flair for comedy captured the admiration of a broad audience.

Ellis’s talents soon led him to Hollywood. In 2001, he featured in films such as “Buffalo Soldiers” and “High Heels and Low Lifes.” His significant breakthrough, however, came with his role as Lucifer Morningstar, which he portrayed starting in 2016 in the series “Lucifer.” This role rapidly endeared him to audiences worldwide, establishing the series as a bona fide international sensation. During the production, he collaborated with notable actors including Lauren German, Rachael Harris, Kevin Alejandro, Scarlett Estevez, Aimee Garcia, America Olivo, Charlotte Ross, Peter Capaldi, and others.

In 2018, Ellis participated in the comedy project “Queen America,” playing a stage coach tasked with transforming a plain girl from the provinces into a stunning beauty. In 2019, he starred in the dramatic film “Isn’t It Romantic”

By 2023, Tom Ellis stands as one of the most recognized and beloved actors of his era, boasting nearly 40 credits in his filmography. His success is often credited to his impressive talent, dynamic presence, and his knack for vivid, unforgettable performances.


Tom Ellis in Merlin

Thomas John Ellis Movies and TV Shows

  • 2019

    Isn’t It Romantic

    Dr. Todd

  • 2016–2021


    Lucifer Morningstar

  • 2014–2017

    The Strain

    Rob Bradley

  • 2014–...

    The Flash

    Lucifer Morningstar

  • 2011–2018

    Once Upon a Time

    Robin Hood

  • 2008–2012


    King Cenred

  • 2005–...

    Doctor Who

    Tom Milligan

  • 2003



  • 1997–...

    Midsomer Murders

    Lee Smeeton

  • 1989–2013

    Agatha Christie’s Poirot

    Detective Inspector Bland


Tom Ellis in Once Upon a Time

Tom Ellis’ personal life and family

Tom Ellis’s personal life has been relatively serene, marked by his 2006 marriage to actress Tamzin Outhwaite. The couple welcomed two daughters, Florence Elsie and Marnie Mae. Ellis also has a daughter named Nora, aged 15, from a previous relationship with Estelle Morgan. After seven years of marriage, he and Tamzin announced their divorce in August 2013. In 2019, Ellis remarried, this time to actress Meaghan Oppenheimer.

Talk Shows

  • 2021

    Fan Questions

    Role: Guest

  • 2019

    The Talk

    Role: Guest

  • 2016

    Last Call with Carson Daly

    Role: Guest

  • 2016

    The Late Late Show with James Corden

    Role: Guest

  • 2016

    Hollywood Today Live

    Role: Guest

  • 2013

    Sunday Brunch

    Role: Guest

  • 2013

    This Morning

    Role: Guest

  • 2011

    Loose Women

    Role: Guest


Tom Ellis with wife Meaghan Oppenheimer


Tom Ellis with his Lucifer co-star Lauren German

Published: May 6, 2024
Updated: June 24, 2024