We Tom El­lis

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if you’re a Brit, Tom El­lis’ face will be im­me­di­ately fa­mil­iar. El­lis spent three sea­sons op­po­site co­me­dian Mi­randa Hart play­ing Gary Pre­ston, the heart­throb-with-a-heart-of-gold fe­male-fan­tasy in­car­nate on the hugely pop­u­lar BBC sit­com Mi­randa. For au­di­ences else­where, the Lon­doner’s vis­age will soon con­jure up some­thing very dif­fer­ent. (Think the devil him­self... lit­er­ally.) El­lis plays the ti­tle role in the FOX TV se­ries Lu­cifer— a sexy, charm­ing imag­in­ing of what hap­pens when heaven’s most fa­mous fallen an­gel leaves hell and takes up res­i­dence in the City of An­gels (with a side­line as a de­tec­tive)—pre­mier­ing in Jan­uary. “It’s the ul­ti­mate re­demp­tion story,” says the 37-year-old fa­ther of three. “Lu­cifer is a clas­sic case of la­belling: Am I bad be­cause dear old Dad [a.k.a. God] says I am, or am I in­her­ently evil? That’s what we ex­plore in the se­ries.” Here are four more rea­sons to be tempted by this “devil­ishly cheeky” ac­tor.

He loves us back. “I’ve prob­a­bly spent more time in Van­cou­ver in the past two years than any­where else. I’m look­ing over the city’s beau­ti­ful snow-capped moun­tains right now, ac­tu­ally! It’s su­per-friendly: The peo­ple are amaz­ing, su­per-po­lite and al­ways apol­o­giz­ing.” (Sorry, Tom.) He’s ready to leave Gary Pre­ston be­hind. “To be in a show like Mi­randa that cap­tures ev­ery­one’s imag­i­na­tion is amaz­ing, but it’s hard when peo­ple can’t see be­yond that. I started trav­el­ling to North Amer­ica be­cause Mi­randa was so pop­u­lar in the UK; I al­ways knew I wanted to chal­lenge my­self and not go for the ob­vi­ous roles. A lot of ac­tors will tell you it’s a lot more fun to play peo­ple who are morally am­bigu­ous than it is to play the good guy.” He’s not Aus­tralian. “Ev­ery time I get in an Uber in L.A., they’re like, ‘Oh, great ac­cent. Are you from Aus­tralia?’ I con­stantly have to re­peat my­self when I’m in North Amer­ica be­cause no one un­der­stands a word I’m say­ing. I’m like, ‘We [Bri­tish] in­vented this lan­guage!’” He’s not into the bi­valves. “Oys­ters are the devil’s food. Not a fan!”

El­lis stars as the in­fa­mous fallen an­gel in Lu­cifer.

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