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Welsh ac­tor Tom El­lis’s first movie role was a bit of a downer. He starred in the 2002 com­edy Buf­falo Sol­diers but when he saw the fi­nal cut, his voice had been dubbed by an­other ac­tor. “I think they weren’t too happy with my US ac­cent” he jokes. At least things are now go­ing bet­ter for him. Tom, who played Chef Gary Pre­ston in Bri­tish com­edy Mi­randa (2009-2015) and won fans as Dr Wil­liam P Rush in the sin­gle-sea­son Rush (2014), is now putting his dev­il­ish good looks to use on Lu­cifer (2016-cur­rent), in which he plays the crime-fight­ing devil Lu­cifer Morn­ingstar him­self.

The 37-year-old might play the devil but his fam­ily’s heav­ily in­volved with the church. “Most of them are church min­is­ters,” says Tom. His big­gest sin is smok­ing. “I’ve tried so hard to give up but it’s dif­fi­cult. That and coffee,” he laughs. Act­ing only came knock­ing in his high school years. Mu­sic was his first love and Tom played the trum­pet when he was four, then he moved onto the French horn. “I played in or­ches­tras my en­tire teenage years,” he re­calls. He still loves mu­sic, “es­pe­cially ’80s mu­sic. Wher­ever I am, I’ll cre­ate a playlist to get into the mood I need for my char­ac­ter”. One of his favourite ’80s songs is Michael Bolton’s 1989 hit How Am I Sup­posed To Live With­out You. And Tom is a ro­man­tic at heart. He pro­posed to his now-ex-wife Tamzin Outh­waite (45) on her birth­day with a fire­works dis­play. They have two daugh­ters – Florence Elsie El­lis (7) and Marnie Mae El­lis (3) – but di­vorced in 2014 amid ru­mours of Tom’s in­fi­delity. Tom also has daugh­ter Nora El­lis (10) from a pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ship.

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