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.