Tom Ellis is a Welsh actor who began his career in 2000. He has had roles in both British and American productions and worked on stage as well as in television and film. Ellis is probably best known for his roles on the British sitcom ‘Miranda’ and the US series ‘Lucifer.’ As his successful acting career has lasted for more than two decades, he has now become a wealthy man, and Tom Ellis’ net worth is reportedly $6 million. Here is how the actor became so rich.
Tom Ellis was born in Cardiff on November 17, 1978. He was raised in a Baptist family, and his father, uncle, and sister are all ministers. The actor attended High Storrs School in Sheffield. He showed musical talent as he was a member of the City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra, playing the French Horn. After leaving school, he studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, earning a BA in Dramatic Studies.
His Career in Film and Television
Tom Ellis’s television career began in 2000 when he appeared in an episode of ‘Kiss Me Kate.’ A year later, he played John Browdie in the television film ‘The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.’ He got his first main role in 2001 when he landed the part of Frank Bennett in ‘Nice Guy Eddie.’ In the same year, Ellis was in two episodes of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story.’ Ellis’s success as a television actor continued throughout the early 2000s, as he landed parts in multiple episodes of television and appeared in television films. Some of his series and television films included ‘Wild West,’ ‘Linda Green,’ ‘Pollyanna,’ ‘Holby City,’ ‘Spine Chillers,’ ‘Messiah III: The Promise,’ ‘Doctors,’ ‘Midsomer Murders,’ ‘Waking the Dead,’ ‘Shakespeare Retold,’ and ‘Love Soup.’ He also appeared in four episodes of ‘No Angels’ between 2005 and 2006.
He also began appearing in films in the early 2000s, and his first role was as a uniformed officer in the 2001 film ‘High Heels and Low Lifes.’ In the same year, Ellis also had a small role in ‘Buffalo Soldiers.’ His other films prior to 2010 included ‘I’ll Be There,’ ‘Vera Drake,’ ‘The Best Man,’ ‘Calon Gaeth,’ and ‘Miss Conception.’ In the second half of the 2000s, Ellis’s career really took off, and he landed more substantial roles. His first major role was playing Dr. Oliver Cousins in the British soap opera ‘Eastenders.’ In which he appeared in 29 episodes throughout 2006. In the same year, he got the main role in ‘Suburban Shootout,’ playing PC Haines.
Between 2007 and 2008, Tom Ellis had various small roles in television series, some of which included ‘Pulling,’ ‘The Catherine Tate Show,’ ‘Casualty,’ ‘Trial & Retribution,’ ‘The Passion,’ and ‘Harley Street.’ Ellis played Steven McColl in ‘Monday Monday’ throughout 2009. However, it was landing a role in the British sitcom ‘Miranda’ in the same year that gave his career a boost. Ellis played Miranda’s love interest, Gary Preston, from 2009 to 2015, and it is for this role that he is probably best known in the UK. ‘Miranda’ is written by and stars comedian and actress Miranda Hart. It also stars Sarah Hadland, Patricia Hodge, Sally Phillips, and James Holmes.
While appearing in ‘Miranda,’ Ellis continued to take on other projects. During that period, some of his other major roles include playing Max Burr in ‘Sugartown,’ Mark Etches in ‘The Fades,’ and the main role of Dr. William Rush in the 2014 series ‘Rush.’ Furthermore, he appeared in five episodes of ‘Gates’ in 2012 and played Mr. Ogmore in the 2014 television film ‘Under Milk Wood.’ Ellis also had lesser roles in ‘Dappers,’ ‘Merlin,’ ‘Accused,’ ‘Silent Witness,’ ‘Playhouse Presents,’ ‘The Secret of Crickley Hall,’ ‘Once Upon a Time,’ ‘Agatha Christie’s Poirot,’ and ‘The Strain.’ In 2016, Tom Ellis landed the role of Lucifer Morningstar/Michael Demiurgos in the Fox series ‘Lucifer,’ and he continues to play this role. It is for this role that he is probably best known in the United States.
The series is based on DC Comic’s character and publication of the same name. It also stars Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, D.B. Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Scarlett Estevez, and Rachael Harris. Although Fox canceled the series after three seasons, Netflix picked it up for the fourth season. Netflix renewed the series for a sixth and final season in 2020. Ellis reprised this role in an episode of The CW’s ‘The Flash’ in 2019. The episode, ‘Crisis on Infinite Earth,’ was an Arrowverse crossover. While appearing in ‘Lucifer’, Tom Ellis appeared in two episodes of ‘Queen America,’ which is written by his second wife, and also provided the voice for Oscar Wilde in a 2018 episode of ‘Family Guy.’ Ellis’s most recent film role was playing Dr.Todd in the 2019 film, ‘Isn’t It Romantic.’ He will also have a role in the upcoming film ‘Players.’
Tom Ellis’s Net Worth
His successful career means that Tom Ellis now has a very healthy bank balance. According to Cheat Sheet, Tom Ellis’ net worth is $6 million. Although he has made some money from films, he has made most of his money through his work in television. Ellis has the potential to further his wealth as he remains active in the entertainment industry.
Ellis’s Personal Life
Tom Ellis has been married twice. His first wife was the British actress Tamzin Outhwaite, who is best known for previously playing Mel Owen in the British soap opera Eastender. Ellis and Outhwaite married in 2006 but divorced in 2014. Since 2019, Tom Ellis has been married to screenwriter Meghan Oppenheimer, who is known for writing ‘We Are Your Friends,’ ‘Fear the Walking Dead,’ and ‘Queen America.’ Oppenheimer has also worked as an actress. Ellis and Oppenheimer live in Los Angeles, California.