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People Are Only Just Realising 'Lucifer' Star Tom Ellis Was In 'EastEnders'

People Are Only Just Realising 'Lucifer' Star Tom Ellis Was In 'EastEnders'

With the wildly popular Lucifer returning to Netflix for its fifth season today, Tom Ellis, who plays the devilish protagonist, is no doubt feeling the glow of success.

But did you know the Welsh actor came from humble soap opera beginnings - and that one of Tom's earliest roles was in EastEnders?

The 41-year-old heartthrob is now a household name thanks to his role in the smash hit Netflix fantasy series, but he once cut his teeth on the British soap circuit, and it's the throwback we never knew we needed.

Tom Ellis as Dr Oliver in 'EastEnders' (Credit: BBC)
Tom Ellis as Dr Oliver in 'EastEnders' (Credit: BBC)
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Tom was introduced as Dr. Oliver Cousins in the soap in January 2006. Walford's easy-on-the-eye GP only lasted five months before his character left in May the same year.

His main story line centred around his romance with Little Mo (Kacey Ainsworth). Dr Oliver even asked Mo to marry him but things didn't work out when Oliver got drunk and took bartender Dawn Swann back to his place.

Though nothing happened in Oliver's defence, Mo found him to launch a drink in his face and scream at him in very soap opera-style scenes. You can watch it here:

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After a few tense moments in the square, Mo throws Oliver to the ground and he decides to leave Walford for good.

Following EastEnders, Tom starred in a number of roles in shows from The Catherine Tate Show, to Doctor Who and Merlin.

Since, Tom's come a long way from the drink swilling of Albert Square to the dizzying lights of Los Angeles as Lucifer's protagonist - the Devil himself.

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The hellish series follows the unconventional life of Lucifer Morningstar (Ellis), who left Hell for Los Angeles where he runs his own nightclub.

The actor, 41, now plays the title character in 'Lucifer' (Credit: Netflix)
The actor, 41, now plays the title character in 'Lucifer' (Credit: Netflix)

Lucifer was dropped by Fox after season three but luckily picked up by Netflix after fan demand, though the upcoming fifth season is set to be its last.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV News, Eastenders, TV Entertainment, lucifer

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Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America.