Miranda heartthrob Tom Ellis, 32, lives in north London with his wife, ex-EastEnder Tamzin Outhwaite and their daughters Marnie, born in August, and Florence, four. He also has a seven-year-old daughter, Nora, from a previous relationship.
Do you let your daughters watch the show?
I have to say Miranda is the only show I’ve been in that they’ve taken any interest in! Lots of my eldest girl’s school friends watch it and she’s at that ‘Dad, you’re so embarrassing’ stage.
It must be such a joy to film. What do you bond over with the other cast members?
Our general love of flatulence as a socially accepted and humorous bodily function always raises a smile… apart from Hadders [Sarah Hadland who plays Stevie] who can’t stand it… but we know she loves it really!
Do you and Tamzin ever get a chance to have a date night?
Date nights are great and you always say, ‘we should do this more often.’ But we had a baby in August so it’s early nights these days, assuming you even get through the day. I need all the energy I can get as a father of three. Last week I found myself getting into bed at half past nine!
What’s your exercise regime?
I try to go to the gym three times a week. I’ve done a few classes with Tamzin, except at our first spinning class she outdid me – I was dying and had to get off the bike before the end of the class, which was embarrassing, but not as embarrassing as a Bikram Yoga class she dragged me to. I had to leave halfway through because I’d never been in so much pain in my life.
Are you style savvy?
I shop on the high street if I’m paying. But I like designer if somebody’s buying it for me – that gives you an insight into how tight I am. The perk of being an actor is that people offer to lend me nice clothes. A Hugo Boss suit fits the taller man very well.
Might you ever try your luck in Hollywood?
I’m starting to fall in love with America more than thought I would. We were there earlier this year for work and we’re doing pilot season next year. It’s whetted my appetite.
Do you like being interviewed?
I use humour to put myself down and it doesn’t always work when it’s written down. I’ve read interviews I’ve given and sometimes I think I sound like an idiot with no sense of humour.
What was your best meal out?
I’ve eaten at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant a couple of times and it was the best dining experience I’ve ever had. I think he’s great; someone who uses his celebrity status to do good things.
What do you think of David Beckham?
Becks is a brilliant footballer who’s done a lot of good things for a lot of people with his charity work. I admire that.
You were once in EastEnders. Are you a soap fan?
I don’t watch soaps. I didn’t even watch EastEnders when I was in it. I don’t watch the omnibus on Sunday because that’s when Grand Prix racing is on. In the evenings I’m usually reading bedtime stories.
Are you a bookworm then?
I’m not a massive novel reader. I just like reading the newspaper or golf magazines. I play golf as often as I can with The Stage Golf Society in Richmond, London. I’ve played against Dougray Scott, Jack Davenport and Phil Glenister, among others.
Have you ever had a job other than acting?
I used to work in supermarket. I like going grocery shopping. As a kid, my mum used to bribe me to go to the supermarket with a jam doughnut. Now I buy one for myself as a reward.
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