Perfect Aim: A Chat with Tom Ellis
Tom Ellis Discusses His New Role As Robin Hood on Once Upon A Time and How He Reinvented This Iconic Character by Diane J. Reed / @DianeJReed
Pardon me for indulging in more than a few enthusiastic fan-girl moments, but Tom Ellis’ spectacular career in the U.K. so far has made all of us at Once Upon a Fan thrilled that he granted us this exclusive interview. As the breakout star of several hit BBC projects, we’re quite certain that fans of Once Upon a Timeworldwide will be enchanted by this multi-talented actor’s work, and we couldn’t be more delighted to present to you the following interview.
Diane: We’re so delighted to talk with you not only because of your new role on Once Upon A Time as the character of Robin Hood, but also because of your wonderful body of work that has earned you accolades worldwide. You’ve appeared in everything from the iconic science fiction show Dr. Who and the sparkling BBC comedy Miranda to the deeply haunting television drama The Secret of Crickley Hall. In particular, Miranda became a smash hit in the U.K., and you played hunky Gary Preston, the object of affection for the charming but bumbling underdog Miranda. Were you at all surprised by how popular that show became? Audiences loved your awkward relationship with Miranda—what was it like to work with the ensemble cast and the incredibly talented Miranda Hart?
Tom: Miranda Hart is just one of those people who has funny bones—she’s so talented and you just can’t help enjoying every moment you work with her! The show started as a small comedy series on BBC2, and I don’t think any of us thought it would become such a smash hit. The reaction I’ve had from being in the series has been amazing—the viewers love the “will-they/won’t-they-get-together” story line—it’s kept everyone guessing all the way. The cast were amazing to work with, and it was a job I loved going to. It didn’t feel like work—it felt like a family get-together. That’s how close we are.