Tom Ellis is bidding to make it big in Hollywood with new US drama Rush. The Miranda actor plays the eponymous Dr William Rush in the USA Network pilot – a first class Harvard graduate and once-successful ER doctor whose addiction to pills and other drugs leads him to set up alone as a bad boy doctor-for-hire.
When discretion is of the essence and unconventional prescriptions are needed, he’s the guy you call – but don’t expect to escape without a hefty bill. As the trailer tells us, “When you’re the best doctor money can buy, you need to make sure you don’t sell your soul.” It’s certainly a far cry from his hapless chef Gary, Miranda Hart’s love interest in the BBC1 comedy.
“He’s not a bad guy… he just does bad things sometimes,” Ellis told Yahoo TV. “It’s set in Los Angeles so, medically we’ll see it all. He doesn’t say no to any clients, as long as they can pay his fee.”
Rush was created by Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) and also stars Larenz Tate as Rush’s best friend, Rick Gonzalez as his dealer and Sarah Habe as his trusty assistant.
Welsh actor Ellis – who first found fame as dashing Dr Oliver Cousins in EastEnders – is best known to US audiences as Robin Hood in fairytale series Once Upon a Time. Last year saw him star in ABC pilot Gothica which failed to get picked up for a full series.