Tom Ellis joins ABC pilot Gothica

Tom Ellis, 2009Tom Ellis, known for his roles in soap EastEnders and comedy Miranda, is to join the American production of Gothica where he will play Dr Victor Frankenstein.

The Daily Mail had reported Ellis was to join ITV period drama Downton Abbey as Lady Mary’s rebound lover, however it seems he’s going downtown, not to downton.

TVline report that the Welsh actor has actually signed up to the dark soap opera which takes the format of a modern-day Gothic soap combining the mythologies of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde.

The series is being produced by ABC Studios – formerly Touchstone Television – whose previous hits include comedies The Golden Girls and Scrubs as well as dramas Ugly Betty and Brothers & Sisters.

Ellis’ other credits include Monday Monday, The Fades and The Catherine Tate Show.

[Reported by Dominic Knight]