Ellen Kathleen Pompeo, commonly known by as Ellen Pompeo, is and American actress and a producer. She is known worldwide for her role as Dr. Meredith Grey on the medical drama show Grey’s Anatomy on ABC.
Ellen has won many awards for her role of Dr. Grey in the series which includes a Satellite Awards in 2006. Some other remarkable roles played by Pompeo are 2003’s Old School, 2003’s Daredevil, 2004’s Art Heist,etc.
Ellen Kathleen Pompeo was born on 10 November of 1969 in Massachusetts, USA. She was born to father Joseph E. Pompeo who has English, Italian, and Irish ancestry and mother Kathleen B who has an Irish descent. Ellen is a Roman Catholic.
Pompeo has five brothers and sisters and she is the youngest among them.
Ellen’s mother died when Ellen was just five years old because of painkiller misuse. Her father too died in 2012.
Ellen Kathleen Pompeo attended her high school in her birth city, Everett. But the name of the school is unknown. There is no information about her college education available either.
In 1995, Ellen moved to New York with her former boyfriend and was working at a bar as a bartender. Later, she was offered to appear in L’Oreal’s advertisement.
She was, then, discovered by a casting director, when she was 26.
As an actress
She made her debut through the small screen by making a guest appearance in an episode of Law & Order in 1996.
Later she played a minor role in 1999’s feature film Coming Soon. She then made cameos in many television series like ‘Friends’ and ‘Strangers with Candy.’
In 2002, Pompeo made a breakthrough with Moonlight Mile. In the film, she played the role of Bertie Knox. Pompeo also made an appearance in ‘Catch Me If You Can,’ followed by a role in Old School in 2003 as Nicole in the same year.
Ellen appeared in numerous movies like Daredevil as Karen Page in the same year.
In 2005, Ellen was cast as the title character in TV show Grey’s Anatomy on ABC. Her character, Meredith Grey is an intern at a hospital.
Grey’s Anatomy was soon a huge hit and became the TV drama with the highest rate. Pompeo gained a lot of exposure and attention through the role, and she was even ranked the highest-earning TV actress many times. Pompeo has also won many awards and been nominated many times for her role. Through the popularity of the show, Pompeo gained attention from all over the world.
In September of 2014, Ellen made an announcement that she will not be acting anymore after the wrap of Grey’s Anatomy.
As a producer
Pompeo made an announcement in August of 2014; she was developing Motivos Personales, a Spanish thriller movie, and she is making it with New Media Vision in October of 2015.
Awards and Nominations
In 2006, Ellen won a Satellite Awards under category ‘Best Ensemble in Television.
She won three awards, a Screen Actors Guild, a Satellite Awards as well as a National Italian American Foundation in 2007.
2013 and 2015, she won a People’s Choice Awards along with a Taormina Film Fest awards in 2015. She won another People’s Choice Awards in 2016, and she has also been nominated for the awards for 2017. She won all her nominated awards for her role of Dr. Grey in Grey’s Anatomy.
Ellen has a height of 5 ft 7 in and weighs 126 pounds. Her body measurement is 36-26-36 in, and her bust size is also 34B.
Ellen Pompeo has asthma and also has many allergies.
Marriage and children
Ellen started dating Chris Ivery from 2003. Likewise, in 2007, they got married in NYC.
Pompeo gave birth to her first child Stella in 2009 followed by her second daughter Sienna in 2014. Moreover, the pair again announced the birth of their son on 29th December of 2016.
The estimated net worth of actress cum producer Ellen Pompeo is $30 million. She earned the sum through her career in acting and producing. In 2011, Pompeo was ranked in the 9th place of highest paid TV actress as she made $7 million. Further, she moved up to rank 8th and in 2014, she was 4th on the list as she earned $11.5 million. In 2016 too she was in the 4th place because she earned $14 million in the year 2014.