Ellen Pompeo

Ellen Pompeo

TV Actress

Ellen Kathleen Pompeo is an American actress. She is best known for her role on Grey's Anatomy as the titular Dr. Meredith Grey. One of the world's highest-paid actors since 2017, she has made multiple appearances on the Forbes’ year-end lists.

Full Name
Ellen Kathleen Pompeo
Nov 10, 1969
5′ 7″
Net Worth


Ellen Kathleen Pompeo was born on November 10, 1969, in Everett, Massachusetts. Her zodiac sign is Scorpio, and her ethnicity is Irish-Italian. She is the daughter of Kathleen B. Pompeo and Joseph E. Pompeo, a salesman. Ellen has three siblings: two sisters, Maureen and Laura, and one brother named Stephen.

Growing up, Ellen wasn't sure what she wanted to do with her life until college when she decided to pursue a career as an actress. After studying at Boston College for three years, she moved to New York City in 1994 to pursue her dream career. During her time in New York City, Ellen auditioned for various roles but didn't find success until she landed a role on the television drama "Law & Order" in 1995.

In 2005, Ellen landed her most famous role as Meredith Grey on the hit medical drama series "Grey's Anatomy". On the show, she portrays an ambitious surgical intern who struggles with balancing her personal and professional lives while also dealing with difficult relationships and situations at work. For this role,she has been nominated for numerous awards such as Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series (2012), Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (2007) and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (2005). 

In addition to acting on television shows like "Grey's Anatomy", Ellen has also acted in films such as "Old School" (2003), "Daredevil" (2003) and "Life of the Party" (2018). She has also served as executive producer of several projects including "The Family Stone" (2005) and "Grey's Anatomy: B-Team" (2018). Outside of acting and producing films and television shows, Ellen is also an advocate for equal pay between genders in Hollywood.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1969</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Ellen Pompeo is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On November 10, 1969, Ellen Pompeo was born in Everett, Massachusetts.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1994</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">First Role on TV Series "Strangers"</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Pompeo lands her first role as a drug addict on the TV series "Strangers With Candy".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2002</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Cast as Meredith Grey on Grey's Anatomy</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Pompeo is cast in the lead role of Meredith Grey on the hit medical drama "Grey's Anatomy".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2007</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Nominated for Golden Globe Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Pompeo is nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2015</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Launches Production Company Calamity Jane</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Pompeo launches her own production company, Calamity Jane, with producing partner Laura Holstein.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2018</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Signs $20 Million Per Year Contract Extension</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Pompeo signs a two-year contract extension worth $20 million per year to remain as the star of Grey's Anatomy.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2020</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Receives Hollywood Walk of Fame Star</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Pompeo receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to the entertainment industry.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> She's Diverse and Talented</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Ellen Pompeo is an incredibly diverse and talented actress. She has starred in a variety of films and television shows, from dramas to comedies. She also has experience in producing, directing, and writing. </p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> Her Activism</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Ellen Pompeo is an outspoken advocate for many causes. She has used her platform to speak out against racism and sexism in Hollywood, as well as to raise awareness about social issues such as poverty and homelessness. </p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> Her Personality</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Ellen Pompeo is known for her wit and charm. She is funny and entertaining on talk shows, but also has a serious side when it comes to discussing important issues. Her openness and honesty make her a true inspiration to many fans. </p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Raised in an Italian-American Family</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Ellen Pompeo was raised in an Italian-American family in Everett, Massachusetts. Her father was a salesman and her mother worked as a nurse.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Dropped Out of College to Pursue Acting</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">After studying at the University of Massachusetts Boston for two years, Ellen Pompeo dropped out to pursue an acting career.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> First African American Female Lead on a Prime Time Drama</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 2005, Ellen Pompeo became the first African American female lead on a prime time drama series when she was cast as Meredith Grey on Grey's Anatomy.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Highest Paid Actress on Television</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 2018, Ellen Pompeo became the highest paid actress on television, earning over $20 million per year for her role on Grey's Anatomy.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Supports Charitable Causes</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Ellen Pompeo is a vocal supporter of several charitable causes including the March of Dimes, Stand Up To Cancer, and the Human Rights Campaign.</p></div>


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