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Ellen Pompeo
Born Ellen Kathleen Pompeo
November 10, 1969 (1969-11-10) (age 40)
Everett, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Chris Ivery (2007–present)

Ellen Kathleen Pompeo (born November 10, 1969) is an American actress, known for playing the title role of Meredith Grey on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy.


Early life

Ellen Kathleen Pompeo was born in Everett, Massachusetts, the daughter of Joseph, a salesman, and Kathleen Pompeo.[1] Pompeo is of Irish and Italian descent and was raised Roman Catholic.[2][3] Her grandfather was born in Gesualdo, a village in the Province of Avellino, Italy.[citation needed] Her mother died when she was four years old due to a painkiller overdose following a severe accident when she was younger, and her father remarried soon after her mother's death. She was nicknamed the pencil and Stracciatella (which, translated from Italian, is a cream flavoured ice cream with solid dark chocolate inside).[4]

For more than two years, she served cocktails in Miami, where she met fashion photographer Andrew Rosenthal, with whom she was romantically linked for some time. In 1996, she was bartending at the SoHo Bar & Grill in New York City's Upper West Side when an agent approached her to appear in commercials. Subsequently, she appeared in commercials for Citibank and L'Oréal. She began her career with minor roles on television shows like Strangers with Candy, Friends and Law & Order and a handful of films.


Determined to succeed in acting, Pompeo moved to Los Angeles in 2001. A turning point came when she was selected by director Brad Silberling in 2002 for a role in his film Moonlight Mile playing Jake Gyllenhaal's sympathetic love interest. She also appeared in the film Daredevil playing Matt Murdock's (Ben Affleck) secretary Karen Page, but most of her scenes were deleted from the theatrical version of the film. In 2002, Pompeo appeared in Catch Me If You Can and in 2003, Old School. Television guest roles include two episodes of Law & Order and an episode of Friends. She portrayed Jim Carrey's ex-girlfriend, Naomi, in the 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Although her scenes were cut from the film, she felt grateful that director Michel Gondry chose her to appear in his film.[5]

Pompeo landed her first major role in the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy,which is now entering into its sixth season,[6] as the title character, Meredith Grey, a surgical intern at a prestigious hospital. The show became the highest-rated on network TV in its fifth season. In 2007, Pompeo was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series. That year, she also signed a new contract for Grey's Anatomy that increased her salary to $200,000 per episode. She is contracted with the show for seven seasons[7]as is the standard length in Hollywood after which actors often demand large raises. Surgery residencies in the U.S. usually last between five and seven years.

On October 13, 2007, Pompeo was honored by the National Italian American Foundation for her achievement in entertainment at a black-tie gala in Washington, D.C.[8]

Personal life

Pompeo married record producer Chris Ivery on Friday, November 9th, 2007. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was the legal witness to the ceremony. [9] Pompeo gave birth to the couple's first child together, a daughter named Stella Luna, on September 15, 2009.[10]



Year Film Role Notes
1999 8 ½ x 11 Human Resources Woman (short film)
Coming Soon Upset Girl
2000 Eventual Wife Beth (short film)
In the Weeds Martha
Mambo Café Stacy
2002 Moonlight Mile Bertie Knox
Catch Me If You Can Marci
2003 Old School Nicole
Daredevil Karen Page
Undermind Flynn
2004 Nobody's Perfect Veronica (short film)
Art Heist Sandra Walker
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Naomi (scenes deleted)
2005 Life of the Party Phoebe Elgin


Year Title Role Episode
1996 Law & Order Jenna Weber Savior
1999 Strangers With Candy Lizzie Abrams Feather in the Storm
2000 Law & Order Laura Kendrick Fools for Love
Get Real Nina Adler History Lessons
2001 The Job Sue Anger
Strong Medicine Quincy Dunne Wednesday Night Fever
2004 Friends Missy Goldberg The One Where the Stripper Cries
2005– Grey's Anatomy Meredith Grey All/Lead Role/Narrator

Awards and nominations

4 Wins and 7 Nominations

Year Result Award Category Film or series
2005 Nominated Teen Choice Award Choice TV- Breakout Female Grey's Anatomy
2006 Nominated Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy
2006 Nominated Teen Choice Award TV- Choice Actress Grey's Anatomy
2006 Won Satellite Award Best Ensemble in Television Grey's Anatomy
2007 Nominated Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama Grey's Anatomy
2007 Won Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy
2007 Won Satellite Award Best Actress – Drama Series Grey's Anatomy
2007 Won National Italian American Foundation
2008 Nominated Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy
2008 Nominated Ewwy Award Best Actress in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy
2009 Nominated Gold Derby TV Award Best Drama Actress -Television Grey's Anatomy


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