Ellen Pompeo
Ellen Pompeo

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Date of Birth: November 10, 1969

Place of Birth: Everett, Massachusetts, USA

Occupation: Actress

Height: 5' 7"

Best Known For: Playing Meredith Grey on Grey's Anatomy

Ellen Pompeo Biography

Ellen Pompeo was born on November 10, 1969, in Massachusetts. She is the baby of the family and has 5 siblings, the youngest of whom is eight years her senior. Her mother died when she was four years old and she was raised by her father. Her family moved to New York's Upper West Side when she was very young, and they eventually moved to Miami, where she worked as a cocktail waitress. In Miami, she met New York fashion photographer Andrew Rosenthal, with whom she eventually returned to New York.

Pompeo was discovered in 1996 while she was working as a bartender in the SoHo Bar & Grill, and an agent approached her about appearing in commercials. She soon appeared in commercials for Citibank and L'Oreal. In 2001, she made the move to Los Angeles where she graduated from commercials to small parts on television shows including Strangers with Candy.

Pompeo made her big screen debut in 2002's Moonlight Mile, starring alongside Susan Sarandon, Dustin Hoffman and Jake Gyllenhaal. She received outstanding reviews for her portrayal of an outspoken young woman. That same year she won a part working with Steven Spielberg in Catch Me If You Can, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. In 2003, she had a small part in the comic book film, Daredevil starring Ben Affleck, and then appeared opposite Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell in the hit comedy Old School.

In 2005, Pompeo got her big break into fame when she landed her first major role in the medical drama Grey's Anatomy. She plays the title character, Meredith Grey, an intern and lead character at a prestigious hospital. The show became a major success, and in 2007, Pompeo was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series.

Pompeo married music producer Chris Ivery on November 10, 2007, which is also her birthday. They were married in a quiet ceremony at City Hall in New York City. The couple met in 2003 when a mutual friend introduced them at Whole Foods. Six months later they began dating.
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