Ellen Pompeo

Actor, Bartender
An effervescent, quirky actress, Ellen Pompeo began her career working in commercials and episodic television guest spots before she hit the showbiz lottery by landing the lead role on the mega-hit television series, ... Read more »
Born: 11/10/1969 in Everett, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (21)

Grey's Anatomy 2004 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 2014 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 2000 - 2001, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Private Practice 2000 - 2001, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Art Heist 2006 (Movie)

Sandra (Actor)

Life of the Party 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Daredevil 2003 (Movie)

Karen Page (Actor)

Nobody's Perfect 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Old School 2003 (Movie)

Nicole (Actor)

Undermind 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Catch Me If You Can 2002 (Movie)

Marci (Actor)

Moonlight Mile 2002 (Movie)

Bertie Knox (Actor)

The Job 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Coming Soon 2000 (Movie)

Upset Girl (Actor)

Get Real 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Weeds 2000 (Movie)

Martha (Actor)

2015 Billboard Music Awards (TV Show)

Presenter

Biography

An effervescent, quirky actress, Ellen Pompeo began her career working in commercials and episodic television guest spots before she hit the showbiz lottery by landing the lead role on the mega-hit television series, "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005- ). Before finding fame as on the small screen, Pompeo landed her first role alongside Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon in a major feature film, "Moonlight Mile" (2002). This led to a small part in Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can" (2002), opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, followed by a more prominent turn in the Todd Phillips directed comedy, "Old School" (2003). Although the latter film raised her profile in Hollywood, artistically satisfying projects were still not presenting themselves. That all changed when Pompeo was offered the title role of Meredith Grey on the medical melodrama, "Grey's Anatomy" in 2005. As a surgical intern at a Seattle hospital struggling to navigate her intense professional and romantic life, Pompeo's emotionally honest performance won over viewers, catapulting her to TV stardom seemingly overnight. The show became a ratings bonanza, garnering Pompeo an impressive fan base and positioning her to enjoy a respectable career in film and on television for years to come.

Relationships

Chris Ivery

Husband
Began dating c. 2004 engaged November 2006 married Nobermber 9, 2007 in New York

Stella Ivery

Daughter
Born Sept. 15, 2009 father, Chris Ivery

Joe Pompeo

Father
Salesman for Lorillard Tobacco

Maureen Pompeo

Sister

Milestones

2005

Cast as Meredith Grey in the successful medical drama "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC); earned a Golden Globe (2007) nomination for Best Actress in a Television Drama

2003

Starrred opposite Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell in the wildly successful "Old School"

2002

Had a memorable turn as Jake Gyllenhaal's sympathetic love interest in director Brad Silberling's family drama "Moonlight Mile"

2002

Portrayed a flight attendant opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Steven Spielberg's feature "Catch Me If You Can"

2001

Relocated to Hollywood

2000

Played a harried waitress in the comedy "In the Weeds"

2000

Cast in the coming-of-age teen-sex comedy "Coming Soon"

1996

Made TV acting debut on NBC's "Law & Order" in a guest-starring role

1995

Discovered by a casting director while bartending at the NYC Soho Kitchen

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