Ellen Kathleen Pompeo is an American actress and producer who is known for starring in the hit medical series titled “Grey’s Anatomy.” She is also known for her role in the film titled “Life of a Party.”
Ellen Pompeo was born on November 10, 1969, in Everett, Massachusetts, United States. She was born to Kathleen B. (née O’Keefe) and Joseph E. Pompeo. She was raised in a Catholic family. Her mother died when she was five years old. She died of the painkiller overdose. Her father remarried soon after. Her father died in 2012. Ellen has five siblings.
Ellen started dating Chris Ivery in 2003; the couple got married in 2007. The couple welcomed their first child, Stella, in 2009. Her second daughter, Sienna, was born with the help of a surrogate mother. Their third child, Eli Christopher, was born in 2016. Ellen has asthma and several other allergies.
Ellen Pompeo television debut was in 1996. She debuted in the series titled “Law and Order.” In 1999, she appeared in the feature film titled “Coming Soon.” In 2000, she appeared again on “Law and Order” and she also guests starred on “Strangers with Candy, Strong Medicine and Friends.”
In 2002, she landed the lead role in “Moonlight Mile” where she played the love interest of Jake Gyllenhaal. The following year, she starred in “Catch Me If You Can” and “Old School.” She later appeared in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” where she played the character of Jimmy Carrey’s ex-girlfriend. She also starred in “Daredevil” in the same year. Ellen has also appeared in “Undermind,” “Nobody’s Perfect,” and “Life of a Party.”
In 2005, she landed a significant role in “Grey’s Anatomy.” She played Meredith Grey in the medical series. The series was well-received, and her popularity soared. In 2011, she renewed her contract to appear in two more seasons of “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Ellen revealed that after her acting contract with “Grey’s Anatomy” ended, she did not have an interest in acting. She diverted into other film roles. She went into film production. She directed some episodes of the thirteenth season of “Grey’s Anatomy.” She first directed the film “Be Still, My Soul.” The film was released in 2017.
Ellen also appeared in episode 8 of the television show titled “Repeat After Me.” She also voice starred in “Doc McStuffins.” Ellen also appeared in Taylor Swift’s legendary “Bad Blood” music video. She played the character called Luna.
Awards & Achievements
In 2006, she won the Best Ensemble in Television for her performance in “Grey’s Anatomy.” She received the award at the Satellite Awards. She also swept other awards for her performance in the series.
She won “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series” at the Screen Actors Guild and “Best Actress- Drama Series” at the Satellite Awards in 2007. Ellen has also won the People’s Award in 2013, 2015, and 2016 all for her performance in “Grey’s Anatomy.” She also won an award at the Taormina Film Fest in 2015.
Net Worth & Salary of Ellen Pompeo
Ellen has an estimated net worth of $85 million. Forbes named her the ninth highest-paid TV actress in 2011. She earned $200,000 for one episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.” Her salary increased during the signing of the second contract. The major contributor to her net worth is her appearance in the series.
Ellen Pompeo is considered one of the influential ladies on television. She teamed up with lead actresses in “Scandal,” “Kerry Washington,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” and “Viola Davis” to support Hillary Clinton in her campaign. Hillary Clinton commented on the video. She was quoted saying “Power Lineup.”