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Ellen Pompeo is an American actor and producer who is best known for her role as Meredith Grey on ABC’s long-running medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy.

After booking a L’Oreal ad, Pompeo made her TV debut in NBC’s Law & Order. She went on to guest star in other TV shows, including Strangers with Candy, Strong Medicine, and Friends. Her film debut was in 1999 via the romantic comedy Coming Soon. After a string of minor roles, the actor gained recognition for her role in Moonlight Mile — before getting cast on Grey’s Anatomy, which has been airing since 2005.

Ellen Pompeo has been among the world’s highest paid actors since 2017. She has snagged a Screen Actors Guild Award and a nomination for a Golden Globe Award, among other accolades.


  • Full name: Ellen Kathleen Pompeo
  • Birthday: Nov. 10, 1969
  • Height: 5 feet 7 inches
  • Hometown: Everett, Massachusetts
  • Net worth: $80 million
  • Relationship status: Married to Chris Ivery
  • Kids: Stella Luna Pompeo Ivery, Sienna May Pompeo Ivery, and Eli Christopher Pompeo Ivery
  • Fun facts: She appeared in Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video; Pompeo has five older siblings; she was discovered by her agent at a bar.

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