Ellen Pompeo
American actress
Ellen Pompeo
Ellen Kathleen Pompeo is an American actress, known for playing the series protagonist, Meredith Grey, on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy. In 2011, she was named the ninth highest paid television actress, earning $7 million. In 2012, she was named the eighth highest paid television actress, earning $9 million. She has extended her contract for two more years which would have her involved with the show until the 10th season.
Biography
Ellen Pompeo's personal information overview.
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WATCH: Baby News for Singer Pink and Actress Ellen Pompeo
ABC News - 4 months
Pink and Carey Hart welcomed a son, and the "Grey's Anatomy" star gave birth to her third child.
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Ellen Pompeo And Husband Chris Ivery Welcome Third Child
Huffington Post - 4 months
Congratulations to this happy family!  A rep for Ellen Pompeo and her husband, Chris Ivery, confirmed that the couple recently welcomed a third child to their brood, exclusively telling Us Weekly that “Family and baby are all doing great.”  Pompeo later posted a photo of her husband with their newborn son, named Eli Christopher.  “Chris Ivery just fell a notch.. I’ve got a new guy,” she wrote.  ❤️Eli Christopher❤️ Chris Ivery just fell a notch.. I've got a new guy A photo posted by Ellen Pompeo (@ellenpompeo) on Dec 29, 2016 at 11:21am PST Pompeo and Ivery also have two children, 7-year-old Stella Luna and 2-year-old Sienna May. The relatively private actress occasionally shares cute photos of her kids on social media, and they are adorable:  Sienna May Ivery welcome to the world. We love you more than words can say A photo posted by Ellen Pompeo (@ellenpompeo) on Oct 2, 2014 at 1:11pm PDT So b ...
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A&E Cancels Upcoming KKK Docuseries Over Cash Payments
Huffington Post - 4 months
The A&E cable television network said on Saturday it has canceled an upcoming documentary about efforts to help Ku Klux Klan members break away from the hate group, after learning cash payments were made “to facilitate access” to the film’s subjects. The documentary series, “Escaping the KKK,” completed after a year and a half in production, was set to premiere on Jan. 10 and air in eight parts, capped by a town hall-style special broadcast on ending hate in America. The decision to scrub the project came shortly after A&E said it had changed the series title to “Escaping the KKK,” from “Generation KKK,” in order to better reflect that the film was a work of documentary journalism rather than realty-TV entertainment. The network also had announced a partnership with a civil rights group, Color of Change, which was to produce accompanying segments featuring civil rights leaders to furnish context for the documentary series. As described by A&E, the series was i ...
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Ellen Pompeo on Aging as an Actor: 'Flaws Are a Necessity'
ABC News - 7 months
The actress, 46, reveals why she is letting herself age gracefully.
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10 Shows That Didn't Get Emmys Love, But Should Get Yours
Huffington Post - 7 months
There are many, many good television shows out there these days, and hardly enough time — or awards — to give them all their due. Plus, not everyone is going to agree on which of our current small-screen offerings are truly the best. While one person stumps for Rachel Bloom’s nuanced and hilarious delivery on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” another one could justifiably argue that Andrew Lincoln’s performance on “The Walking Dead” is truly where it’s at.  While Sunday night’s focus will be on the Emmy-nominated shows, actors, writers and co. at this year’s award ceremony, don’t forget to check out the worthy shows that fell short of nabbing a nod for 2016. Ladies and gentlemen, 10 shows for your Roku queue consideration. “Halt and Catch Fire” (AMC) What might sound a little hokey ― a show about Texas’ Silicon Prairie and the rise of personal computers in the 1980s ― ends up being deeply emotional and perfectly nerdy. First off, the opening credits of “Halt and Catch Fire” constitute ...
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Ellen Pompeo Reveals the 'Toughest Part' of Starring in 'Grey's'
ABC News - 9 months
She delves into aging in Hollywood and discusses why she's still on the show.
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'Grey's Anatomy' Recap: Meredith's New Therapist Asks If She's in Love With Alex - Us Weekly
Google News - about 1 year
Us Weekly 'Grey's Anatomy' Recap: Meredith's New Therapist Asks If She's in Love With Alex Us Weekly Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) faced a tough road to recovery on the Thursday, February 18, episode of Grey's Anatomy, following her brutal attack by a patient last week. However, her therapy sessions in the ABC drama's new episode proved that her own ... WTF Was Pregnant Annalise Up to on How to Get Away with Murder and More TGIT Twists & TurnsE! Online Grey's Anatomy Recap: Does Meredith Have Feelings for Alex?Progress Index all 136 news articles »
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Ellen Pompeo Defends Shocking 'Grey's Anatomy' Attack
ABC News - about 1 year
Viewers were shocked when Ellen Pompeo's character was attacked by a patient inside the series' fictional hospital on the mid-season premiere of "Grey's Anatomy."
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Thursday's TV Highlights: 'Lip Sync Battle' on Spike
LATimes - over 1 year
SERIES Grey's Anatomy The Seattle-set hospital drama starring Ellen Pompeo presents its winter finale. 8 p.m. ABC Project Runway Tim Gunn looks back at outrageous moments from the fashion-themed competition's previous seasons in this special episode. 8 p.m. Lifetime Scandal This D.C.-set drama...
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Thursday's TV Highlights: 'Lip Sync Battle' on Spike
LATimes - over 1 year
SERIES Grey's Anatomy The Seattle-set hospital drama starring Ellen Pompeo presents its winter finale. 8 p.m. ABC Project Runway Tim Gunn looks back at outrageous moments from the fashion-themed competition's previous seasons in this special episode. 8 p.m. Lifetime Scandal This D.C.-set drama...
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Thursday's TV Highlights: 'Lip Sync Battle' on Spike
LATimes - over 1 year
SERIES Grey's Anatomy The Seattle-set hospital drama starring Ellen Pompeo presents its winter finale. 8 p.m. ABC Project Runway Tim Gunn looks back at outrageous moments from the fashion-themed competition's previous seasons in this special episode. 8 p.m. Lifetime Scandal This D.C.-set drama...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ellen Pompeo
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 46
    Pompeo along with Shonda Rhimes, and the leads of Rhimes' ABC Thursday line-up shows Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, Kerry Washington and Viola Davis, appeared in an ad campaign for United States presidential election, 2016, for Hillary Clinton comparing her to the protagonists of those series.
    More Details Hide Details The ad was part of the Clinton campaign’s ongoing effort to make up ground among young women. In the video the actresses note, "Olivia Pope, Annalise Keating and Meredith Grey are “brilliant,” “complex” women who fight for justice and give voice “to the voiceless", our characters are on television, the real world has Hillary Clinton.” Rhimes, Davis, Pompeo, and Washington each take turns speaking as they praise Clinton. Clinton responded to the video with a tweet saying, “Talk about a power lineup. Thank you for being on this team!"
    She held on the fourth spot in Forbes list in 2016, bringing in $14 million, a 32% increase in the earnings from 2015.
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  • 2015
    Age 45
    In October 2015, it was announced that Pompeo was developing the Spanish thriller Motivos Personales with London-based company, New Media Vision.
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  • 2014
    Age 44
    In September 2014, Pompeo announced that she will not be acting after Grey's Anatomy ends its run.
    More Details Hide Details Pompeo said: "I definitely don’t have a strong desire to act after Grey's. I definitely feel myself transitioning. I don't find acting terribly empowering." Pompeo appeared in the music video of Bad Blood, a song from the fifth studio album 1989 (2014) of her close friend American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. The music video was directed by Joseph Kahn, and filmed in Los Angeles on April 12, 2015, but is set in London. The music video premiered on May 17, 2015, at the start of the Billboard Music Awards. Each actor chose their character's name. Swift plays Catastrophe who is training for her revenge against a close friend Arsyn, played by Selena Gomez. The other characters in the video are shown in succession, some in training with Catastrophe and Pompeo plays one of them named Luna.
  • 2012
    Age 42
    Her mother died of a painkiller overdose when Ellen was five, and her father remarried soon after; he died on September 1, 2012. in 2006, Pompeo told Allure "I think having my mother die at such a very young age – when she was 33 – I appreciate life so much."
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Age 39
    In 2009, Pompeo gave birth to her first child a daughter Stella In 2014, welcomed another daughter, Sienna, with the help of a surrogate mother.
    More Details Hide Details Speaking during a press conference, Pompeo, opened up about a fateful meeting with Jake Gyllenhaal. She said they were introduced when Jake was roughly 21 years old, and she was roughly 33, at the auditions for Moonlight Mile. "I was in the waiting room and the director and this guy, Jake Gyllenhaal, who I had never heard of—no one had ever heard of him at that point—walked past me." Gyllenhaal hit on her, which made her quite uncomfortable. They both ended up working together in Moonlight Mile. Pompeo suffers from several allergies and asthma. She owns two toy poodles with her husband because they don't shed: "I have asthma, so those are the only kinds of dogs I can have." Pompeo follows a healthy lifestyle, meditates twice a day for 20 minutes each, and does so inside her trailer in between takes as well.
  • 2007
    Age 37
    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. On October 27, 2011, Deadline.com reported that Pompeo had launched her own production company called Calamity Jane which sold its first project to ABC, an untitled show about female agents on the Secretary of State's security detail On August 2014, it was announced that Pompeo was developing two dramas with ABC Studios - adaptation of Rachel Carey’s 2013 novel Debt for ABC Family, and untitled female police drama for ABC.
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    In 2007, show-business awards reporter Tom O'Neil commented that Pompeo was overdue for an Emmy Award nomination for her role in Grey's Anatomy.
    More Details Hide Details Readers of O'Neil's awards website, The Envelope, included Pompeo in their 2009 nominations for Best Drama Actress in the site's Gold Derby TV Awards.
    In 2007, Pompeo and the female cast and crew of Grey's Anatomy received the Women in Film Lucy Award, which honors those "whose work in television has positively influenced attitudes toward women."
    More Details Hide Details Pompeo, with the increasing popularity of the show, garnered world-wide reputation among television viewers. and her performance has garnered her five People's Choice Award nominations, with three wins. At the 37th People's Choice Awards, she was nominated against Dempsey and Oh in the Favorite TV Doctor category, and the following year, she was a contender in the Favorite TV Drama Actress category. She then went on to win the in same category at the 39th People's Choice Awards. She would then go on to win the Award, at the 41st People's Choice Awards and the 42nd People's Choice Awards.
    Pompeo married producer Chris Ivery in 2007 and the couple have two children together.
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  • 2006
    Age 36
    She was among the Grey's Anatomy cast members awarded the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series accolade at the 13th Screen Actors Guild Awards, and received nominations in the same category in 2006 and 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Pompeo received a Best Performance by an Actress in a Drama Series nomination at the 64th Golden Globe Awards – the program won Best Drama Series at the same ceremony.
    Pompeo has been nominated for multiple awards for her performances in Grey's Anatomy. She and the Grey's Anatomy cast won Best Ensemble in a Television Series at the 2006 Satellite Awards.
    More Details Hide Details During the following year's ceremony, she was named Best Actress in a Television Drama Series.
  • 2005
    Age 35
    Pompeo landed her first major role in 2005 on the ABC medical drama series Grey's Anatomy, created by Shonda Rhimes.
    More Details Hide Details She plays the title character and series' protagonist, Meredith Grey, a surgical intern at a prestigious hospital. In 2011, she was named the ninth highest paid TV actress, by Forbes, earning $7 million. Grey's Anatomy was a breakout hit in 2005, and in later seasons the highest-rated TV drama in the key 18–49 demographic. Pompeo signed a new contract for Grey's Anatomy in 2011 that increased her salary to US$200,000 per episode. On May 10, 2012, it was announced that she signed a contract for two more seasons. She was named the eighth highest paid TV actress in 2012, earning $9 million. She extended her contract for two more years, which would have her involved with the show until its 12th season. As of 2013, she earns $350,000 per episode plus millions from syndication. She was ranked fourth in the list of highest paid television actresses again in 2015, in the Forbes list, with the earnings of $11.5 million. Pompeo's contract with the company expired again at the end of the twelfth season along with the other original cast members, and she signed a new one with increased pay cheque.
  • 2003
    Age 33
    Ellen Pompeo met Chris Ivery in a Los Angeles grocery store in 2003 and began dating and then got married in 2007, with then New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg as the legal witness to the ceremony.
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    She played the role of Karen Page, in the 2003, Mark Steven Johnson Marvel Entertainment film Daredevil, based on the Marvel Comics character.
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  • 2002
    Age 32
    Also in 2002, Pompeo appeared in the biographical crime drama film Catch Me If You Can and in 2003, she appeared in Old School as Luke Wilson's love interest.
    More Details Hide Details She portrayed Jim Carrey's ex-girlfriend, Naomi, in the 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Although her scenes were cut from that film, she felt grateful that director Michel Gondry selected her for his film.
    A turning point came in 2002, when Pompeo was selected by director Brad Silberling for a lead role in his film Moonlight Mile, playing Jake Gyllenhaal's character's sympathetic love interest.
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  • 2001
    Age 31
    Pompeo then moved to Los Angeles in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details She participated in the movie Mambo Café with Thalía.
  • 2000
    Age 30
    She made her second appearance on Law & Order in 2000, and then guest-starred on Strangers with Candy, Strong Medicine and Friends.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Age 29
    Pompeo made her feature film debut in 1999 with the romantic comedy Coming Soon, and went on to play minor roles in films like In the Weeds and Mambo Café but found little success initially.
    More Details Hide Details A turning point came in her career in 2002, when she gained wide recognition for her starring role in Brad Silberling's drama Moonlight Mile. Pompeo then starred in ABC's medical drama Grey's Anatomy (2005–present), and garnered worldwide recognition for her portrayal of the title character Dr. Meredith Grey. The role on the long running hit series earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama nomination, and the Screen Actors Guild Award. The character became widely popular, making Pompeo one of the most popular TV actresses. In 2015, Pompeo was ranked fourth in the list of highest paid TV actresses by Forbes, with the earnings of $11.5 million, a spot that she held on to the following year with the earnings of $14.5 million. Pompeo's other notable film roles include the comedy Old School (2003), the superhero film Daredevil (2003), the caper film Art Heist (2004), and the comedy drama Life of the party (2005). In October 2007, she was honored with Special Achievement in Entertaining by the National Italian American Foundation for her achievement in the entertainment industry.
  • 1996
    Age 26
    Pompeo’s early work included commercials and small independent films. Pompeo made her television debut in 1996 by guest-starring in the NBC legal police drama, Law & Order.
    More Details Hide Details She made her feature film debut in Coming Soon (1999), playing a small part.
  • 1995
    Age 25
    Together, they moved to New York City in 1995 where she was approached by a casting director to appear in commercials for Citibank and L'Oreal.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Born
    Ellen Pompeo was born in Everett, Massachusetts, on November 10, 1969, the daughter of Kathleen B. (née O'Keefe) and Joseph E. Pompeo.
    More Details Hide Details Her father was of Italian, English, and Irish descent, while her mother was of Irish ancestry. She was raised Roman Catholic.
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