Ellen Pompeo is an American actress, director and producer. She is one of the highest paid actors in the world, having signed a $20 million annual contract with the American Broadcasting Company in 2017. She was honored with the 2007 Special Achievement in Entertaining by the National Italian American Foundation for her contributions to the entertainment industry. In 2016, Pompeo was ranked fourth in the list of highest paid TV actresses by Forbes, with earnings of $14.9 million; she became the third highest paid female and the fifth highest paid actor overall in 2018 with earnings of $23.6 million. She was also the highest ranked actor from a drama series on the list.

Birth Name

Ellen Kathleen Pompeo


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Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Ellen Pompeo was born on the 10th of November 1969, in Everett, Massachusetts, United States.


She is currently 50 years old.

Sun Sign




She has Italian, English and Irish ancestry on her father’s side, while she is of Irish descent on her mother’s side.


Roman Catholicism


Ellen attended Everett High School in Everett, Washington.

Family Details

  • Father – Joseph E. Pompeo (Salesman) (Died – September 1, 2012)
  • Mother – Kathleen B. (née O’Keefe)
  • Siblings – She has five siblings: three sisters and two brothers.

Marital Status


Boyfriend / Spouse

Ellen Pompeo has dated –


  • Chris Ivery (2003-Present)Ellen Pompeo started dating music producer Chris Ivery in November 2003. After dating for nearly 4 years, the couple married on November 9, 2007. The couple has 3 children, 2 daughters – Stella Luna (born – September 2009), and Sienna May (born – August 2014) and 1 son Eli Christopher (born – 2016). Sienna May was born via surrogacy.

Physical Stats


  • In feet – 5 feet 7 inches
  • In centimeters – 170 cm
  • In meters – 1.7 m


  • In Kilograms – 57 kg
  • In Pounds – 126 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 36-26-36
  • Bust – 36 inches
  • Waist – 26 inches
  • Hip – 36 inches
  • Bra Size – 34B

Body Build


Eye Color


Hair Color

Light Brown

Dress Size

Her dress size is 6 (US).

Shoe Size

She wears a size 8.5 (US) shoe.



Professional Statistics

Famous For

Pompeo landed her first major role in 2005 on the ABC medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy, created by Shonda Rhimes. She has played the title character and series’ protagonist, Meredith Grey, a surgical intern at the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital since the show’s pilot episode.

Film Debut

In 1995, she appeared in the silent short film Do You Have the Time for her supporting role as a woman.

Television Debut

In 1996, she guest appeared in NBC’s police procedural and legal drama TV series Law & Order for her role as Jenna Weber in an episode titled Savior.

Brand Endorsements

In the late 90s, she appeared in a T-shirt and jeans guy’s girlfriend for a Citibank card commercial. In 2007, Ellen did another voice-over for PeoplePC & Propel Fitness Water TV commercial. She has also appeared in State Farm commercial.

Awards & Nominations

Year Association Category Work Result
2005 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV – Breakout Female Grey’s Anatomy Nominated
2006 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2006 Gold Derby Awards Ensemble of the Year (Shared with cast) Nominated
2006 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Nominated
2006 Satellite Awards Best Ensemble in Television Won
2007 Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama Nominated
2007 Gold Derby Awards Ensemble of the Year (Shared with cast) Nominated
2007 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
2007 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Drama Series Won
2007 National Italian American Foundation Special Achievement in Entertaining Herself Won
2008 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Grey’s Anatomy Nominated
2011 People’s Choice Awards Favorite TV Doctor Nominated
2012 Favorite TV Drama Actress Nominated
2012 Gold Derby Awards Drama Lead Actress Nominated
2013 People’s Choice Awards Favorite TV Drama Actress Won
2015 Favorite Dramatic TV Actress Won
2015 Taormina Film Fest Taormina Arte Award Herself Won
2016 People’s Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic TV Actress Grey’s Anatomy Won
2017 Favorite Dramatic TV Actress Nominated
2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards Tearjerker Nominated
2018 People’s Choice Awards The Female TV Star of 2018 Nominated
2018 GLSEN Respect Awards LGBTQ Community’s Supporter Herself Won

Ellen Pompeo Favorites

  • Favorite Splurges – Pizza, Lasagna, Salami, Red Wine
  • Favorite Shop – Louis Boston
  • Favorite Destination – Paris
  • Favorite Colors – White, Pink, Black
  • Favorite Pets – Dog
  • Favorite Watch Brand – Daniel Wellington
  • Favorite Outfit – Black Dress

Ellen Pompeo Net worth

Ellen Pompeo has an estimated net worth of $70 million dollars as of 2019. She has a yearly salary that ranges in a million dollars and has been hugely appreciated for the acting skills she has portrayed and the changes she has brought to the people of the industry. Her salary in 2019 is $20 million as per the online sources.

Social Media Portfolio

Some Lesser Known Facts About Ellen Pompeo

  • When Ellen was 4, she lost his mother due to painkiller overdose. This incident made her father to remarry.
  • Ellen career began with guest roles in TV series, such as Law & Order, Strangers with Candy and Friends. She made her feature film debut with a minor role in the 1999 crime film Coming Soon.
  • In 2002, 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.
  • Ellen was discovered while working at SoHo Bar & Grill in New York City.
  • She suffers from asthma.
  • In 2003, Ellen Pompeo appeared in the American comedy film Old School in an important role. The film was a huge commercial success and was met with mixed reviews.
  • In 2004, she appeared in the film Art Heist in the lead role. She also played a cameo role in the superhero film Spider-Man 2.
  • In 2007, Pompeo was honored by the National Italian American Foundation for her achievement in entertainment at a black-tie gala in Washington, D.C.
  • Ellen was earning $7 million in 2011 and was named as the ninth highest paid television actress.
  • In 2012, the earning reached to $9 million and hence she was named as the eighth highest paid television actress.
  • For Grey’s Anatomy, she was earning $350,000 per episode, as of 2013. Apart from this, she was earning millions from syndication.
  • When young, she thought of becoming an archaeologist.
  • Ellen had played the role of Naomi in the 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but the scenes were deleted from the final released version.
  • In 2017, she voiced the character of Willow in one episode of Doc McStuffins, an animated children’s television series. The following year, she appeared as a special guest in Station 19, an action-drama TV series.
  • Pompeo renewed her contract for Grey’s Anatomy in January 2018, agreeing for two more seasons; she became the highest paid actress in a television drama series, earning more than $20 million a year with the new deal.
  • Forbes ranked Pompeo as the third highest female and the fifth highest actor overall on its 2018 list of highest paid TV actors on television, she had estimated earnings of $23.5 million.


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