Ellen Pompeo

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Actress

Birth Date: November 10, 1969

Age: 53 years old

Birth Place: Everett, Massachusetts

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.

Credits

Grey's Anatomy from ABC

Actor
Show
2021

The Drew Barrymore ShowStream

Guest
Talk
2020

Admiral BL: Dein Verein

Actor
Dr. Meredith Grey
Show
2018

Station 19Stream

Guest Star
Meredith Grey
Series
2018

Access

Guest
Show
2017

Live with Kelly and Ryan

Guest
Talk
2017

Riley and Abella - Beste Freundinnen

Actor
Dr. Meredith Grey
Movie
2016

The Late Late Show With James CordenStream

Guest
Talk
2015

Repeat After Me

Guest Star
Reality
2015

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors

Guest
Show
2014

Thank God It's Thursday on ABC

Guest
Show
2014

Late Night With Seth MeyersStream

Guest
Talk
2014

The Queen Latifah Show

Guest
Talk
2013

RuPaul's Drag Race All StarsStream

Guest
Reality
2012

The Chew

Guest
Talk
2011

Grey's Anatomy: Cast & Creators Live at the Paley Center

Guest
Show
2010

The Nate Berkus Show

Guest
Show
2010

The Marriage Ref

Contestant
Show
2010

Watch What Happens Live With Andy CohenStream

Guest
Talk
2009

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Guest
Talk
2009

Chelsea Lately

Guest
Talk
2007

etalk

Guest
Show
2006

Grey's AnatomyStream

Actor
Dr. Meredith Grey
Series
2005
84%

Grey's AnatomyStream

Director
Series
2005
84%

Grey's AnatomyStream

Voice
Dr. Meredith Grey
Series
2005
84%

Life of the Party

Actor
Phoebe
Movie
2005

Art Heist

Actor
Sandra Walker
Movie
2004

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Guest
Talk
2003

Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

Guest
Talk
2003

Old SchoolStream

Actor
Nicole
Movie
2003
60%

Undermind

Actor
Flynn
Movie
2003

Moonlight Mile

Actor
Bertie Knox
Movie
2002

The Job

Guest Star
Series
2001
100%

In the Weeds

Actor
Martha
Movie
2000

Get Real

Guest Star
Series
1999
67%

The ViewStream

Guest
Talk
1997

Access HollywoodStream

Guest
News
1996

FriendsStream

Guest Star
Missy Goldberg
Series
1994
79%

Extra

Guest
News
1994

Late Show With David Letterman

Guest
Talk
1993

Law & OrderStream

Guest Star
Series
1990

CBS News Sunday Morning

Guest
News
1979

Good Morning America

Guest
News
1975

Sesame StreetStream

Guest
Franchise
1969

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Ellen Pompeo

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Q&A

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Finale

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