Ellen Pompeo is a popular American actress. Ellen Pompeo is famous for playing the character of Meredith Grey in the ABC medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy.” This role made Ellen a household name and the highest-paid actress.
Ellen Kathleen Pompeo was born on November 10, 1969, in Everett, Massachusetts. She was born in a Catholic family and her parents Joseph and Kathleen Pompeo were Christians. He mother died when she was just 33 and Ellen was just five at that time. Her father got married again and had her half-siblings. Ellen is the youngest of her five siblings.
Early Acting Career
Ellen moved to Miami to pursue her acting career in the 1990s. She worked as a bartender there. She later moved to New York City in 1995 along with her boyfriend and tried her luck in a modeling career. She was spotted by a casting director and he offered her ads for Citibank and L’Oreal. She made her debut on TV with NBC’s “Law & Order.” She made a debut in the film industry with the 1999’s “Coming Soon.”
In 2005 Ellen’s career reached heights when she was cast in the ABC medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy“. The show is written by Shonda Rhimes who is a famous writer. Pompeo was a part of the show and played the lead role. She was signed to play the title character Meredith Grey, who is a surgical intern at the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital.
Ellen instantly said yes to the character because she was impressed with the screenplay a lot. She also admitted that she broke when she read the script. The show became a hit and was also well received by the critics and the fans of the show.
Ellen Pompeo Grey’s Anatomy Salary and Net Worth
Ellen Pompeo Grey has an estimated net worth of $80 million dollars. She earns around $20 million per year as her per episode salary is $550,000. She also earns additional royalties and revenue which increases her net worth.
For Season 11 and 12, Ellen has earned $300,000 per episode. She earns approximately $7.5 million per year. She did not earn any backend equity points during that time but still earned a good amount of money. After the 14th season concluded, Ellen wrote a new contract with the makers. Ellen approached the creator of the show Shonda Rhimes and changed her contract.
Pompeo got married to music producer Chris Ivery on November 9, 2007. The actress married the producer in a prestigious ceremony in New York City and Mayor Michael Bloomberg was the legal witness to the ceremony. The couple met in 2003 at a grocery store and has three children together. They have two daughters and a son.
Pompeo is rumored to have an eating disorder, but she has firmly denied the news. She was heavily criticized and is worried that her young fans might get the wrong idea about her. Pompeo, along with Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington, and Viola Davis, also appeared in an ad campaign that supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.