Born in Massachusetts, Ellen Pompeo
moved to New York City to pursue acting in 1995, where she starred in various commercials and took on small roles in shows such as Law and Order
In 2001 Ellen decided to move to Los Angeles, and this marked a turning point as she landed the role of Jake Gyllenhaal
's girlfriend in Moonlight Mile.
She then starred in Catch Me If You Can
with Leonardo DiCaprio
, Old School
with Luke Wilson, and Marvel pic Daredevil
with Ben Affleck.Ellen landed the role of her career in 2005
, when she was cast as the lead doctor in Shonda Rhimes' new series, Grey's Anatomy
. Ellen played Meredith Gre
y, a surgical intern at a prestigious west coast hospital and starred alongside Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, and Katherine Heigl.
The show was a breakout success, and Ellen received nominations for best actress at the Golden Globe awards and the People's Choice awards.
After eleven seasons the show is still running and remains a ratings hit, however in recent months Ellen has admitted that when the show ends she will not continue acting, telling The Hollywood Reporter
: "I definitely don't have a strong desire to act after Grey's."
Ellen married her long-term partner Chris Ivery in 2007. The pair welcomed a daughter, Stella Luna, in 2009, and in October 2014 Ellen and Chris announced they had welcomed a second daughter, Sienna May, via surrogacy.