Ellen Kathleen Pompeo (born November 10, 1969) is an American actress and producer. She rose to fame for her portrayal of Meredith Grey in the long-running hit ABC medical drama series Grey's Anatomy (2005–present). The role earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama nomination in 2007 including many more accolades. In films, she has appeared in Moonlight Mile (2002), Old School (2003), and Daredevil (2003).
Ellen Pompeo was born in Everett, Massachusetts, the daughter of Kathleen B. (née O'Keefe) and Joseph E. Pompeo, a salesman. Her father was of Italian, English, and Irish descent, while her mother was of Irish ancestry. She was raised Roman Catholic. Her mother died of a painkiller overdose when Ellen was four, and her father remarried soon after; he died on September 1, 2012. She has five siblings: three sisters and two brothers. She was nicknamed the pencil, and stracciatella (an ice cream flavor)...
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