This beautiful celebrity, born in Massachusetts, came from a big family with five older siblings. Her mother passed away early due to a painkiller overdose, and her father remarried soon after. None of her immediate family was in the showbiz industry, so Ellen Pompeo moved to New York City with her then-boyfriend to pursue a career.
The hot star first appeared on advertisements for well-known brands Citibank and L’Oreal. At the start of her career, the actress had minor roles in film and television. She had appearances on Law & Order, Strangers with Candy, Get Real, The Job, Strong Medicine, and Coming Soon.
Her big break happened in the romantic drama, Moonlight Mile. The film had an ensemble cast featuring Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon, and Jake Gyllenhaal. Although the movie received mixed reviews and failed to recover its budget, critics praised Ellen Pompeo’s heartfelt performing, calling it worthy of an Academy Award.
This exposure led to her participation in more well-known flicks like Catch Me If You Can, Old School, Daredevil, Undermind, Nobody’s Perfect, Art Heist, and Life of the Party. The actress also shot scenes for the sci-fi romance, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. However, producers deleted her footages in the final cut.
After an appearance in the iconic Friends sitcom, Ellen Pompeo joined the cast of Grey’s Anatomy to what is undeniably her most famous role to date. The medical drama has been running for 17 seasons, the most extended series of its genre on television. Together with Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr., she has starred as a regular in all seasons.