Ellen Pompeo Net Worth, Career, Husband & Kids

Busytape September 3, 2020
Updated 2020/09/03 at 3:27 PM
Ellen Pompeo Net Worth
Ellen Pompeo Net Worth

Ellen Pompeo Net Worth is $85 Million.

Popular Name:Ellen Pompeo
Real Name:Ellen Kathleen Pompeo
Birth Date:10 November 1969
Birth Place:Everett, Massachusetts, United States
Marital Status:Married
Chris Ivery (m. 2007)
Years active:1994 Till Date
Net Worth:$85 Million
Last Updated:2022


Ellen Pompeo is a popular American actress best known for playing the role of Dr. Meredith Grey in the hit television series ‘Grey’s Anatomy. Well-established in her profession, she is one of the highest-earning television actresses in the United States.

Born in Everett, Massachusetts, her search for better prospects saw her move to the beautiful city of New York where she was caught by the eyes of a director who wasted no time in offering her a chance to feature in a commercial for L’Oreal.

She eventually steered into acting and appeared in many television series in the few years that followed her entrance into the industry, and was seen in series like ‘Friends’ and ‘Strong Medicine.

She had her first significant acting role in the 2002 romantic drama ‘Moonlight Mile. Though the film failed to impress commercially, her performance was praised and considered worthy of an award.

After playing several more roles in films and series alike, she gained huge popularity when she started acting in the medical drama television series ‘Grey’s Anatomy as its lead role.

The globally popular show which has been running since 2005 has earned her a Screen Actors Guild Award as well as several other accolades. Here’s everything available on Ellen Pompeo’s

net worth, biography, and career journey to global recognition.

Ellen Pompeo’s Early Life

Ellen Kathleen Pompeo was born in Everett, Massachusetts, United States on 10th November 1969 to Joseph and Kathleen Pompeo. She has two brothers and three sisters.

Her mother passed away when she was five years of age. Growing up in Massachusetts where she was born, Ellen took small jobs as a barmaid and cleaner before moving to New York in search of a better life.

Ellen Pompeo’s Career

After appearing in several advertisements for a number of brands, Ellen made her debut on television in 1996 with an appearance in the series titled “Law and Order .”

In 1999, she acted in the feature film “Coming Soon”, and appeared again in “Law and Order” the following year. She also appeared on “Strangers with Candy, Strong Medicine, and Friends” as a guest.

In 2002, she got the lead role in the film “Moonlight Mile” where she acted as the love interest of Jake Gyllenhaal. The following year, she acted in the films “Old School” and “Catch Me If You Can”.

She then played the character of Jim Carrey’s ex-girlfriend in the film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”. Other films she appeared in during that period include “Life of a Party”, “Nobody’s Perfect”, “Undermind”, and ‘Daredevil”.

Her big break came in 2005 when she landed the lead role in the medical series “Grey’s Anatomy”. She played the character of Dr. Meredith Grey on the show from its premiere until the end of her contract on the show.

At the end of her contract, she ditched her interest in acting and diverted to film production. She first directed the movie “Be Still, My Soul’ as well as some episodes of the 13th season of “Grey’s Anatomy”.

Asides from her notable role in the “Grey’s Anatomy” series, Ellen also appeared in episodes of other television shows including “Repeat After Me.” She voice starred in the film “Doc McStuffins” and was also seen in Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video.

Ellen Pompeo’s Movies

  • Catch Me If You Can (2002)
  • Old School (2003)
  •  Moonlight Mile (2002)
  • Daredevil (2003)
  • Coming Soon (1999)

Awards & Achievements

Ellen became more famous when she started acting in the medical drama television series ‘Grey’s Anatomy in the lead role.

The globally popular show which has been running since 2005 has earned her a Screen Actors Guild Award as well as two Satellite Awards, three People’s Awards, and also a Taormina Film Fest award.

Personal Life & Family

Ellen Pompeo met her husband and father of her three children in a grocery store in 2003. They bonded perfectly and got married in 2007.

The 50-year-old actress has several allergies and suffers from asthma. She has a weight of 57kg and a height of 170cm.

She is considered one of the most influential ladies on television. She teamed up with leading actresses in Kerry Washington and Viola Davis to support Hillary Clinton in her campaign.

Ellen Pompeo Net Worth

In 2011, Forbes named Ellen the ninth highest-paid television actress when she pocketed $200,000 for every episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” she appeared in and her salary increased with each new contract she signed.

It is considered that her appearance in the series is the major contributor to her net worth. For the show’s seasons 11 and 12, the actress took home $300,000 per episode and a total of more than $7.5 million per year.

For the next two seasons, she was paid $350,000 per episode, making her go home with more than $8.7 million at the end of the year. At the end of the show’s 14th season, Ellen started negotiations for a new contract. At the conclusion of the negotiations, the actress walked away with

$575,000 per episode, bringing her annual earnings to over $14.4 million for a single season. Additionally, every year, her two back-end percentage points on the series’ syndication bring her an additional $6-7 million.

In total, starting from the fifteenth season, Ellen will earn more than $20 million from “Grey’s Anatomy.” She is also a film producer, and this adds more boost to her income.

Ellen Pompeo has a total worth of $85 million as of 2021. She is considered one of the highest-paid television stars in the world today.

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