Ellen Pompeo was born outside of Boston, then lived for a time as a child on
New York's Upper West Side. She eventually moved to Miami, where she was a
cocktail waitress before heading back to New York. In 1996 she was bartending at
the SoHo Bar & Grill when an agent approached her about appearing in
commercials. She subsequently landed her first spot, appearing in commercials
for Citibank and L'Oreal. Minor roles on primetime series (for example,
Strangers with Candy) and a handful of unremarkable films followed.
Determined to get serious about her career, Ellen Pompeo moved to Los Angeles in 2001 and was tapped by director Brad Silberling in 2002 for a crucial role in his film Moonlight Mile. Pompeo is currently starring in the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy. She was in the film Daredevil playing Matt Murdock's (Ben Affleck) secretary, but her scene was deleted from the theatrical version of the film. She has starred in Old School as Nicole and Catch Me If You Can as Marci. Guest roles include two episodes of Law & Order and an episode of Friends.
Ellen Pompeo's dating music producer Christopher Ivery and they currently live in Los Angeles.
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