Ellen Kathleen Pompeo is an American actress and producer. Ellen Pompeo was born in Everett, Massachusetts, on November 10, 1969, the daughter of Kathleen B. (née O’Keefe) and Joseph E. Pompeo. Pompeo moved to New York City at 26 where she was discovered by a casting director who signed her for an advertisement campaign for L’Oreal. She made her screen debut with NBC’s legal drama Law & Order, and then appeared in several other television shows, including the dark comedy Strangers with Candy, the medical drama Strong Medicine and the sitcom Friends.
In 2015, Pompeo was ranked fourth in the list of highest paid TV actresses by Forbes, with the earnings of $11.5 million, a spot that she held on to the following year with the earnings of $14.5 million. Pompeo’s other notable film roles include the comedy Old School(2003), the superhero film Daredevil (2003), the caper film Art Heist (2004), and the comedy-drama Life of the party (2005). In October 2007, she was honored with Special Achievement in Entertaining by the National Italian American Foundation for her achievement in the entertainment industry. Pompeo married producer Chris Ivery in 2007 and the couple have two children together.