Meredith Grey

Played by Ellen Pompeo
Character Biography

Derek Shepherd; scrubbing in; ice cream; tequila

Estranged wives; complicated relationships; sharing her house (sometimes)

Even though relationships were never Meredith's strong point, she finally married her one true love, Derek Shepherd – twice – on a Post-it, as well as in an official ceremony at City Hall. Now a widow, Meredith shares a house with her half-sister Maggie.

Meredith is the daughter of the late, world-renowned surgeon, Dr. Ellis Grey. Meredith has three children, Zola, Bailey, and Ellis.


Thanks to her last name, Meredith has always had a lot of high expectations and responsibility riding on her shoulders. During the shootings, Meredith witnessed Derek take a bullet to his chest. Their marriage was rocked by the revelation that Meredith had tampered with Derek's Alzheimer's Trial, but the two eventually reconciled. After a very scary delivery during the storm, Meredith welcomed her son, Derek Bailey Shepherd, into the world. Meredith gave birth to daughter Ellis nine months after Derek's shocking death. After Miranda Bailey becomes the first female Chief of Surgery, she promotes Meredith to Chief of General Surgery. 


Grey's Anatomy Characters: Meredith Grey | Alex Karev | Miranda Bailey | Richard Webber | Callie Torres | Owen Hunt | Arizona Robbins | Jackson Avery | April Kepner | Amelia Shepherd | Jo Wilson | Stephanie Edwards | Maggie Pierce

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Actor Biography

Ellen Pompeo received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards for her work on Grey’s Anatomy. Along with her fellow cast members, she also received the 2007 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Drama.

A Boston native, Pompeo made her major studio film debut in Brad Silberling’s Moonlight Mile, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon. She went on to star opposite Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell in the wildly successful Old School, and in Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.

Prior to Moonlight Mile, Pompeo had starred in several independent features, including In the Weeds and Coming Soon.

Grey's Anatomy Cast: Ellen Pompeo | Justin Chambers | Chandra Wilson | James Pickens, Jr. | Sara Ramirez | Kevin McKidd | Jessica Capshaw | Jesse Williams | Sarah Drew | Caterina Scorsone | Camilla Luddington | Jerrika HintonKelly McCreary | Jason George | Martin Henderson

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