Ellen Pompeo
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For the past decade, birthday girl Ellen Pompeo has starred as Meredith Grey in hit ABC series, Grey's Anatomy. The role, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination, launched the actress straight into the acting game. Since then, she's remained a TV series favorite and is one of the highest-paid TV actresses today. You go, girl!

Beyond her TV acting roles, Pompeo, who turns 46 today, has also starred in a steady stream of films, including Moonlight Mile (2002), Old School (2003), Daredevil (2003), and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). And, when she isn't busy acting on set, the actress has two adorable little girls with husband and music producer Chris Ivery who keep her plenty busy at home.

In honor of Pompeo's special day—and ah-mazing acting career—we are wishing her the best on her birthday! Here's to all that she has accomplished both professionally and personally since emerging on the acting scene in the 1990s when she first guest-starred on Law & Order. And, boy, has she come a long way; after all, today, she's basically TV royalty. Congrats, Ellen!