Ellis Grey

Portrayed by Kate Burton

Episode Count
First Appearance
"A Hard Day's Night"
Grey's Anatomy, 1x01
Last Appearance
"Only Mama Knows"
Grey's Anatomy, 11x04
Ellis Grey
Family Members
Thatcher Grey - Ex-Husband
Meredith Grey - Daughter
Dr. Ellis Grey was a world-renowned general surgeon and mother of Meredith Grey. Ellis is also the first wife of Thatcher. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease and died on February 22nd, 2007.

Character HistoryEdit

Grey's Anatomy, Season 1Edit

Grey's Anatomy, Season 2Edit

Grey's Anatomy, Season 3Edit



Meredith Grey

Meredith was Ellis & Thatcher's daughter. Their relationship was somewhat strained due to her strong devotation to her surgical career and Richard Webber.

Margaret (Maggie) Pierce

Ellis’s affair with Richard Weber led to daugther Maggie Pierce. Ellis gave Maggie up for adoption almost immediately after her birth and Richard never got to meet her. Ellis died before Maggie returned to Seattle. This makes Maggie and Meredith half-siblings since they share a mother.

Romantic LifeEdit

Thatcher Grey Edit

She met and eventually married Thatcher Grey, their marriage was strained due to her demanding work and Richard Webber, often forgetting about Thatcher and Meredith. In 1983, they divorced and Ellis cut off Thatcher's contact with her daughter.

Richard Webber Edit

Ellis and Richard had an affair for years, they made a pact that Ellis would tell Thatcher about the affair, and Richard would tell Adele. But Richard couldn't bring himself to leave Adele. Richard left Ellis. Then after that, Ellis and Meredith. She tried to commit suicide on June 19th 1983.



Harper Avery refers to Ellis Grey as the world renowned "plastic surgeon "