The American actress, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, is perhaps best known for her appearance in “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and for playing recurring roles in the TV series “New Girl” and “Santa Clarita Diet.”
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Mary Elizabeth hails from Laurel, Mississippi, and was born under the Taurus zodiac sign on 11 May 1979, which makes her 44 years old as of 2023. She’s the daughter of Judy and Steve Ellis, and has a sister named Rebecca Ellis.
Ellis was educated at East Meadow Girls College, and is also an alumnus of Southern Methodist University, University Park, Texas, from where she graduated in 2002.
Hobbies and Facts
Ellis is a big fan of late-night movies – her favorite actress is Laurie Metcalf, and she also enjoys watching Matt Damon and Will Smith-starred films.
She is keen on working out, and also often practices yoga. She’s also a certified gymnast, and has taught gymnastics for nearly a decade.
Ellis is also a philanthropist who’s worked with various organizations that help underprivileged children.
Career – TV Appearances
Before she headed to Hollywood, Ellis worked several odd jobs – in a 2016 interview with “GQ” magazine, she revealed that she served as a hostess and caterer at a Los Angeles-based Jewish cultural center.
Mary Elizabeth Ellis guest-stars as Dr. Rossi in the "M.E. Time" episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine – TONIGHT on FOX!
In 2004, Ellis appeared in single episodes of the TV sitcom “Cracking Up”, and the comedy “Reno 911!” She rose to stardom in 2005, when cast to portray The Waitress, a woman openly stalked by Paddy’s Club former co-owner, Charlie Kelly (played by Charlie Day), whom she filed numerous restraining orders against in the FX TV sitcom “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” She appeared in 35 episodes of the show, and shared the screen with her husband, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson and Glenn Howerton. Ellis also made one-episode appearances in various TV series during the 2000s.
In 2010 and 2011, Ellis portrayed Amy in eleven episodes of the NBC sitcom “Perfect Couples”, and her next notable appearance was as Caroline in six episodes of Elizabeth Meriwether’s sitcom “New Girl” (2011-2014). She later played Georgia in three episodes of “Georgia,” Connie in two episodes of the TV sitcom “Up All Night,” and Daphne Wilson in two episodes of the ABC sitcom “Happy Endings” all in 2012. In 2015 and 2016, Ellis portrayed Debbie Sanderson in 22 episodes of the single-camera legal comedy “The Grinder.” She shared the screen with Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore in the Netflix comedy horror “Santa Clarita Diet” from 2017 to 2019, which was followed by a five-episode appearance in Jim Gavin’s comedy-drama “Lodge 49.” Most recently, Ellis appeared in an episode of the Netflix workplace comedy “Unstable.”
Ellis made her film debut in the drama “A Quiet Little Marriage” in 2008. She then focused on TV appearances, not making her next film appearance until the 2016 short film “Step 9” – she was nominated for a Massachusetts Independent Film Festival Award for Best Actress Short for her performance. Her role (as Sharon) in “The Truth about Lies” saw her nominated for a NewFilm Makers Los Angeles Award for Best Performance in a Comedy in 2017. Mary’s following appearances were in the 2020 fantasy comedy “Godmothered” and the Charlie Day-directed satirical comedy “Fool’s Paradise” in 2023. In late 2023, she’ll appear alongside the likes of Dwane Johnson in the upcoming action-adventure Christmas movie “Red One”
In the 2000s, Ellis appeared in various plays including “The Tempest,” “Killer Joe,” and “The Nightman Cometh.” In 2008, she wrote the film “A Quiet Little Marriage” together with Cy Carter and Mo Perkins. She also wrote and produced the 2018 31-minute-long TV movie “Mother, May I Dance with Mary Jane’s Fist?: A Lifetone Original Movie for Adult Swim.”
Ellis often performs with the Los Angeles-based band, Discount Cruise to Hell, which comprises the actor and comedian Drew Droege, and her “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” co-star, Artemis Pebdani. She directed and appeared in the music video for the 2022 song “Anti-Hero” by Taylor Swift, and also directed The Lonely Island comedy trio’s music video for the song “Diaper Money”, and Ben Abraham’s music video for the song “If I Didn’t Love You” alongside her husband, Day.
Ellis has endorsed many brands, including Target Style, Farm Rio, World Central Kitchen, and Center for Reproductive Rights.
Ellis is followed by over 345,000 fans and supporters on her Instagram account (@maryelizabethellis). She joined Twitter in March 2010, and is currently followed by almost 90,000 fans (@meellisday).
Ellis is married to the American actor, comedian, writer, and producer Charlie Day, whom she has worked together with in various projects including the shows “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Reno 911!” – they played incestuous siblings in the latter. The duo met at a New York City-based club in 2001 and began dating shortly afterward. They eventually walked the aisle on 4 March 2006, and in December 2011, welcomed a son named Russell Wallace Day. Ellis is fond of speaking about her son on social media and in interviews, and has stated, ‘I think breastfeeding is part of what helped me lose my baby weight. I just dumped it all into my chubby little son.’ Ellis and her husband recently celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary on 4 March 2023 – she posted her photo together with Day on Instagram, and captioned it ‘This Guy. What a prize. Glad I snatched you up in the claw of my heart @charliedayofficial.’
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Ellis is of Caucasian ethnicity and has a set of blue eyes, and blonde hair. She’s 5ft 4ins (1.63m) tall, weighs approximately 130lbs (59kgs), and her vital statistics are 34-26-35. The actress wears shoe and dress sizes 7(US) and 2(US) respectively, and has inked several tattoos on her upper arm and wrist.
Ellis has accumulated a good sum from her acting career; her net worth’s approximately $30 million as of 2023. Her husband, Charlie Day, also has a net worth of around $30 million.
Who Is Mary Elizabeth Ellis’ Husband, Charlie Day – Brief Biography
Charlie Charles Peckman Day was born on 9 February 1976 (47 years old) to the former Salve Regina University music history professor, Dr. Thomas Charles Day, and his wife Mary, who taught music at The Pennfield School, Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Day is perhaps best known for co-creating, producing and starring in the comedy series “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” For his performance in the series, Day was nominated for a Satellite Award, and a Critics’ Choice Television Award.
He co-created the Fox TV sitcom “The Cool Kids” with Paul Fruchbom, and the Apple TV+ comedy series “Mythic Quest” with Rob McElhenney and Megan Ganz. Day is known for starring as biologist Dr. Geiszler in the 2013 sci-fi “Pacific Rim” and its 2018 sequel and as Dale Arbus in the 2011 comedy “Horrible Bosses” with its 2014 sequel. He has also lent his voice to various animated films, including “Monster University” and “The Lego Movie” film series.