Mary Elizabeth Ellis

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Mary Elizabeth Ellis
Mary Elizabeth Ellis by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born (1979-05-11) May 11, 1979 (age 36)
Laurel, Mississippi, U.S.
Alma mater Southern Methodist University
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Charlie Day (m. 2006)
Children 1

Mary Elizabeth Ellis (born May 11, 1979) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as The Waitress on the FX comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. She has also starred in the NBC sitcom Perfect Couples and the Fox sitcom The Grinder.

Early life[edit]

Ellis was born in Laurel, Mississippi. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2002.[1]


Ellis has appeared in a number of television series, including Cold Case, Without a Trace, House, Happy Endings, New Girl, and Reno 911!. She is best known for her role as The Waitress on the FX comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

In 2008, she co-wrote and starred in the independent film A Quiet Little Marriage. Ellis and Artemis Pebdani wrote and starred together in the stage show Mother May I Dance with Mary Jane's Fist?: A Lifetime Original Play at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles, California. In addition, Ellis and Pebdani are members of the Los Angeles-based performance group Discount Cruise to Hell.[2]

Ellis was a series regular on the NBC romantic comedy series Perfect Couples, which ran for one season in 2011.[3][4][5] Ellis also stars in The Lonely Island's music video for the song "Diaper Money".

Personal life[edit]

Ellis married her It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-star Charlie Day on March 4, 2006. Their first child,[6] a son named Russell Wallace Day, was born on December 15, 2011.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 A Quiet Little Marriage Olive Co-writer
2009 Pulling Karen
2014 The Last Time You Had Fun Alison
2015 Masterminds Michelle Chambers Post-production
2015 The Truth About Lies Sharon
2015 The Last Time You Had Fun Allison


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Cracking Up Jennifer 1 episode
2004 Reno 911! Inbred Twin 1 episode
2005–present It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia The Waitress Recurring role, 21 episodes
2006 House Sophie 1 episode
2007 Without a Trace Sally Price 1 episode
2009 Old Friends Portia Bridges 1 episode
2009 Cold Case Shelly Reid 1 episode
2011 Perfect Couples Amy 11 episodes
2011–14 New Girl Caroline 6 episodes
2012 Georgia Georgia 3 episodes
2012 Up All Night Connie Chafin 2 episodes
2012–13 Happy Endings Daphne Wilson 2 episodes
2013 The Millers Debbie Unaired pilot
2013 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Dr. Rossi 1 episode
2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Network Executive 1 episode
2015 Drunk History Dorothy Fuldheim 1 episode
2015–present The Grinder Debbie Sanderson Main role


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Tempest Ariel PCPA Theaterfest


  1. ^ "2001-2002 Class Notes". SMU Magazine 2013. 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Conversations with Ross: Featuring Mary Elizabeth Ellis
  3. ^ "NBC TV show ratings" (Press release). NBC Universal. Jan 27, 2011. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived May 21, 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Television News, Reviews and TV Show Recaps – HuffPost TV". Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  6. ^ Wedemeyer, Jessica (2011-07-23). "Charlie Day, Mary Elizabeth Ellis Expecting a Baby". Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  7. ^ Actors Charlie Day & Mary Elizabeth Ellis Welcome A Baby Boy

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