Mary Elizabeth Ellis began her love for acting as a child at a local theatre in Laurel, Mississippi. After high school years full of theatre and drama competitions, that love drove her to attend Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. Upon graduation, Los Angeles called. Ellis continued studying acting as well as improvisation at the infamous Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater.
Recently, Ellis was on the FOX single-camera legal comedy The Grinder opposite Rob Lowe and Fred Savage. She is also known for her hysterical recurring role as the “Waitress” on FXX’s original hit comedy show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which she began working on in its infant stage in their apartment seven years ago. She has starred as “Amy” in the NBC single-camera comedy Perfect Couples and recurred on FOX’s New Girl opposite Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson, playing the character of “Caroline,” “Nick’s” ex-girlfriend, with whom he tries to rekindle a relationship. Ellis also recurred on the ABC comedy Happy Endings. Catch her in the upcoming NETFLIX series Santa Clarita Diet with Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant.
On the feature front, you can see her in Masterminds, in which she stars opposite Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis, and Owen Wilson. Ellis plays Owen Wilson’s scene stealing wife “Michelle.” She also starred opposite Eliza Coupe, Demetri Martin and Kyle Bornheimer in the indie The Last Time You Had Fun, which premiered at the Los Angeles International Film Festival. She co-wrote and starred in the independent film, A Quiet Little Marriage, which won The Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance Film Festival.
In addition to acting and writing, Ellis loves drawing, working with at-risk youth, mom-ing, and organizing “crafternoons” with the ladies. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, son and dog.