List of Grey's Anatomy Cast Members
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List of Grey's Anatomy Cast Members

Grey's Anatomy is an American television medical drama that debuted on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), as a mid-season replacement for Boston Legal on March 27, 2005. While creating the show, producers put an emphasis on the casting process.[1] The series has aired for fourteen seasons, and focuses on the fictional lives of surgical interns and residents, as they gradually evolve into seasoned doctors, while trying to maintain personal lives. The show's premise originated with Shonda Rhimes, who serves as an executive producer, along with Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Krista Vernoff, Rob Corn, Mark Wilding, and Allan Heinberg.[2] It is primarily filmed in Los Angeles, California.[3]

A photo of the Grey's Anatomy characters in surgical scrubs
Grey's Anatomy utilized a racially diverse casting process.

The series was created to be racially diverse, utilizing a color-blind casting technique.[4] All roles for the series are cast without the characters' races being pre-specified, in keeping with Rhimes' vision of diversity.[4] The series' protagonist, Meredith Grey, is portrayed by Ellen Pompeo. Pompeo starred as the leading role in Moonlight Mile, which explains the significance of her being cast as Meredith.[5] Meredith is assigned to work under Miranda Bailey the only character developed with a racial description in mind, who is portrayed by Chandra Wilson. On Wilson's addition to the cast Rhimes reported, "[Wilson] is exactly who Miranda is." The other interns working with Meredith under Bailey are along with Cristina Yang, George O'Malley, Izzie Stevens, and Alex Karev played by Sandra Oh, T.R. Knight, Katherine Heigl and Justin Chambers respectively. Chambers' character was not originally part of the pilot but was added later as the fifth and final intern. Oh was initially brought to play the character of Bailey, but pressed to read for the role of Cristina instead at the audition.[6] Many actors read for the role of Dr. Derek Shepherd including Isaiah Washington, but when Patrick Dempsey read for the part, "he was just perfect", according to Rhimes. Washington was cast as Burke, because the original actor to play Burke had to withdraw.[7][4]

The second season marked the introduction of Eric Dane as leading plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Sloan and Sara Ramirez as ortho-resident Dr. Callie Torres. They were initially cast as recurring characters, but both were given star billing at the opening of the third season. Ramirez was cast after ABC executives offered her a role in the network show of her choice, Dane had previously auditioned unsuccessfully for a role in the pilot episode.[8][9]Kate Walsh also joined the show in season two, after making a guest appearance in season one as Dr. Addison Montgomery the estranged wife of Derek.[10] and leaves the show at the end of the third, in order to launch her own spin-off medical drama Private Practice.[11] Burke departs at the conclusion of the third season, and is replaced by Erica Hahn played by Brooke Smith, who leaves the show during the fifth. Chyler Leigh, first appears in the third as the half-sister of Meredith, Lexie Grey.

Kevin McKidd playing Dr. Owen Hunt was signed as a series regular after originally being cast for a specific story arc joins the cast in season 5.[12]Jessica Capshaw is given series regular status at the beginning of the sixth season after plays peds-attending Arizona Robbins in the season 5. Following O'Malley's death and Stevens' departure, Jesse Williams and Sarah Drew joined the cast as new residents from Mercy West Jackson Avery and April Kepner both having made their series debuts as recurring characters in the sixth season. Kim Raver, who was cast as recurring character Dr. Teddy Altman in the sixth season, was given star billing later in the season.[13]

In the tenth season, the new batch of interns introduced during the ninth season were made series regulars including Camilla Luddington as Dr. Jo Wilson, Gaius Charles as Dr. Shane Ross, Jerrika Hinton as Dr. Stephanie Edwards, Tessa Ferrer as Dr. Leah Murphy with the exception of Tina Majorino as Dr. Heather Brooks (who died during the season 9 finale). Caterina Scorsone was upgraded to a series regular to continue her role as Dr. Amelia Shepherd, one of Dr. Derek Shepherd's four sisters. Scorsone previously played Dr. Amelia Shepherd since the seventh season as a recurring role. Kelly McCreary as Dr. Maggie Pierce was promoted to a series regular after being credited as guest-starring until the eleventh episode of eleventh season. The cast has received numerous awards and nominations, including a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series,[14] a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Drama,[15] and numerous Primetime Emmy Award nominations for individual cast members.[16]

Cast

Main

Actor Character Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Ellen Pompeo Meredith Grey Main
Sandra Oh Cristina Yang Main Does not appear
Katherine Heigl Izzie Stevens Main Does not appear
Justin Chambers Alex Karev Main
T. R. Knight George O'Malley Main Does not appear
Chandra Wilson Miranda Bailey Main
James Pickens Jr. Richard Webber Main
Isaiah Washington Preston Burke Main Does not appear Guest Does not appear
Patrick Dempsey Derek Shepherd Main Does not appear
Kate Walsh Addison Montgomery Guest Main Special Guest Does not appear
Sara Ramirez Callie Torres Does not appear Recurring Main Does not appear
Eric Dane Mark Sloan Does not appear Guest Main Does not appear
Chyler Leigh Lexie Grey Does not appear Guest Main Does not appear
Brooke Smith Erica Hahn Does not appear Recurring Guest Main Does not appear
Kevin McKidd Owen Hunt Does not appear Main
Jessica Capshaw Arizona Robbins Does not appear Recurring Main Does not appear
Kim Raver Teddy Altman Does not appear Main Does not appear Recurring Main
Sarah Drew April Kepner Does not appear Recurring Main Does not appear
Jesse Williams Jackson Avery Does not appear Recurring Main
Camilla Luddington Jo Karev Does not appear Recurring Main
Gaius Charles Shane Ross Does not appear Recurring Main Does not appear
Jerrika Hinton Stephanie Edwards Does not appear Recurring Main Does not appear
Tessa Ferrer Leah Murphy Does not appear Recurring Main Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Caterina Scorsone Amelia Shepherd Does not appear Guest Special Guest Does not appear Recurring Main
Kelly McCreary Maggie Pierce Does not appear Guest Main
Jason George Benjamin Warren Does not appear Recurring Guest Recurring Main Recurring
Martin Henderson Nathan Riggs Does not appear Main Does not appear
Giacomo Gianniotti Andrew DeLuca Does not appear Guest Main
Jake Borelli Levi Schmitt Does not appear Recurring Main
Greg Germann Thomas Koracick Does not appear Recurring Main
Chris Carmack Atticus Lincoln Does not appear Recurring Main
Cast Character Occupation Seasons First episode Last episode No. of
episodes
(credited)
Notes
Regular Recurring Guest
Ellen Pompeo Meredith Grey Head of General Surgery 1- Does not appear Does not appear "A Hard Day's Night" (1.01) Does not appear 342 Does not appear
Sandra Oh Cristina Yang Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon 1-10 Does not appear Does not appear "Fear (Of the Unknown)" (10.24) 220 Does not appear
Katherine Heigl Izzie Stevens Surgical Resident 1-6 Does not appear Does not appear "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked" (6.12) 114 Does not appear
Justin Chambers Alex Karev Attending Pediatric Surgeon 1- Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear 342 Does not appear
T. R. Knight George O'Malley Surgical Resident 1-5 Does not appear Does not appear "Now or Never" (5.24) 102 Does not appear
Chandra Wilson Miranda Bailey Chief of Surgery 1- Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear 342 Does not appear
James Pickens, Jr. Richard Webber Attending General Surgeon 1- Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear 342 Does not appear
Isaiah Washington Preston Burke Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon 1-3 Does not appear 10 "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (10.22) 62 Does not appear
Patrick Dempsey Derek Shepherd Attending Neurosurgeon 1-11 Does not appear Does not appear "You're My Home" (11.25) 245 Does not appear
Kate Walsh Addison Montgomery Attending OB/GYN, Attending Neonatal Surgery, Attending Fetal Surgery, 2-3 2 1, 4-8 "Who's Zoomin' Who?" (1.09) "If/Then" (8.13) 59 Does not appear
Sara Ramirez Callie Torres Head of Orthopedic Surgery 3-12 2 Does not appear "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" (2.19) "Family Affair" (12.24) 241 Does not appear
Eric Dane Mark Sloan Head of Plastic Surgery, Attending Otolaryngologist 3-9 Does not appear 2 "Yesterday" (2.18) "Remember the Time" (9.02) 138 Does not appear
Chyler Leigh Lexie Grey Surgical Resident 4-8 Does not appear 3 "Testing 1-2-3" (3.24) "Flight" (8.24) 113 Does not appear
Brooke Smith Erica Hahn Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery 4-5 2 3 "17 Seconds" (2.25) "Rise Up" (5.07) 25 Does not appear
Kevin McKidd Owen Hunt Head of Trauma Surgery 5- 5 Does not appear "Dream a Little Dream of Me, Part 1" (5.01) Does not appear 262 Does not appear
Kim Raver Teddy Altman Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon 6-8, 15- 6, 14 Does not appear "New History" (6.09) Does not appear 91 Does not appear
Jessica Capshaw Arizona Robbins Attending Pediatric Surgeon, Attending Fetal Surgeon 6-14 5 Does not appear "Wish You Were Here" (5.11) "All of Me" (14.24) 224 Does not appear
Sarah Drew April Kepner Attending Trauma Surgeon 7-14 6 Does not appear "Invasion" (6.05) 202 Does not appear
Jesse Williams Jackson Avery Head of Plastic Surgery, Attending ENT 7- 6 Does not appear Does not appear 235 Does not appear
Camilla Luddington Jo Karev Surgical Innovation Fellow 10- 9 Does not appear "Going, Going, Gone" (9.01) Does not appear 167 Does not appear
Gaius Charles Shane Ross Surgical Resident 10 9 Does not appear "Fear (Of the Unknown)" (10.24) 46 Does not appear
Jerrika Hinton Stephanie Edwards Surgical Resident 10-13 9 Does not appear "Ring of Fire" (13.24) 117 Does not appear
Tessa Ferrer Leah Murphy Surgical Resident 10 9, 13 Does not appear "It Only Gets Much Worse" (13.13) 46 Does not appear
Caterina Scorsone Amelia Shepherd Head of Neurosurgery 11- 10 7-8 "Superfreak" (7.03) Does not appear 128 Does not appear
Kelly McCreary Maggie Pierce Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery 11- Does not appear 10 "Everything I Try to Do, Nothing Seems to Turn Out Right" (10.23) Does not appear 123 Does not appear
Jason George Ben Warren Firefighter 12-14 6, 8-11, 15- 7 "State of Love and Trust" (6.13) Does not appear 123 Does not appear
Martin Henderson Nathan Riggs Attending Cardiothoracic Surgery 12-14 Does not appear Does not appear "The Me Nobody Knows" (12.06) "Danger Zone (14.05) 48 Does not appear
Giacomo Gianniotti Andrew DeLuca Surgical Resident 12- Does not appear 11-12 "Time Stops" (11.24) Does not appear 99 Does not appear
Jake Borelli Levi Schmitt Surgical Intern 16- 14-15 Does not appear "Break Down the House" (14.01) Does not appear 39 Does not appear
Greg Germann Thomas Koracick Attending Neurosurgeon 16- 14-15 Does not appear "Go Big or Go Home" (14.03) Does not appear 23 Does not appear
Chris Carmack Atticus Lincoln Head of Orthopedic Surgery 16- 15 Does not appear "With a Wonder and a Wild Desire" (15.01) Does not appear 20 Does not appear

Recurring

Actor Character Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Bokhee An Bokhee Recurring
Kate Burton Ellis Grey Recurring Guest Recurring Guest Recurring
Robin Rose Patricia Recurring Guest Guest
Anjul Nigam Raj Sen Guest Recurring Guest Guest
Sarah Utterback Olivia Harper Recurring Guest Guest Guest
Moe Irvin Tyler Christian Recurring Guest Recurring Guest Guest
Payton Silver Dr. Knox Guest Guest Recurring Guest Recurring Guest
Steven W. Bailey Joe Recurring Recurring Guest
Loretta Devine Adele Webber Recurring Guest Recurring Guest
Cathy Lind Hayes Debbie Recurring
George Dzundza Harold O'Malley Guest Recurring
Tim Griffin Ronny O'Malley Guest Recurring
Jack J. Yang Walter Guest Recurring
Jeffrey Dean Morgan Denny Duquette Recurring Recurring
Chris O'Donnell Finn Dandridge Recurring
Jeff Perry Thatcher Grey Guest Recurring Guest Guest
Greg Pitts Jerry O'Malley Guest Recurring
Kali Rocha Sydney Heron Guest Recurring Guest
Cress Williams Tucker Jones Recurring Recurring
Mare Winningham Susan Grey Guest Recurring
Diahann Carroll Jane Burke Recurring Guest
Debra Monk Louise O'Malley Recurring Guest Guest Guest
Roger Rees Colin Marlow Recurring
Mitch Pileggi Lawrence Jennings Guest Recurring Guest
Nicole Rubio Nicole Cummins Guest Guest Recurring Guest Guest
Elizabeth Reaser Rebecca "Ava" Pope Recurring
Candice Afia Laura Guest Recurring Guest
Amrapali Ambegaokar Dani Mandvi Recurring Guest
Tymberlee Chanel Claire Recurring Guest
Gloria Garayua Graciella Guzman Recurring
Molly Kidder Megan Nowland Recurring
Richard Keith Mitch Recurring
Joy Osmanski Lucy Recurring Guest
Winston Story Leo Byrider Recurring Guest
Joseph Williamson Pierce Halley Recurring Guest
Edward Herrmann Norman Shales Recurring
Amy Madigan Katharine Wyatt Recurring Guest
Mark Saul Steve Mostow Recurring Guest
Lauren Stamile Rose Recurring Guest
Brandon Scott Ryan Spalding Recurring Guest
Melissa George Sadie Harris Recurring
Mary McDonnell Virginia Dixon Recurring
Eric Stoltz William Dunn Recurring
Samantha Mathis Melinda Prescott Recurring
Aaron Refvem Jackson Prescott Recurring
Jennifer Westfeldt Jen Harmon Recurring
Ben Shenkman Rob Harmon Recurring
Kimberly Elise Rebecca Swender Recurring
Debra Mooney Evelyn Hunt Guest Guest Guest Recurring Recurring Guest
Robert Baker Charles Percy Recurring Guest Guest
Michael O'Neill Gary Clark Recurring
Leven Rambin Sloan Riley Recurring
Nora Zehetner Reed Adamson Recurring
Scott Foley Henry Burton Recurring
James Tupper Andrew Perkins Recurring
Peter MacNicol Robert Stark Recurring
Daniel Sunjata Eli Lloyd Recurring Guest
Rachael Taylor Lucy Fields Recurring
Janora McDuffie Janet Meyers Guest Recurring
Debbie Allen Catherine Fox Recurring
Jon Schmidt Logan Recurring
Holley Fain Julia Canner Recurring Guest
Amanda Fuller Morgan Peterson Recurring
William Daniels Craig Thomas Guest Recurring
Steven Culp Darren Parker Recurring
Meeghan Holloway Doctor's Rep Recurring
Roma Maffia Roberta Thompson Recurring
Constance Zimmer Alana Cahill Recurring
Dominic Hoffman Jeff Russell Recurring Guest
Justin Bruening Matthew Taylor Recurring Recurring
Hilarie Burton Lauren Boswell Recurring
Charles Michael Davis Jason Myers Recurring
Tina Majorino Heather Brooks Recurring Guest
Enid Graham Rachel Dawson Recurring
Michael Buie Paul Dawson Recurring
Kyle Red Silverstein Ethan Dawson Recurring
Jennifer Bassey Nancy Dawson Recurring
James Remar Jimmy Evans Recurring
Melissa Center Ashley Glazier Recurring
JD Cullum Lloyd Recurring
Mark Adair-Rios David Morris Recurring
Rebecca Field Sabine McNeil Recurring Guest
Billy Malone Jon McNeil Recurring Guest
Bresha Webb Teresa Morris Recurring
Jadin Gould Ivy McNeil Recurring
Armani Jackson Braden Morris Recurring
Harley Graham Francesca McNeil Recurring
Thomas Barbusca Link McNeil Recurring
Marguerite Moreau Emma Marling Recurring
Joe Adler Isaac Cross Recurring
Nick D'Agosto Graham Maddox Recurring
Geena Davis Nicole Herman Recurring Guest
Joe Dinicol Mitchell Spencer Recurring
Irene Keng Audrey Shaw Recurring
Samantha Sloyan Penny Blake Guest Recurring
Scott Elrod William Thorpe Recurring
Wilmer Valderrama Kyle Diaz Recurring
Marika Dominczyk Eliza Minnick Recurring
LaTanya Richardson Diane Pierce Recurring
Matthew Morrison Paul Stadler Guest Recurring
Abigail Spencer Megan Hunt Guest Recurring Guest
Bethany Joy Lenz Jenny Recurring
Stefania Spampinato Carina DeLuca Recurring
Sophia Ali Dahlia Qadri Recurring
Rushi Kota Vikram Roy Recurring Guest
Jeanine Mason Sam Bello Recurring
Jaicy Elliot Taryn Helm Recurring
Alex Blue Davis Casey Parker Recurring
Blake Hood Clive Johnson Recurring
Lesley Boone Judy Kemp Recurring
Nayah Damasen Kimmie Park Recurring
Candis Cayne Michelle Velez Recurring
Rachel Ticotin Marie Cerone Recurring
Peyton Kennedy Betty Nelson Recurring
Lindsay Wagner Helen Karev Guest Recurring
Jaina Lee Ortiz Andy Herrera Guest Recurring
Alex Landi Nico Kim Recurring
Caroline Clay Cece Colvin Recurring
Jennifer Grey Carol Dickinson Recurring
Kyle Secor John Dickinson Recurring
Jasmine Guy Gemma Guest Recurring
Barrett Doss Victoria Hughes Recurring
Richard Flood Cormac Hayes Recurring

References

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