List of Grey's Anatomy cast members

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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]


Actor Character Season
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Main cast
Ellen Pompeo Meredith Grey Main
Sandra Oh Cristina Yang Main
Katherine Heigl Izzie Stevens Main
Justin Chambers Alex Karev Main
T. R. Knight George O'Malley Main
Chandra Wilson Miranda Bailey Main
James Pickens, Jr. Richard Webber Main
Isaiah Washington Preston Burke Main Guest
Patrick Dempsey Derek Shepherd Main
Kate Walsh Addison Montgomery Guest Main Special Guest
Eric Dane Mark Sloan Guest Main
Sara Ramirez Callie Torres Recurring Main
Brooke Smith Erica Hahn Recurring Guest Main
Chyler Leigh Lexie Grey Guest Main
Kevin McKidd Owen Hunt Main
Jessica Capshaw Arizona Robbins Recurring Main
Kim Raver Teddy Altman Main Recurring Main
Sarah Drew April Kepner Recurring Main
Jesse Williams Jackson Avery Recurring Main
Jason George Benjamin Warren Recurring Guest Recurring Main Recurring
Caterina Scorsone Amelia Shepherd Guest Recurring Main
Camilla Luddington Jo Karev Recurring Main
Gaius Charles Shane Ross Recurring Main
Jerrika Hinton Stephanie Edwards Recurring Main
Tessa Ferrer Leah Murphy Recurring Main Recurring
Kelly McCreary Maggie Pierce Guest Main
Giacomo Gianniotti Andrew DeLuca Guest Main
Martin Henderson Nathan Riggs Main
Actor Character Season
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Recurring cast
Bokhee An Bokhee Recurring
Kate Burton Ellis Grey Recurring Guest Recurring Guest
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
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
Bethany Joy Lenz Jenny Recurring
Stefania Spampinato Carina DeLuca Recurring
Greg Germann Tom Koracick Recurring
Jake Borelli Levi Schmitt Recurring
Sophia Ali Dahlia Qadri Recurring
Rushi Kota Vikram Roy Recurring
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 Recurring
Jaina Lee Ortiz Andy Herrera Guest
Chris Carmack Atticus Lincoln Recurring
Alex Landi Nico Kim Recurring
Caroline Clay Cece Colvin Recurring


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