List of Grey's Anatomy cast members

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

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 ten 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]

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. Meredith is assigned to work under Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), along with Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), George O'Malley (T.R. Knight), Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl), and Alex Karev (Justin Chambers). Following O'Malley's death and Stevens' departure, they are replaced by Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) and April Kepner (Sarah Drew), in the sixth season. The surgical wing is originally supervised by Richard Webber (James Pickens, Jr.), who is eventually replaced by Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), and later Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd).

Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington) departs at the conclusion of the third season, and is replaced by Erica Hahn (Brooke Smith), who leaves the show during the fifth, and later Teddy Altman (Kim Raver), who departs at the end of the eighth. Introduced in the second season is Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh), who leaves the show at the end of the third, in order to launch her own spin-off medical drama Private Practice.[5] Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) and Mark Sloan (Eric Dane) also enter the show in the second season, while half-sister of Meredith, Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh), first appears in the third and dies at the end of the eighth. Sloan later passes away at the beginning of the ninth season. Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) is given series regular status at the beginning of the sixth 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,[6] a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama,[7] and numerous Primetime Emmy Award nominations for individual cast members.[8]


Main cast[edit]

Main cast of Grey's Anatomy
Ellen PompeoMeredith GreyMain
Sandra OhCristina YangMain
Katherine HeiglIzzie StevensMain
Justin ChambersAlex KarevMain
T.R. KnightGeorge O'MalleyMain
Chandra WilsonMiranda BaileyMain
James Pickens, Jr.Richard WebberMain
Isaiah WashingtonPreston BurkeMainGuest
Patrick DempseyDerek ShepherdMain
Kate WalshAddison MontgomeryGuestMainGuest
Sara RamirezCallie TorresRecurringMain
Eric Dane*Mark SloanGuestMain
Brooke SmithErica HahnRecurringMain
Chyler LeighLexie GreyRecurringMain
Kevin McKiddOwen HuntMain
Jessica CapshawArizona RobbinsRecurringMain
Kim RaverTeddy AltmanMain
Sarah DrewApril KepnerRecurringMain
Jesse WilliamsJackson AveryRecurringMain
Caterina ScorsoneAmelia ShepherdGuestRecurringMain
Camilla LuddingtonJo WilsonRecurringMain
Jerrika HintonStephanie EdwardsRecurringMain
Gaius CharlesShane RossRecurringMain
Tessa FerrerLeah MurphyRecurringMain
Kelly McCrearyMaggie PierceGuestMain

Recurring cast[edit]

Unnamed actressBokheeRecurring
Steven W. BaileyJoeRecurringRecurring
Kate BurtonEllis GreyRecurringGuestRecurring
Sarah UtterbackOlivia HarperRecurringRecurring
Robin RosePatriciaRecurringRecurring
Moe IrvinTyler ChristianRecurringGuest
Loretta DevineAdele WebberRecurring
George DzundzaHarold O'MalleyRecurring
Greg PittsJerry O'MalleyRecurring
Tim GriffinRonny O'MalleyRecurring
Jeffrey Dean MorganDenny DuquetteRecurringRecurring
Kali RochaSydney HeronRecurring
Cress WilliamsTucker JonesRecurringRecurring
Kyle ChandlerDylan YoungRecurring
Jeff PerryThatcher GreyRecurring
Mare WinninghamSusan GreyRecurring
Chris O'DonnellFinn DandridgeRecurring
Diahann CarrollJane BurkeRecurring
Mitch PileggiLawrence JenningsRecurringRecurringRecurring
Debra MonkLouise O'MalleyRecurringRecurringGuest
Elizabeth ReaserRebecca PopeRecurring
Hector ElizondoCarlos TorresGuestGuestGuest
Mark SaulSteve MostowRecurring
Amy MadiganKatharine WyattRecurring
Lauren StamileRoseRecurring
Mary McDonnellVirginia DixonRecurring
Melissa GeorgeSadie HarrisRecurring
Nora ZehetnerReed AdamsonRecurring
Robert BakerCharles PercyRecurringGuest
Leven RambinSloan RileyRecurring
Jason GeorgeBen WarrenRecurring
Mandy MooreMary PortmanRecurring
Daniel SunjataEliRecurring
Peter MacNicolRobert StarkRecurring
Rachael TaylorLucy FieldsRecurring
Scott FoleyHenry BurtonRecurring
Amanda FullerMorganRecurring
Debbie AllenCatherine AveryRecurring
Hilarie BurtonLauren BoswellRecurring
Charles Michael DavisJason Myers (ob)Recurring
Tina MajorinoHeather BrooksRecurringGuest
Justin BrueningMatthew TaylorRecurring
Marguerite MoreauEmma MarlingRecurring
Patrick FabianOliver LebackesRecurring
Rebecca FieldSabine McNeilRecurring
Geena DavisNicole HermanRecurring
Nick D'AgostoGraham MaddenRecurring


  1. ^ Rhodes, Joe (April 14, 2005). "Thriving Ratings for a New Patient on ABC". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved July 1, 2009. 
  2. ^ "About the Show". Grey's Anatomy. American Broadcasting Company. Retrieved May 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ Grey's Anatomy Season One DVD: Commentary Feature. Buena Vista Home Entertainment. 2005. 
  4. ^ a b Fogel, Matthew (May 8, 2005). "'Grey's Anatomy' Goes Colorblind". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved June 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ Ryan, Maureen (February 21, 2007). "Paging Dr. Montgomery: She's starring in the new 'Grey's Anatomy' spinoff". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Company. Retrieved July 4, 2009. 
  6. ^ "The 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild Awards. Screen Actors Guild. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ "List of Golden Globe Nominees and Winners". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Grey's Anatomy". Emmy Awards. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 

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