Sara Ramirez

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Sara Elena Ramirez
Sara Ramírez3.jpg
The Heart Truth fashion show, 2008
Born(1975-08-31) August 31, 1975 (age 38)
Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico
OccupationSinger, Songwriter, Actress
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Ryan DeBolt (2012–present)
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Sara Elena Ramirez
Sara Ramírez3.jpg
The Heart Truth fashion show, 2008
Born(1975-08-31) August 31, 1975 (age 38)
Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico
OccupationSinger, Songwriter, Actress
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Ryan DeBolt (2012–present)

Sara Elena Ramirez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsaɾa raˈmiɾez]; born August 31, 1975) is a Mexican singer/songwriter and actress. She is known for her role as Dr. Callie Torres in the medical drama Grey's Anatomy (2006–present), and as the original Lady of the Lake in the 2005 Broadway musical Spamalot, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

Early life[edit]

Ramirez was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, a beach resort on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Her father was Mexican and her mother was half Mexican and half Irish-American.[1] When Ramirez was eight years old, her mother took her to Tierrasanta, in San Diego, California, where they settled. After completing the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts in San Diego, California, Ramirez attended and graduated from the Juilliard School (B.F.A. '97, drama)[2] in New York City, where she refined her skills as an actress. Ramirez speaks both Spanish and English fluently.

Personal life[edit]

On June 17, 2011, Ramirez and longtime partner, Ryan Debolt, a business analyst at TIMEC, got engaged in Paris, France.[3] They were married on July 4, 2012 in a private beachside ceremony in New York.[4][5]


She debuted on Broadway playing Wahzinak in Paul Simon's The Capeman (1998). In 1999, she appeared in The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm (1999) and received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for her role. She has also appeared in A Class Act (2001) and Dreamgirls (2001), and in 2002 she performed in The Vagina Monologues with Tovah Feldshuh and Suzanne Bertish.[6]

In 1998, she played the voice of Lammy in the video game UmJammer Lammy, a spin-off of PaRappa the Rapper, both on Sony's PlayStation console. She later reprised her role as Lammy in the PlayStation 2 video game sequel PaRappa the Rapper 2, and has a smaller role, unlike the game that preceded it.

In 2004, Ramirez was cast as the Lady of the Lake in the Eric Idle/John Du Prez musical Spamalot, based on the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The musical opened on Broadway in 2005 to widespread acclaim, and Ramirez in particular was singled out for her performance, winning several awards including the 2005 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

Following her success on Broadway, Ramirez joined the cast of Grey's Anatomy in a recurring role as Dr. Calliope 'Callie' Torres in the show's second season. For the third season she became a series regular. On a special Grey's Anatomy-themed episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, she revealed that top executives from ABC loved her performance in Spamalot so much that they offered her a role in any ABC show she wanted. She picked Grey's, of which she was a fan.[7] Ramirez provided a cappella vocals in the song "Silent Night" for the soundtrack of the show's sixth season episode "Holidaze," airing November 19, 2009. On December 21, 2009, this version of the song was released as a single on iTunes. Ramirez's voice was also showcased in the musical episode of Grey's Anatomy, Ep. 718 "Song Beneath the Song", which aired March 31, 2011. Her solo music debut was an extended play released on March 27, 2011 through the iTunes Store. It included three original songs, as well as a recording of "The Story", performed on the musical episode of Grey's Anatomy.[8]


1998You've Got MailRose
1999UmJammer LammyLammy (voice)Video Game
2000Star PatrolLieutenant VenaTV movie
Spin CityCarol QuinnEpisode: "About Last Night"
Third WatchGwen GirardEpisode: "The Tys That Bind"
Welcome to New YorkLindaEpisode: "The Crier"
Law & Order: Special Victims UnitMrs. BarreraEpisode: "Baby Killer"
2001PaRappa the Rapper 2Lammy (voice)Video Game
2002Spider-ManPolice officer at carjacking
Washington HeightsBelkis
Baseball WivesGabriella MartinezTV movie
Law & Order: Special Victims UnitLisa PerezEpisode: "Chameleon"
ChicagoFemale ensemble
2003Naked HotelUnknownTV movie
As the World TurnsHannahEpisode "#1.12051"
When Ocean Meets SkyPeggy Fears (voice)
2004NYPD BlueIrma PachecoEpisode: "Who's Your Daddy?"
2006–presentGrey's AnatomyDr. Callie TorresRecurring cast (season 2)
Series regular (season 3–present)
Imagen Foundation Award for Best Supporting Actress - Television (2007)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2007)
Nominated—ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Television Series (2007, 2008)
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2011)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2008)
2013–presentSofia the FirstQueen Mirandavoice

Stage productions[edit]

1998The CapemanWahzinakMarquis Theatre
January 29, 1998 – March 28, 1998
1999The Gershwins' Fascinating RhythmPerformerLongacre Theatre
April 25, 1999 – May 9, 1999
2001A Class ActFeliciaAmbassador Theatre
March 11, 2001 – June 10, 2001
DreamgirlsEnsembleFord Center for the Performing Arts
September 24, 2001
2002The Vagina MonologuesPerformerWestside Theatre
November 12, 2002 – December 1, 2002
2005SpamalotThe Lady of the LakeShubert Theatre
February 14, 2005 – December 18, 2005


Extended plays[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions

Sara Ramirez37738


Other charted songs[edit]

List of songs, with selected chart positions
SongYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
"The Story"2011697234Sara Ramirez


YearTitleChart positions
2005Monty Python's Spamalot [Original Broadway Cast Recording]69
2011Grey's Anatomy: The Music Event245
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNominated WorkResult
1999Outer Critics Circle AwardOutstanding Leading Actress in a MusicalThe Gershwins' Fascinating RhythmNominated
2005Tony AwardBest Performance by a Featured Actress in a MusicalMonty Python's SpamalotWon
Drama League AwardDistinguished PerformanceNominated
Outer Critics Circle AwardOutstanding Featured Actress in a MusicalWon


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  2. ^ "Alumni News Reflections: Sara Ramirez". The Juilliard School. May 2006. Archived from the original on 2008-05-03. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  3. ^ Chaney, Jen (June 24, 2011). "Sara Ramirez engaged; Curtis Stone and Lindsay Price expecting baby". The Washington Post (Washington, D.C.). Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ Hernandez, Lee (July 9, 2012). "Sara Ramirez, Grey's Anatomy Star, is Married! (EXCLUSIVE)". Huffington Post (Huffington Post). Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Tony Winner and Grey's Anatomy Star Sara Ramirez Ties the Knot!". ( July 9, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  6. '^ "Bertish, Feldshuh, Class Acts Ramirez Next in Vagina Monologues Nov. 12-Dec. 1". ( November 12, 2002. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sara Ramirez Chandra Wilson Kate Walsh OP". YouTube. 5 April 2008. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  8. ^ Gans, Andrew (March 25, 2011). "Tony Winner Sara Ramirez's EP Will Be Available on ITunes March 27". Playbill (Philip S Birsh). Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith; Trust, Gary (April 7, 2011). "Chart Moves: Katy Perry, Rihanna, Elton John, Lil Wayne, Celtic Thunder". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved April 8, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Independent Albums: Week of April 16, 2010". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 8, 2011. 
  11. ^ "ALBUMS : Top 100". JAM! Music. Nielsen Soundscan. April 7, 2011. Archived from the original on April 10, 2011. Retrieved April 10, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Silent Night". Retrieved April 8, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Canadian Hot 100: Week of April 16, 2010 (Biggest Jump)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 8, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Irish Music Charts Archive: Top 50 Singles, Week Ending 7 April 2011". Chart-Track. GfK. April 7, 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2011. 

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