Sara Ramirez

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

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 of half Mexican and half Irish-American descent.[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.


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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

Personal life[edit]

On June 17, 2011, Ramirez and longtime partner, Ryan DeBolt, a business analyst at TIMEC, got engaged in Paris, France.[6] They were married on July 4, 2012 in a private beachside ceremony in New York.[7][8]


Film and television[edit]

1998You've Got MailRose
1999UmJammer LammyLammy (voice)Video Game
2000Star PatrolLieutenant VenaTV movie
2000Spin CityCarol QuinnEpisode: "About Last Night"
2000Third WatchGwen GirardEpisode: "The Tys That Bind"
2000Welcome to New YorkLindaEpisode: "The Crier"
2000Law & Order: Special Victims UnitMrs. BarreraEpisode: "Baby Killer"
2001PaRappa the Rapper 2Lammy (voice)Video game
2002Spider-ManPolice officer at carjacking
2002Washington HeightsBelkis
2002Baseball WivesGabriella MartinezTV movie
2002Law & Order: Special Victims UnitLisa PerezEpisode: "Chameleon"
2002ChicagoFemale ensemble
2003Naked HotelUnknownTV movie
2003As the World TurnsHannah1 episode
2003When Ocean Meets SkyPeggy Fears (voice)
2004NYPD BlueIrma PachecoEpisode: "Who's Your Daddy?"
2006–presentGrey's AnatomyDr. Callie Torres
2013–presentSofia the FirstQueen Miranda (voice)

Stage productions[edit]

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

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearNominated workAwardCategoryResult
1999The Gershwins' Fascinating RhythmOuter Critics Circle AwardOutstanding Leading Actress in a MusicalNominated
2005Monty Python's SpamalotTony AwardBest Performance by a Featured Actress in a MusicalWon
2005Monty Python's SpamalotDrama League AwardDistinguished PerformanceNominated
2005Monty Python's SpamalotOuter Critics Circle AwardOutstanding Featured Actress in a MusicalWon
2007Grey's AnatomyScreen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesWon
2008Grey's AnatomyScreen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated


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.


  1. ^ "Sara Ramirez- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Alumni News Reflections: Sara Ramirez". The Juilliard School. May 2006. Archived from the original on 2008-05-03. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  3. '^ "Bertish, Feldshuh, Class Acts Ramirez Next in Vagina Monologues Nov. 12-Dec. 1". ( November 12, 2002. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Sara Ramirez Chandra Wilson Kate Walsh OP". YouTube. 5 April 2008. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ Hernandez, Lee (July 9, 2012). "Sara Ramirez, Grey's Anatomy Star, is Married! (EXCLUSIVE)". Huffington Post (Huffington Post). Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Tony Winner and Grey's Anatomy Star Sara Ramirez Ties the Knot!". ( July 9, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
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  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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