Sarah Drew

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Sarah Drew
Sarah Drew 2012 2.jpg
Drew in 2012
Born(1980-10-01) October 1, 1980 (age 33)
Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Virginia
Spouse(s)Peter Lanfer (m. 2002)
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Sarah Drew
Sarah Drew 2012 2.jpg
Drew in 2012
Born(1980-10-01) October 1, 1980 (age 33)
Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Virginia
Spouse(s)Peter Lanfer (m. 2002)

Sarah Drew (born October 1, 1980) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Dr. April Kepner in the ABC medical drama series Grey's Anatomy (2009–present). Drew is also known for her role as Hannah Rogers in The WB family drama Everwood (2004–06) and for her lead role in the 2014 film Moms' Night Out.

Early life[edit]

Drew was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, and raised in Stony Brook, New York, on Long Island where she also attended The Stony Brook School. Her mother, Dr. Jeannie Drew is now teaching biology at the independent private school for girls, Brearley, in Manhattan. Her father, Rev. Charles Drew, is the senior pastor at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in New York City. Her second cousin is actor Benjamin McKenzie.[1] Drew began acting in school plays, community theater with Take One Theatre Arts, and summer stock. Drew received a Bachelor's degree in Drama from the University of Virginia in 2002.[2]


In 1997, while still in high school, Drew lent her voice to the animated television series Daria, playing the character Stacy Rowe. She also voiced that same character in the Daria animated television movies Is It Fall Yet? and Is It College Yet?. In 2001, Drew made her professional stage debut as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey. She made her Broadway debut in 2003 in Vincent in Brixton, which later took her to London's West End. She made the move to television with a guest-starring role in the series Wonderfalls, and was in the feature film Radio, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. She appeared in the 2007 theatrical feature American Pastime, as Katie Burrell, the daughter of a Japanese relocation camp sergeant.

From 2004 to 2006, Drew starred as Hannah Rogers in The WB drama series Everwood. She later guest-starred on Cold Case, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Medium, Castle, Glee, Supernatural, and Shonda Rhimes' Private Practice.[3][4] In 2009, Shonda Rhimes cast Drew in her legal drama pilot, Inside the Box.[5] She also starred in the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Front of the Class (2008), and from 2008 to 2009 had a recurring role in the AMC drama series, Mad Men, as Kitty Romano.[6]

In 2009, Drew was cast as Dr. April Kepner, a resident from Seattle Grace’s rival hospital, Mercy West, for the sixth season of Shonda Rhimes' medical drama series Grey's Anatomy.[7][8] On June 9, 2010, she was promoted to a series regular on show.[9] In the summer of 2013, she played the lead role in the film Moms' Night Out with former co-star Patricia Heaton, whom she previously worked with on Front of the Class. The film was released on May 9, 2014.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Drew married Peter Lanfer, a lecturer at UCLA and visiting faculty member at Dartmouth in June 2002.[citation needed] On January 18, 2012, the couple welcomed their first child, a son named Micah Emmanuel.[11] In July 2014, she and her husband announced that they are expecting their second child, due in December.[12] She is a Presbyterian Christian.[13]



1997–2001DariaStacy Rowe26 episodes, voice
2000Is It Fall Yet?Stacy RoweMovie, voice
2002Is It College Yet?Stacy RoweMovie, voice
2004WonderfallsBianca KnowlesEpisode: "Karma Chameleon"
2004–2006EverwoodHannah RogersSeries regular (38 episodes)
2006Cold CaseJennyEpisode: "Static"
2007Reinventing the WheelersBecky ConnerUnsold pilot
2007Law & Order: Special Victims UnitBecca RiceEpisode: "Responsible"
2008MediumSuzie KeenerEpisodes: "Wicked Game" (Parts 1 & 2)
2008PrivilegedCarynEpisode: "All About Insecurities"
2008Front of the ClassNancy LazarusMovie
2008, 2009Private PracticeJudyEpisode: "Know When to Fold", "Nothing to Fear"
2008–2009Mad MenKitty RomanoEpisodes: "For Those Who Think Young", "Flight 1", "The Gold Violin","The Arrangements"
2009Inside the BoxMollyUnsold pilot
2009CastleChloe RichardsonEpisode: "Nanny McDead"
2009Numb3rsPiper St. JohnEpisode: "Angels and Devils"
2009In Plain SightRachel RosenzweigEpisode: "Aguna Matatala"
2009GleeSuzy PepperEpisode: "Ballad"
2009–presentGrey's AnatomyDr. April KepnerRecurring in season 6, regular since season 7
2010SupernaturalNoraEpisode: "Swap Meat"
2010Miami MedicalEmilyEpisode: "What Lies Beneath"
2010Seattle Grace: Message of HopeDr. April KepnerWebisodes


2003RadioMary Helen
2005Baxter, TheThe BaxterSerena
2006Locked UpstairsJoShort film
2007American PastimeKatie Burrell
2007Violin, TheThe ViolinJuditShort film
2014Moms' Night OutAllyson


  1. ^ "Sarah Drew - Biography". IMDb. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  2. ^ "Sarah Drew Biography". 1980-10-01. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  3. ^ "'Everwood' Actress Heads to 'Private Practice'". 2008-09-03. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  4. ^ "Sarah Drew Credits". Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  5. ^ Matt Mitovich (2009-02-27). "Sarah Drew and Jason George Join Shonda Rhimes' Inside the Box Pilot - Today's News: Our Take". Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  6. ^ "Sarah Drew Talks Grey’s & Mad Men | Grey's Gabble". Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  7. ^ Perlman, Jake (2009-09-30). "'Grey's Anatomy' picks up 'Everwood' alum | PopWatch |". Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  8. ^ May 08, 2014 (2009-09-29). "Sarah Drew Lands Recurring Role on Grey's Anatomy". TV Fanatic. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  9. ^ "Exclusive: 'Grey's Anatomy' promotes Sarah Drew". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. June 9, 2010. Retrieved June 9, 2010. 
  10. ^ Justin Chang Chief Film Critic @JustinCChang (2014-04-28). "‘Moms’ Night Out’ Review: Family Audiences Deserve Better". Variety. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  11. ^ "Sarah Drew Welcomes Son Micah Emmanuel – Moms & Babies – Celebrity Babies and Kids - Moms & Babies -". 2011-09-13. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  12. ^ "Sarah Drew Pregnant -". 2014-29-07. 
  13. ^ October 1, 2013 (2013-10-01). "Interview: Grey’s Anatomy’s Sarah Drew Gets Real on Faith and Career". Retrieved 2014-05-02. 

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