Grey's Anatomy Episodes, Cast, Characters and Awards

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. The series has aired for eight 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. It is primarily filmed in Los Angeles, California.

The series was created to be racially diverse, utilising a colour-blind casting technique. All roles for the series are cast without the characters' races being pre-specified, in keeping with Rhimes' vision of diversity. 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. 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. 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, a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series- Drama, and numerous Primetime Emmy Award nominations for individual cast members.


Main CastEdit

Actor Character
Ellen Pompeo Meredith Grey
Sandra Oh Cristina Yang
Katherine Heigl Izzie Stevens
Justin Chambers Alex Karev
T.R. Knight George O'Malley
Chandra Wilson Miranda Bailey
James Pickens, Jr. Richard Webber
Isaiah Washington Preston Burke
Patrick Dempsey Derek Shepherd
Kate Walsh Addison Montgomery
Sara Ramirez Callie Torres
Eric Dane Mark Sloan
Chyler Leigh Lexie Grey
Brooke Smith Erica Hahn
Kevin McKidd Owen Hunt
Jessica Capshaw Arizona Robbins
Kim Raver Teddy Altman
Sarah Drew April Kepner
Jesse Williams Jackson Avery

Recurring CastEdit

Actor Character
Steven W. Bailey Joe
Kate Burton Ellis Grey
Sarah Utterback Olivia Harper
Robin Pearson Rose Patricia
Moe Irvin Tyler Christian
Loretta Devine Adele Webber
George Dzundza Harold O'Malley
Greg Pitts Jerry O'Malley
Tim Griffin Ronny O'Malley
Jeffrey Dean Morgan Denny Duquette
Kali Rocha Sydney Heron
Cress Williams Tucker Jones
Kyle Chandler Dylan Young
Jeff Perry Thatcher Grey
Mare Winningham Susan Grey
Chris O'Donnell Finn Dandridge
Diahann Carroll Jane Burke
Debra Monk Louise O'Malley
Elizabeth Reaser Rebecca Pope
Hector Elizondo Carlos Torres
Mark Saul Steve Mostow
Amy Madigan Katharine Wyatt
Lauren Stamile Rose
Melissa George Sadie Harris
Nora Zehetner Reed Adamson
Robert Baker Charles Percy
Leven Rambin Sloan Riley
Jason George Ben Warren
Daniel Sunjata Eli
Rachael Taylor Lucy Fields
Scott Foley Henry Burton