Grey’s Anatomy cast ages: How old was the cast then (and now)?

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For nearly 20 years, Grey’s Anatomy has dominated television and catapulted a number of its stars into the stratosphere of stardom. Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, and more Grey’s alums became household names thanks to the series.

The medical drama first premiered on ABC in March 2005 as a midseason replacement with a nine-episode first season. Who would have thought back then that the series would be an awards and ratings sensation set to produce well over 400 episodes?

All the tears, heartbreak, and shocking plot twists have culminated in the series still being a fan-favorite into its landmark nineteenth season. But how old were the original main cast members in season 1 and how old are they today? Let’s get into the Grey’s Anatomy cast ages! (Last updated March 22, 2024)

Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey

GREYÕS ANATOMY - ÒWedding Bell Blues/Happily Ever AfterÓ - SimoneÕs wedding day arrives as Jo and LinkÕs relationship hits a major turning point. Meanwhile, the attending surgeons fly to Boston, forcing a reunion between Nick and Meredith. Bailey gets a big surprise. THURSDAY, MAY 18 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/Raymond Liu) ELLEN POMPEO /

Ellen Pompeo was born on Nov. 10, 1969, making the actress 54 years old as of March 2024. When Grey’s Anatomy began airing in March 2005, Pompeo was 35 years old. It’s been said Meredith’s birth year is 1978, which would make Meredith Grey about 27 years old at the start of the series. In 2023, Meredith is about 45 years old. Pompeo reduced her on-screen role on Grey's beginning with season 19 in order to pursue acting and producing a limited series at Hulu.

Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd

GREYÕS ANATOMY - ÒThe Center WonÕt HoldÓ Ð Bailey finds herself in the middle of an argument with patientsÕ families as they await news about their children who were injured in a fire. Winston surprises Maggie, and Amelia and Link try to have some fun as new parents. Teddy learns her colleagues know more than she may like about her relationship woes with Owen, and Richard and Koracick go at it during the second hour of the ÒGreyÕs AnatomyÓ season 17 premiere, THURSDAY, NOV. 12 (10:01-11:00 p.m. /

Patrick Dempsey was born on Jan. 13, 1966, which makes the actor 58 years old as of March 2024. He’s just over three years older than his Grey’s wife Ellen Pompeo, and his character, Dr. Derek Shepherd (otherwise known as McDreamy), was also a bit older than Meredith. In 2005 when the series started, Dempsey was 39 years old, and when he left in 2015 after 11 seasons, he was 49 years old. His most recent roles include Devils, Disenchanted, Ferrari, and Thanksgiving.

Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang

Sandra Oh
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Sandra Oh was born on July 21, 1971, and the Cristina Yang actress is 52 years old as of March 2024. A little over a year and a half older than her on-screen person Ellen Pompeo, Oh was 34 when Grey’s began airing in 2005, and she was 43 when she left the series in 2014 after 10 seasons. Oh went on to star in Killing Eve, The Chair, Turning Red, Invincible, and Quiz Lady. She will next be seen in HBO's The Sympathizer.

T.R. Knight as George O'Malley

T. R. Knight
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T.R. Knight was born on March 26, 1973, meaning the George O’Malley actor will turn 51 years old in March 2024. When the series began, Knight was 32 years old, making him one of the youngest members of the original cast. Knight left Grey’s Anatomy after the conclusion of season 5 in 2009, and the actor was 36 years old at the time of his departure. After his Emmy-nomniated role in Grey's, Knight appeared in shows such as The Good Wife, 11.22.63, The Catch, When We Rise, The Comey Rule, and The Flight Attendant.

Justin Chambers as Alex Karev

GREY'S ANATOMY - "You Haven't Done Nothin'" - Believing he is going to jail tomorrow, Alex makes a big decision about his future. While the hospital is overrun with victims of a building collapse, Richard demands answers from Bailey about Eliza's presence at Grey Sloan, on the winter finale of "Grey's Anatomy," THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Richard Cartwright) JUSTIN CHAMBERS, CAMILLA LUDDINGTON /

Justin Chambers was born on July 11, 1970, making the Alex Karev actor 53 years old as of March 2024. When the series premiered in 2005, Chambers was 35 years old. He was the fourth longest-lasting original cast member, leaving the series after season 16 in 2019 at the age of 49 years old. He appeared in the 2022 miniseries The Offer as Marlon Brando.

Katherine Heigl as Izzie Stevens

Katherine Heigl
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Katherine Heigl was born on Nov. 24, 1978. The Emmy-winning Izzie Stevens actress and Firefly Lane star is 45 years old as of March 2024. She was the youngest member of the original Grey’s Anatomy cast, beginning the series at 27 years old. Heigl left the series in the middle of season 6 in January 2010 when the actress was 32 years old. She's starred in titles like Knocked Up, 27 Dresses, Life as We Know It, State of Affairs, Doubt, and Suits.

James Pickens Jr. as Richard Webber

GREY'S ANATOMY - "Help Me Through the Night" - Following the car crash at Joe's Bar and subsequent rescue efforts led by the Station 19 firefighters, Grey Sloan doctors work through the night to save the lives of their colleagues. Meanwhile, Amelia worries about sharing her pregnancy revelation with Link. Owen and Teddy take a big step, and Bailey deals with grief over her recent loss when "Grey's Anatomy" returns THURSDAY, JAN. 23 (9:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal) JAMES PICKENS /

James Pickens Jr. was born on Oct. 26, 1954, making the Richard Webber actor 68 years old as of June 2023. He remains a main cast member on Grey’s in season 20 and potentially beyond. When the series debuted in 2005, Pickens was 51 years old. Beyond his continued role on Grey's, he's also guest starred in shows like Yellowstone, The Conners, and The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder.

Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey

GREY’S ANATOMY - “Good as Hell” – Amidst the need for more surgeons, Jo tries to convince Bailey to let her switch specialties. Elsewhere, Link accuses Amelia of overstepping while he is treating a patient remotely, and Winston comes up with an out-of-the-box idea on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, APRIL 22 (9:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/Richard Cartwright) CHANDRA WILSON /

Chandra Wilson was born on Aug. 27, 1969, which makes the actress 54 years old as of March 2024 and a couple months older than co-star Ellen Pompeo. Like Pickens, Wilson remains a main cast member on the series and was 35 when the series premiered in the mid-aughts.

Kate Walsh as Addison Montgomery

GREYÕS ANATOMY - ÒLetÕs Talk About SexÓ Ð Bailey recruits the interns to create a series of social media videos informing teens about sexual health. The videos, filmed at Grey Sloan in front of a group of high schoolers, hit home as a student has medical complications during her visit. Elsewhere, Meredith and Maggie learn something new about Zola on an all-new episode of ÒGreyÕs AnatomyÓ airing THURSDAY, OCT. 20 (9:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/Liliane Lathan) KATE WALSH /

Kate Walsh was born on Oct. 13, 1967, making the Addison Montgomery actress 56 years old. She joined the series as a main character in its second season in 2005, when she was 38 years old, and Walsh left the series after the third season for the spinoff Private Practice. She returned to the series as Addison in season 18 and 19 in a recurring capacity. She's had recurring roles in the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy and Emily in Paris and also recurred in the Freevee series Sprung.

Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres

Sara Ramirez
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Sara Ramirez was born on Aug. 31, 1975, making Callie Torres star 48 years old as of March 2024. They joined the cast of Grey’s as a main character in season 3, which premiered in September 2006, when they were 31. Ramirez left the series in 2016 after season 12, their 10th as a main cast member, at the age of 40. They most recently appeared in the first two seasons of Sex and the City sequel series And Just Like That as Che Diaz.

Eric Dane as Mark Sloan

Eric Dane
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Eric Dane was born on Nov. 9, 1972, which makes the Mark Sloan (also known as McSteamy) actor 51 years old as of March 2024. Like Sara Ramirez, Dane joined the series in season 3 at the age of 34, and he ultimately left the series two episodes into season 9 in 2012 when he was 40. Dane has also appeared in titles like Valentine's Day, Burlesque, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Last Ship, The Fixer, and Euphoria.

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