Derek Shepherd

Played by Patrick Dempsey


Meredith; ferryboats; his trailer; fly-fishing; scotch; hopeless cases

Having a failed marriage under his belt.

After finding his wife, Addison, in bed with his best friend, Mark, Derek left New York and moved to Seattle. There, he met Meredith and pursued a relationship. After a series of ups and downs, the couple finally got married!

Derek comes from a very large family. He has four sisters. His father passed away when he was very young. Derek and Meredith have two children, Zola and Bailey.

Nicknamed "McDreamy" by the hospital's female staff, Derek is known for his good looks, beautiful hair, charm and phenomenal surgical skill. He was shot in the chest by the Seattle Grace shooter, Gary Clark, and survived. Derek spearheaded a high profile Alzheimer's Trial, which were halted due to the suspicious actions of Meredith Grey. Afterwards, Derek took an interest in operating on hopeless cases. His reputation earned him an offer from Harvard. Most recently, Derek agreed to work at the White House.


Grey's Anatomy Characters: Meredith Grey | Derek Shepherd | Alex Karev | Miranda Bailey | Richard Webber | Callie Torres | Owen Hunt | Arizona Robbins | Jackson Avery | April Kepner | Amelia Shepherd | Jo Wilson | Stephanie Edwards Maggie Pierce


For his work on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” Patrick Dempsey earned a 2007 Screen Actors Guild Award and a 2007 and 2008 People’s Choice Award. In addition, he was nominated for the 2007 and 2006 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama, and received a 2006 Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series.

Dempsey’s latest project is “Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans,” a four-part docu-series which aired on Velocity in fall 2013 and followed him as he served as both owner and driver for an auto racing team tackling the legendary 24 Hours of LeMans – the world’s oldest automotive endurance race. Dempsey served as both executive producer and the on-air focus for the series.

Dempsey starred in “TRANSFORMERS: Dark of the Moon,” and “Flypaper,” which screened at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. He is attached to star and produce the Universal feature “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” based on the New York Times bestseller. Other recent film credits include “Made of Honor,” “Enchanted” and “Freedom Writers.” He became well known from such classic ’80s nostalgia films as “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “Loverboy.” Additional films include “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Scream 3,” “With Honors,” “Outbreak,” “Hugo Pool,” “The Treat,” “The Palace Thief,” “Heaven Help Us,” “Happy Together,” “Some Girls,” “Coupe De Ville,” “Run,” “Mobsters” and “In the Mood.”

On television, Dempsey won an Emmy nomination in 2001 for his portrayal of Aaron Brooks, Sela Ward’s psychologically unbalanced brother, in the critically acclaimed “Once and Again.” In 2003, he made a memorable guest appearance on NBC’s hit “Will & Grace” as Will’s love interest and in 2004 he co-starred in HBO’s highly-acclaimed “Iron Jawed Angels,” opposite Hilary Swank and Anjelica Huston. Additionally, Dempsey starred in the NBC movie based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, opposite Ben Kingsley, appeared in the television miniseries “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” with Michael Caine, co-starred with Oliver Reed in the biblical epic, “Jeremiah”, and could also be seen in “JFK: Reckless Youth,” “A Season in Purgatory,” “Blood Knot,” “The Right to Remain Silent,” “Shallow Grave” and “Blonde.”

Dempsey was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine. He first appeared on stage as David in the San Francisco production of “Torch Song Trilogy.” Other early stage work includes “On Golden Pond” for the Maine Acting Company, the international touring production of “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” directed by Gene Saks, and “The Subject Was Roses” at the Roundabout Theatre in New York. He recently took the stage in The Pasadena Playhouse run of “The Importance of Being Earnest,” as Algernon Moncrieff.

Grey's Anatomy Cast: Ellen Pompeo | Patrick Dempsey | Justin Chambers | Chandra Wilson | James Pickens, Jr. | Sara Ramirez | Kevin McKidd | Jessica Capshaw | Jesse Williams | Sarah Drew | Caterina Scorsone | Camilla Luddington | Jerrika HintonKelly McCreary