Jackson Avery

Played by Jesse Williams


Surgeons that go rogue; Fearlessness

When people know he's Harper Avery's grandson; Gambling; Harper Avery's "wonders of medicine" speech; the fact that Mark has dubbed him apart of the "Plastics Posse"

Jackson found himself a part of a love triangle involving Dr. Lexie Grey and Dr. Mark Sloan. After a brief relationship with Lexie, Jackson began working diligently under Mark Sloan to become his prized plastics resident. Jackson de-virginized and married April Kepner.

Jackson is the Harper Avery's grandson, and he shirks the legacy that comes with that title. He was always the pretty one in his family and felt nothing was expected from him—he learned to push himself to become a surgeon. His mother, Catherine Avery, is a celebrated urologist who most recently began dating Richard Webber, much to Jackson's dismay.

When April thought she might be pregnant, Jackson told her he wanted to marry her and have a family together. April is a little too relieved when she learns she is not pregnant, and Jackson breaks things off between them. April sets Jackson up with Stephanie for Bailey’s wedding. The two do not attend the wedding, but they do end up sleeping together, and, eventually, start dating. After the Harper-Avery Foundation became a partner in the purchase of the hospital, it named Jackson as the man-in-charge – which, obviously, pissed off the other doctors.

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


A native of Chicago and graduate of Temple University, Jesse began his professional career teaching American History, African Studies, and English in low income Philadelphia public charter schools.

From there Jesse moved to New York City and began his professional acting career, performing off-Broadway in award-winning playwright Edward Albee's The Sandbox.

Jesse can presently be seen as series regular, Dr. Jackson Avery in ABC's Grey's Anatomy. His feature credits include Brooklyn's Finest, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 and the upcoming Cabin in the Woods.