This fall, Grey’s Anatomy season 19 extends the ABC series as television’s longest-running American medical drama. After 400 episodes, the series remains a top draw and a hit among fans who have been there since the beginning or jumped in via a Netflix binge-watch.
Throughout the show’s nearly two-decade run, the cast has changed quite a bit. Stars like Patrick Dempsey, Katherine Heigl, and Sandra Oh launched the series along with Ellen Pompeo, who has remained the leading star of the show since the first episode.
Along with Pompeo, Grey’s Anatomy season 19 will feature two additional cast members who have been with the show since season 1: Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. Many of the cast members have been with the series for multiple seasons.
However, ahead of the season 19 premiere this fall, ABC has announced a handful of fresh faces that fans will be seeing around Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital. Find out who’s in the main cast, who’s recurring, and who’s new, with updates leading up to the premiere!
Grey’s Anatomy season 19 cast
In another history-making season, the Grey’s Anatomy season 19 cast once again brings back a fair amount of its familiar faces. ABC has solidified who’s in and who’s out, and the only season 18 cast member confirmed to not be returning is Richard Flood as Dr. Cormac Hayes.
Here’s the Grey’s Anatomy season 19 cast:
- Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey
- Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey
- James Pickens Jr. as Dr. Richard Webber
- Kevin McKidd as Dr. Owen Hunt
- Caterina Scorsone as Dr. Amelia Shepherd
- Camilla Luddington as Dr. Jo Wilson
- Kelly McCreary as Dr. Maggie Pierce
- Kim Raver as Dr. Teddy Altman
- Jake Borelli as Dr. Levi Schmitt
- Chris Carmack as Dr. Atticus “Link” Lincoln
- Anthony Hill as Dr. Winston Ndugu
While those are the cast members in the main cast, season 19 will also feature plenty of usual suspects in recurring roles, including but not limited to:
- Scott Speedman as Dr. Nick Marsh
- Alex Landi as Dr. Nico Kim
- Peter Gallagher as Dr. David Hamilton
- E.R. Fightmaster as Dr. Kai Bartley
- Jason George as Dr. Ben Warren
- Kate Walsh as Addison Montgomery
When is Kate Walsh in Grey’s Anatomy season 19?
In season 18, Kate Walsh reprised her role as Dr. Addison Montgomery, who appeared in the early days of Grey’s and six seasons of the spin-off Private Practice. On Sept. 7, Variety reported that Walsh would recur in season 19, beginning in the third episode of the season.
Walsh makes her season 19 debut in the third episode of the season, airing Thursday, Oct. 20 and titled “Let’s Talk About Sex.” As of this writing, it’s unclear how many season 19 episodes Walsh will be featured in, but with a recurring role, we could see her for a good handful.
Is Ellen Pompeo leaving Grey’s Anatomy?
On Aug. 3, Deadline reported that Ellen Pompeo’s role as Meredith Grey would be reduced in Grey’s Anatomy season 19. Pompeo will only appear in eight episodes of the upcoming season, which is expected to have 22 episodes. The star will still narrate each episode and act as an executive producer.
The huge change in Ellen Pompeo’s on-screen role is a first for the series. While she’s not leaving Grey’s, her reduced role comes on the heels of Pompeo taking on her first non-Grey’s Anatomy role in over a decade. She will lead Hulu’s Orphan-themed limited series and juggle both series. It’s currently unknown whether season 19 will be the last of the series or the last for Pompeo.
When is Jesse Williams in Grey’s Anatomy season 19?
On Oct. 17, Grey’s Anatomy fans received some amazing news! A former favorite character and cast member will be making a long-awaited return trip to Grey Sloan Memorial. On Oct. 17, Deadline reported that Jesse Williams will guest star in season 19.
Williams will reprise his role as Dr. Jackson Avery in the fifth episode of season 19, which is set to air on Thursday, Nov. 3. The episode titled “When I Go to the Border” will also be directed by Williams. Perhaps Grey’s fans can potentially look forward to Williams directing more episodes.
Since his departure in the season 17 finale, Jesse Williams has appeared in the Broadway play Take Me Out, the Paramount+ movie Secret Headquarters, and the upcoming Netflix romantic comedy Your Place or Mine. His Grey’s return will be the fourth episode of the series he’s directed.
Grey’s Anatomy season 19 new cast members
In the lead up to the season 19 premiere this fall, ABC has announced a handful of new series regulars joining the iconic series as brand new characters. They might be new to Grey’s Anatomy, but you have definitely seen their faces before:
- Alexis Floyd as Simone Griffin
- Niko Terho as Lucas Adams
- Midori Francis as Mika Yasuda
- Adelaide Kane as Jules Millin
- Harry Shum Jr. as Daniel Kwan
Alexis Floyd had a recurring role in Freeform’s The Bold Type and had a breakthrough role in Netflix’s limited series Inventing Anna. Niko Terho starred with fellow Grey’s cast member Jake Borelli in Freeform’s romantic comedy The Thing About Harry. Midori Francis has appeared in titles such as Dash & Lily, The Sex Lives of College Girls, and Afterlife of the Party. Adelaide Kane was the lead in The CW’s historical drama Reign and appeared in the shows Teen Wolf, Once Upon a Time, Into the Dark, and This Is Us. Harry Shum Jr. is known for his roles in Glee and Shadowhunters.
Grey’s Anatomy season 19 premieres Thursday, Oct. 6 at 9/8c on ABC. Watch season 1-18 now on Netflix.