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Sarah Drew (born October 1, 1980) is an American actress, best known for her role as Dr. April Kepner in the ABC medical drama series Grey's Anatomy (2009–present). Drew is also known for her role as Hannah Rogers in The WB family drama Everwood (2004–2006) and for her lead role in the 2014 filmMoms' Night Out.

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Early life[edit]Edit

Drew was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, and raised in Stony Brook, New York, on Long Island where she also attended The Stony Brook School. Her mother, Dr. Jeannie Drew is now teaching biology at the independent private school for girls, Brearley, in Manhattan. Her father, Rev. Charles Drew, is the senior pastor at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in New York City. Her second cousin is actor Benjamin McKenzie.[1] Drew began acting in school plays, community theater with Take One Theatre Arts, and summer stock. Drew received a Bachelor's degree in Drama from the University of Virginia in 2002.[2]

Career[edit]Edit

In 1997, while still in high school, Drew lent her voice to the animated television series Daria, playing the character Stacy Rowe. She also voiced that same character in the Daria animated television movies Is It Fall Yet? and Is It College Yet?. In 2001, Drew made her professional stage debut as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey. She made her Broadway debut in 2003 inVincent in Brixton, which later took her to London's West End. She made the move to television with a guest-starring role in the series Wonderfalls, and was in the feature film Radio, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. She appeared in the 2007 theatrical feature American Pastime, as Katie Burrell, the daughter of a Japanese relocation camp sergeant.

From 2004 to 2006, Drew starred as Hannah Rogers in The WB drama series Everwood. She later guest-starred on Cold CaseLaw & Order: Special Victims UnitMediumCastleGleeSupernatural, andShonda RhimesPrivate Practice.[3][4] In 2009, Shonda Rhimes cast Drew in her legal drama pilot, Inside the Box.[5] She also starred in the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Front of the Class (2008), and from 2008 to 2009 had a recurring role in the AMC drama series, Mad Men, as Kitty Romano.[6]

In 2009, Drew was cast as Dr. April Kepner, a resident from Seattle Grace’s rival hospital, Mercy West, for the sixth season of Shonda Rhimes' medical drama series Grey's Anatomy.[7][8] On June 9, 2010, she was promoted to a series regular on show.[9] In the summer of 2013, she played the lead role in the film Moms' Night Out with former co-star Patricia Heaton, whom she previously worked with on Front of the Class. The film was released on May 9, 2014.[10]

Personal life[edit]Edit

Drew married Peter Lanfer, a lecturer at UCLA and visiting faculty member at Dartmouth in June 2002. They reside in Los Angeles.[citation needed] On January 18, 2012, Drew and Lanfer welcomed their first child, a son named Micah Emmanuel.[11] She is Presbyterian Christian.[12]

Filmography[edit]Edit

Film[edit]Edit

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Is It Fall Yet? Stacy Rowe TV movie, voice
2002 Is It College Yet? Stacy Rowe TV movie, voice
2003 Radio Mary Helen
2005 The Baxter Serena
2006 Locked Upstairs Jo Short film
2007 American Pastime Katie Burrell
2007 The Violin Judit Short film
2008 Wieners Karen
2008 Front of the Class Nancy Lazarus TV movie
2010 Tug Ariel
2014 Moms' Night Out Allyson

Television[edit]Edit

Year Title Role Notes
1997-2001 Daria Stacy Rowe 26 episodes, voice
2004 Wonderfalls Bianca Knowles Episode: "Karma Chameleon"
2004-2006 Everwood Hannah Rogers Series regular, 38 episodes
2006 Cold Case Jenny Episode: "Static"
2007 Reinventing the Wheelers Becky Conner TV pilot
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Becca Rice Episode: "Responsible"
2008 Medium Suzie Keener Episodes: "Wicked Game: Parts 1 & 2"
2008 Privileged Caryn Episode: "All About Insecurities"
2008-2009 Private Practice Judy Episode: "Know When to Fold", "Nothing to Fear"
2008-2009 Mad Men Kitty Romano Episodes: "For Those Who Think Young", "Flight 1", "The Gold Violin","The Arrangements"
2009 Inside the Box Molly TV pilot
2009 Castle Chloe Richardson Episode: "Nanny McDead"
2009 Numb3rs Piper St. John Episode: "Angels and Devils"
2009 In Plain Sight Rachel Rosenzweig Episode: "Aguna Matatala"
2009 Glee Suzy Pepper Episode: "Ballad"
2009–present Grey's Anatomy Dr. April Kepner Recurring role (season 6)

Series regular (season 7-present)

2010 Supernatural Nora Episode: "Swap Meat"
2010 Miami Medical Emily Episode: "What Lies Beneath"
2010 Seattle Grace: Message of Hope Dr. April Kepner Webisodes
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