Sarah Drew

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Sarah Drew
Sarah Drew 2012 2.jpg
Drew in 2012
Sarah White Drew

(1980-10-01) October 1, 1980 (age 40)
Alma materUniversity of Virginia
  • Actress, Director
Years active1997-present
Peter Lanfer
(m. 2002)

Sarah White Drew (born October 1, 1980) is an American actress and director.[1] She is known for playing Hannah Rogers in The WB family drama series Everwood (2004–2006) and Dr. April Kepner in the ABC medical drama series Grey's Anatomy (2009–2018, 2021).

Early life[edit]

Drew was born and raised in Stony Brook, New York, where she attended The Stony Brook School.[2] Her mother, Dr. Jeannie Drew, is now teaching biology at an independent private school for girls in Manhattan. Her father, Rev. Charles Drew, is the senior pastor at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in New York City. Her brother, Allen Drew, is a pastor at Mt. Airy Community Church in Philadelphia and director of an a cappella group at Germantown Friends School. She received a bachelor's degree in drama from the University of Virginia in 2002.[3]


In 1997, while still in high school, Drew voiced Stacy Rowe on the animated series Daria. She also voiced that character in the Daria television films Is It Fall Yet? and Is It College Yet?. In 2001, she 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 in Vincent in Brixton, which later took her to London's West End. She made the move to television with a guest role in the series Wonderfalls, and was in the film Radio. She appeared as Katie Burrell, the daughter of a Japanese relocation camp sergeant, in the 2007 film American Pastime.[citation needed]

From 2004 to 2006, Drew starred as Hannah Rogers in The WB drama series Everwood. She later guest-starred on Cold Case, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Medium, Castle, Glee, Privileged, Supernatural, and Private Practice.[4][5] She starred in the Hallmark Hall of Fame film Front of the Class (2008), and from 2008 to 2009, she had a recurring role as Kitty Romano in the AMC drama series Mad Men.[6] In 2014, she starred in the film Moms' Night Out.[7]

Grey's Anatomy[edit]

In 2009, Drew was cast as Dr. April Kepner in the medical drama series Grey's Anatomy.[8][9][10] Drew was cast in late September and first appeared in the sixth season episode “Invasion" as one of the residents from Mercy West Hospital after its merger with Seattle Grace Hospital.[11] Drew was brought aboard Grey's Anatomy after former collaborations with series creator Shonda Rhimes;[12] she was featured as a guest in 2 episodes of Private Practice in 2008 and was a main cast member in Rhimes' 2009 television pilot Inside the Box, which ABC passed on.[12] In 2010, she was promoted to a series-regular for the seventh season.[10]

In March 2018, it was announced that Drew, along with Jessica Capshaw, would be exiting the series. Showrunner Krista Vernoff stated that the decision was purely creative, not budgetary. However, it was announced in March 2021 that Drew would be returning during season 17.[13][14]


Shortly following the announcement of her Grey's Anatomy exit, Drew was cast as Detective Cagney in CBS' Cagney & Lacey reboot pilot.[15][16] CBS passed on the pilot in May 2018.[17] In July 2018, Drew took on the role of Lucille Ball, starring in the world premiere production of I Love Lucy: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom, a behind-the-scenes stage comedy about I Love Lucy by Gregg Oppenheimer (son of series creator Jess Oppenheimer). Recorded before a live audience at the UCLA's James Bridges Theater, the L.A. Theatre Works production aired on public radio and has been released on Audio CD and as a downloadable mp3.[18][19] In 2019, Drew was once again cast as the title character in a CBS pilot, this time as Sarah Cooper in The Republic of Sarah, but the project was ultimately passed on by the network.[20][21] A different leading cast was chosen when the series was rebooted by The CW network for the 2020–21 season.[22]

On October 30, 2020, Drew has been cast in a recurring role as Cindy Turner (Jeanette's mother) in a Freeform series Cruel Summer.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Drew married Peter Lanfer, a lecturer at UCLA, in June 2002.[24] In 2012, they had their first child, a son.[25] In 2014, the couple had a daughter.[26] She is Christian.[27]



Year Title Role Notes
1997–2001 Daria Stacy Rowe (voice) 28 episodes
2000 Is It Fall Yet? Stacy Rowe (voice) Movie
2002 Is It College Yet? Stacy Rowe (voice) Movie
2004 Wonderfalls Bianca Knowles Episode: "Karma Chameleon"
2004–2006 Everwood Hannah Rogers Main Role (38 episodes)
2006 Cold Case Jenny (1958) Episode: "Static"
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Becca Rice Episode: "Responsible"
2007 Reinventing the Wheelers Becky Conner Movie
2008 Medium Suzie Keener Episode: "Wicked Game" (Parts 1 & 2)
2008 Privileged Caryn Episode: "All About Insecurities"
2008 Front of the Class Nancy Lazarus Movie
2008, 2009 Private Practice Judy 2 episodes
2008–2009 Mad Men Kitty Romano 4 episodes
2009 Inside the Box Molly 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"
2009–2018, 2021 Grey's Anatomy Dr. April Kepner Recurring (Season 6)
Main Role (Season 7-14)
Special Guest Star (Season 17):[28] 202 episodes
2010 Supernatural Nora / Demon Episode: "Swap Meat"
2010 Miami Medical Emily Episode: "What Lies Beneath"
2018 Christmas Pen Pals Hannah Morris Television film (Lifetime)
2020 Christmas in Vienna Jess Waters Television film (Hallmark channel)
2021 Cruel Summer Cindy Turner Recurring role


Year Title Role Notes
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
2010 Tug Ariel
2013 Headlights Muse Video short
2014 Moms' Night Out Allyson
2014 Waking Marshall Walker Charlotte Short film
2018 Indivisible Heather Turner Also executive producer
2019 A Cohort of Guests Julia Short Film
2019 Twinkle All The Way Cadence Clark Movie


Year Title Role
2010 Seattle Grace: Message of Hope Dr. April Kepner


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  23. ^ Denise Petski (October 30, 2020). "'Cruel Summer': Sarah Drew To Recur On Jessica Biel-Produced Freeform Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  24. ^ "Peter Lanfer Professor Profile - UCLA". Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  25. ^ "Sarah Drew Welcomes Son Micah Emmanuel". People. September 13, 2011. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  26. ^ "Sarah Drew Welcomes Daughter Hannah Mali Rose". People. December 9, 2014.
  27. ^ "Interview: Grey's Anatomy's Sarah Drew Gets Real on Faith and Career". October 1, 2013. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
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