Cast members of "Grey's Anatomy" include Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers and James Picken, Jr. Characters' ethnicities are not specified before casting to create a diverse cast using a color blind casting.
Born in Everett, Massachusetts, Ellen Pompeo began acting in commercials and independent films. She was cast in several television shows and films before landing her breakout role as Dr. Meredith Grey on "Grey's Anatomy" in 2005. She has received several awards and nominations, primarily for her work in "Grey's Anatomy."
Justin Chambers was born in Springfield, Ohio. While vacationing in Paris, he was discovered by a modeling agent, which led to a modeling job for Calvin Klein. He then studied acting, and performed in several plays and a few television roles. One of his first major roles was on "Another World" in 1995, which was followed by television series and films. After a period without much activity, Chambers was cast on "Grey's Anatomy" in 2005 as Dr. Alex Karev.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, James Picken, Jr. began his acting career at the Karamu House, the United State's oldest African American theater. He had many television and film roles before being cast as Dr. Richard Webber in "Grey's Anatomy." He was nominated for seven consecutive NAACP Image Awards before winning one.