Sara Ramirez

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This article is about the Mexican-American singer and actress. For other uses, see Sara Ramírez.
This is an American name. The family name Ramirez is sometimes transliterated as Ramírez in Spanish-language text.
Sara Ramirez
Sara Ramírez3.jpg
Designs for the Cure Gala, October 2011
Born Sara Elena Ramírez
(1975-08-31) August 31, 1975 (age 41)
Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Citizenship Mexico
United States
Alma mater San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts
Juilliard School
Occupation Singer, songwriter, actress
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Ryan Debolt (m. 2012)

Sara Elena Ramírez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsaɾa eˈlena raˈmiɾes]; born August 31, 1975) is a Mexican-American singer, songwriter and actress.[1] She is known for her role as Dr. Callie Torres in the medical drama Grey's Anatomy (2006–16), and as the original Lady of the Lake in the 2005 Broadway musical Spamalot, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

Early life[edit]

Ramirez was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, in the northwestern coast of the Pacific coast of Mexico. Her father was Mexican and her mother was of Mexican and Irish-American descent.[2] When Ramirez was eight years old, her mother took her to Tierrasanta, in San Diego, California, where they settled. After completing the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts in San Diego, California, Ramirez attended and graduated from the Juilliard School (B.F.A. '97, drama)[3] in New York City, where she refined her skills as an actress. Ramirez speaks both Spanish and English fluently.


She debuted on Broadway playing Wahzinak in Paul Simon's The Capeman (1998). In 1999, she appeared in The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm (1999) and received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for her role. She has also appeared in A Class Act (2001) and Dreamgirls (2001), and in 2002 she performed in The Vagina Monologues with Tovah Feldshuh and Suzanne Bertish.[4]

In 1998, she played the voice of Lammy in the video game UmJammer Lammy, a spin-off of PaRappa the Rapper, both on Sony's PlayStation console. She later reprised her role as Lammy in the PlayStation 2 video game sequel PaRappa the Rapper 2, and has a smaller role, unlike the game that preceded it.

In 2004, Ramirez was cast as the Lady of the Lake in the Eric Idle/John Du Prez musical Spamalot, based on the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The musical opened on Broadway in 2005 to widespread acclaim, and Ramirez in particular was singled out for her performance, winning several awards including the 2005 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

Following her success on Broadway, Ramirez joined the cast of Grey's Anatomy in a recurring role as Dr. Calliope 'Callie' Torres in the show's second season. For the third season she became a series regular. On a special Grey's Anatomy-themed episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, she revealed that top executives from ABC loved her performance in Spamalot so much that they offered her a role in any ABC show she wanted. She picked Grey's, of which she was a fan.[5] Ramirez provided a cappella vocals in the song "Silent Night" for the soundtrack of the show's sixth season episode "Holidaze," airing November 19, 2009. On December 21, 2009, this version of the song was released as a single on iTunes. Ramirez's voice was also showcased in the musical episode of Grey's Anatomy, Ep. 718 "Song Beneath the Song", which aired March 31, 2011. Her solo music debut was an extended play released on March 27, 2011 through the iTunes Store. It included three original songs, as well as a recording of "The Story", performed on the musical episode of Grey's Anatomy.[6] After 12 seasons on Grey's Anatomy, Sara left the show at the conclusion of the twelfth season.

Personal life[edit]

On June 17, 2011, Ramirez and longtime partner, Ryan DeBolt, a business analyst at TIMEC, got engaged in Paris, France.[7] They were married on July 4, 2012 in a private beachside ceremony in New York.[8][9] On October 8, 2016, Ramirez came out as bisexual at the #40ToNone summit.[10][11]


Film and television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 You've Got Mail Rose
1999 UmJammer Lammy Lammy (voice) Video Game
2000 Star Patrol Lieutenant Vena TV movie
2000 Spin City Carol Quinn Episode: "About Last Night"
2000 Third Watch Gwen Girard Episode: "The Tys That Bind"
2000 Welcome to New York Linda Episode: "The Crier"
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mrs. Barrera Episode: "Baby Killer"
2001 PaRappa the Rapper 2 Lammy (voice) Video game
2002 Spider-Man Police officer at carjacking
2002 Washington Heights Belkis
2002 Baseball Wives Gabriella Martinez TV movie
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lisa Perez Episode: "Chameleon"
2002 Chicago Female ensemble
2003 Naked Hotel Unknown TV movie
2003 As the World Turns Hannah 1 episode
2003 When Ocean Meets Sky Peggy Fears (voice)
2004 NYPD Blue Irma Pacheco Episode: "Who's Your Daddy?"
2006–2016 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Callie Torres Recurring (Season 2)
Main Cast (Season 3–12): 238 episodes
2013–present Sofia the First Queen Miranda (voice)
2016 Elena and the Secret of Avalor Queen Miranda (voice) TV movie

Stage productions[edit]

Year Title Role Theatre
1998 The Capeman Wahzinak Marquis Theatre; January 29 – March 28, 1998
1999 The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm Performer Longacre Theatre; April 25 – May 9, 1999
2001 A Class Act Felicia Ambassador Theatre; March 11 – June 10, 2001
2001 Dreamgirls Ensemble Ford Center for the Performing Arts; September 24, 2001
2002 The Vagina Monologues Performer Westside Theatre; November 12 – December 1, 2002
2005 Spamalot The Lady of the Lake Shubert Theatre; February 14 – December 18, 2005

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Category Result
1999 The Gershwins'
Fascinating Rhythm
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical Nominated
Monty Python's Spamalot
Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical Won
2005 Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
2005 Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Won
Grey's Anatomy
Satellite Awards Best Cast – Television Series Won
2007 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
2007 Imagen Awards Best Supporting Actress - Television Nominated
2007 ALMA Award Outstanding Actress - Television Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie Nominated
2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2008 ALMA Award Outstanding Actress in a Drama Television Series Nominated
2009 ALMA Award Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2011 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2011 ALMA Award Outstanding Actress in a Drama Television Series Nominated
2012 ALMA Award Favorite TV Actress - Supporting Role Nominated
2016 People's Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic TV Actress Nominated


Extended plays[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions

Sara Ramirez 37 7 38


Other charted songs[edit]

List of songs, with selected chart positions
Song Year Peak chart positions Album

"The Story" 2011 69 2 [A] 72 94 34 Sara Ramirez


Year Title Chart positions
2005 Monty Python's Spamalot [Original Broadway Cast Recording] 69
2011 Grey's Anatomy: The Music Event 24 5
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.


  1. ^ "The Story" did not enter the Austrian chart (Ö3 Austria Top 40), but peaked at No. 7 on the Austria Digital Songs chart.


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  2. ^ "Sara Ramirez- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Alumni News Reflections: Sara Ramirez". The Juilliard School. May 2006. Archived from the original on 2008-05-03. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  4. ^ "Bertish, Feldshuh, Class Act's Ramirez Next in Vagina Monologues Nov. 12-Dec. 1". November 12, 2002. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sara Ramirez Chandra Wilson Kate Walsh OP". YouTube. 5 April 2008. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  6. ^ Gans, Andrew (March 25, 2011). "Tony Winner Sara Ramirez's EP Will Be Available on ITunes March 27". Playbill. Philip S Birsh. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  7. ^ Chaney, Jen (June 24, 2011). "Sara Ramirez engaged; Curtis Stone and Lindsay Price expecting baby". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ Hernandez, Lee (July 9, 2012). "Sara Ramirez, Grey's Anatomy Star, is Married! (EXCLUSIVE)". Huffington Post. Huffington Post. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Tony Winner and Grey's Anatomy Star Sara Ramirez Ties the Knot!". July 9, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  10. ^ Erin Rook (October 8, 2016). "'Grey's Anatomy' star Sara Ramirez comes out as bisexual and queer". LGBTQ Nation. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  11. ^ Sara Ramirez [SaraRamirez] (October 8, 2016). "#40ToNoneSummit #SpeakingMyTruth! Will post full video of speech soon! #ThankYou @TrueColorsFund #WomanOfColor #Bisexual #Queer #Immigrant" (Tweet). Retrieved October 8, 2016 – via Twitter. 
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  13. ^ "Independent Albums: Week of April 16, 2010". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 8, 2011. 
  14. ^ "ALBUMS : Top 100". JAM! Music. Nielsen Soundscan. April 7, 2011. Archived from the original on April 10, 2011. Retrieved April 10, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Silent Night". Retrieved April 8, 2011. 
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  18. ^ "Canadian Hot 100: Week of April 16, 2010 (Biggest Jump)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 8, 2011. 
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  20. ^ "Irish Music Charts Archive: Top 50 Singles, Week Ending 7 April 2011". Chart-Track. GfK. April 7, 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2011. 

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