Sarah White Drew
October 1, 1980
Stony Brook, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Virginia|
Sarah White Drew (born October 1, 1980) is an American actress and director. She played 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).
Drew was born and raised in Stony Brook, New York, where she attended The Stony Brook School. 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.
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.
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. 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. In 2014, she starred in the film Moms' Night Out.
In 2009, Drew was cast as Dr. April Kepner in the medical drama series Grey's Anatomy. 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. Drew was brought aboard Grey's Anatomy after former collaborations with series creator Shonda Rhimes; 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. In 2010, she was promoted to a series-regular for the seventh season.
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.
Shortly following the announcement of her Grey's Anatomy exit, Drew was cast as Detective Cagney in CBS' Cagney & Lacey reboot pilot. CBS passed on the pilot in May 2018, deciding not to produce the series. 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. 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. A different leading cast, led by Stella Baker, was chosen when the series was rebooted by The CW network for the 2020–21 season.
In September 2021, Drew was cast in Apple TV+ comedy series Amber Brown based on the bestselling books by Paula Danziger.
Drew married Peter Lanfer, a lecturer at UCLA, in June 2002. They welcomed their first child together on January 18, 2012, a son named Micah Emmanuel. On December 3, 2014, the couple welcomed their second child and first daughter, Hannah Mali Rose .
|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): 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|
|2006||Locked Upstairs||Jo||Short film|
|2007||American Pastime||Katie Burrell|
|2007||The Violin||Judit||Short film|
|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|
|2010||Seattle Grace: Message of Hope||Dr. April Kepner|
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- Amazon.com product page for "I Love Lucy: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom" recording.
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- Denise Petski (October 30, 2020). "'Cruel Summer': Sarah Drew To Recur On Jessica Biel-Produced Freeform Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 4, 2021.
- "Sarah Drew Stars In Apple Comedy Series 'Amber Brown' From Bonnie Hunt Based On Children's Books".
- "Peter Lanfer Professor Profile - UCLA". ucla.edu. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
- "Sarah Drew Welcomes Daughter Hannah Mali Rose". People. December 9, 2014.
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