FOR OVER 15 years, Grey's Anatomy has remained a critically-acclaimed television show with its latest season premiering on September 30, 2021.
Here's a look at the season 18 cast list, equipped with some familiar fan-favorites making their return to the screen.
Who is in the cast of Grey's Anatomy season 18?
The main cast of Grey's Anatomy has changed drastically throughout the years, but a few of the original cast members remain. For season 18, the main cast includes:
- Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey
- Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey
- James Pickens Jr. as Dr. Richard Webber
- Kevin McKidd as Dr. Owen Hunt
- Caterina Scorsone as Dr. Amelia Shepherd
- Camilla Luddington as Dr. Jo Wilson
- Kelly McCreary as Dr. Maggie Pierce
- Kim Raver as Dr. Teddy Altman
- Jake Borelli as Dr. Levi Schmitt
- Chris Carmack as Dr. Atticus “Link” Lincoln
- Richard Flood as Dr. Cormac Hayes
- Anthony Hill as Dr. Winston Ndugu
- Scott Speedman as Dr. Nick Marsh
The cast list also features recurring members and some returning characters, including:
- Abigail Spencer as Dr. Megan Hunt
- Lynn Chen as Dr. Michelle Lin
- Alex Landi as Dr. Nico Kim
- Peter Gallagher as Dr. David Hamilton
- E.R. Fightmaster as Dr. Kai Bartley
- Jason George as Dr. Ben Warren
- Kate Walsh as Dr. Addison Montgomery
- Greg Germann as Dr. Tom Koracick
- Kate Burton as Dr. Ellis Grey
Who are the original cast members of Grey's Anatomy remaining on the show in season 18?
While Grey's Anatomy has been on the air since 2005, only three of the original cast members remain on the television series.
Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey
The star of the show, Grey's Anatomy follows the life of Meredith Grey and her co-workers, friends, and family.
Grey's Anatomy will likely continue to air as long as Ellen Pompeo agrees to remain on the show.
"We will take Grey’s Anatomy for as long as we can," said ABC president, Craig Erwich at a May 2021 press conference.
Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey
Dr. Miranda Bailey was a general surgery resident at the start of the series, eventually making her way to Chief of Surgery.
An actress and director, Chandra Wilson has portrayed Dr. Bailey since 2005.
Her role on the show has earned her four Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actress.
James Pickens Jr. as Dr. Richard Webber
Dr. Richard Webber starts off the series as the Chief of Surgery. In season 17 of the series, Webber was named the Chief of Chiefs at the Catherine Fox Foundation.
James Pickens Jr. began acting while in college, and has performed both theatrically and on screen ever since.
Which cast members are returning for season 18 of Grey's Anatomy?
Many old cast members made their return to the screen during season 18 of Grey's Anatomy.
Scott Speedman as Dr. Nick Marsh
A former love interest of Meredith's, Dr. Nick Marsh makes his return to the series after his character was introduced in 2014.
While Speedman left the show due to scheduling conflicts, fans favored his character and his on-screen chemistry with Ellen Pompeo.
Abigail Spencer as Dr. Megan Hunt
The younger sister of Dr. Owen Hunt, Dr. Megan Hunt's character was first introduced in season 14 as a trauma surgeon.
Spencer shared the news of her return via Instagram, writing: "🐈s out of the 💼. #MeganHunt is back on @greysabc this season! Thank you to this glorious team & historic show for having me! 🙏🏼 @kristavernoff".
Kate Walsh as Dr. Addison Montgomery
Dr. Addison Montgomery was the wife of Derrick Shepherd when he first started dating Meredith Grey at the beginning of the series, causing for some drama between the three characters.
She made her official departure from the show in 2012, and also had a spin-off series known as Private Practice from 2007 until 2013.
Greg Germann as Dr. Tom Koracick
A series regular between seasons 14 and 17, Dr. Tom Koracick returns for a guest appearance in season 18.
Known as a top-notch neurosurgeon, Koracick joins Dr. Grey and Dr. Shepherd for a study in Minnesota.
Born in Texas, Greg Germann got his big break in acting while appearing on the late-1990s show, Ally Mcbeal.
Kate Burton as Dr. Ellis Grey
While Dr. Ellis Grey was officially killed off in season three of the show, she has continued to make appearances throughout the series.
As Meredith Grey's mother, Dr. Ellis Grey is mostly known for her no-nonsense attitude and extreme wealth of knowledge as a surgeon.
How can I watch Grey's Anatomy season 18?
Season 18 of Grey's Anatomy premiered on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 9pm ET.
The season will continue to air on Thursday nights throughout the remainder of the year, on ABC.
Grey's Anatomy is available for streaming on Hulu Plus and fuboTV.
It is uncertain as of now when season 18 of Grey's Anatomy will be available on Netflix, but the show typically hits the streaming service the summer after the season premieres.
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