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Sara Ramírez

The Heart Truth Fashion Show, 2008
Born August 31, 1975 (1975-08-31) (age 34)
Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present
Official website

Sara Ramírez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsada raˈmiɾes]; born August 31, 1975) is a Mexican-American actress and singer. She is known for her role as Callie Torres in Grey's Anatomy (2005-present).


Private life

Ramírez was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, a beach resort on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Her father was Mexican and her mother was half Mexican and half Irish-American.[citation needed] Ramírez moved with her mother at age eight to Tierrasanta, in San Diego, California. After graduating from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts in San Diego, California, she graduated from the Juilliard School in New York City, where she refined her skills as an actress.[1]

Ramírez speaks both Spanish and English fluently; however, she retains the Spanish pronunciation of her name. An English phonetic spelling of her first name is [sada], with stress on the first syllable.


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 she performed in The Vagina Monologues with Tovah Feldshuh and Suzanne Bertish.

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 again in the PlayStation 2 video game sequel PaRappa the Rapper 2, and has a smaller role, unlike the game that preceded it.

Ramírez 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 ABC loved her performance in Spamalot and offered her a role in any ABC show she wanted, and she picked Grey's, of which she was a fan.


Year Title Role Notes
1998 You've Got Mail Rose
1999 UmJammer Lammy Lammy voice
2000 Spin City Carol 1 episode
Third Watch Gwen Girard 1 episode
Welcome to New York Linda 1 episode
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mrs. Barrera 1 episode
2001 PaRappa the Rapper 2 Lammy voice
2002 Spider-Man Police officer at carjacking
Washington Heights Belkis
Baseball Wives Gabriella Martinez
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lisa Perez 1 episode
Chicago Female ensemble
2003 As the World Turns Hannah 1 episode
When Ocean Meets Sky Peggy Fears voice
2004 NYPD Blue Irma Pacheco 1 episode
2005-present Grey's Anatomy Dr. Callie Torres 88 episodes

Stage productions

Year Title Role Theatre
1998 The Capeman Wahzinak Marquis Theatre
1999 The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm Longacre Theatre
The Vagina Monologues Westside Theatre
2001 A Class Act Felicia Ambassador Theatre
Dreamgirls Ford Center for the Performing Arts
2005 Spamalot Shubert Theatre

Awards and nominations


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