Grey’s Anatomy Is Finally Introducing Derek’s Fourth Sister

There’s going to be another nod to McDreamy!

Grey’s Anatomy fans will be pleased to know that there’s still one more piece of the McDreamy puzzle left to unleash on the Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

It’s been announced that a new cast member has been officially brought in, and she goes by the name of Kathleen ‘Kath’ Shepherd. Oh, and before you ask – yes she’s Derek and Amelia Shepherd’s sister.


EW confirmed on Friday that Grey’s Anatomy is currently on the hunt for an actress to play Kathleen, who is the fourth sister of the late Derek Shepherd. Like the rest of her family, Kathleen is also a doctor (she’s a psychiatrist, to be specific), but has yet to be featured in the popular show. Wonder who they’ll get to play her?

Other than that, there’s not much information about the impending character as there currently isn’t an actress tied to her, but I’m sure we’ll all find out pretty soon. Hopefully sooner than 2020, because that’s when Ellen Pompeo’s contract is up, and it doesn’t look like there’s going to be an extremely long future with the TV programme after her contract runs out.

During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, it was revealed that Ellen Pompeo’s contract for Grey’s only covered to the end of season 16. She told the publication: “I’m clearly not prepared right now to make any formal announcement about my future on the show. That’s something that Shonda Rhimes and I will do together. But I’m feeling like we have told the majority of the stories that we can tell.”

If you think that doesn’t sound too good, then you should probably read what she said a bit further into the interview…

“But yes, I’m feeling like we’re coming to the end of the stories that we’ve told and that we can tell. I’m really excited to do some new things, it’s about time that I mix it up and I’m really excited about my producing career, and I’m definitely looking for a change. My children are getting older so I want to be more available to them now. I can’t be an absentee mom if they’re teenagers, I have to be around to whip their butts. So it’s definitely time for change in my life.”

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