Is this the new McDreamy? Grey’s Anatomy casts Patrick Dempsey lookalike as series regular

Martin Henderson – who bears an uncanny resemblance to the late Derek Shepherd – has joined the cast of Shonda Rhimes' medical drama

Has Grey’s Anatomy just cast a replacement Derek Shepherd? The long-running medical drama has been in need of a new leading man since Patrick Dempsey’s shock departure earlier this year – and now they might just have found one. 


Meet McDreamy 2.0 (he’s obviously going to need a new nickname): Martin Henderson, a 49-year-old actor from New Zealand who you may recognise from roles in Bride and Prejudice, Secrets & Lies, The Ring and Home and Away.

Henderson has just been cast as a series regular in Grey’s Anatomy’s 12th season. There are no official details about the actor’s role, but he is expected to play a new surgeon at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. 

The actor, who will star alongside Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson and Justin Chambers, bears a striking resemblance to McDreamy, with his rugged stubble, blue eyes and swept back hair. 

See what we mean? 

Could it be that, as well as taking on a role at the hospital, he’s set to play a future love interest for the recently widowed Meredith, too? 


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