'Grey's Anatomy': Where Is Patrick Dempsey Now?

Patrick Dempsey: What is "Dr. Derek Shepherd" up to these days?
January 13, 2020 - 12:30 / Clemens Fanger

When "Derek Shepherd" left Grey's Anatomy in 2015, viewers all over the world were shocked! But Patrick Dempsey has been quite busy ever since - check out right here what the handsome actor is up to these days!

TV fans all over the world know and love(!) Patrick Dempsey (now aged 54) as the charming and empathetic "Dr. Derek Shepherd" (or "McDreamy) from Grey's Anatomy.

But Dempsey started his career way before he got the role on the long-running ABC medical drama (which actually just lost another star with Justin Chambers' departure) that is currently in its 16th season.

Patrick Dempsey: His early career

Patrick Dempsey grew up in Maine and he made his first foray into acting by going around the country after high school with a stage production of Torch Song Trilogy.

He kept acting in different stage productions until he got his first major movie role at 21 when starring alongside Beverly D'Angelo in In The Mood. Before, he'd already had a smaller role in the 1985 movie Heaven Help Us.

What followed were roles in hit movies such as Can't Buy Me Love and Some Girls. The 1990's saw Dempsey in a number of features as well as a wide array of television roles - the most famous were probably his appearances in the miniseries JFK: Reckless Youth and the movie Mobsters.

In 2003, he starred alongside Reese Witherspoon as her fiancé in Sweet Home Alabama and two years later he was cast in the role that would define his career for the next 10 years.

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Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo in Grey's Anatomy
"Meredith Grey“ (Ellen Pompeo) and "Derek Shepherd“ (Patrick Dempsey) in 'Grey's Anatomy'.

Grey's Anatomy: Patrick Dempsey will forever be "Dr. Derek Shepherd"

From 2005 until 2015, Dempsey starred as the handsome neurosurgeon "Dr. Derek Shepherd", who everybody just called "McDreamy" on the ABC hit show Grey's Anatomy.

His on-screen chemistry with his co-star Ellen Pompeo ("Dr. Meredith Grey") as well as his charm and good looks made him one of THE fan favorites of the show until his tragic exit in 2015.

Patrick Dempsey: Actor and racecar driver

Aside from acting, Dempsey has a extensive collection of vintage sports cars and has made auto racing as much a part of his life as acting. He has competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and many other prestigious races while owning his own team: Dempsey Racing.

Patrick Dempsey is an actor, producer and racecar driver.

Dempsey has been married to his wife Jillian Fink since 1999 and the couple have three children. His most recent acting role was in the TV series The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair and he produced the movie The Art of Racing in the Rainwhich stars Milo Ventimiglia.