Sarah Drew Lands Role on Grey's Anatomy

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As we learned on last week's rollercoaster Grey's Anatomy season premiere, cash-strapped Seattle Grace is getting ready to merge with its crosstown rival hospital, Mercy West.

The result will be an influx of new characters, as the series aspires to expand its roster of hot doctors and story lines as it enters what is being called a transitional sixth season.

Sarah Drew is the latest to score a recurring role as one of the new faces at the revamped SGH. The actress, who turns 29 tomorrow, will be playing a doctor named April.

The hospital merger takes place on the October 15 episode, "Invasion," when Drew and fellow Mercy West newcomers Robert Baker, Jesse Williams and Nora Zehetner arrive.

The "Invasion" of fresh faces presumably will compete with Seattle Grace regulars.

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Interestingly, Sarah Drew was recently cast on Inside the Box, a new pilot developed by Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice creator Shonda Rhimes that was never picked up.

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