Kate Burton to Reprise Role on Grey’s Anatomy Season 11 Premiere

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Kate Burton will pull double ABC duty this fall.

For one week, at least.

Via flashback, we can confirm that the Scandal star will appear on the September 25 opener as Meredith’s mom, Ellis, likely to help explain the presence of Margaret Pierce as Meredith’s half-sister.

Return of Ellis Grey

On the Grey’s Anatomy Season 10 finale, Kelly McCreary’s Pierce (the new head of cardio) was revealed to have this connection to Meredith, with Richard Webber very likely being her father.

Shonda Rhimes recently said this storyline has been planned out for years, with various hints “layered” into past seasons and past episodes.

"We can literally go back and pull out moments of the show and I'm excited to do so, and point out where it was talked about," Rhimes told TV Guide. "It's not going to be so hard to do."

Grey's Anatomy Season 11 kicks off on Thursday, September 25 at 8/7c on ABC.

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its not out of the blue at all, actually the character of avery was initially to be that sibling. when his role was cast they specifically were looking for a mixed raced person. but as his story/character grew more independant they dropped this back story for avery i guess. and i am glad they didnt let go of it entirerly. looking forward to how it will lay out in the upcoming season.


Bring back Dr Wyatt to help Mer come to terms with this new sibling.


Michael Johnson Michael: Maybe the eyes color can change, but from dark brown to hell blue? On the other hand, I agree with you about the storyline of another half sister. It was already hard to believe that Meredith didn't hear about Lexie and Molly til her late twenties, although possible. But put it twice it's too much.


I love this show in fact I am addicted - I watch reruns 3 hours a day on Lifetime TV (the doctors just bought the hospital this week) BUT do not like this story line - I like the actress playing Ellis but another half sister appearing out of the blue is just too . . . can not think of a word exept dumb


I am very pleased that Kate Burton come back as Meredith’s mother. I didn’t like the actress we saw in the 6th season. She was not credible to me notably because of the brown eyes. When we see Kate Burton and her beautiful blue eyes during three season, it’s difficult to accept this change. Besides I didn’t like the way she played and prefer much more Kate Burton.

@ Catherine

You do know your eye color can change as you get older


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