Patrick Dempsey’s McDreamy replaced by The Ring star Martin Henderson on Grey’s Anatomy
New Zealand actor Martin Henderson has been cast as a new doctor in Grey's Anatomy.
Known for roles in ABC dramas Secrets & Lies and Off the Map, he also starred in The Ring opposite Naomi Watts.
Henderson (40) will play a surgeon at Seattle Grace Hospital in the upcoming 12th season of Grey's Anatomy which kicks off in September.
Show stalwart Patrick Dempsey (49) was sensationally axed from the hit ABC drama in April by creator Shona Rhimes who shocked fans by killing off his hugely popular character, known as Dr McDreamy.
Fans have garnered 106,000 signatures for a petition to persuade ABC and Rhimes to write his return.
However, insiders claim Rhimes axed Dempsey following an awkward relationship with a younger member of staff on set. His marriage broke down around the time he left the show.
So it seems Henderson will fill the role of the new resident McDreamy. He previously worked with Rhimes on Off the Map, which she executive-produced.
Before he arrives on the show, however, Henderson has a big screen outing in Everest in which he plays Kiwi climber Andy Harris opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Josh Brolin and Sam Worthington.