Sara Ramirez (or Ramírez) is a Mexican-American actor and singer. Born in Mazatlán in August 31, 1975, Ramirez moved to California as a child with their Mexican-Irish mom after their parents split. They graduated from the Juilliard school and began working on Broadway in 1998. In 2005, they won a Tony for their performance as The Lady of the Lake in Spamalotnote . They were also in the original Broadway casts of A Class Act and The Vagina Monologues, and appeared in the 2001 Broadway concert performance of Dreamgirls.
Because of Ramirez's amazing talent and the recognition to prove it, ABC offered them a role on Grey's Anatomy, where they would portray the well-loved Dr. Callie Torres in their Star-Making Role. One episode of the Medical Drama features primarily Ramirez singing covers of alt pop songs. Because of Callie's Coming Out Storyline, Ramirez has been able to be a vocal advocate for LGBTQ rights and was given the Ally for Equality award; they later came out as bisexual themself and continue to promote equal rights and social justice for their fellow queer people and immigrants.
Before they were famous, they voiced the title character of Um Jammer Lammy in 1999. They also provided the voice of Queen Miranda on Disney's Sofia the First and related franchises beginning in 2012. Ramirez also shares their full name with a character in The Echo Case Files, though they definitely had it first. Speaking of Sara's name, since it's Spanish, it's pronounced Sa-ra, not Sair-a.
When Callie moved to New York on Grey's Anatomy, she was not intended to so abruptly be Put on a Bus, but Sara reportedly asked the showrunners for some time off, taking a year away from acting but still appearing on public platforms and singing. Sara's return came in late 2017 with the recurring character of Kat on season 4 of Madam Secretary, who similarly took time away from her field before a triumphant return, with Sara getting And Starring credit for the season.
In 2020, Ramirez came out as nonbinary, and changed their pronouns to they/them in 2021.