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Grey’s Anatomy is the world’s longest-running medical drama and it will return for even more new episodes next month. The ABC series will also be welcoming actor Peter Gallagher who is bound to spice up the series in one way or another. It is already known that he will have a connection with Dr Meredith Grey (played by Ellen Pompeo).
WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Grey’s Anatomy.
Will Peter Gallagher play Meredith Grey’s real dad?
This week, ABC announced that 66-year-old actor Peter Gallagher has been given a recurring role in Grey’s Anatomy.
He has been in Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, as well as Law & Order: SVU.
His most famous role was in The OC back in 2003 when he played Sandy Cohen for four years
Now, he will be taking on a very different role for season 18 of the medical series.
Gallagher is going to step into the shoes of Dr Alan Hamilton in Grey’s Anatomy.
According to Deadline, he knew Meredith’s mum Ellis Grey (Kate Burton) “back in the day”.
He is going to feature in the series 18 premiere which will be on Thursday, September 30, on ABC.
Ellis actress Kate Burton will also make a surprise comeback in the next series, despite being killed off 14 years ago.
This indicates there will be flashback moments involving both Ellis and Alan.
If Alan knew Ellis in the early days of them working at the hospital, it is possible they could have had a fling before she married Thatcher (Jeff Perry).
It is unknown exactly how long it was after tying the knot with him that it was revealed Ellis was pregnant.
So there is a possibility that the relationships she had with both men overlapped.
Did Ellis decide to stay with Thatcher and, in doing so, pretend that Meredith was his?
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Actress Ellen Pompeo herself is 51-years-old but it is thought Meredith is younger.
Her exact age in the series hasn’t been made clear but it is believed that she was around 26 when the show started.
This would then make her 44 now and with Gallagher 20-years-old, it is possible he could be her dad.
But viewers are just going to have to wait to find out if this really is Alan’s real identity.
ABC hasn’t announced just how long season 18 is going to be.
Series 17 was shorter than normal with just 17 episodes, thanks to the filming problems caused by the pandemic.
However, if the drama does resume a more normal schedule, then there should be at least 20 episodes to look forward to.
Grey’s Anatomy season 18 will premiere on Thursday, September 30, on ABC.
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