Grey's Anatomy: April's Mom Is Coming to Town — But There's a Twist!

At long last, the Kepner family tree is complete. Or at least it will be this fall when Grey’s Anatomy formally introduces April’s mother.

TVLine has learned exclusively that Connie Ray (The Big C, The Torkelsons) has been cast as the Kepner clan’s matriarch, Karen. This is technically a recast, since the character appeared briefly (sans dialogue) at April’s wedding to Jackson last season played by a different actress (the first person to ID said mystery actress in the comments wins a 20% off coupon to Bed Bath & Beyond).

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Mama K pays her pregnant daughter a visit in a November episode.

For the record, April’s immediate family also includes dad Joe (played by Sarah Drew’s real-life pa, Charles) and her three lookalike sisters Libby (Days of Our Lives‘ Emily Happe), Kimmie (Drop Dead Diva‘s Elizabeth Bond) and Alice (The Middle‘s Grace Bannon).

Grey’s Anatomy returns Thursday, Sept. 25 at 8/7c.

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  1. lucy says:

    Mom from the truklesons. Love her

  2. Lynn says:

    I knew that was the mom from The Torkelsons! I miss that show and they need to release it on DVD.

  3. Kássia Crislayne says:

    “at April’s wedding to MATTHEW last December” Her mom was at the first weeding. Nobody saw Japril’s marriage but them.

  4. Lindsey says:

    The original mom looks like Sharon Lawrence… Don’t think it is… But looks like her!

  5. lindsey says:

    Original mom looks like Sharon Lawrence…. That’s my best guess!

  6. Jessica says:

    Grace Bannon is the actress who played April’s mother at the wedding

  7. Grey's Fan says:

    April was planning to marry Matthew last December, not Jackson. What do I win for making the correction? ;)

  8. Ashly says:

    Excited about this! I think it will be a fun interaction.

  9. Addie says:

    Should be fun, it’s about time we got some spoilers about April and Jackson! Also, I like your Freudian slip Ausiello (let’s be real, that wedding was never going to result in April becoming April Taylor).

  10. Holly says:

    20% off coupon at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Too funny Ausiello.

  11. Nicole says:

    She was originally played by Connie Ray!

  12. kma says:

    Shut the front and back door.

  13. Care says:

    Harriet Samson Harris?

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  15. G says:

    I actually cannot wait for Brittana, I can’t believe the Glee writers listened to the fans for once and are gonna give them something special, I’ll Def be watching the episodes they are in.