‘Madam Secretary’ Adds Sara Ramirez as a Series Regular

Sara Ramirez Joins Madam Secretary
Sara Ramirez joins the cast of ‘Madam Secretary’ (Photo: David Needleman CBS © 2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc)

Tony Award-winner Sara Ramirez has joined the cast of CBS’ dramatic series, Madam Secretary. Ramirez will be a series regular on season four, with her first episode set for Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 10pm PT. Per CBS’ official announcement, Ramirez will play Kat Sandoval, “a brilliant political strategist, legendary in D.C. for her talent and for abruptly dropping out of politics until Elizabeth manages to coax her back into the State Department.”

“We’re very excited that Sara is joining the cast,” said Barbara Hall, executive producer and series creator. “She brings a fresh perspective and a fun, energetic quality to the State Department staff.”

Ramirez joins a cast that features Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Zeljko Ivanek, Keith Carradine, Sebastian Arcelus, Patina Miller, Geoffrey Arend, Erich Bergen, Kathrine Herzer, Wallis Currie-Wood, and Evan Roe. Barbara Hall, Lori McCreary, David Grae, Eric Stoltz and Morgan Freeman serve as executive producers.

“We are thrilled to have Sara join the Madam Secretary State Department team,” said Lori McCreary, executive producer. “From the moment she walked on set with her talent, intellect and spirit, she became part of the family!”

Ramirez is returning to television in a series regular role after playing Dr. Callie Torres on Grey’s Anatomy from 2006 through 2016. Her credits also include voicing Queen Miranda on Sofia the First and Mamá Calaca in Vampirina. Ramirez earned her Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical Tony Award for playing Lady of the Lake in Monty Python’s Spamalot.

The Madam Secretary Plot: Madam Secretary stars Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, the shrewd, determined Secretary of State who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home. A college professor and a brilliant former CIA analyst who left for ethical reasons, Elizabeth returned to public life at the request of President Conrad Dalton, who values McCord’s apolitical leanings, deep knowledge of the Middle East, flair for languages and ability to not just think outside the box, but to not even acknowledge there is a box.

McCord’s team includes chief of staff Nadine Tolliver; policy advisor Jay Whitman; speechwriter Matt Mahoney; press coordinator Daisy Grant; and charming assistant, Blake Moran. As McCord debates third world problems, finesses foreign dignitaries at work and does battle with the president’s combative chief of staff, Russell Jackson, that’s just a warm-up for when she goes home to her supportive husband, theology professor turned intelligence operative Henry, and their three children, where “politics” and “compromise” take on new meaning.