Grey's Anatomy promotes three stars to series regulars for season 16

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From Digital Spy

Note: This article contains spoilers for Grey's Anatomy season 15 episode 24 'Drawn to the Blood'.

Grey's Anatomy has celebrated its huge two-season renewal by promoting three actors to series regulars.

Jake Borelli (Dr Levi Schmitt), Chris Carmack (Dr Atticus Lincoln), and Greg Germann (Dr Thomas Koracick) will all be part of the main cast starting from season 16.

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"Chris, Jake, and Greg have been recurring for us as guest stars and have popped as fan favourites," said showrunner Krista Vernoff (via Deadline). "We are excited to continue revealing their characters, and we are beyond thrilled to welcome them to the Grey's Anatomy family."

The announcement is particularly great news for Levi fans, as Borelli's character was caught up in a road accident at the end of episode 24 'Drawn to the Blood'.

The trailer for the season finale hints that lives are at stake, so the fact that Borelli has signed on as a regular for next season suggests his character survives.

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Late last week, ABC confirmed that Grey's Anatomy will be on screens until 2021 at least, with leading star Ellen Pompeo extending her contract.

"Ellen made this show, and Meredith Grey is such an integral part of it," Borelli told Digital Spy back in November. "And I think moving forward, I am excited as an audience member to see how long Ellen will do this."

And firefighting spin-off Station 19 got renewed as well. It will be back for its third season.

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Grey's Anatomy airs on ABC in the US, and on Sky Witness and NOW TV in the UK.

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