Onscreen, Patrick Dempsey is a wonderful dad to his McDreamy children, so much that it’s a struggle to differentiate it from his real life.
On “Grey’s Anatomy,” he played the beloved Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd, husband to Grey Shepherd and father of three for 11 seasons.
All those years, fans watched his love story with Dr. Grey progress, from their first hookup, to their expansion into a family of five. Their three additions also grew up on the show, which is considered the longest-running scripted TV series airing on ABC.
Creating a parallel to his real-life persona, many find it too much of a coincidence that the McDreamy roleplayer has three off-screen kids as well. The actor has gushed about his children on occasions, divulging how proud he was of them.
Once, he reflected on how the trio find it unsettling to picture him as the infamous heartthrob, who stole hearts on his hit shows. He admitted they found his celebrity status less than impressive, and often teased him for taking himself seriously.
According to Patrick, his kids simply considered him as “just dad,” and even considered him uncool at some point depending on their development and age at that point.
While Patrick Dempsey’s kids may consider him a stark contrast from the cool dad viewers got to meet in the medical drama, the world has a different opinion. That said, keep reading to find out more about Patrick Dempsey and his life as a father to his three children.
Who Are Patrick Dempsey’s Children?
Patrick Dempsey is a dad to three beautiful children, including daughter Talula Dempsey and twin sons Darby and Sullivan.
The actor welcomed his three kids with his second wife Jillian Fink, a makeup artist and celebrity hairstylist, whom he married in 1999. As a husband and dad of three, Dempsey has learned to put his family first, and be grateful for every opportunity with them.
Talula Fyfe Dempsey
Patrick became a first-time dad when he welcomed daughter Talula Fyfe Dempsey on February 20, 2002. At 20, the youngster seems to be gravitating towards the spotlight, appearing alongside her famous parents on various public events.
Additionally, she has featured on her dad’s social media pages on occasions, flaunting her beautiful looks and jovial side. The icon has described his daughter as “incredibly creative,” also pointing out that she loved cooking.
The stunning beauty graduated from high school in 2020, at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the pandemic, she missed out on various milestones, including her prom night.
Thankfully, Talula’s parents made it up to her, organizing a mock prom at their home, with all her friends attending via zoom. While it wasn’t exactly the prom of her dreams, it was certainly a sweet memory worth cherishing.
After high school, Talulah proceeded to Washington College to obtain a degree.
Sullivan Patrick And Darby Galen Dempsey
Patrick Dempsey and his wife Fink waited for four years before they successfully expanded their family again with more children. Thankfully, they made up for those years by welcoming twin boys, Sullivan Patrick and Darby Galen Dempsey on February 1, 2007.
Over the years, the boys, who are now teenagers, have appeared in their parent’s social media pages. They have also accompanied their parents on the red carpet or grace family outings.
At fifteen each boy already knows the path he intends to follow, and is working towards it. On his part, Darby has an interest in soccer, and hopes to pursue it someday as a career. Meanwhile, Sullivan is passionate about acting, like his parents.
The teenagers also have a knack for modeling, having modeled for their mom’s hair pomade collection, Roadie, in 2019. Their adorable photos so far prove them to be their dad’s replica.
Details About Patrick’s Wife And Previous Marriage
Patrick is happily married to his wife and actress Jillian Fink, who is a makeup artist, business woman and celebrity hairstylist.
In the course of her career, Fink has served as hair stylist and makeup artist to the likes of Julia Roberts and Bradley Cooper among others.
The two tied the knot in July 1999, years after meeting at a hair salon where Patrick patronized for a quick trim. Five years prior, Patrick Dempsey finalized his divorce from his first wife Rochelle “Rocky” Parker, to whom he was married from 1987 to 1994.
Patrick has been open about how thankful he was to have met Fink when he did, and the privilege to build a family with her. With their three children, and a long-lasting marriage of 22 years and counting, the McDreamy role player’s real life certainly mirrors his onscreen family.