"I want to try something different," Dempsey says of what he'll do after leaving the hit show following his character's death

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Just because he’s no longer McDreamy doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of Patrick Dempsey.

After 11 seasons on Grey’s Anatomy, the man known to millions as Dr. Derek Shepherd has hung up his scrubs and moved on to new projects.

“I want to try something different,” Dempsey, 49, says in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly. “[But] is Derek so identifiable that I can’t go on and be someone else?”

The actor is hoping his fans will follow him to his upcoming TV gigs: a drama called The Limit for SundanceTV – he describes it as “Mad Men in the racing world in the 1960s” – and a travelogue spy thriller called Fodors.

And Dempsey, who split from wife Jillian in January after 15 years, is also eager to devote more time to his three children – Talula, 13, and twin sons Darby and Sullivan, 8 – and his other passion, race-car driving.

“I’m focusing now on developing and racing and being a father to my children,” says Dempsey. “Those are my priorities.”

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