Kate Flannery

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Kate Flannery
Kate Flannery 2 2009.jpg
Flannery at the June 2009 premiere for The Proposal
Born(1964-06-10) June 10, 1964 (age 50)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Years active1999–present
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Kate Flannery
Kate Flannery 2 2009.jpg
Flannery at the June 2009 premiere for The Proposal
Born(1964-06-10) June 10, 1964 (age 50)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Years active1999–present

Katherine Patricia "Kate" Flannery (born June 10, 1964) is an American actress known for playing the role of Meredith Palmer on the NBC hit series The Office.

Personal life[edit]

Flannery was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended Saint John Neumann School and Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor, Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is one of seven children in an Irish-American family.[1][2] She is three minutes younger than her twin sister who is a social worker.[3]



A former member of The Second City's National Touring Company, Flannery is an original member of Chicago's Annoyance Theater, where she created over 15 shows including "The Miss Vagina Pageant" and "The Real Live Brady Bunch".

The Lampshades, her comedy lounge act with veteran improviser Scot Robinson, has been running in Hollywood at the iO WEST stage for over four years and was seen at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. The Lampshades was New York magazine's "LA Pick" for 2006 and was declared "Best Saturday Comedy Show of the Year" by LA Weekly.[citation needed]

Stage work[edit]

Flannery played Neely O'Hara in Off Broadway hit Valley of the Dolls at the Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City and Los Angeles. Also in Los Angeles, she played the teen prostitute and Blair's sister in The Phacts of Life at the Renberg Theatre and in the Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner production of Hildy, Hildy, Three Feet Under at The Evidence Room.

She is the musical director of the Los Angeles Drama Club, teaching Shakespeare to children and young adults.


Flannery was a member of the band Mono Puff using the stage name "Lady Puff". She toured with the band and sang on their second album, It's Fun to Steal.


Flannery appeared as the alcoholic, divorced, single mother Meredith Palmer on the television comedy The Office. Before The Office, she made appearances on The Bernie Mac Show, Boomtown, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!

In 2008, Flannery was a talent scout on Last Comic Standing with her Office costar Brian Baumgartner, and she appeared with the cast of The Office on Celebrity Family Feud.

Flannery also appeared as a judge in a 2009 episode of Iron Chef America.[4]

She has also appeared on The Jay Leno Show portraying Wendy in a skit at the time of the burger chain's 40th anniversary,[5] Mother Earth in a skit on the November 19, 2009 episode and Mrs. Claus on December 21, 2009.

She was a contestant on Don't Forget the Lyrics. She is currently the host of Standup in Stilettos on the TV Guide network.



1999Can't Stop DancingTonia
1999TrickRidiculous Writer
2000Amy Stiller's BreastReporterShort film
2002Life Without DickCrampy Legs Partygoer
2003CarolinaCafé Waitress
2005Heir Apparent, TheThe Heir ApparentHeidiShort film
2005I'm Not GaySecretaryShort film
2006Danny Roane: First Time DirectorMarla
2007Jesus PeopleSharon NyenhuisShort film
2007Wild Girls GoneReading Circle #4
2009Coco Lipshitz: Behind the LaughterReporterShort film
2009YouAirline Counter Girl
2010Finger BabiesTeacherVideo short
2012Love or WhateverRosemary
2014Break PointCommonwealth RepPost-production
2014Helicopter MomNormaPost-production


2001Spyder GamesBunnyRecurring role (5 episodes)
2002Curb Your EnthusiasmCop #2Episode: "The Corpse-Sniffing Dog"
2002Saturday Night LiveLucy (voice)Episode: "Al Gore/Phish"
2003BoomtownTraceyEpisode: "Inadmissable"
2004Crossballs: The Debate ShowEpisode: "Plastic Surgury: Nip-pocalypse?"
2004Bernie Mac Show, TheThe Bernie Mac ShowChristopher's MomEpisode: "Stiff Upper Lip"
2005-2013Office, TheThe OfficeMeredith PalmerMain role (199 episodes)
2006Office: The Accountants, TheThe Office: The AccountantsMeredith PalmerEpisode: "Meredith"
2008Office: The Outburst, TheThe Office: The OutburstMeredith PalmerEpisode: "The Explanation"
2009Rise and Fall of Tuck JohnsonNikki StrokumsTV series
2009Office: Blackmail, TheThe Office: BlackmailMeredith PalmerTV series
2009Jay Leno Show, TheThe Jay Leno ShowWendy / Mrs. ClausEpisodes: "1.10", "1.69"
2010Wizards of Waverly PlaceElaine FinkleEpisode: "Wizards vs. Finkles"
2010Office: The 3rd Floor, TheThe Office: The 3rd FloorMeredith PalmerEpisodes: "The Final Product", "Moving On"
2011Soup, TheThe SoupBrennaEpisode: "The Soup Awards"
2011Christmas Pageant, TheThe Christmas PageantBeverly SimmonsTV film
2011Life & Times of Tim, TheThe Life & Times of TimIrene / Jean Gillis (voice)2 episodes
2013JessieCorporal CookieEpisode: "GI Jessie"


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