Kate Flannery

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Kate Flannery
Flannery in 2018
Born (1964-06-10) June 10, 1964 (age 59)
Alma materUniversity of the Arts
Years active1989–present
Partner(s)Chris Haston

Kate Flannery (born June 10, 1964)[1] is an American actress. Following her early theatre work, Flannery had her screen breakthrough playing Meredith Palmer on the NBC series The Office, which won her two Screen Actors Guild Awards. She went on to guest star on CBS shows Magnum P.I. and Young Sheldon. She competed on the 28th season of Dancing with the Stars and voiced Barb on the animated series Steven Universe.

Early life[edit]

Flannery was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, daughter of parents Joan and Tom Flannery,[1] and was raised in the suburb of Ardmore, Pennsylvania.[2] She studied for two years at Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia and then transferred to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.[2] She has five sisters and a brother,[2] and 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 appeared in over 15 shows including The Miss Vagina Pageant and The Real Live Brady Bunch.

The Lampshades, her cult comedy lounge act with veteran improviser Scot Robinson, has been running in Hollywood and in comedy festivals all over the country since 2001 and was seen at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. The Lampshades was New York magazine's "LA Pick" for 2006,[4] and was declared "Best Saturday Comedy Show of the Year" by LA Weekly.[citation needed]

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!. The Office earned her and the rest of its cast acclaim, along with several accolades, such as winning two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, with an additional five nominations for the same award. 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 in 2009

In 2010, Flannery played Harper's mom on the Disney Channel's Wizards of Waverly Place as Elaine Finkle. Flannery also appeared as a judge in a 2009 episode of Iron Chef America.[5] Flannery has been touring with Jane Lynch as her sidekick on stage since 2013 in her show See Jane Sing with Tim Davis and the Tony Guerrero Quintet, playing the Kennedy Center, Joe's Pub, the Borgata and 30 cities.

Flannery was in the long running New York hit, Nora Ephron's Love, Loss, and What I Wore. She also played Neely O'Hara in the 1996 off-Broadway hit Valley of the Dolls, an adaptation of the 1967 film[6] 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 Three Feet Under at The Evidence Room. Jane Lynch's Christmas album A Swingin' Little Christmas features Kate Flannery, and reached #8 on the Billboard top 100 charts.[7]

Flannery also appeared on The Jay Leno Show portraying Wendy in a skit at the time of the burger chain's 40th anniversary.[8] She was a contestant on 19 episodes of Celebrity Name Game, two episodes of Hollywood Game Night with Jane Lynch. Flannery also appeared on Don't Forget the Lyrics and hosted Standup in Stilettos for two seasons on the TV Guide network. She is the former musical director of the Los Angeles Drama Club, teaching Shakespeare to children and young adults.

In 2016, she had a recurring role on ABC's American Housewife as Crossing Guard Sandy,[9] played a janitor in an episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, appeared on FOX's New Girl and MTV's Mary + Jane, and in 2017, recurred on Cartoon Network's Steven Universe as Barbara "Barb" Miller.[10] Flannery was a member of the band Mono Puff under the stage name "Lady Puff". She toured with the band and sang on their second album, It's Fun to Steal.

In 2019, Flannery was announced as one of the celebrities to compete on season 28 of Dancing with the Stars. She was partnered with first-time professional Pasha Pashkov and was eliminated fifth.[11] She joined the show's live tour in 2020, but it was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[12]

In 2022, it was announced that Flannery would star in the comedy film Plan B, alongside Jon Heder, Tom Berenger, and Shannon Elizabeth.[13]

In 2024, Flannery competed in season eleven of The Masked Singer as "Starfish". She was eliminated on "Queen Night" alongside Charlie Wilson as "Ugly Sweater".[14]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Can't Stop Dancing Tonia
1999 Trick Ridiculous Writer
2000 Amy Stiller's Breast Reporter Short film
2002 Life Without Dick Crampy Legs Partygoer
2003 Carolina Café Waitress
2005 The Heir Apparent Heidi Short film
2005 I'm Not Gay Secretary Short film
2006 Danny Roane: First Time Director Marla
2007 Jesus People Sharon Nyenhuis Short film
2007 Wild Girls Gone Reading Circle #4
2009 Coco Lipshitz: Behind the Laughter Reporter Short film
2009 You Airline Counter Girl
2010 Finger Babies Teacher Video short
2012 Love or Whatever Rosemary
2014 At the Devil's Door Rosemary
2014 Break Point Commonwealth Rep
2014 Helicopter Mom Norma
2014 Cooties Charman
2015 Emergency Contact Carol Short film
2015 Dial a Prayer Cora's coworker
2015 Slow Learners Principal Miller
2016 4th Man Out Karen
2017 How to Get Girls Linda Fox
2018 Fishbowl California Susan
2018 Stuck Ms. Jenkins
2020 Golden Arm Randy
2022 The Prank Loretta


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Spyder Games Bunny Recurring role (5 episodes)
2002 Curb Your Enthusiasm Cop #2 Episode: "The Corpse-Sniffing Dog"
2002 Saturday Night Live Lucy Voice, episode: "Al Gore/Phish"
2003 Boomtown Tracey Episode: "Inadmissable"
2004 Crossballs: The Debate Show Episode: "Plastic Surgery: Nip-pocalypse?"
2004 The Bernie Mac Show Christopher's Mom Episode: "Stiff Upper Lip"
2005–2013 The Office Meredith Palmer Main role (187 episodes)
2006 The Office: The Accountants Meredith Palmer Episode: "Meredith"
2008 The Office: The Outburst Meredith Palmer Episode: "The Explanation"
2008 Iron Chef America Herself, judge Episode: "Morimoto vs. Mason"
2009 Rise and Fall of Tuck Johnson Nikki Strokums
2009 The Office: Blackmail Meredith Palmer
2009 The Jay Leno Show Wendy / Mrs. Claus 2 episodes
2010 Wizards of Waverly Place Elaine Finkle Episode: "Wizards vs. Finkles"
2010 The Office: The 3rd Floor Meredith Palmer 2 episodes
2011 The Soup Brenna Episode: "The Soup Awards"
2011 The Christmas Pageant Beverly Simmons Television film
2011 The Life & Times of Tim Irene / Jean Gillis Voice, 2 episodes
2013 Jessie Corporal Cookie Episode: "G.I. Jessie"
2015–2018 Steven Universe Barb Miller Voice, 5 episodes
2015–2018 Another Period Anne Sullivan 2 episodes
2016 Brooklyn Nine-Nine "Mean" Marge Bronigan Episode: "Adrian Pimento"
2016 New Girl Mary Ellen Episode: "Hubbedy Bubby"
2016 Disengaged Chef Super Deluxe web series; episode "Food and Wine"
2016 American Housewife Crossing Guard Sandy 2 episodes
2017–2019 OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Carol Voice, main role
2017 Kevin (Probably) Saves the World Ann Russo Episode: "How to Be Good"
2018 All Night Principal Saperstein 9 episodes
2018 Liza on Demand Karaoke Woman Episode: "MoJoe"
2019 Young Sheldon Nurse Nora Episode: "A Tummy Ache and a Whale of a Metaphor"
2019–2020 Summer Camp Island Georgina Voice, 2 episodes
2019 Dancing with the Stars Contestant 9 episodes
2021 That Girl Lay Lay Mitzy Episode: "Lay Lay the Legendary"
2021 Magnum P.I. Erin Episode: "Texas Wedge"
2023 Kiff Agnes Voice; Episode: "Farley"
2023 Is It Cake? Herself / Judge Episode: "S'more Cake Please"
2024 Hell's Kitchen Herself Guest diner; Episode: "#HellishHangover"
2024 The Masked Singer Herself/Starfish Season 11 contestant

Dancing with the Stars performances[edit]

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "She Works Hard for the Money" 5 5 5 No Elimination
2 Foxtrot / "Fly Me to the Moon" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Quickstep / "9 to 5" 8 8 8 Safe
4 Argentine Tango/ "Hands to Myself" 7 71/6 6 Safe
5 Jazz / "A Spoonful of Sugar" 8 8 8 No Elimination
6 Viennese waltz / "I Have Nothing" 9 9 9 Safe
7 Rumba /"Wicked Game"
Team Freestyle / "Sweet Dreams"
Bottom Two
8 Jive /""Heat Wave""
Cha-Cha-Cha / "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"

1 Score given by guest judge Leah Remini.

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations received by Kate Flannery
Year Award Category Work Result
2018 Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role Steven Universe Nominated
Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Nominated
2006 Gold Derby Awards Ensemble of the Year The Office Nominated
2007 Won
2008 Nominated
2009 Nominated
2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Office Won
2008 Won
2009 Nominated
2010 Nominated
2011 Nominated
2012 Nominated
2013 Nominated
2008 TV Land Awards Future Classic Award The Office Won


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  2. ^ a b c "One on One with Kate Flannery". HoboTrashCan.com. April 4, 2006. Archived from the original on February 15, 2020. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  3. ^ Tuesday June 19, 2012 episode of The Wendy Williams Show
  4. ^ Abramovitch, Seth (2006). "Los Angeles Spring 2006 Travel Guide: Comedy". New York Magazine. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  5. ^ "Battle: Skirt Steak, Episode IA0709". Iron Chef America. Season 7. Episode 15. May 31, 2009.
  6. ^ Evans, Greg (September 2, 1996). "Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls". Variety. Retrieved January 7, 2022. ... an outrageously campy rendering of the trashy 1967 film about dolls and the dolls who take them. Performing a pared-down version of the movie's actual Helen Deutsch - Dorothy Kingsley screenplay ...
  7. ^ Metz, Nina (December 11, 2019). "The six degrees of Kate Flannery: From improv in Chicago to 'The Office' to 'Dancing with the Stars'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 19, 2020.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 14, 2009. Retrieved November 20, 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Lowman, Rob (October 11, 2016). "'American Housewife' doesn't offer anything new". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved July 19, 2020.
  10. ^ Burke, Minyvonne (February 21, 2016). "Former 'The Office' Star Kate Flannery Talks 'Must See TV: James Burrows' NBC Special, 'Steven Universe'". International Business Times. Retrieved July 19, 2020.
  11. ^ "DWTS: The Office's Kate Flannery Is Eliminated". People. Retrieved July 19, 2020.
  12. ^ "'Dancing With the Stars: Live! 2020' Cancels Remaining Tour Dates Amid Coronavirus Outbreak". ET Online. March 31, 2020. Retrieved July 19, 2020.
  13. ^ "Jamie Lee & Jon Heder Topline Comedy 'Plan B' for Joke Zero and Future Proof Films". July 16, 2022.
  14. ^ Schneider, Michael (April 17, 2024). "'The Masked Singer' Reveals Identities of Ugly Sweater and Starfish: Here Are the Celebrities Under the Costumes". Variety. Retrieved April 18, 2024.

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