Kate Flannery (born June 10, 1964) is an American actress best known for playing the role of Meredith Palmer on The Office.


Flannery was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor, Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her family did own a bar (TA Flannery's) in downtown Philadelphia, but has since been sold. She is one of seven children in an Irish-American family.[1][2]

Flannery is the only cast member from The Office who is actually from Pennsylvania, where the show is set.



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 board for over four years and was seen at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado.

Stage WorkEdit

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 5 year olds to teenagers.



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 currently appears 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. She currently blogs (sometimes as her Office character) on MySpace.

In 2008, Flannery was a talent scout on Last Comic Standing with her The 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.[3]

She has also appeared on The Jay Leno Show portraying Wendy in a skit at the time of the burger chain's 40th anniversary [1], Mother Earth in a skit on the November 19, 2009 episode and Mrs. Claus on December 21, 2009.

In an interview on Chelsea Lately, Flannery stated that she'll be playing Harper's mother on the Disney Channel series, Wizards of Waverly Place.


  • Flannery's height is 5' 4" (1.63 m).


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  3. ^ "Battle: Skirt Steak, Episode IA0709". Iron Chef America. 2009-05-31. No. 15, season 7.
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