Awards and Nominations:
• 2009 (nomination)- SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for The Office. Shared with castmates.
• 2008 (win)- SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for The Office. Shared with castmates.
• 2007 (win)- SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for The Office. Shared with castmates.
• 2006 (win)- Women in Film's WIN Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for The Office. Shared with female castmates.
Kate regularly blogs on TVGuide.com as part of their team of TV celebrity bloggers.
Kate grew up in Pennsylvania, which is where her show The Office is set. More specifically, the show is set in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Kate has been featured on Saturday Night Live on Robert Smigel cartoons, doing voice work.
Kate's favorite The Office episodes are "Christmas Party" and "Booze Cruise".
Kate drew inspiration for her alcoholic character on The Office by spending time at her family's bar and seeing drinkers there. Her family owns the bar T.A. Flannery's in Philadelphia.
Kate attended the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Virginia for two years before transferring to the University of Arts in Philadelphia.
Kate has five sisters and a brother. That includes Kate's twin sister.
Kate attended the Archbishop John Carroll High School for Girls in Radnor, Pennsylvania.
Kate blogs (sometimes as her The Office character) on MySpace.
Kate played Neely O'Hara in the Off Broadway hit Valley of the Dolls. Kate had a part in Hildy, Hildy, Three Feet Under at The Evidence Room. In 2005, she played the teen prostitute and Blair's sister in The Phacts of Life at the Renberg Theatre
Kate has appeared in a slew of popular underground stage shows, including The Real Live Brady Bunch.
Kate is a member of the Second City National Tour Company and Chicago's Annoyance Theatre.
Kate enjoys a concurrent comedic career as one of The Lampshades, a spoof lounge act that performs regularly in the Los Angeles area.
Kate is the musical director of the Los Angeles Drama Club.
Kate's comedy lounge act, the Lampshades, has been running in Hollywood at the Improv Olympic West stage for over four years and was seen at the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen.
Kate: (Kate is of Irish ancestry.) I don't think there are any Irish people on the planet that don't have an alcoholic in their family somewhere. It's a familiar beast.
Kate: (on coming back to work from the WGA strike) It felt like there were not enough hours in the day. It was such a relief and a joy to see everyone. Lots of laughs and hugs.
Kate: Writing the TVguide.com blog sometimes feels like writing a term paper and sometimes it writes itself. I still struggle with privacy issues and also what I like to call the "who really cares about this" factor. I forget that even stating what happens with the cast is NEWS to some. I have to have a little fun with it just to keep it entertaining.
Kate: I feel like such a disappointment because I'm not really a big drinker anymore. I'm too old to do that. But I've had my days.
Kate: (about working on "The Office") We all realized that this is probably going to be the greatest experience that any of us have ever had ever. Even Steve Carell has said that. It's just such a special show. We all won the lottery.
Kate Flannery : (On landing the role of Meredith and what the first script called for) The character was initially explained to me as divorced, with a hysterectomy, lactose intolerant, blue collar, no makeup. That was pretty much in the breakdown. I remember getting there and seeing some other actresses that I knew from Second City and I thought they're going to get it, I'm not going to get it. Then, by the time I got home, I got a call from the casting director to go to another place and do it again as soon as I could get there. And they had me do it again; they had me do it just a little bit more deadpan. By the time I got home from that, I found out I got it. I didn't even realize it was going to be a regular thing. I thought it was going to be just one episode.
Kate Flannery: ( about breaking into show business) I've done theater for years. The TV and film stuff came very slowly. Although I will say that in high school, I was an extra in the movie Taps. I missed my senior prom because I was an extra in Eddie and the Cruisers. If you're from Philadelphia, there are just a few movies that come through there. I really enjoy theater and I've had some great experiences off-Broadway and just touring at the Kennedy Center and a lot of different cities. But, I will say that the TV is very, very specific and as much as I loved to be in New York, for me, I felt like I really have to be in L.A. to pursue that kind of work. And it takes time – it's been a long struggle in a lot of ways. And now I'm an overnight success.