We all know Kate Flannery; I mean, who doesn’t? Not after that great performance, she impersonated drunk Meredith Palmer in NBC’s Emmy-winning series The Office. But that’s almost all we all know about her; not many people know that Flannery had one of her humblest beginnings growing up in her father’s bar in Philadelphia.
Growing up in the bar helped Kate to interpret the character Meredith perfectly, as she revealed in an interview with Parade that there were always strange characters in the bar and that there was a woman who drank there and whose character resembled the one she portrayed in The Office.
Here are some other interesting facts that you should know about this amazing actress and that will even help you to appreciate her more.
Kate Flannery’s Biography
As mentioned earlier, Kate Flannery had a very modest upbringing. She was born on June 10, 1964, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
She is a twin and one of seven children in an Irish-American family. Her twin sister is a social worker. Kate’s father owned a bar which he inherited from his own father. According to Kate, she and her siblings helped out in the bar, cleaning, and taking care of customers.
For her high school education, Flannery went to Archbishop John Carroll High School, studied at Shenandoah University for two years before attending the University of the Arts Philadelphia, where she finally graduated.
The office star began her career as a stage actress. She was a member of Second City’s National Touring Company and the Chicago’s Annoyance Theatre, where she created more than 15 shows.
Flannery’s cult comedy lounge act – The Lampshades has been running in Hollywood and at comedy festivals around the country since 2001.
In 2006, New York magazine voted her the best Saturday comedy show of the year, and in the same year, LA Weekly named her the best Saturday comedy show of the year.
Nevertheless, Kate started working with Jane Lynch as her sidekick on stage during her performances since 2013. She also appeared as Neely O’Hara in Valley of the Dolls, which was performed at the Circle in the Square Theatres in New York City and Los Angeles.
Flannery was the teen prostitute in The facts of Life and as Blair’s sister in the Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner production – Three Feet Under.
Her most popular television appearance of all time came in 2005 when she starred in the NBC comedy The Office as Meredith Palmer (an alcoholic, divorced, single mother).
Before The Office became famous, she appeared in Jimmy Kimmel Live, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and The Bernie Mac Show.
She is a former musical director of the Los Angeles Drama Club, where she taught Shakespeare to both young adults and children. Kate appeared as a talent scout in an episode of the last comic in 2008 as a juror in Iron Chef America (2009) and in 2010 in Celebrity Family Feud.
But that’s not all: Kate Flannery appeared in a sketch on Jay Leno’s show to celebrate Burger Chain’s 40th anniversary, she appeared on Hollywood Game Night with Jane Lynch, hosted two seasons of standup in stilettos on the TV Guide Network, and was a contestant on Celebrity Name Game.
In 2016, she appeared in ABC’s American Housewife and in Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Her last appearance was in 2017 when she performed again on Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe.
There are contradictory figures about how much the multi-talented actress actually earns. Although details of her salary are not available online, her net worth is estimated at between $2 and $7 million.
Kate has a long-standing relationship with Chris Haston, who has worked as a still photographer for NBC for the past 27 years, but what we can’t tell you categorically is whether or not the two are married.
Although some online sites suggest that they are, we have not received conclusive evidence to support this claim. What we can tell you, however, is that they are so in love and in love with each other and are not ashamed to show it even in social media.
Flannery recently expressed her love for Chris on his last birthday (June 27, 2017) when she published a picture with two crossed fingers, decorated as a girl and boy, and wrote: “A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my true love Chris Haston! You are a beautiful soul. I love you with all my heart.”
The couple was recently seen together at the premiere of IFC Films’ The Female Brain at ArcLight Hollywood Los Angeles, California, on February 1, 2018.
Full Name: Katherine Patricia Flannery
Date of Birth: June 10, 1964
Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Birth Sign: Gemini
Height: 5 Feet 4 Inch
Body Measurements: N/A
Hair Color: Red
Eye Color: Blue
Education: Archbishop John Carroll High School
Marital Status: Uncertain
Boyfriend/Spouse: Chris Haston
Awards: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.