We all know Kate Flannery; i mean, who doesn’t? Not after the great performance, she put up as drunken Meredith Palmer in NBC’s Emmy-award winning series The Office. But that is almost all we all know about her, not many know that Flannery has one of the humblest beginnings growing up in her father’s bar in Philadelphia.
Growing up in the bar helped Kate interpret the character, Meredith, perfectly as she revealed in an interview with Parade that there were always strange characters at the bar and that there was a woman who used to drink there whose character seems similar with what she portrayed in The Office.
Here are a few other interesting facts you should know about this amazing actress that will even help you appreciate her the more.
Kate Flannery’s Biography
As mentioned above, Kate Flannery had a very humble upbringing. She was born 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 he inherited from his own father. According to Kate, she and her siblings helped out in the bar, cleaning and attending to customers.
For her high school education, Flannery went to Archbishop John Carroll High School, studied two years at Shenandoah University before attending the University of the Arts Philadelphia, where she eventually graduated from.
The Office star began her career as a stage actor. She was a member of The Second City’s National Touring Company and of the Chicago’s Annoyance Theater where she is credited with creating over 15 shows.
Flannery’s cult comedy lounge act – The Lampshades has been in running in Hollywood since 2001 as well as in comedy festivals all over the country.
It was picked by New York magazine as LA’s pick for 2006, same year, it was named Best Saturday Comedy Show of the Year by LA Weekly.
Still, on her stage performances, Kate began working with Jane Lynch as her sidekick on stage since 2013. She also appeared as Neely O’Hara in Valley of the Dolls, staged at the Circle in the Square Theatres in New York City and Los Angeles.
Flannery was the teen prostitute in The Phacts of Life and as Blair’s sister in Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner production – Three Feet Under.
She made her most popular television appearance of all time in 2005 when she starred in NBC’s comedy The Office as Meredith Palmer (an alcoholic, divorced, single mother).
Before The Office fame, she made appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Bernie Mac Show.
She is a former musical director at the Los Angeles Drama Club, there, she taught Shakespeare to both young adult and children. Kate appeared as a talent scout on a 2008 episode of the Last Comic Standing as a judge in Iron Chef America (2009) and on Celebrity Family Feud in 2010.
It didn’t end here, Kate Flannery appeared in a skit on The Jay Leno’s Show to mark Burger chain 40th anniversary, she appeared on Hollywood Game Night with Jane Lynch, hosted Standup in Stilettos on the TV Guide network for two whole seasons and was a contestant on Celebrity Name Game.
In 2016, she appeared on ABC’s American Housewife and on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Her most recent appearance was in 2017 when she recurred on Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe.
There are conflicting figures about how much the multi-talented actress actually earns. Although details of her salary are not available online, her net worth is estimated to be between $2 – 7 million.
Kate has been in a longterm relationship with Chris Haston, who has been the still-photographer for NBC for the past 27 years but what we can’t categorically tell you is if the two are married or not.
Although some online sites suggest they are, we have not gotten a strong evidence to prove that claim. What we can tell you, however, is that the two are so much in love and into each other and not ashamed to flaunt it even on social media.
Flannery recently expressed her love for Chris on his last birthday (27 June 2017) when she posted a picture of two crossing fingers, decorated as a girl and a boy and wrote: “A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my true love Chris Haston! U are a beautiful soul. I love you w/ all my heart.”
The couple was seen together recently 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.