It was the show that won five Emmys, had 42 nominations and the platform that sparked very successful Hollywood careers for several of its cast members.
Now, as fans mourn the loss of The Office’s Mark York, who played Billy Merchant, and has died aged 55 after a ‘brief and unexpected illness’, FEMAIL reveals the cast of familiar faces whose careers have gone from strength to strength.
Since the end of the US version of the comedy, Steve Carell, who played woeful boss Michael Scott at the paper company Dunder Mifflin for seven seasons, has been nominated for an Oscar, while John Krasinski has launched himself onto the big screen with great triumph.
Mindy Kaling, who wrote for the sitcom before also starring in it, is currently co-writing Legally Blonde 3, and Ed Helms has enjoyed plenty of box office hits – such as The Hangover trilogy.
Here, FEMAIL reveals how the stars of the US version of The Office went on to become Hollywood success stories, with their own shows, director jobs, blockbuster movies and even an Oscar nomination…
Tributes flooded in from The Office cast today following the sad news that their co-star Mark York (pictured right) has died at the age of 55 after a ‘brief and unexpected illness’
MICHAEL SCOTT (OSCAR-NOMINATED STEVE CARELL)
Running from 2005 to 2013, The Office won 5 Emmys and had 42 nominations, including six for Steve Carell (pictured right, in 2019), who played woeful boss Michael Scott for seven seasons (pictured left)
One of the biggest stars to come out of The Office was Steve Carell, who portrayed bumbling boss Michael Scott, who was himself based on Ricky Gervais’ character David Brent in the BBC original.
The American mockumentary followed the everyday lives of employees of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, of whom Scott managed until the seventh season.
Steve’s character departed the show after proposing to HR representative Holly Flax, before moving to Colorado with her so they could take care of her ageing parents.
The Office continued for a further two seasons without Steve, before ending in 2013 with its ninth season.
Following his appearance on the show, Steve, 58, has gone on to become one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors.
He has starred in blockbusters such as Evan Almighty, 2007, Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), Foxcatcher (2014), The Big Short (2015) and Welcome to Marwen (2018).
Following his appearance on the show, Steve, 58, has gone on to become one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors. Pictured with Channing Tatum in the movie Foxcatcher
The actor has also been the voice of Gru in the Despicable Me and Minions films since 2010. In 2021, he’ll reprise his voice role in Minions: The Rise of Gru.
But while he’s known for his comedic chops, Steve proved he could nail a more dramatic role in Foxcatcher, which saw him nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal as convicted murderer John du Pont.
Foxcatcher is the real-life story of millionaire du Pont who in 1996 shot dead Dave Schultz (played by Mark Ruffalo), the coach of the Olympic wrestling team that the heir had set up.
But Steve’s not only a hit in the movies, as he also still appears on the small screen and has most recently starred in the Apple TV+ drama The Morning Show alongside Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.
The Massachusetts native has also accomplished something that often evades Hollywood stars: a long and successful marriage.
He’s been married to American actress Nancy Carell since 1995, with the pair sharing two children Elisabeth Anne Carell, 19, and John Carell, 16.
Nancy occasionally guest-starred on The Office until 2011 as Carol Stills, a real estate agent and former girlfriend of her husband’s character, Michael Scott. She also had a brief appearance in the movie Bridesmaids.
JIM HALPERT (HOLLYWOOD A-LISTER JOHN KRASINSKI)
The cast of familiar faces, which included John Krasinski (pictured on the show, left, and in May 2021, right), Mindy Kaling and Ed Helms, has gone from strength to strength following the show’s triumph
John Krasinski launched his acting career playing Jim Halpert on the NBC mockumentary sitcom over nine seasons.
Fans grew particularly attached to John’s lovable character and his on-screen wife Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer), following their relationship from an office flirtation to marriage and then children.
Since the comedy ended in 2013, John has seen big screen success of his own – appearing in Away We Go (2009) with comedian Maya Rudolph, DreamWorks’ Monsters Vs. Aliens (2009), and Big Miracle (2012) alongside Drew Barrymore.
He’s also featured in Dreamgirls, Monsters University and A Quiet Place – which he co-wrote and directed, while his wife Emily Blunt starred alongside him.
The pair are currently involved in A Quiet Place Part II, with Emily starring in the movie, set to be released this month, and John directing it.
But John doesn’t only have a passion for acting and directing, with the father-of-two also worked as an executive producer alongside Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Merchant on the popular Spike series Lip Sync Battle.
Fans grew particularly attached to John’s lovable character Jim Halpert and his on-screen wife Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer), following their relationship from an office flirtation to marriage and then children. Pictured, the two together
John, who shares two children with wife Emily Blunt (pictured together in March 2020), was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018
The Jack Ryan action star has had four Emmy Award nominations and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
John, who shares two children with wife Emily, was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018.
During lockdown, he created his COVID-19 quarantine web series Some Good News, which launched on March 29 and ran until May 2020.
It amassed 2.55M subscribers thanks to segments such as a virtual prom featuring performances from Billie Eilish, The Jonas Brothers, and Chance the Rapper, as well as a virtual graduation with speakers Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Malala Yousafzai.
John has gone from working as as waiter to directing Hollywood hits, such as A Quiet Place, in which he also starred and produced
He kicked off his show by chatting with his co-star from The Office, Steve Carell, with the two stars reminiscing about their favorite scenes from the sitcom, which was celebrating its 15 year anniversary.
John explained he got his big break on the popular program, admitting: ‘I was a waiter when I got that job, I was 23 years old.
‘After the pilot, I went back to waiting tables because I was sure nothing was going to happen with it. We all kind of came into it with that vibe. I remember none of us had done anything huge.’
‘It’s such a happy surprise that after all these years people are still tuning in and finding it today, it’s pretty cool,’ agreed Steve, who prior to being cast as Michael Scott was primarily a sketch comedy performer.
PAM BEESLY (SITCOM STAR AND PODCASTER JENNA FISCHER)
In the show, Jenna Fischer (pictured right in 2019) played Pam Beesly (pictured left) – Dunder Mifflin’s soft-spoken receptionist, who is an aspiring artist, and Jim’s love interest
In the show, Jenna Fischer played Pam Beesly – Dunder Mifflin’s soft-spoken receptionist, who is an aspiring artist, and Jim’s love interest.
Jenna has continued to have success in sitcoms, featuring in You, Me and the Apocalypse (2015) and the Ellen DeGeneres-produced ABC show Splitting Up Together (2018) opposite Oliver Hudson.
She and fellow co-star Angela Kinsey also started a podcast together, dedicated to all things The Office.
Launched in 2019, the podcast Office Ladies delves into behind-the-scenes stories while the pair watch an episode from the show.
Writing about the launch of the project on her Instagram, she said: ‘My bff @angelakinsey and I are excited to be teaming up with @earwolf to bring you our new podcast Office Ladies!
‘Each week we will watch an episode of The Office and tell you all the behind-the-scenes scoop and trivia…the kind of stuff that only two people who were there can know.
‘There might be some tangents about our lives, our friendship, our cats and our Target runs. We will also answer your questions!’
Jenna is married to screenwriter Lee Kirk, her second husband, and the couple have two children.
DWIGHT SCHRUTE (MOM STAR RAINN WILSON)
Rainn Wilson (pictured right in April 2021) brought oddball paper salesman Dwight Schrute (pictured left) to life on The Office – but he’s remained a familiar face in the world of comedy ever since
Rainn Wilson brought oddball paper salesman Dwight Schrute to life on The Office – but he’s remained a familiar face in the world of comedy ever since.
Most recently, Rainn had a recurring role on sitcom Mom in both 2019 and 2020. The show features Anna Faris who struggles to deal with her bad-influence of a mother, played by Allison Janney.
The American actor, 55, has also enjoyed some triumphs on the big screen – featuring alongside Kate Winslet and Susan Sarandon in 2019 film Blackbird.
He voiced the evil wizard Gargamel in Smurfs: The Lost Village in 2017 and had a role in science fiction action film The Meg in 2018.
In 2020, Rainn joined the cast of drama series Utopia, appeared in the thriller Don’t Tell a Soul and voiced Lex Luthor in Justice League Dark: Apokolips War.
Off screen, Rainn’s been married to writer Holiday Reinhorn since 1995, with the pair sharing a 17-year-old son.
ANGELA MARTIN (PODCASTER ANGELA KINSEY)
The judgemental and cat-loving head of accounting in The Office, Angela Martin (pictured left), was played by Angela Kinsey (pictured in March 2020)
The judgmental and cat-loving head of accounting in The Office, Angela Martin, was played by Angela Kinsey.
Since the show’s end, she’s had a starring role in Hulu’s parody comedy series, The Hotwives of Orlando (2014), and was a series regular on the Netflix comedy, Haters Back Off, which ran for two series from 2016 and followed the oddball family life of a fictional YouTube star
She’s also appeared on New Girl and Fresh Off the Boat, as well as Your Family or Mine.
In 2018, made a guest appearance on Splitting Up Together with Jenna before launching their podcast together.
ANDY BERNARD (HANGOVER STAR ED HELMS)
He’s now, perhaps, more known for his role in the Hangover movies – but before Ed Helms’ (pictured right in 2019) jump to the big screen, he portrayed Dunder Mifflin employee Andy Bernard (pictured left)
He’s now, perhaps, more known for his role in the Hangover movies – but before Ed Helms’ jump to the big screen, he portrayed Dunder Mifflin employee Andy Bernard.
Playing the part from 2006, the Cornell graduate fell for co-worker Angela Martin but eventually lost her to Dwight Schrute.
Ed, 47, found box office success starring in The Hangover trilogy (2009 – 2013), alongside fellow American actors Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis.
Then in 2013, another blockbuster opportunity came in the form of We’re the Millers, with Ed playing the bad guy who’s chasing Jennifer Aniston’s, Will Poulter’s, Emma Roberts’ and Jason Sudeikis’ characters – with the four forming an unlikely family.
Another big acting role arrived in 2017 when he provided the voice for Captain Underpants himself in Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.
In 2018, Ed featured in American comedy Tag, with Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm and Isla Fisher.
The film sees a group of five friends, who have been playing the game of tag for 30 years, decide to join in one last game before the wedding of their undefeated player.
Ed, 47, found box office success starring in The Hangover trilogy (2009 – 2013), alongside fellow American actors Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis (pictured together)
But despite his big screen triumph, Ed still enjoys appearing on TV, featuring on sitcoms like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Mindy Project and Arrested Development.
He has recently been seen on the Netflix action comedy Coffee and Kareem with Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Little Gardenhigh.
The actor is incredibly private, refusing to reveal the name of his wife and daughter when asked in TV interviews, but previously admitting that he is ‘happily married’.
In October 2020, it was announced that Harrison Ford and Ed are set to work together on a new movie titled The Miserable Adventures of Burt Squire Aboard the Horn High Yo.
According to a studio synopsis from STXfilms, the film starring Ford, 78, and Ed is ‘inspired by a true story’ of a ‘family man … in the midst of a midlife crisis who embarks on what he hopes will be a dream sailing vacation, but ends up shipwrecked in the Atlantic Ocean with Ford’s charming but unhinged sea captain.’
STXfilms’s Adam Fogelson said in a statement that the combination in the aquatic film makes for comedy gold.
‘There’s no one better than Ed Helms to play an everyday guy who gets saddled with every comedic misfortune life could throw his way,’ Fogelson said, ‘and Harrison is going to create yet another memorable and iconic character as an unhinged sea captain.’
Fogelson added: ‘Instead of a road-trip comedy, we can’t wait to see these unlikely buddies in this seafaring comedy.’
KELLY KAPOOR (MINDY KALING, OWN COMEDY SERIES)
Not only did Mindy Kaling (pictured right in April 2021) feature as fashionista Kelly Kapoor (pictured left) on The Office, she also served as a producer and a writer for the comedy
Not only did Mindy Kaling feature as fashionista Kelly Kapoor on The Office, she also served as a producer and a writer for the comedy.
Thanks to her appearance on the show, her career went from strength to strength, with Mindy leaving the sitcom at the start of its ninth season to focus on producing and starring in her own series The Mindy Project, which debuted on FOX in September 2012 and ran for six series until 2017.
But it’s not only on the small screen where Mindy has found her success, with the actress, writer and producer quickly becoming a familiar face in Hollywood due to roles in several popular movies.
In 2018, she appeared in Ocean’s 8, opposite a star-studded cast which included Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock and Helen Bonham Carter.
She then joined British Actress Emma Thompson in the 2019 Late Night film about a presenter of evening television.
Mindy has also lent her voice to cartoon movies such as 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph and 2015’s Inside Out.
She then joined British Actress Emma Thompson (pictured together) in the 2019 Late Night film about a presenter of evening television
More recently, six-time Emmy nominee Mindy is working with friend Reese Witherspoon once again after it was revealed she’s co-writing the long-awaited Legally Blonde 3 film.
She said it’s been ‘really fun to imagine’ Reese’s iconic character Elle Woods at age 40, as she recently discussed penning the script for the third installment.
The 41-year-old told Access Hollywood: ‘I love the franchise so much. I love Elle Woods as a character. And when Reese [Witherspoon] asked me if I wanted to write it, I was like, “Absolutely!”
‘I can’t wait to see what people think of the way we’ve written Elle Woods at 40. How Elle Woods is at 40 versus when she was 21 has been really fun to imagine.’
It was revealed last May that Mindy and Parks and Recreation writer Dan Goor signed on to write a new script for the comedy.
Mindy teased a little more on The Today Show back in October: ‘It was really daunting because it’s such an iconic movie. The thing that made it the most appealing was the fact that she’s now 20 years older.
‘So what is like the 42-year-old version of Elle Woods? Like what is she like? Is she as chipper? Has life gotten her down at all? Has she become cynical at all? Or is she exactly the same?’
‘For me, I thought making her that age and having her gone through the same kinds of things that I’ve gone through as a 40-year-old, made it fun.’
The original Legally Blonde premiered in 2001, starring Reese, 44, as UCLA sorority girl Elle Woods, who miraculously gets into Harvard Law School to win back her ex, before accidentally discovering her passion for law.
The hit comedy was followed by the 2003 sequel Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
Reese and Mindy starred together in the 2018 feature adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time, and they’ve appeared in each other’s shows The Mindy Project and The Morning Show.
Single mother Mindy has two children, Katherine Kaling, 3, and 8-month-old Spencer Kaling.
RYAN HOWARD (WRITER AND DIRECTOR B. J. NOVAK)
American actor B. J. Novak (pictured right in 2020), 41, started as a writer on the sitcom before stepping in front of the camera as the sleazy and egotistical office temp (pictured left)
American actor B. J. Novak, 41, started as a writer on the sitcom before stepping in front of the camera as the sleazy and egotistical office temp Ryan Howard.
Since The Office, he has continued both acting and writing, even releasing a collection of short stories in 2014, titled One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories.
He’s also worked as a director on The Mindy Project and for the upcoming thriller Vengeance.
And his success doesn’t stop there, with the writer and actor also having plenty of popular movies under his belt.
He featured in 2012’s The Smurfs 2, 2013’s Saving Mr Banks, alongside Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, followed by a role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014.
The actor has fostered a close friendship with Mindy Kaling since first meeting in their mid-twenties on the set of The Office in 2004.
The on-again, off-again couple have maintained a purely platonic relationship for years, and the best-selling author is godfather to Mindy’s children.
ERIN HANNON (AWARD-NOMINATED ACTRESS AND AUTHOR ELLIE KEMPER)
Ellie Kemper plays receptionist Erin, pictured, from season five to nine. Ellie, pictured right in December 2019 in New York
In The Office, Ellie Kemper plays sweet-tempered Erin Hannon, who is hired to replace Pam when she becomes a saleswoman in season five.
Erin is a positive presence in the office and is well-liked by the rest of the team, especially Andy, who becomes infatuated with her. During the show, she reveals she was adopted and has never met her birth parents.
She dates Gabe Lewis, who is played by Zach Woods for most of season seven, but the pair later break up, leading to Erin dating Andy, and then Pete Miller (played by Jake Lacy) who joins the company in season nine.
In the finale, Erin is reunited with her birth parents during a Q&A for the mockumentary.
After The Office ended, Ellie, now 41, moved on to play Kimmy Schmidt in The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock from 2015 to 2019.
She was nominated twice in a row for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Kimmy Schmidt.
As well as her TV career, Ellie is no stranger to the big screen. In 2011, she starred in the cynical romantic comedy Bridesmaids, starring Saturday Night Live comedians Kirsten Wiig, Maya Rudolph and The IT crowd Chris O’Dowd.
The next year she played Ms Griggs in the 21 Jump Street reboot, and in 2016, she voiced Katie in The Secret Life of Pets. She is currently filming the reboot of Home Alone, the release date of which is still to be revealed.
Ellie, who is a mother-of-two, published her first book, My Squirrel Days in 2018.
She is married to comedy writer Michael Koman, who has worked on late night shows including Late Night with Conan O’Brien, for which he wrote for seven years.
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Charles Miner – Idris Elba
A-lister Idris Elba (pictured right in 2019), who was once rumoured to be next in line to play James Bond, appeared in six episodes of The Office, playing Charles Miner (pictured left), Michael Scott’s new boss in 2009
A-lister Idris Elba, who was once rumored to be next in line to play James Bond, appeared in six episodes of The Office, playing Charles Miner, Michael Scott’s new boss in 2009.
The London-born actor, 48, is most notably known for his role as detective Luther in the eponymous drama, which ran for five series from 2010.
He’s also took the big screen by storm, featuring in films such as Thor, the upcoming The Suicide Squad and Pacific Rim.
More recently, he’s appeared in Cats, which divided opinion, as well as having lent his voice to Zootropolis and The Jungle Book.
Speaking to Vanity Fair in 2019 about the Bond rumors, Elba conceded he was not in the running to become the first black Bond in the franchise’s 59 year history.
He said: ‘Of course, if someone said to me “Do you want to play James Bond?”, I’d be like, Yeah! That’s fascinating to me.
‘But it’s not something I’ve expressed, like, “Yeah, I wanna be the black James Bond.”‘
Reflecting on the debate regarding Bond’s ethnicity, he added: ‘You just get disheartened when you get people from a generational point of view going, “It can’t be.”‘
‘And it really turns out to be the color of my skin. And then if I get it and it didn’t work, or it did work, would it be because of the color of my skin? That’s a difficult position to put myself into when I don’t need to.’
Oscar Nunez – Oscar Martinez
Oscar Nunez played accountant Oscar Martinez in the US Office, pictured left
In the main The Office cast, Oscar plays Oscar Martinez, who is part of the accounting team of Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch.
Oscar, who is gay, has his sexuality discussed several times on the show. In season three, the accountant receives a paid sabbatical after Michael tries to kiss him to prove he is not homophobic.
He appears throughout the show as a voice of reason for the rest of the team, but often prefers to stay on the sidelines.
Later in the show, Oscar grows close to Angela when they both date State Senator Robert Lipton, who is gay but closeted and leaves them both when his sexuality is outed.
Since The US Office ended, Oscar, 62, has had several TV credits, including a role on the short-lived USA Network comedy series Benched in 2014, and as a regular cast member of People of Earth on TBS in 2016.
In 2018, Nunez portrayed State Farm Insurance Agent Cole Perez in a series of commercials in the US.
He has remained in touch with the rest of the cast and appears on Jenna Fisher and Angela Kinsey’s podcast Office Ladies, and likes to discuss fan theories about the show online.
Phyllis Smith – Phyllis Vance
Phyllis Vance, pictured, was part of the sales team of Dunder Mifflin in the show
In the show, Phyllis Vance is a member of Dunder Mifflin’s sale staff, and acts as an overbearing motherly figure for the team.
Early on in the show she marries Bob Vance, of Vance Refrigeration, who shares the office’s warehouse with Dunder Mifflin.
She is often tagging along with Stanley Hudson, her office bestie, and likes to meddle in other character’s love stories, often dispensing advice – whether welcomed or not – to Dwight, Jim, Andy and Michael throughout the show.
Phyllis has found great success as a voice actress since the end of the Office.
In 2015, she voiced Sadness in Pixar’s heart-warming animated Inside Out. From 2016 to 2019, she was a recurring character in the Netflix series The OA.
This year, she scored a role in the upcoming comedy Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.
Leslie David Baker – Stanley Hudson
Leslie David Baker played salesman Stanley Hudson on the show, pictured
In the show, Stanley is a crossword-loving member of the sales team that is more excited about food and retirement than he is about his job.
Stanley is not interested in the office drama and often prefers to stay on the sidelines.
In the 14th episode of the 5th season, titled Stress Relief, Stanley suffers a heart attack, and the whole team has to learn CPR, which is one of the series’ most beloved scenes.
While he keeps a low profile at work, it becomes known throughout the show that Stanley has been cheating on his wife repeatedly with different women.
Since the show’s ended, Leslie, 63, has starred in several TV productions including Austin and Ally, The Exes, and Fam in 2019.
He’s also done some voice acting and starred alongside Melissa McCarthy in the Happytime Murders movie in 2018.
Melora Hardin – Jan Levinson
Melora Hardin played Dunder Mifflin exec Jan Levinson
As the Vice President of Northeast Sales for Dunder Mifflin Jan Levinson, Melora Hardin is one of the driving forces in the first four seasons of the show.
She is first introduced as a representative of the corporate New York office of the company supervising Michael.
She later becomes his love interest, while retaining authority over his branch, however, the pair have a toxic relationship, and are on and off for several seasons.
Jan is fired from her position as VP after undergoing breast enhancement surgery, and sues Dunder Mifflin for compensation.
The relationship with Michael implodes after he helps dismiss her legal case, and they break up during the Dinner Party episode in season 4, which is one of the series’ most famous cringe-fests.
She stops being a recurrent character on the show after season 4, written off as having been artificially inseminated and now being a mother.
Since the show, Melora’s TV career has kept on flourishing, and she’s appeared in countless shows, from CSI: Miami to Gilmore Girls and Scandal.
She won an Emmy for her performance as Tammy Cashman in Transparent in 2016. Since 2017, she’s been playing editor-in-chief Jacqueline Carlyle in The Bold Type.
She’s also appeared on Celebrity Family Feud for The Bold Type vs. RuPaul’s Drag Race episode.
Craig Robinson – Darryl Philbin (all seasons)
Darryl Philbin is a warehouse worker turned VP in the show, pictured
At the start of the show, Darryl is one of the warehouse workers of Dunder Mifflin, and he is friends with Roy, Pam’s fiance.
As the show progresses, Darryl expresses an interest in becoming a part of the office team of Dunder Mifflin, and rises through the ranks throughout the series.
He briefly dates Kelly Kapoor before deciding she is too much for him, and develops a friendship with Jim.
In season 8, him and Jim work together at a sport marketing firm in Philadelphia named Athlead.
While Jim eventually moves back to Scranton to be with Pam and their family, Darryl stays in Philadelphia and later moves to Austin. It is revealed in the show’s finale that Darryl is now VP of Athlete Relations at Athlead.
Since the show ended, Craig has appeared in several TV comedy series including Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Big Mouth and Mr Robot.
He is friends with Seth Rogen and the pair have collaborated on several films together, including the saucy animated Sausage Party in 2016.
In 2020, Craig was a guest judge on the US version of the Masked Singer and went on to host the sister show the Masked Dancer.
He is also starring in the upcoming fantasy flick Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon, which should be released later this year.
Paul Liberstein – Toby Flenderson
Paul Liberstein, pictured as Toby Flenderson, has enjoyed great behind-the-scenes success as a producer and writer
Toby Flenderson is Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton Branch’s HR liaison officer, and Michael’s unwitting nemesis.
Presented as a low-mood, low-energy, unlucky person, Toby is a recurring character throughout the show, but often only to be abused by Michael.
He is in love with Pam, but the feeling is not mutual. He decides to leave for Costa Rica, but gets injured immediately after arriving, and eventually returns to Scranton.
In later season, he falls in love with Nellie Bertram, played by Catherine Tate, but she rejects him. At the end of the show, Toby reveals his time at Dunder Mifflin has inspired him to write a book.
In real life, Paul Liberstein has been active both in front and behind the camera.
As an actor, he’s appeared in Bad Teacher, the raunchy comedy starring Cameron Diaz in 2014. He later delighted fans of The Office by making an appearance on Mindy Kalling’s sitcom The Mindy Project in 2016.
Paul has directed several episodes of The Office, and went on to direct several other projects, including one episode of the Newsroom in 2014.
Paul was a producer on The Office from 2005 to 2013, and also produced six episodes of the Newsroom in 2014.
Recently, in 2020, he produced the comedy space series Space Force, starring his Office friend Steve Carell as well as John Malkovich and Friends’ alum’ Lisa Kudrow.
Amy Ryan – Holly Flax
Amy Ryan plays Holly Flax, Michael’s love interest
Holly Flax comes to the Scranton Dunder Mifflin branch to replace Toby after he quits to live in Costa Rica. Michael immediately becomes infatuated with her, but is persuaded by Jim to hold off on telling her he loves her.
The pair become friends, and develop romantic feelings for each other, however, Holly is transferred after Dunder Mifflin boss David Wallace finds out about their affair.
Throughout season five, Michael still pines for Holly and cannot date anyone else. The two have remained friends since Holly’s moved to the Nashua branch, but she is in a committed relationship with a salesman named A.J.
In season seven, Holly is transferred back to the Scranton branch, and Michael and her fall back in love after she ends things with A. J. Michael and Holly then leave Scranton for Colorado.
Amy has had a successful film career since The Office ended.
In 2014, she played Sylvia in Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, and the next year she was Mary McKenna Donovan in Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks.
In 2019, she starred as Caroline Morton alongside Emma Thompson and Mindy Kalling in Late Night and in 2020 she starred in Lost Girls.
She’s also been prolific on TV, starring in Broad City as Heidi Strand, and High Maintenance. In 2020, she voiced Michelle McNamara’s written word in I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.
Ryan is also an accomplished stage actress, and in 2017, she won an Obie award for Distinguished Performance by an Actress for the play Love, Love, Love.
In 2014, she won several awards, including a Critics Choice Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble Cast in Birdman.
Catherine Tate – Nellie Bertram
In the later seasons of The Office, Catherine Tate plays Nellie Bertram, pictured
British comedy legend Catherine Tate also appears on the later seasons of The Office as Nellie Bertram.
Nellie is introduced in the show in season seven and comes back in season eight. She is seen as an antagonistic figure in the office and becomes one of Andy Bernard’s rivals.
It is revealed in the show she is addicted to shopping and is plagued with credit card debt.
Nellie also tried to adopt a child, but her application was rejected because she was single, which draws her to become friends with Pam, who feels sympathy for her.
Tate’s career has been lauded with critical acclaim and since 2013, when The Office ended, she’s been enjoying continuous success.
Tate, who is most known for playing the 10th Doctor’s companion Donna Noble on Doctor Who also made a name of herself with The Catherine Tate Show.
In 2017, she played Hecate in The Adventures of Puss in Boots, the Shrek cat spin-off.
Recently, she played herself in the 2018 short film Leading Lady Parts and in 2019, she appeared in the late night talk show The Last Leg.
In 2020, she reprised her role as Donna Noble for the BBC’s audio drama Donna Noble Kidnapped.
Throughout her career, Tate has been nominated for several Emmy Awards and BAFTAS.
In 2019, she got engaged with American screenwriter Jeff Gutheim. Formerly, she was involved with stage manager Twig Clark, with whom she shares a daughter, born in 2003.
Brian Baumgartner – Kevin Malone
Brian Baumgartner plays accountant Kevin Malone, pictured
On the show, Brian played lovable accountant Kevin Malone, who was known for his poor hygiene.
It is implied in the show that Kevin is not the sharpest tool in the shed, and that he is obsessed with sex and food. Often there for comic relief, Kevin is present in almost all episodes of the show throughout the series.
In the finale, it is revealed he was fired by Dwight for gross incompetence. Dwight used a cake to announce he was letting Kevin go.
Kevin then went on to open his own bar, which was one of his life-long dreams.
Since the show, Brian has enjoyed several TV credits, including roles in Criminal Minds, Law and Order, and The Bridge in 2014.
In 2016, he made an appearance in Chicago Fire, Scream Queens and The Goldbergs.
In 2020, he took part in the animated website series Trash Truck and played Fezzik in Home Movie: the Princess Bride.
Creed Bratton – Creed Bratton
Creed Bratton plays a character of the same name on the show
On the show, Creed is a mysterious, often mischievous character who is implied to be involve in several illegal dealings.
Nothing much of his personal life is revealed on the show, apart from the fact he and Michael started at Dunder Mifflin around the same time.
In the show’s finale, Creed is wanted by police for several crimes, and it is revealed he’s been living in the office’s supply closet. He is eventually arrested.
In real life, Creed Bratton is not only a character actor, he is also known to be a member of the gold-record winning 1970s band The Grassroots.
The band’s 1968 song Midnight Confessions is a certified Gold Record.
Since the end of The Office, Creed has had steady work. In 2014, he voiced a character on the animated sci-fi series Adventure Time, and the next year made an appearance on Grace and Frankie.
In 2020, he voiced Black in the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and in Prime Video’s comic-tragedy Upload.
He’s released two albums, one in 2018 and one in 2020, produced by Alien Chicken records.