'The Office': Catherine Tate to reprise role as Nellie


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Whoa Nellie, look who is coming back to Dunder Mifflin! NBC announced today that Catherine Tate will return to The Office to reprise her role as Nellie Bertram. She’ll show up in the second half of the season after she’s hired by friend and Chairman Jo Bennett (Kathy Bates) as a “misguided special projects manager working directly for the corporate office who very much enjoys the favoritism received from Bennett.”

Tate first joined the NBC comedy in last season’s finale as one of the candidates interviewing for Michael Scott’s job.

“Catherine is hysterical,” said executive producer Paul Lieberstein in a statement. “We introduced her briefly in last season’s finale and knew she had to be a part of the show somehow. We’ll meet her again as corporate’s special projects manager, and her relationship with Robert California (James Spader) will be far from professional. We’re thrilled that she’s joining the cast.”

Tate headlined her own eponymous show for the BBC.

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  • markwebermusic

    This made it sound like she was an important character returning, but I can’t place her!

    • Jane

      She’s the wishy washy lady who kept saying she’d do one thing to manage, then would swing to the opposite. She interviewed for the manager job along with Jim Carrey, Ray Romano, and James Spader.

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  • Brett

    Fact check please. The last sentence is incorrect. “The Catherine Tate Show” ended four years ago and she followed it by being on Doctor Who but she’s no longer on that either.

    • Riley

      It does not say that she currently headlines it. The article says she “headlined.” Past tense. That is true. No fact checking needed.

    • Kate

      Yeah, I found it odd that that was all they had to say about her career. Never mind she’s legend in the geek-verse.

  • maggie

    I love Catherine Tate! I hope the scripts they give her are good, because The Office isn’t as good as it used to be.

  • Fido

    Phew!!! Glad I’ve already left this series cos having Catherine join the team would have sent me out the door anyway.

  • Brian

    It is spelled Dunder Mifflin with 2 f’s.

    • Shut your piehole!

      It’s not a real company you dingus.

  • Daisy

    LOVE Catherine! Watched her on Doctor Who, she is hilarious.

  • LosensioTheMexicanDentist

    Well she was a stinky one. I receive no enjoys from this lady. I had a glad when Mr. Californya was boss I saw and not this lady that I had expectation. She should be an onion seller.

  • SaraS

    No… no more characters. I still feel like we have no background on James Spader’s character, and Meredith Oscar Angela etc. still get virtually no lines!!

    • The Clooney

      Nobody cares about Meredith Oscar Angela Stanley etc. They were cast with boring nobodies because that was the vibe of the show at the time. They were never meant to be big roles in The Office.

      • Grammar Police’s wife

        Actually Oscar and Angela are hilarious and the show could use more of their stories.
        Meredith, Kevin, Creed – yes you’re right.

  • Jane

    Jo seems like a no-nonsense, smart type. Why does she keep hiring idiots like Gabe, DeAngelo and this lady? She must have a blind eye to morons.

  • Steve Gennarelli

    After watching it last night, I could have sworn it was “Mayberry, RFD” and Nard Dog was being played by Ken Berry.
    Sorry for the dated reference…but it still works.

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  • Ram

    Great addition. I am looking forward to see her in the show.

  • Musicfan5

    I thought she was funny in last season’s finale, and the Catherine Tate show is a great DVD or Netflix rental. If you’re not familiar with her work, she’s versatile and plays so many different characters. This is great news for the Office!

    • Fabian

      If you’re going to talk about “the media” as a monolithic enitty, then the only universal bias is the drive to maximize profits.I don’t care to to engage you in simplistic questions like “is ‘the media’ liberal or conservative?” “The media” is not monolithic. But spend 2 minutes at for plenty of stories from mainstream media outlets that misrepresent reality either through a conservative bias or laziness.

  • Nadine

    Love Catherine Tate, great news.


    Show should have ended with Steve Carell’s departure. Boring now.

  • Bill from Las Vegas

    Are you bovred?????

    • Jerri

      Are you?

    • jen

      Do I look bovered?
      I stopped watching the office. I will come back to it to watch Catherine. Love her.

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