What The Office Cast Is Doing Now
During its nine season run on NBC, The Office became one of the most biggest, most culturally adored sitcoms of the early 21st century. Through its relatable brand of everyday characters, accompanied by warm performances, inspired plotlines, and engrossing emotional stakes, it's easy to see why so many viewers loved it (and continue to love it).
Based on the excellent UK series of the same name, The Office became one of the most endearing, quotable American sitcoms of the modern era. But now that The Office has closed its doors, what is the cast up to now? Looking at stars like Steve Carell, John Krasinski, and Mindy Kaling, to name a few, the popular sitcom has launched some of our biggest comedy stars. Several other cast members have also seen their profiles soar thanks to the show's continued success. Let's take a look at where The Office cast has relocated.
Steve Carell (Michael Scott)
As the clueless, socially awkward (if not heartless) regional manager of Dunder Mifflin's Scranton branch, Steve Carell served as the central figure on NBC's The Office for the majority of its run. The one-two punch of The 40-Year-Old Virgin and The Office's success turned Carell into a comedy A-lister, resulting in an expanding movie/TV career. These days, Carell is seen in Apple's The Morning Show, which got renewed for a second season. He's also starring in Irresistible, a new political comedy written and directed by Jon Stewart. And he once again lent his voice to the role of Gru in the upcoming Minions: The Rise of Gru, which has now been delayed to the summer of 2021. Additionally, Carell stars in the Netflix comedy series, Space Force, which he co-created alongside The Office's Greg Daniels. It's expected to premiere in May.
John Krasinski (Jim Halpert)
As a good-natured prankster salesman with a heart, John Krasinski's Jim Halpert often served as the one half of the emotional core of The Office, particularly with the ongoing "will they, won't they" relationship between him and his co-star, Pam (Jenna Fischer). Since The Office's final half-hour, Krasinski has continued to expand himself as both an actor and filmmaker. That was certainly seen with his surprise hit horror movie, A Quiet Place, which he directed and co-wrote in addition to starring in. Last month, audiences would've seen the much-anticipated sequel, A Quiet Place: Part II, which he once again wrote and directed, but the film was unfortunately delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to this burgeoning horror movie franchise, Krasinski has also found a great deal of success playing the title role in Amazon's hit streaming series, Jack Ryan.
Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute)
As Dwight Schrute, the "assistant to the regional manager" and the constant source of Jim's pranks, Rainn Wilson played a memorable presence on The Office. While he didn't quite reach the same career heights as a few of his Office co-workers, he continues to have an active career in both movies and on television. Most recently, he was seen in the series finale of Transparent and a few recent episodes of Mom. Up next, he'll star in Gillian Flynn's new series, Utopia, and he's set to appear in the drama series, The Power. He'll also be seen in the thriller Don't Tell A Soul and he provided this voice to the animated movie Robodog, both of which are expected to come out at some point later this year. He also founded the website SoulPancake.
Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesly)
As Pam Beesly, the receptionist of Dunder Mifflin who forms a "will they, won't they" co-worker relationship with Jim Halpert (John Krasinski), Jenna Fischer was the other half of The Office's emotional arc. The dryly funny actress who has primarily worked in TV since The Office ended, including Splitting Up Together, Drunk History, and You, Me, And the Apocalypse after her time on The Office. Fischer also wrote a book, The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide, which was published in 2017. She currently hosts the podcast Office Ladies alongside her friend and former co-star, Angela Kinsey.
BJ Novak (Ryan Howard)
As Ryan Howard, a low-level employee who became an active member of the office, B.J. Novak played a prevalent role both in front of and behind the camera on The Office. Serving as a writer and director on the popular series, Novak used his popularity from the series to continue working as both an actor and creative in the business. As an actor, Novak has been seen in The Mindy Project (which he also helped direct), Saving Mr. Banks, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Community, and The Founder since The Office came to a close. Up next, B.J. Novak will make his feature directorial debut with the horror-mystery-thriller Vengeance, which he also wrote and will star in. He appears to be following John Krasinski's steps by getting into the horror game.
Ed Helms (Andy Bernard)
A Dunder Mifflin salesman who found himself promoted to Regional Manager shortly after Michael Scott left Scranton, Ed Helms went from supporting star to the head of The Office over the course of the show's run. Promoted in part due to his rising popularity thanks to The Hangover movies, among other projects, Helms remains active following his tenure on The Office. He's appeared in movies both big and small, including Vacation, The Clapper, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, Chappaquiddick, Father Figures, Tag, and more. Up next, Helms will star in the new Netflix action-comedy, Coffee & Kareem, which hits the streaming service on April 3rd. Helms is also soon set to be seen in another new comedy, Togetherish, later this year.
Mindy Kaling (Kelly Kapoor)
As a customer service representative for Dunder Mifflin, Mindy Kaling's Kelly Kapoor grew in prominence throughout the course of the show's run. The actress, who was also a writer for the NBC sitcom, has also continued to rise in prominence since the show's finale, notably with her own TV series, The Mindy Project, as well as acting parts in A Wrinkle in Time, Ocean's 8, and a voice role in Pixar's Inside Out. Most recently, Kaling wrote and starred in Late Night, and she appeared in a few episodes of The Morning Show. She also created the Hulu series, Four Weddings and a Funeral, based on the 1994 movie of the same name, and she is the creator of the new Netflix sitcom, Never Have I Ever, which will premiere later this month.
Angela Kinsey (Angela Martin)
As the head of accounting at Dunder Mifflin, Angela Martin, played by Angela Kinsey, could often be a cold and careless person around the office. But as an actress, Kinsey has continued to brighten the screen through different film and television roles in Tall Girl, Fresh Off The Boat, Haters Back Off, and more. Up next, Kinsey stars in Mindy Kaling's Netflix series, Never Have I Ever. Also, she co-hosts the podcast Office Ladies with Jenna Fischer.
Oscar Nunez (Oscar Martinez)
As an accountant for Dunder Mifflin, Oscar Martinez, played by Oscar Nunez, is another character who has seen their role expanded on the show as it grew in popularity. Most recently Nunez has been since in shows like Life in Pieces, Mr. Iglesias, NCIS: Los Angeles, and more. Most recently, Nunez lent his voice to 3Below: Tales of Arcadia and Where's Waldo? He was also seen in a series of State Farm Insurance commercials.
Phyllis Smith (Phyllis Vance)
As the sweet-natured Phyllis Vance, Phyllis Smith's role on The Office grew over the source of the series. As an actress, Smith has since been seen or heard in The Middle, the Netflix series The OA, and she took on the voice of the adorably gloomy Sadness in Pixar's Inside Out.
Leslie David Baker (Stanley Hudson)
As a long-time Dunder Mifflin employee who is quick to scoff or roll his eyes at anything happening around the Dunder Mifflin offices, Leslie David Baker's Stanley Hudson always had a wonderful reaction to the goofiness of his work environment, particularly with his dry, witty, loaded retorts. As an actor, Baker has continued to work primarily in television since The Office's series finale. Most recently, he has been lending his voice to the animated series, Puppy Dog Pals. He also recently appeared in an episode of the CBS sitcom, Fam.
Brian Baumgartner (Kevin Malone)
Playing the part of the lovable Kevin Malone, a good-hearted — if not the brightest — accountant for Dunder Mifflin, Brian Baumgartner provided us with one of the most endearing characters on The Office. The actor continues to bounce between film and TV since The Office came to a close. He's been seen in shows like Melissa & Joey, Chicago Fire, The Goldbergs, and Good Behavior, to name only a few. He will next be seen in Electric Jesus.
Kate Flannery (Meredith Palmer)
As Meredith Palmer, Kate Flannery constantly found herself in some of The Office's most outrageous moments. Since her time on The Office, Flannery has continued to work primarily in television, notably doing voice work for shows like Steven Universe and OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes. She'll next be seen in the comedy Golden Arm. Also, last year, Flannery appeared on the recent season of the competitive dancing series, Dancing with the Stars.
Paul Lieberstein (Toby Flenderson)
As Toby Flenderson, the long-suffering Human Resources Representatives who was often the bane of Michael Scott's existence (while earning the wrath of a few other Dunder Mifflin employees as well), Paul Lieberstein played a memorable punching bag on The Office, though Lieberstein also had an extensive influence on the program as a writer and director. Since The Office came to a close, Lieberstein has continued to work in front and behind the camera, directing and starring in episodes of The Mindy Project and The Newsroom while also appearing in the TBS series People of Earth. Most recently, in 2018, Lieberstein made his feature debut by starring, writing, producing, and directing the dark comedy, Song of Back and Neck.
Creed Bratton (Creed Bratton)
Playing a fictional version of himself, Creed Bratton was one of the oldest members of Dunder Mifflin and he was certainly among the most spirited. Although he is primarily a musician, his memorable role in this popular sitcom is what he might now be best known for. Bratton was an actor before the show became a hit, though the series definitely helped him find more roles. He was most recently seen in The Sisters Brothers and an episode of Into the Dark. He'll next be seen in the comedies Maybe There's a Tree and Mayfield's Game.
Craig Robinson (Darryl Philbin)
Although Craig Robinson didn't have a sizable role at the beginning of The Office as Darryl Philbin, his character was brought closer to the forefront in later seasons, and the actor's profile has continued to soar throughout the years. Most recently, Robinson has been seen in Dolemite Is My Name, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, and Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made. He also was heard in Dolittle and Big Mouth. He also has a reoccurring part on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Up next, he lends his voice to The Ark and the Aardvark. Robinson will also appear in the fantasy film, Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon.
Ellie Kemper (Erin Hannon)
As Erin Hannon, the new receptionist at Dunder Mifflin, Ellie Kemper played a lively role in the later seasons of The Office. Since her time on the show, Kemper has continued to rise in prominence. Most notably with the title role in Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. She has also done voice work for The Secret Life of Pets movies, Sofia the First, We Bare Bears, and more. She'll next be seen in the comedy The Stand-In, and she's set to star in the upcoming Home Alone reboot. Also, in 2018, she published her first book, My Squirrel Days.
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