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October 21, 2011 at 10:10 PM EDT

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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