The Office cast, Then and Now
When The Office made its mid-season debut on NBC in 2005, it became a sleeper hit for the network and eventually went on to revive its Thursday night comedy line-up. Once famous for the likes of Friends, Will & Grace, and Seinfeld, NBC began a new era of comedy dominance with the workplace comedy that made stars out of Steve Carell, John Krasinski, and Jenna Fischer, while providing a launching pad for Mindy Kaling, Ed Helms, Ellie Kemper, and more. Telling the story of the everyday foibles and lives of a group of co-workers at a paper company in Scranton, Penn., The Office brought the workplace comedy to new heights and provided a platform to showcase the talents of individuals who have gone on to become some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Ahead, find out where they are now.
Steve Carell (Michael Scott)
Carell had made inroads as a comedy supporting player in properties like The Daily Show and Anchorman, but his role as Michael Scott, a well-meaning but bumbling and ignorant boss, shot him to super-stardom. He earned six Emmy nominations during this tenure as the world’s worst boss (who somehow thinks he’s the best). Following his debut as Michael Scott, Carell went on to star in films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Get Smart, Date Night opposite Tina Fey, and Crazy, Stupid, Love. In 2010, he endeared himself to younger audiences voicing super-villain turned lovable father Gru in Despicable Me, a role he has reprised in several sequels. Recently, Carell has featured in more dramatic roles, earning praise for his work in Little Miss Sunshine, an Oscar nomination for Foxcatcher and Oscar buzz for this year’s Last Flag Flying. On the second season of The Office, Carell also gained a producing credit. He now runs a production company with his wife Nancy and they produce the Rashida Jones-led Angie Tribeca on TBS.
Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesly)
Fischer was working steadily in guest-starring roles on shows like Six Feet Under and That ‘70s Show when she got her big break as kind and funny receptionist Pam. Initially engaged to another man but yearning for Jim, she became part of the show’s most enduring love story. While on the show Fischer branched out into comedic film roles in movies like Blades of Glory, Hall Pass, and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, where she often played love interests cut from the same cloth as Pam. Since The Office ended, she’s had recurring roles on several short-lived TV shows, including The Mysteries of Laura and You, Me, and the Apocalypse. She will next be seen in The 15:17 to Paris, Clint Eastwood’s film based on the true story of a terrorist attack on a European train.
John Krasinski (Jim Halpert)
Krasinski broke out as the deadpan, lovelorn, prank-loving Jim Halpert, earning legions of fans for his quiet yearning for office receptionist Pam (Jenna Fischer) in one of the greatest sitcom love stories. Since his time on the show, Krasinski has focused his energy on the big screen, appearing in everything from indie films (The Promised Land, Away We Go) to rom-coms (It’s Complicated, Something Borrowed) to action flicks (13 Hours). Next up, he’ll return to the small screen in Amazon’s adaptation of Tom Clancy’s “Jack Ryan” novels as the titular character previously portrayed in movies by the likes of Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Chris Pine, and he stars opposite his real-life wife Emily Blunt in a movie which he also directed, A Quiet Place.
Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute)
Before The Office, Wilson was best known for his recurring role as Arthur Martin on Six Feet Under, but he proved himself a new comedic talent as eccentric, brown-nosing office drone Dwight Schrute. Since then, he’s brought his unique brand of humor to shows like Adventure Time, Backstrom, and films like Smurfs: The Lost Village. In 2008, he founded the digital media company “SoulPancake” and in 2015 he published an autobiography titled The Bassoon King. Currently, he can be seen on CBS All Access’ new Star Trek series, Star Trek: Discovery as Harry Mudd.
Mindy Kaling (Kelly Kapoor)
Kaling joined the sitcom as a member of the writing staff, but soon found her ditzy, romance-obsessed office worker Kelly Kapoor becoming a fan favorite. In 2010, she was nominated for an Emmy for writing “Niagara,” the episode where Jim and Pam get married. Kaling also began to take on supporting roles in films like No Strings Attached, The Five-Year Engagement, and Wreck-It Ralph. In 2012, she began starring in her own show, The Mindy Project, where she starred as the lovable-but-narcissistic Mindy Lahiri for six seasons. Debuting on Fox, the series, which she also created, wrote, and produced, moved to streaming platform Hulu for its fourth season as one of its first pieces of original programming, and just had its series finale. She’s also published two best-selling memoirs. Kaling memorably voiced Disgust in Pixar’s Inside Out and she’ll next be seen in two highly-anticipated films, A Wrinkle in Time and Ocean’s Eight.
B.J. Novak (Ryan Howard)
Novak was another cast member to pull double duty as actor and member of the writing staff. He portrayed Ryan Howard, the sleazy office intern who maintained a toxic relationship with Kelly Kapoor. Prior to The Office, Novak was a comedian, perhaps best known for his time as one of Ashton Kutcher’s sidekicks on prank show Punk’d. Novak has continued to act in films like Inglourious Basterds, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Saving Mr. Banks, where he portrayed one of the Sherman brothers. He has also appeared on television shows including The Newsroom and costar/friend Mindy Kaling’s The Mindy Project. However, Novak has focused more on writing and business ventures since his time on the show, releasing a collection of short stories titles One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories and launching the now-defunct app, “The List App.”
Leslie David Baker (Stanley Hudson)
Formerly a K-8 special education teacher, Baker had bit roles on several television shows before earning his most memorable part as sarcastic, over-his-job paper salesman Stanley Hudson. While he’s still best known for his role on The Office, Baker has lent his voice to the Captain Underpants film and guest starred on shows including Scorpion and Life in Pieces. He currently portrays Principal Wentworth on Disney Channel’s That’s So Raven reboot Raven’s Home.
Brian Baumgartner (Kevin Malone)
Baumgartner had only scored a few guest-star roles when he was cast as the dry, not-all-that-bright Kevin Malone on The Office. That remains his most enduring role, but he’s since appeared in films like Four Christmases and License to Wed. He’s continued to rack up guest star credits on TV shows such as Scream Queens, Life in Pieces, Hot in Cleveland, Mike and Molly, and Melissa and Joey. Recently, he had a recurring role as Dr. Olonari on Amazon’s Hand of God.
Angela Kinsey (Angela Martin)
Kinsey was best known for a recurring voice role on King of the Hill before being cast as uptight, rule-stickler Angela Martin on The Office. Her scandalous, long-kept secret office romance with Dwight Schrute served as a fun counterpoint to the more tender romance of Jim and Pam. She’s continued to excel on television, starring on two seasons of Hulu’s Real Housewives spoof The Hotwives and the Netflix series Haters Back Off!. She’s also guest-starred on The Real O’Neals, Life in Pieces, New Girl, Impress Me, and more.
Phyllis Smith (Phyllis Vance)
Smith was working as a casting associate when offered a role as the soft-spoken Phyllis on The Office. She has since parlayed the role into other memorable parts, including a highly-praised turn as the voice of Sadness in Pixar’s Inside Out. She’s appeared on The Middle, Trophy Wife, and in the film Bad Teacher opposite Cameron Diaz. Most recently, she had a recurring role on Netflix’s The OA.
Kate Flannery (Meredith Palmer)
Flannery was well known in the comedy world and as a stage performer before landing the part of alcoholic Meredith Palmer. She’s since taken on similarly bawdy, gruff, and outlandish characters in guest-starring roles on shows like New Girl, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Most recently, she lent her voice talents to cartoon OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes and recurred on the TV series All Night.
Oscar Nuñez (Oscar Martinez)
Nuñez built himself a solid career as a comedian and actor before earning his biggest role yet as Oscar Martinez, an office employee frequently the target of casual racism. In 2009, he had a memorable turn as a stripper (and various other occupations) named Ramone living in Alaska in The Proposal. Following The Office, he’s headlined shows like Benched and People of Earth, as well as guest starring on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Shameless, Liv and Maddie, and more. Most recently, he played a councilman in this summer’s Baywatch.
Creed Bratton (Creed Bratton)
Bratton played a fictional version of himself on The Office as the resident eccentric, enigmatic weirdo. He has played various small roles since becoming an actor in 1979, but prior to the show was likely best known for formerly being a member of the folk band “The Grass Roots.” In recent years, he’s guest starred on various shows, including Adventure Time, Grace and Frankie, and Franklin & Bash. He also appeared in the well-received indie film Terri.
Ed Helms (Andy Bernard)
Like star Steve Carell, Helms was another former Daily Show correspondent who rose to wider fame on The Office portraying a cappella-obsessed Cornell alum Andy Bernard. Helms hit it big as a mild-mannered dentist who loses a tooth after a wild night in Vegas in 2009’s The Hangover. In addition to appearing in multiple Hangover sequels and other films like Cedar Rapids and We’re the Millers, Helms has continued to amass a long string of guest-star credits on shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Mindy Project, Angie Tribeca, Arrested Development, and more.
Paul Lieberstein (Toby Flenderson)
Lieberstein moonlighted as put-upon HR rep Toby Flenderson, but he was also actually one of the executive producers and writers of the show, even becoming showrunner for seasons 5-8. Following The Office, he went on to executive produce the third and final season of Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom, which he also appeared on as a train passenger named Richard Westbrook. Most recently, he guest starred on an episode of The Mindy Project and had a recurring role on the series People of Earth.
Craig Robinson (Darryl Philbin)
Robinson is yet another Office success story. Though he’d worked in television and as a comedian prior to portraying stock room worker Darryl Philbin, his time on The Office helped launch him to wider success. He’s starred in comedies like Hot Tub Time Machine and frequently collaborates with Seth Rogen, appearing in Knocked Up, Pineapple Express, This is the End, and more with him. He also portrayed a version of himself on the short-lived television series Mr. Robinson and lent his voice talents to The Cleveland Show. He plays a memorable recurring role as Doug Judy, “The Pontiac Bandit,” on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Currently, he’s starring in the Fox sitcom Ghosted opposite Adam Scott.
Ellie Kemper (Erin Hannon)
A comedian on the improv circuit, Kemper was best known for viral internet sketches before joining The Office as new receptionist Erin Hannon when Pam moved into a sales job. She then went on to appear in films like Bridesmaids, The Secret Life of Pets, and 21 Jump Street, as well as TV series including The Mindy Project, Sofia the First, and Drunk History. Kemper currently headlines the Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and has earned two Emmy nominations for her portrayal of the title character.