British comedian Catherine Tate, who was a candidate to succeed Steve Carell as star of The Office, has been tapped for a major recurring role on the NBC series in the second half of the season. She will reprise her role of Nellie Bertram, who was among those interviewed for the regional manager position left vacant by Michael Scott (Carell) in The Office‘s season finale in May. Bertram now gets hired by friend and Chairman of the Board Jo Bennett (Kathy Bates, not seen) as a misguided special projects manager working directly for the corporate office and who very much enjoys the favoritism received from Bennett. “Catherine is hysterical,” The Office executive producer Paul Lieberstein said. “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.” Tate’s acting credits include the multi-award-winning BBC series The Catherine Tate Show as well as Doctor Who. She is with UTA and Dawn Sedjwick.
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