PROFILE
Name:
Angela Kinsey
Birth Date:
1971/6/25
Birth Place:
Lafayette, Louisiana
Height:
5' 1" (1.55 m)
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
Her role as Angela Martin on the NBC sitcom “The Office” (2005-2009)
BIOGRAPHY
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The Office

Background:

American actress Angela Kinsey is best known to television audiences as uptight accountant Angela Martin on the NBC sitcom “The Office” (2005-2009), from which she took home two SAG Awards and a TV Land Award. She won a 2007 Daytime Emmy Award for her work in “The Office: Accountants” (2006). First gaining notice for her improv work, Kinsey had bit parts in TV shows like “Step by Step” and “All of U” and a small role in the short film “Career Suicide” (2004) before landing her breakout role in “The Office.” She has also built her film career with gigs on “Tripping Forward” (2006) and “License to Wed” (2007), which was directed by Ken Kwapis, who also directed many episodes of “The Office.”

Kinsey and her husband of eight years, Warren Lieberstein, have been estranged since February 2009. They have a young daughter named Isabel (born in May 2008). Kinsey's representative, Tess Finkle, announced, “Angela and Warren are taking some time apart to figure out what is best for (daughter) Isabel and for their relationship.

Kinsey is best friends with her “The Office” costar Jenna Fischer and good friends with Neil Flynn of “Scrubs” fame. She mentions “The Shawshank Redemption” (1994) as one of her favorite movies and is a big fan of NBC's “Friday Night Lights.”


Presbyterian

Childhood and Family:

Angela Kinsey was born on June 25, 1971, in Lafayette, Louisiana. The daughter of a drilling engineer, her family moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, when she was two years old. There, she attended the Jakarta International School. Her family returned to the United States when she was 14 years old and settled in Archer City, Texas. Recalling about her early years in Indonesian, she stated, “It was a very interesting childhood. I didn’t have television and we would go to the states in the summer to visit relatives and I would be a zombie in front of the TV. I mean, you had to physically pull me away from it. I actually read a lot more and I was always writing little skits and plays for my neighborhood friends and casting them and making them act them out. It’s probably kind of a cool thing considering the business I went into.”

Angela studied English at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. While in college, she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority.

On June 18, 2000, Angela married writer/actor Warren Lieberstein (born on September 20, 1968, in Westport, Connecticut). She gave birth to her first child, daughter Isabel Ruby, on May 3, 2008. Her mother, Bertie Kinsey, and best friend, Jenna Fischer, her costar on “The Office,” accompanied her to the hospital when she delivered her baby.

As of February, 2009, Angela has been separated from her husband.

Angela attends Bel-Air Presbyterian Church.


License to Wed

Career:

“My mom tells the story that when I was four years old, she was asking my sisters and I what we wanted to be when we grew up and I said I wanted to be Carol Burnett. My sister was like, ‘truck driver.’” Angela Kinsey

Born in Louisiana and raised in Indonesia and Texas, Angela Kinsey knew she wanted to be an actress. She participated in theater productions throughout her elementary, junior high and high school years and after graduating from college in 1993, she landed an internship on “Late Night with Conan O'Brien.” She also took acting classes in New York. When she eventually arrived to Los Angeles, she became involved with the Groundlings and Improv Olympic West.

Kinsey, who worked as an operator for 1-800-Dentist when she was struggling as an actress, broke into the small screen by playing the voice role of Angela in an episode of the animated series “King of the Hill” called “How to Fire a Rifle Without Really Trying,” which was broadcasted on September 21, 1997. She reprised the role for the November 10, 1998, episode “Peggy's Pageant Fever.” She also appeared as Simone in an episode of “Step by Step” called “Goin' to the Chapel,” which aired on January 16, 1998.

“I got the 'Step by Step.' That was my first TV audition and I got it. I was like, 'Woo-hoo, this town is a breeze,' and then of course I didn’t book anything for months. But that was the coolest experience. I was pretty new to town. A friend of mine’s agent sent me in for that part. He had seen me at Improv Olympic. They needed someone who looked like Suzanne Summers’ daughter and so I sort of looked the part. I went in and my scene was with Suzanne Summers, which just couldn’t be cool enough for me. I was like, 'Oh … my … God, Suzanne Summers, thigh master.'” Angela Kinsey

Kinsey returned to television in 2003 when she landed a bit part in one episode of “Run of the House,” a comedy created by Betsy Thomas and starring Joseph Lawrence and Kyle Howard. She also appeared as Blanch Whitefis in an episode of the UPN/CW Network sitcom “All of Us” that same year. Her first film role arrived in 2004 when she was cast as Tammy in the comedy short “Career Suicide,” which was co-directed and co-written by Dan Huber and Alex Kang. Talking about her character in the movie, she said, “My character Tammy, her back story was she was a flight attendant in her life and now in purgatory she’s the receptionist. And she’s just probably someone who would drive you crazy in your own office in that way that you couldn’t ever say that she was rude or anything like that, but she’s just like nails on a chalkboard.”

However, Kinsey did not score a big breakthrough until she won the regular role of high-strung Angela Martin on “The Office,” which was adapted from the BBC hit series of the same name. Debuting on March 2005, the series won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series (2006), two TCA awards for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy (2006, 2007) and the 2009 Prism Award for Best Comedy Multi-Episode Storyline. As for Kinsey, who originally auditioned for the role of receptionist Pam Beesly prior to winning the role of Angela, she co-won two Screen Actors Guild awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2007, 2008) and a TV Land award for Future Classic Award.

“I just can't imagine working on anything as great as 'The Office,' so if this is what work on a TV show can be like, then sign me up. It's just such an amazing experience. It's by far the coolest, most amazing job I've ever had in my life. If I can be on TV for years doing it, I'm great with that.” Angela Kinsey

In 2006, Kinsey recreated her noted TV role on an Internet series called “The Office: The Accountants” and netted a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Broadband Program - Comedy for her work on the show. She shared the honor with costars like Oscar Nuñez and Brian Baumgartner and producers Jordan Schlansky and Mike Sweeney. Later, in 2008, she again appeared as Angela Martin in an episode of the spin-off “The Office: The Outburst.”

Still in 2006, Kinsey teamed up with Chris Fogleman and Amber Benson for “Tripping Forward,” a comedy film helmed by Marcus Nash. The next year, Kinsey supported Robin Williams, Mandy Moore, and “The Office” costar John Krasinsk in Ken Kwapis' comedy “License to Wed,” playing Judith the Jewelry Clerk. The film also featured “The Office” cast members Brian Baumgartner and Mindy Kaling. She said, “Doing movies is a lot of fun and I hope to do more film and I hope that I can be a character actress for a long time.”

Kinsey also had the recurring role of Arlene Boras in two episodes of the series “Monk.”


Awards:

  • TV Land: Future Classic Award, “The Office,” 2008

  • Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, “The Office,” 2008

  • Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, “The Office,” 2007

  • Daytime Emmy: Outstanding Broadband Program – Comedy, “The Office: The Accountants,” 2007

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