Nora Kirkpatrick plays Stephanie Doyle in TV Land’s brand new original sitcom “Jennifer Falls.” The first-ever single camera comedy for TV Land revolves around Stephanie’s sister-in-law, Jennifer Doyle (Jaime Pressly), a former high-powered executive who has fallen from grace and hit every bump on the way down to rock bottom. Jennifer must move back in with her meddling therapist mother (Jessica Walter) and take a job in the bar owned by her good-natured but often submissive brother Wayne (Ethan Suplee) and his passive aggressive wife played by Kirkpatrick. The show premieres on the network on Wednesday, June 4th at 10:30pm ET/PT.
Kirkpatrick grew up in the rural Midwest and studied in Spain, England and Africa before graduating from UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television in 2007. She has been working steadily in both TV and film since her graduation, most recently playing Esther, Dwight’s love interest from the farm, on the final season of NBC’s “The Office.”
She’s had recurring roles on several other shows, including ABC’s “Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23,” ABC Family’s “Greek” (as the uptight Panhellenic president, Katherine Parker) and on HBO’s “John From Cincinnati.”
Active in the indie film world, Nora had a supporting role in the film “Big Sur,” starring Kate Bosworth, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival this year. She had two other films come out in 2013: “Sexy Evil Genius” starring Seth Green, and a voodoo thriller, “Bayou.”
Nora is heavily involved in the sketch and improv world, often performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles. She co-wrote and starred in two “Funny or Die” produced and funded webisodes entitled “Happy Place.”
On the musical side, Nora has been playing accordion, keyboard and singing in the folk-rock group “Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros” since its inception in 2009. The band has appeared twice on “Letterman” and “Jimmy Kimmel” as well as on “Conan” three times. Their first album yielded a gold record, and Rolling Stone listed the second album in its top 10 for 2012. The third album came out in May 2013. In addition, the band won a GRAMMY with “Mumford & Sons” and “Old Crow Medicine Show” for best long-form music video, the film “Big Easy Express,” that also won the audience award at the SXSW Film Festival. The band has played Coachella, Lollapalooza (both in Chicago and South America), Bonnaroo, SXSW, Newport Folk Festival, Outside Lands, among others, and many European music festivals. It curated a series of sold-out concerts and performance art in the Old Vic Tunnels in London at the request of Old Vic artistic director Kevin Spacey.
In her free time, Nora also writes songs and film scores. Most recently she co-scored the film “Three Nights in the Desert,” starring Amber Tamblyn, which premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. She also wrote and composed original songs for the upcoming feature film “Never,” starring Zelda Williams.
Beautiful, shallow, passive/aggressive and opinionated, she is Wayne's wife who works with him a the bar. Ultra-annoying, patronizing and self-righteous, she thinks it's really amusing that Jennifer used to babysit for her and now she's Stephanie's boss. Of course, Jennifer is not amused at all.