Jennifer Taylor-Clarke

Jennifer Taylor-Clarke

Jennifer Taylor-Clarke is a fictional character on the BBC2 comedy television series "The Office". She is the corporate manager overseeing at least the Slough and Swindon branches of the fictitious paper merchant, Wernham-Hogg. She is portrayed by Stirling Gallacher.

Jennifer, like Neil Godwin, is seen as a sharp contrast to the lead character of the series, David Brent. She is a competent executive who is often bewildered by the half-witted antics of Brent, and unlike her subordinate, appears to be well-respected by the majority of the staff at Wernham-Hogg (with the exception of the Warehouse crew, which is seen making sexist remarks to her in one episode). In the series one finale, Jennifer is promoted from a regional directorship to a corporate position, and informs David he has been selected by the board of directors to succeed her (however, he loses this opportunity when he fails a health examination). Following this, Jennifer remains in an overseer's role over the Slough branch.

Jennifer is not directly a comical character; her humour, rather, is drawn from her reactions to David's awkward and fumbling remarks. In the series two finale, she agrees with Neil's suggestion that David be sacked, going as far to offer him a generous redundancy package in order to be rid of him.

Jennifer appeared regularly throughout the first series of the show as well maintaining regular visits to the Slough branch in the second series. Jennifer did appear in the final episode of the show, but merely in a non speaking background capacity. In her fleeting appearance, it showed her to be getting on with David Brent again following her decision to sack him in the second series. On a side note, actress Stirling Gallacher's real life pregnancy was hidden from view.

The character of Jan Levinson (at the beginning of the series, Jan Levinson-Gould) American version of "The Office is based on Jennifer Taylor-Clarke.


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