Rashida Jones plays Nurse Ann Perkins who is also a close friend of Leslie's. Rashida landed the part in the comedy after her work on The Office US as the creators initially wanted Parks and Rec to be a spin-off of the Steve Carell-led show.
Nowadays, Rashida, daughter of music legend Quincy Jones, has turned her hand to writing and filmmaking. She was a co-writer on Toy Story 4 and produced the documentary Quincy about her father's career.
Chris Pratt as Andy Dwyer
Dim-witted yet lovable Andy Dwyer was played by Chris Pratt. Since his time in the comedy, Chris has gone on to enjoy success in the movie world, landing parts in Jurassic World, Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: End Game.
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Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate
Aubrey Plaza played disinterested and wonderfully weird April Ludgate who then became assistant to Ron Swanson. In real life, Aubrey has gone on to work in film and her most recent credits come in the form of Happiest Season, alongside Kristen Stewart, and Black Bear.
Aziz Ansari as Tom Haverford
The hopeless yet overly ambitious Tom Haverford was played by stand-up comic and writer Aziz Ansari. The comedy actor is now known for his writing work on Netflix's Master of None – which is currently producing its third series – and his stand-up specials on the streaming platform.
Ron Swanson is the sarcastic and brutally honest director at the Parks and Recreation department, played by Nick Offerman. Since the show, Nick has gone on to undertake plenty of TV roles in shows like Devs, Good Omens and, more recently, The Good Place.
Adam Scott as Ben Wyatt
Adam Scott joined the show about a year into its run as Ben Wyatt, a socially awkward government official who goes on to marry Leslie Knope. Away from the show, viewers will recognise Adam from his role in Step Brothers alongside Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.
His most recent TV credits include The Good Place, I love You, America with Sarah Silverman and The Twilight Zone. He also hosts the music podcast series U Talkin' To Me?
Retta as Donna Meagles
Stand-up comic Retta plays Donna Meagles in Parks and Rec and quickly became a fan-favourite on the show. More recently, she's known for her current role in NBC's Good Girls alongside Christina Hendricks.
Rob Lowe as Chris Traeger
Eighties heartthrob Rob Lowe appears in Parks and Rec as the hypochondriac and obsessive Chris Trager. The former West Wing star has enjoyed his huge success throughout his 30-year –plus career, but most recently he's known for appearing in Fox drama 9-1-1: Lone Star.
Poor Jerry is often the butt of the jokes at the Parks and Rec department – but his loyalty shines through. In real life, Jim O'Heir is known, more recently, for his work in The Bold and the Beautiful and The Neighbourhood.
Ben Schwartz as Jean-Ralphio Saperstein
Tom Haverford's right-hand man and equally as insufferable Jean-Ralphio was played by comedian Ben Schwartz. As well as his stand-up career, he works as a writer, producer and has starred in plenty of other shows such as Space Force, alongside Steve Carell, and American Dad.
Paul Schneider as Mark Brendanawicz
Mark Brendanawicz, played by Paul Schneider, only appeared in the show for the first two seasons – admitting he felt "insecure" about the role. More recently, Paul appeared in American Crime Story's The Assassination of Gianni Versace and the upcoming film American Murderer.