Katherine Waterston

Katherine Waterston

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Katherine Waterston
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Waterston at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born Katherine Boyer Waterston
(1980-03-03) March 3, 1980 (age 37)
Westminster, London, England
Residence New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American / British
Alma mater Tisch School of the Arts
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Parent(s) Sam Waterston (father)
Lynn Louisa (née Woodruff) (mother)
Relatives Elisabeth Waterston (sister)
Graham Waterston (brother)
James Waterston (half-brother)

Katherine Boyer Waterston (born March 3, 1980)[1] is an American actress. She made her feature film debut in Michael Clayton (2007). She then had supporting roles in films including Robot & Frank, Being Flynn (both 2012) and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her (2013) before her leading role as Shasta Fay Hepworth in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice (2014). In 2015, she portrayed Chrisann Brennan in Steve Jobs. She had starring roles in the Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), and Alien: Covenant (2017), a prequel to Ridley Scott‘s 1979 film Alien.

Background and education[edit]

Born in Westminster, London, she is the daughter of American parents, Lynn Louisa (née Woodruff), a former model, and Sam Waterston, an Oscar-nominated actor.[2] Her sister is actress Elisabeth Waterston and her brother, director Graham Waterston. She also has a half-brother, James Waterston, also an actor.[3] She earned her BFA in Acting from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.[4]


In 2007, Waterston performed in the play Los Angeles by Julian Sheppard and in 2008, she performed in the play Kindness by Adam Rapp.[5] In 2010, Waterston played the role of Gena in the original Off-Broadway production of Bachelorette, played in the 2011 film version by Lizzy Caplan. In 2011, she played Anya in the Classic Stage Company revival of The Cherry Orchard.[6]

Also in 2011, she performed in Dreams of Flying, Dreams of Falling, also by Adam Rapp at the Classic Stage Company.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Orchids Beatrice Short
2007 Michael Clayton Third Year Feature film debut
2007 The Babysitters Shirley Lyner
2008 Good Dick Katherine Cameo
2009 Taking Woodstock Penny
2011 Eat Claire Short
2011 Enter Nowhere Samantha
2012 Robot & Frank Shopgirl
2012 Being Flynn Sarah
2012 The Letter Julie
2012 Ástarsaga Solange Short
2012 The Factory Lauren
2013 Almost in Love Lulu
2013 Night Moves Anne
2013 The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her Charlie
2014 Manhattan Romance Carla
2014 Glass Chin Patricia Petals O’Neal
2014 Inherent Vice Shasta Fay Hepworth
2015 Queen of Earth Virginia
2015 Sleeping with Other People Emma
2015 Steve Jobs Chrisann Brennan
2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein[8]
2017 Alien: Covenant – Prologue: Last Supper Daniels “Dany” Branson [9]
2017 Alien: Covenant
2017 Logan Lucky Sylvia Harrison
2017 Fluidic Tell Post-production
2017 The Current War Marguerite Erskine Post-production
2018 Untitled Fantastic Beasts sequel Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein Filming
TBA State Like Sleep Katherine


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Boardwalk Empire Emma Harrow 4 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Kindness Frances Playwrights Horizons
2010 Bachelorette Gena McGinn/Cazale Theatre
2011 Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling Cora Cabot Classic Stage Company
2012 The Cherry Orchard Anya Classic Stage Company

Awards and nominations[edit]

Waterston at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, February 2015

Year Association Category Work Result
2014 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Inherent Vice Nominated
Toronto Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Village Voice Film Poll Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Indiewire Critics’ Poll Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Golden Schmoes Awards Best T&A of the Year Nominated
2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards Robert Altman Award Won
Denver Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble Steve Jobs Nominated
2016 Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast Nominated
Chlotrudis Awards Best Supporting Actress Queen of Earth Nominated
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Fantasy Movie Actress Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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