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Katherine Waterston

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
Alma mater Tisch School of the Arts (BFA)
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Parent(s) Sam Waterston
Lynn Louisa (née Woodruff)
Relatives James Waterston (paternal 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 breakthrough performance 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 spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), and Alien: Covenant (2017).

Early life

Katherine Boyer Waterston was born March 3, 1980 in Westminster, London, 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 is director Graham Waterston. She also has a half-brother, James Waterston, also an actor.[3] She graduated from the Loomis Chaffee School in 1998.[4] She earned her BFA in Acting from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.[citation needed]


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
2007 Michael Clayton Third Year
The Babysitters Shirley Lyner
2008 Good Dick Katherine
2009 Taking Woodstock Penny
2011 Almost in Love Lulu
Enter Nowhere Samantha
2012 Robot & Frank Shopgirl
Being Flynn Sarah
The Letter Julie
The Factory Lauren
2013 Night Moves Anne
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her Charlie
2014 Are You Joking? Lisa
Inherent Vice Shasta Fay Hepworth
Glass Chin Patricia Petals O'Neal
2015 Sleeping with Other People Emma
Queen of Earth Virginia
Steve Jobs Chrisann Brennan
Manhattan Romance Carla
2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Porpentina Goldstein
2017 Alien: Covenant Janet "Danny" Daniels
Logan Lucky Sylvia Harrison
The Current War Marguerite Westinghouse
2018 State Like Sleep Katherine Post-production
Fluidic Tell Post-production
Mid-90s Dabney Post-production
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Porpentina Goldstein Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2012–2013 Boardwalk Empire Emma Harrow 5 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Orchids Beatrice
2011 Eat Claire
2012 Ástarsaga Solange
2015 Outlaws The Trapeze Artist
2017 Alien: Covenant - Prologue: Last Supper Daniels Branson


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

Awards and nominations

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 Nominated


  1. ^ "Person Details for Katherine B Waterston, "United States Public Records, 1970-2009" —". Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sam Waterston Biography (1940-)". Film Reference. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ Fine, Marshall (May 2, 2008). "Katherine Waterston Doesn't Rest on Family Laurels". New York Daily News. New York. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ Chizzik, Danielle (October 8, 2015). "Katherine Waterston is the Star You Haven't Heard of Yet". Town & Country. New York. Retrieved August 14, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Welcome to New York; Now Go Find a Friend". The New York Times. October 14, 2008. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  6. ^ "A Story of Survival of the Fittest". The New York Times. March 7, 2007. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  7. ^ "At a Dinner, Exotic Fare and Foul Play". The New York Times. October 4, 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 

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