Katherine Waterston

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Katherine Waterston
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Japan Premiere Red Carpet- Katherine Waterston (461451427) (Cropped).jpg
Waterston at the Japan premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2016
Born (1980-03-03) March 3, 1980 (age 41)
  • United Kingdom
  • United States[1]
Alma materNew York University
Years active2004–present
RelativesJames Waterston (paternal half-brother)

Katherine Boyer Waterston (born March 3, 1980)[2] is a British-American[1] actress. She made her feature film debut in Michael Clayton (2007). She had supporting roles in films including Robot & Frank, Being Flynn (both 2012) and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2013), before her breakthrough performance in Inherent Vice (2014). She portrayed Chrisann Brennan in Steve Jobs (2015), and went on to star in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) and its 2018 sequel. Her other film roles were in Alien: Covenant (2017), Logan Lucky (2017) and Mid90s (2018).

Early life[edit]

Katherine Boyer Waterston was born March 3, 1980 in Westminster, London, the daughter of American parents, Lynn Louisa (née Woodruff), a former model, and actor Sam Waterston.[3] She holds dual-citizenship.[1] Her father is of English and Scottish descent. Her sister is actress Elisabeth Waterston and her brother is director Graham Waterston. She also has a half-brother, James Waterston, also an actor.[4] She was raised in Connecticut, U.S.,[5] and graduated from the Loomis Chaffee School in 1998.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

Also in 2011, she performed in Dreams of Flying, Dreams of Falling, also by Adam Rapp, at the Classic Stage Company.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Waterston was previously in a six-year relationship with American playwright and director Adam Rapp.[10] His 2011 three-play collection The Hallway Trilogy is dedicated to her;[11] she appeared as Rose Hathaway in Part 1: Rose in its premiere at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.

In November 2018, she confirmed that she was expecting her first child.[12]


Waterston at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con


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 "Tina" Goldstein
2017 Alien: Covenant Janet "Danny" Daniels
Logan Lucky Sylvia Harrison
The Current War Marguerite Westinghouse
2018 State Like Sleep Katherine Grand
Mid90s Dabney
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Porpentina "Tina" Goldstein
2019 Amundsen Bess Magids
2020 The World to Come Abigail
2022 Untitled third Fantastic Beasts film Porpentina "Tina" Goldstein Filming
TBA Fluidic Tell Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2012–2013 Boardwalk Empire Emma Harrow 5 episodes
2020 The Third Day Jess Miniseries


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
2003 Smashing The Play Company
2007 Los Angeles Audrey The Flea Theater
2008 Kindness Frances Playwrights Horizons
2009 Reborning Kelly Summer Play Festival
2010 Bachelorette Gena McGinn/Cazale Theatre
2011 The Hallway Trilogy
(Part 1: Rose)
Rose Hathaway Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
2011 Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling Cora Cabot Classic Stage Company
2012 The Cherry Orchard Anya

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role
2016 Lego Dimensions Tina Goldstein (voice)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Waterston at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards
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
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
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actress Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Nominated


  1. ^ a b c Horowitz, Josh (May 16, 2017). "Happy Sad Confused" (Podcast). MTV Podcast Network. Event occurs at 1:11:42. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  2. ^ "Person Details for Katherine B Waterston, "United States Public Records, 1945-2009" — FamilySearch.org". familysearch.org. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  3. ^ "Sam Waterston Biography (1940-)". Film Reference. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  4. ^ Fine, Marshall (May 2, 2008). "Katherine Waterston Doesn't Rest on Family Laurels". New York Daily News. New York. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
  5. ^ "Madame Babysitter: Talking to Katherine Waterston About Her New Film". PAPER. May 22, 2008.
  6. ^ Chizzik, Danielle (October 8, 2015). "Katherine Waterston is the Star You Haven't Heard of Yet". Town & Country. New York. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  7. ^ "Welcome to New York; Now Go Find a Friend". The New York Times. October 14, 2008. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  8. ^ "A Story of Survival of the Fittest". The New York Times. March 7, 2007. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  9. ^ "At a Dinner, Exotic Fare and Foul Play". The New York Times. October 4, 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  10. ^ "Fantastic Beasts' Katherine Waterston on coping with Harry Potter mania". The Evening Standard. November 10, 2016. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  11. ^ Rapp, Adam (2013). The Hallway Trilogy. New York: Theatre Communications Group. p. iv. ISBN 978-1559364164.
  12. ^ "Katherine Waterston: 'Fantastic Beasts' Star Expecting First Child — Congrats". Hollywood Life. November 14, 2018. Retrieved November 17, 2018.

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