Katja Herbers

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Katja Herbers
Katja Herbers
Katja Mira Herbers

(1980-10-19) October 19, 1980 (age 39)
Years active2002–present

Katja Mira Herbers (born October 19, 1980) is a Dutch actress. She is best known for portraying Dr. Helen Prins on the American television series Manhattan, the emotionally unstable borderliner Joyce on the Dutch show Divorce, and Emily in the HBO series Westworld.

Early life and education[edit]

Katja Mira Herbers is the daughter of violinist Vera Beths and oboist and conductor Werner Herbers. She was born October 19, 1980. Growing up she spent time in America, accompanying her mother on tour with the group L'Archibudelli. Her mother remarried cellist Anner Bylsma and her father remarried costume designer Leonie Polak, who introduced her to the theater. She had a Canadian au pair and learned to speak Dutch, German, and English growing up.[1]

Herbers went to the Ignatius Gymnasium in Amsterdam. She studied psychology at the University of Amsterdam (1999–2000). During her psychology studies she attended the local theatre school De Trap. She moved to New York and attended HB Studio. She then got accepted to the Theaterschool in Amsterdam (2001–2005).[2]


During her studies, she starred in the films Peter Bell (2002) and Brush with Fate (2003). After her graduation, Herbers became a member of Johan Simons's Theater Company NTGent in Ghent.[1] She then joined the renowned Munich Kammerspiele in Germany. She worked with directors such as Alex van Warmerdam, Ivo van Hove and Theu Boermans under whose direction she performed many Schnitzler plays, including his monologue Fräulein Else, for which she received rave reviews. In 2013, she won the Guido de Moor Award for young talent, for her portrayal of Irina in Chekhov's Three Sisters.[3] She played a lead role in Theu Boermans' De Uitverkorene (2006), which won an International Emmy and the prestigious Prix D'Europe.

She performed the piece Im wunderschönen Monat Mai, 21 songs after Schubert and Schumann, with pianist, conductor and composer Reinbert de Leeuw in 2013.[4]

In February 2014, she won the role of physicist Helen Prins in WGN America's drama series Manhattan.[5] Herbers played a recurring role in the third season of FX's The Americans.

In 2018 she joined the cast of HBO's Westworld as Emily.

Starting in the fall 2019, she stars in the CBS supernatural drama Evil as Dr. Kristen Bouchard.

Herbers divides her time among New York, Los Angeles, and Amsterdam.


TV films
  • Brush with Fate (2003)
  • De kroon (2004)
  • Zinloos (2004)
  • Bijlmer Odyssee (2004)
  • De uitverkorene (2006)
  • Das Leben ein Traum (2007)
TV series


  • 2013 – Im wunderschönen Monat Mai (Schubert, Schumann, Reinbert de Leeuw)
  • 2013 – An Ideal Husband (Oscar Wilde, Theu Boermans, Nationale Toneel)
  • 2013 – Platform (Houellebecq, Stephan Kimmig, Münchner Kammerspiele)
  • 2012 – The Mother (Gorky, Alvis Hermanis, Münchner Kammerspiele)
  • 2012 – Three Sisters (Chekhov, Theu Boermans, Nationale Toneel)
  • 2011 – Winterreise (Schubert, Elfriede Jellinek, Johan Simons, Münchner Kammerspiele)
  • 2010/2011 – Hotel Savoy (Joseph Roth, Johan Simons, Münchner Kammerspiele)
  • 2010 – Fraulein Else (Schitzler, Theu Boermans, De Theatercompagnie)
  • 2008/2009 – The Lonely Road (Schnitzler, Theu Boermans, De Theatercompagnie)
  • 2007 – The Vast Domain (Schnitler, Theu Boermans, De Theatercompagnie)
  • 2007/2008 and 2009 – Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, Johan Simons, NTGent)
  • 2006 – Life Is a Dream (Calderon, Johans Simons, NTGent)
  • 2006 – Opening Night (Cassavetes, Ivo van Hove), NTGent/Toneelgroep Amsterdam/)
  • 2006 – Edward II (Marlowe, Johan Simons, NTGent)
  • 2004/2005 – The Terrible Mother (Alex van Warmerdam, De Mexicaanse hond)


  1. ^ a b Biography Katja Herbers, Katja Herbers' official website. Retrieved on 18 February 2014.
  2. ^ (in Dutch) Katja Herbers (Roos), Amsterdam De Film. Retrieved on 18 February 2014.
  3. ^ (in Dutch) "Katja Herbers wint toneelprijs jong talent", de Volkskrant, 2013. Retrieved on 14 March 2014.
  4. ^ (in Dutch) Website Residentieorkest. Retrieved on 12 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Katja Herbers In WGN Series ‘Manhattan’; Griffin Gluck Joins Fox’s ‘Red Band Society’", Deadline Hollywood, 2014. Retrieved on 18 February 2014.

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