Katja Herbers

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Katja Herbers
Katja Herbers
Katja Mira Herbers

(1980-10-19) 19 October 1980 (age 40)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Years active2002–present

Katja Mira Herbers (born 19 October 1980) is a Dutch actress. She is best known for portraying Dr. Helen Prins on the WGN America drama series Manhattan (2014–2015), Emily Grace in the HBO science fiction drama series Westworld (2018–2020), and Dr. Kristen Bouchard in the CBS supernatural drama series Evil (2019–present).

Herbers also played recurring roles in the FX spy thriller series The Americans (2015), the HBO mystery drama series The Leftovers (2017), and the Discovery Channel drama series Manhunt: Unabomber (2017).

Early life and education[edit]

Katja Mira Herbers was born on 19 October 1980, and is the daughter of violinist Vera Beths and oboist and conductor Werner Herbers. Growing up she spent time in America, accompanying her mother on tour with the group L'Archibudelli. Her mother remarried to cellist Anner Bylsma, and her father remarried to 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 which time she also attended the local theatre school De Trap. She moved to New York and attended HB Studio. She then got accepted to the Academy of Theatre and Dance, which was previously named de 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 the HBO science fiction drama series Westworld, starring as Emily.

In fall 2019, Hebers began starring as Dr. Kristen Bouchard in the CBS supernatural drama series Evil.

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



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Peter Bell Martha Bell
2003 Kees de jongen Rosa
2003 Peter Bell II: The Hunt for the Czar Crown Martha Bell
2007 Timboektoe Arlette
2007 Trage liefde Irma
2009 Amsterdam Roos
2009 The Storm Krina
2010 Loft Marjolein Hartman
2011 Sonny Boy Vera Bartels
2011 Beautiful Life Juffrouw Metz
2012 Süskind Fanny Philips
2012 Brammetje Baas Els Baas
2013 Mannenharten Nicole
2014 De onderkoning: strijd om de grondwet Hester van Hogendorp
2014 Those Were the Days Angela
2014 The Pool Jenny
2015 My Last Respects Eva Short film
2015 Mannenharten II Nicole
2017 Weg van jou Evi
2020 The Columnist Femke Boot


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Brush with Fate Tanneke Television film
2004 Zinloos Unknown Television film
2004 Bijlmer Odyssee Penny Television film
2004 Baantjer Nathalie van der Voort Episode: "De Cock en de gemaskerde moord"
2004 De kroon Kleindochter Karin Television film
2005–2006 Lieve lust Isabelle 12 episodes
2006 Spoorloos verdwenen Chantal de Vries Episode: "Het verdwenen adoptiekind"
2006 De uitverkorene Marthe van der Laan Television film
2007 Das Leben ein Traum Rosaura Television film
2009 S1ngle Danii Episode: "Gehandicaptendag"
2009–2012 De vloer op Various 8 episodes
2011 Van God Los Marije Episode: "Wiet"
2012 Beatrix, Oranje onder Vuur Maxima 4 episodes
2012–2016 Divorce Joyce Waanders 44 episodes
2013 SOKO 5113 Franziska Hofer Episode: "Der Tod des Marquis"
2014–2015 Manhattan Helen Prins 23 episodes
2015 The Americans Evi Sneijde 3 episodes
2015 De prijs van de waarheid Isa Television film
2017 The Leftovers Dr. Eden 3 episodes
2017 Manhunt: Unabomber Linda Patrik 4 episodes
2018 Suspects Kathelijne Wetzels Episode: "Missie Mali"
2018–2020 Westworld Emily Grace 7 episodes
2019–present Evil Kristen Bouchard Main role; 13 episodes


  • 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) Archived 21 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine, 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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