• Katherine Waterston is an American actress born in London, England in 1980.
• She is best known for playing Shasta Fay Hepworth in the comedy crime drama film “Inherent Vice”.
• She has appeared in both TV series, films, theatre plays, and video games.
• Some of her most notable roles were in “Michael Clayton”, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, and “Alien: Covenant”.
• She has won several awards and her net worth is estimated at over $1 million.

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Short Info

Date Of BirthMarch 3, 1980
FactHalf-sister of James Waterston.

Who is Katherine Waterston? Wiki Bio

Katherine Boyer Waterston was born in Westminster, London, England, on 3 March 1980 – her zodiac sign is Pisces and she holds American nationality, as she was born to American parents who were vacationing in London at the time of her birth. She is an actress, best known for having portrayed Shasta Fay Hepworth in the comedy crime drama film “Inherent Vice” which starred Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin and Owen Wilson, directed and written by Paul Thomas Anderson. The movie is about a private investigator who goes searching for his ex-girlfriend when she is reported missing ,and was a huge success, winning 16 awards and being nominated for 96 others, including two Oscars.

Early life and education

Katherine was raised alongside her sister Elisabeth and brother Graham Waterston in Connecticut, USA, by their father Sam Waterston who is a former actor, and their mother Lynn Louisa who is a former model. Elisabeth has become an actress, while Graham is a film director. They have a half-brother James Waterston from their father’s second marriage – he has also become an actor.

Katherine attended Loomis Chaffee School where she became interested in acting, appearing in most plays performed at the school, and upon matriculation in 1998, she enrolled at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting in 2002.

Roles in TV series and theatre plays

Katherine made her (short) debut TV series appearance in 2004 when she was invited to star in the drama series “Americana”, but the pilot episode wasn’t picked up by any network. In 2005, she was invited to portray the lead character in the comedy drama series “Untitled Bruckheimer/McCall Project”, but once again the pilot episode wasn’t picked up. From mid-2012 to late 2013, Katherine played the recurring character Emma Harrow in the historic crime drama series “Boardwalk Empire”, which starred Steven Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald and Michael Shannon, about a politician living in Atlantic City who is working with both the gangsters and the government.

Katherine Waterston

The series was a huge success, as it won 64 awards including two Golden Globes, and was nominated for 184 others. Katherine has recently been cast to portray the supporting character Jess in the upcoming drama miniseries “The Third Day”, set to be released in the second half of 2020.

She made her debut theatre play appearance in 2003 in “Smashing”, performed at The Play Company, and in 2007, Katherine portrayed the supporting character Audrey in “Los Angeles” at The Flea Theater. The following year saw her star as Frances in “Kindness” at Playwrights Horizons, before she portrayed Kelly in “Reborning” at Summer Play Festival in 2009. She was praised for her performance as Gena in “Bachelorette” at McGinn/Cazale Theatre, then starred as Rose Hathaway in “The Hallway Trilogy (Part 1: Rose)” at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in 2011.

Two of Katherine’s latest stage roles have been in “Dreams of Flying, Dreams of Falling” in which she portrayed Cora Cabot, and “The Cherry Orchard” at Classic Stage Company in which she played Anya in 2012.

Katherine can be heard voicing Tina Goldstein in the Lego-themed action adventure video game “Lego Dimensions”, which came out in 2016.

Roles in movies

Katherine made her debut film appearance in 2007 in the legal thriller movie “Michael Clayton”, followed by her portrayal of Shirley Lyner in the independent drama film “The Babysitters”. In 2008, she played a supporting character in the romantic drama movie “Good Dick”, while the following year saw her star as Penny in the comedy drama movie “Taking Woodstock”, which is about the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival.

The year 2011 saw Katherine portray Lulu in the romantic comedy film “Almost in Love”, which starred Alex Karpovsky and Marjan Neshat, and which is a about a love triangle, and she also starred as Samantha in the psychological thriller film “Enter Nowhere”. After being praised for her acting skills, Katherine was invited to appear in five movies in 2012 – some of her most notable performances were in the drama movie “Being Flynn” which starred Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore, the psychological thriller movie “The Letter” which starred Winona Ryder and James Franco, and the crime thriller film “The Factory” in which she portrayed the supporting character Lauren.

In 2013, Katherine appeared as Anne in the drama film “Night Moves” before starring alongside Jessica Chastain in the romantic drama film “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby”, while the year 2014 saw her play the lead role as Patricia Petals O’Neal in the crime drama film “Glass Chin”, about a former boxing champion who is framed for murder and now has to choose between his career and his friends – the film was nominated for two awards. In 2015, Katherine played supporting characters in four movies, including the romantic comedy “Sleeping with Other People” and the biographical drama “Steve Jobs” which starred Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, and which follows the life of the titular person, the co-founder of Apple.

The year 2016 saw Katherine star alongside Eddie Redmayne in the adventure family fantasy film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, which is set 70 years before the movie franchise “Harry Potter”. The film was a success, winning 15 awards including an Oscar, while it was nominated for 53 others. In 2017, Katherine played the main character Janet ‘Danny’ Daniels in the science fiction horror film “Alien: Covenant”, before appearing in the comedy movie “Logan Lucky”, and the historical drama film “The Current War”.

Some of Katherine’s latest appearances in films have been in the coming-of-age comedy drama “Mid-90s” and the fantasy film “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” both in 2018, and the Norwegian drama movie “Amundsen” in 2019. She has recently been cast to appear in “Fantastic Beasts 3”, “The World to Come”, and “Fluidic”, all set to be released in 2021.

Katherine has also starred in several short films, including “Orchids” in 2006, “Eat” in 2011, and “Astarsaga” in 2012, while her latest role in a short film has been in the 5-minute long horror science fiction video “Alien: Covenant – Prologue: Last Supper” in 2017.

Awards and accolades

Katherine has been nominated for 11 awards – in 2014 for a Toronto Film Critics Association, Village Voice Film Poll, and Indiewire Critics’ Poll Award for Best Supporting Actress in “Inherent Vice”, while she was also nominated for a Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.

The year 2015 saw her nominated for a Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress, while she won a Robert Altman Award at Film Independent Spirit Awards for her performance in “Inherent Vice”.

Katherine Waterston

For her and her colleagues’ performance in the film “Steve Jobs”, Katherine was nominated for an Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Ensemble Cast, as well as for a Gold Derby Award for Ensemble Cast. She was nominated for a Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress in “Queen of Earth”, and for two Teen Choice Awards for her performance in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” in 2017 and 2019, respectively.

Love life and husband

In the mid-2000, Katherine began dating Adam Rapp who is a popular American novelist, playwright, musician and film director. He dedicated his theatre play trilogy “The Hallway Trilogy” to Katherine in 2011, but after six years of being together the two split for unknown reasons. It is believed that they started dating again in 2014, but split after just a month together.

In 2017, Katherine started dating a mysterious man who doesn’t seem to be part of the film industry – the two were seen together by their fans on several occasions. In November 2018, Katherine announced that she was pregnant without sharing anything about the child’s father, which gave birth to rumors about Katherine having undergone artificial insemination. Her child was born in 2019 and is raising her/him in Los Angeles, California alone, apparently.

Hobbies and other interests

Katherine is a fan of comic books and animes, and enjoys attending Comic-Cons such as in San Diego which she goes to every year. Two of her favorite animes are “Cowboy Bebop” and “Death Note”, while she is also keen on watching animated movies such as “Spirited Away” and “Princess Mononoke”, created by the famous Studio Ghibli.

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Travelling is one of her main hobbies, and the actress has been all around the US to shoot for her movies and TV series, while she has vacationed in several European countries such as England and Spain among others. She is a lover of animals and has a pet dog, while she is also a philanthropist, including with several organizations which are working with war veterans and underprivileged children.

Katherine has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet and Julia Roberts, while some of her favorite movies are the franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, and “Runaway Bride”.

Appearance and net worth

Katherine is 40 years old. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 11ins (1.82m) tall, and weighs around 154lbs (70kgs). As of May 2020, her net worth has been estimated at over $1 million.

General Info

Full NameKatherine Waterston
Date Of BirthMarch 3, 1980
Height1.8 m
EducationTisch School of the Arts


ParentsLynn Louisa Woodruff, Sam Waterston
SiblingsElisabeth Waterston, James Waterston, Graham Waterston


AwardsIndependent Spirit Robert Altman Award
NominationsSatellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
MoviesFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Alien: Covenant, Inherent Vice, The Babysitters, Steve Jobs, Queen of Earth, Michael Clayton, Manhattan Romance, Being Flynn, Night Moves, Enter Nowhere, Good Dick, Logan Lucky, Glass Chin, Taking Woodstock, The Factory, Almost In Love, Robot and Frank, The D...

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1Attended New York University.
2Sister of Elisabeth Waterston and Graham Waterston.
3Half-sister of James Waterston.
4Sister-in-law of Louis Cancelmi.
5Daughter of Sam Waterston and second wife Lynn Louisa Woodruff.




Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 22018pre-productionTina Goldstein
The Current War2017post-productionMarguerite Westinghouse
Logan Lucky2017post-production
Alien Covenant2017completedDaniels
State Like Sleep2017post-productionKatherine
Prologue: Last Supper2017ShortDaniels
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them2016Tina
Manhattan Romance2015Carla
Lego Dimensions2015Video GamePorpentina 'Tina' Goldstein (voice, uncredited)
Outlaws2015ShortThe Trapeze Artist
Steve Jobs2015Chrisann Brennan
Queen of Earth2015Virginia
Sleeping with Other People2015Emma
Inherent Vice2014Shasta Fay Hepworth
Are You Joking?2014Lisa
Glass Chin2014Patricia Petals O'Neal
Boardwalk Empire2012-2013TV SeriesEmma Harrow Emma Harrow McCready
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her2013Charlie
Night Moves2013Anne
The Factory2012/VLauren
The Letter2012/IVJulie
Being Flynn2012Sarah
Robot & Frank2012Shopgirl
Enter Nowhere2011Samantha
Almost in Love2011Lulu
Taking Woodstock2009Penny
Good Dick2008Katherine
The Babysitters2007Shirley Lyner
Michael Clayton2007Third Year
Untitled Bruckheimer/McCall Project2005TV Movie
Americana2004TV Movie


And It Was Good2015executive producer / producer


Made in Hollywood2014-2017TV SeriesHerself
Invincible A-List with Vince & Joan2016TV SeriesHerself
The View2016TV SeriesHerself
Access Hollywood2016TV SeriesHerself
Today2016TV SeriesHerself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2016TV SeriesHerself
WGN Morning News2016TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Fox and Friends2016TV SeriesHerself
The Insider2016TV SeriesHerself


Won Awards

2015Robert Altman AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsInherent Vice (2014)

Nominated Awards

2016Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Supporting ActressQueen of Earth (2015)
2016Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastSteve Jobs (2015)
2015ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleSteve Jobs (2015)
2015DFCS AwardDenver Film Critics SocietyBest Supporting ActressInherent Vice (2014)
2014Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest T&A of the YearInherent Vice (2014)
2014ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Supporting ActressInherent Vice (2014)
2014Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleInherent Vice (2014)
2014VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest Supporting ActressInherent Vice (2014)

2nd Place Awards

2014TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressInherent Vice (2014)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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