Katherine Waterston has been acting since 2004, however, she didn’t become a household name until 2016 when she was cast in the leading role of Porpentina in the movie adaption of JK Rowling‘s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the prequel to the Harry Potter series. The role no doubt gained her widespread recognition as her name has increasingly been on many lips since. Her portrayal was met with rave reviews as the actress received a Teen Choice Awards nomination for Choice Fantasy Movie Actress. Follow us as well explore Waterston’s career before and after her high profile role as Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein.
Katherine Waterston’s Bio
The beautiful actress was named Katherine Boyer Waterston at birth on the 3rd day of March 1980 in Westminster, London. Waterston comes from a family of entertainers. Her father is the veteran actor, Sam Waterston who is best recognized for his Academy Award-nominated role as Sydney Scharnberg in 1984 British biographical drama The Killing Field, about the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. He won a series of coveted awards for his role as Jack McCoy in the long-running television series, Law & Order. His career spans over 5 decades during which he has starred in over 80 films.
Waterston’s mother, Lynn Louisa (née Woodruff), has also enjoyed a career in the show business working as a model. Kat’s immediate family is immersed in the entertainment world. Her sister, Elisabeth Waterston is an actress while her brother Graham Waterston is a film director.
However, the most popular entertainer among her siblings is her half-brother, James Waterston whom her father had with his first wife Barbara Rutledge before he would later marry Katherine’s mother. Thus, James is the oldest child of Sam Waterston. His father was married to his mother from 1964 to 1975, a year later in 1976, he married Lynn Louisa Woodruff who would become Katherine’s mom.
James Waterston is best known for playing the role of Gerard Pitts in the 1989 film Dead Poets Society. Katherine Waterston attended the Loomis Chaffee School from where she graduated in 1998.
Here’s Everything To Know About Her Career
Most actors today began their acting career in school, acting school plays but for Katherine, the story is different. Born into a family where everyone seemed crazed about acting, Katherine determined that she’d be different from the rest of her siblings. As a result, she nurtured a passion for something else – photography, thanks to her love for the dark room where she has revealed was a good place for her angsty teenage self.
Despite her early love for photography, Katherine would eventually find herself back in the family business of acting. After graduating from her college preparatory school in Windsor, Connecticut, Katherine Waterston headed for New York where she’d come to attend the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She earned her BFA in acting from the school.
Subsequently, she’d come to act in other plays including Los Angeles by Julian Sheppard, Kindness by Adam Rapp, the original Off-Broadway production of Bachelorette, the Classic Stage Company revival of The Cherry Orchard, and Classic Stage’s Dreams of Flying, Dreams of Falling, also by Adam Rapp.
While working in theater, Katherine Waterston simultaneously worked in film, scoring small parts in The Babysitters, Taking Woodstock, Robot & Frank, and many others. Despite the string of film appearances, Waterston struggled to break into the mainstream until 2014 when she had a moment with her role as Shasta Fay Hepworth in the neo-noir comedy-drama crime film, Inherent Vice. The role earned her the first 7 award nominations of her career of which she won one – The Robert Altman Award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.
Waterston proved her performance on Inherent Vice was far from a fluke when she impressed greatly portraying, Chrisann Brennan, Steve’ Job’s ex-flame in the 2015 biographical film, Steve Jobs.
And then came 2016 when Waterston got the biggest break of her career playing Porpentina Goldstein in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The role earned her a Teen Choice Awards nomination for Choice Fantasy Movie Actress. Waterston reprised her role in the 2018 sequel. Her other notable work is in the 2017 science-fiction horror film, Alien: Covenant.
Who Is Her Husband?
Katherine Waterston has never been married to anyone. However, she keeps the details of her romantic life uber private, having no social media accounts which are where a majority of fans often get a sneak peek into the personal lives of their favorite stars.