Daughter of the refined, Oscar-nominated American actor Sam Waterston (The Killing Fields, Law & Order), statuesque actress Katherine Waterston attended New York University and then followed her dad's footsteps by entering the arena of acting, taking her on-camera bow in fellow show-business scion Bryce Dallas Howard's short-subject film Orchids. Waterston scored her feature film debut with a bit part in Tony Gilroy's Best Picture-nominated Michael Clayton (2007) and signed for her first lead in a Hollywood feature in David Ross' black comedy The Babysitters (2007), in which she played an honors student who slides into an affair with a dissatisfied suburban househusband and then turns the tables to engage in a little fly-by-night prostitution (and collect some college money in the process) via affairs with the husband's friends.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Studied at the Stella Adler Studio.
- Appeared in several stage productions by playwright-director Adam Rapp, including Kindness in 2008.
- Starred in the original off-Broadway production of The Bachelorette in 2010.
- Got to design and have input on the wand her character uses in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016).