Katja Herbers is a Dutch theatre, film, and television actress. She is best known for playing Dr. Helen Prins in the US TV series Manhattan and for playing Joyce on the Dutch show Divorce. She plays the part of Grace, in Westworld.

Early life and education

Katja Mira Herbers 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 cellist Anner Bylsma and her father remarried costume designer Leonie Polak, who introduced her to the theatre. She had a Canadian au pair and so learned to speak Dutch, German, and English as she grew 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 went to the HB Studio and was accepted to the Theaterschool in Amsterdam (2001–2005).[2]

Acting career

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' Theatre Company NTGent in Ghent.[1] She then joined the 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 Arthur Schnitzler plays, including his monologue Fräulein Else. 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, which won an International Emmy and the Prix D'Europe.

In February 2014, she was cast as physicist Helen Prins in WGN America's drama series Manhattan.[4] Herbers played a recurring role in the third season of FX's The Americans.

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

Other Work

TV films
  • Brush with Fate (2003)
  • De kroon (2004)
  • Zinloos (2004)
  • Bijlmer Odyssee (2004)
  • De uitverkorene (2006)
  • Das Leben ein Traum (2007)
TV series
  • Baantjer (2004; 1 episode)
  • Lieve lust (2005–2006; 12 episodes)
  • Spoorloos verdwenen (2006; 1 episode)
  • S1ngle (2009; 1 episode)
  • De vloer op (2010; 4 episodes)
  • Van God Los (2011; 1 episode)
  • Beatrix, Oranje onder Vuur (2012; 4 episodes)
  • Divorce (2012–2013; 13 episodes)
  • SOKO 5113 (2013; 1 episode)
  • Manhattan (2014)
  • The Americans (2015; "Baggage")
  • The Leftovers (2017; 3 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. 1.0 1.1 Biography Katja Herbers, Katja Herbers' official website. Retrieved on 18 February 2014.
  2. Katja Herbers (Roos), Amsterdam De Film. Retrieved on 18 February 2014.
  3. Katja Herbers wint toneelprijs jong talent, de Volkskrant, 2013. Retrieved on 14 March 2014.
  4. Katja Herbers In WGN Series ‘Manhattan’; Griffin Gluck Joins Fox’s ‘Red Band Society’,, 2014. Retrieved on 18 February 2014.
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