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Katja Herbers

Katja Herbers

Dutch actress
Katja Herbers
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Intro Dutch actress
Is Actor Television actor Film actor
From Netherlands
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 19 October 1980, Amsterdam
Age 41 years
Mother: Vera Beths
Father: Werner Herbers
Katja Herbers
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Katja Mira Herbers (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkɑtjaː ˈmiraː ˈɦɛrbərs]; born 19 October 1980) is a Dutch actress of theatre, film, and television. She is best known for playing Dr. Helen Prins on the critically acclaimed television series Manhattan created by Sam Shaw and for portraying the emotionally unstable borderliner Joyce on the Dutch hit show Divorce.

Early life and education

Katja Mira Herbers was born on 19 October 1980 in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. She 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 theater. She had a Canadian au pair and learned to speak Dutch, German, and English growing up.

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. She then got accepted to the Theaterschool in Amsterdam (2001–2005).

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's Theater Company NTGent in Ghent. 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 (novella), 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. She played a lead role in Theu Boermans' DE UITVERKORENE, 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.

In February 2014, she won the role of physicist Helen Prins in WGN America's drama series Manhattan. 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.


  • Peter Bell (2002)
  • Kees de jongen (2003)
  • Peter Bell II: The Hunt for the Czar Crown (2003)
  • Timboektoe (2007)
  • Trage liefde (2007)
  • The Storm (2009)
  • Loft (2010)
  • Sonny Boy (2011)
  • My Granpa, the Bankrobber (2011)
  • Süskind (2012)
  • Brammetje Baas (2012)
  • Mannenharten (2013)
  • Mannenharten II (2015)
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)
  • het klokhaus. (  ? ) - ?


  • 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 en 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)

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