Born in 1930 in Bohemia, Matz trained to be an actress in Magdeburg, and started her career in Greifswald. Following this she was a member of the Deutsches Theater ensemble in East Berlin for four years, during which she made her debut in film with the DEFA. Since then, she has had numerous roles in films and on TV. At the end of the 1950s, she was brought to Hamburg by Ida Ehre, who reopened the Hamburger Kammerspiele after the war. Matz was engaged there for a period before being invited to the Thalia Theater by Willy Maertens. Here, she worked with directors such as Jürgen Flimm, Leander Haußmann and, on many occasions, Stephan Kimmig; she played Arina Bazarov in Brian Friel’s Fathers and Sons (directed by Michael Talke) and Maria Josefa in Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba in Andreas Kriegenburg’s production. She often worked with Kriegenburg including in Dea Loher’s Das letzte Feuer (The Final Fire), for which she won the Rolf Mares Prize in 2008, which is awarded for achievements in Hamburg’s theatre world, as well as Faust in Goethe’s Urfaust. She also performed in Jelinek’s Ulrike Maria Stuart and in an adaptation of Friedrich Schiller’s Die Räuber (The Robbers), directed by Nicolas Stemann. Katharina Matz is an honorary member of the Thalia Theater Hamburg. In the Deutsches Theater she can be seen in The Celebration (Das Fest), 100 Seconds (what are our lives about), The Visit, An Answer in the Silence and since this season in Old Masters under the direction of Thom Luz and in In the Case of J. Robert Oppenheimer.