|Portrayed by||Renee Lawless|
|First appearance||Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots|
|Parent(s)||Kathryn's father (Father)†|
|Child(ren)|| Wyatt Cryer (Son)
Amanda Cryer(Daughter) Unknown unborn stepson or stepdaughter
|Other Relations|| Veronica Harrington (Best Friend)
David Harrington (friend)
Jim Cryer (Husband)
Katheryn Cryer is a main character on the drama, Tyler Perry's The Haves and The Have Nots. She is portrayed by Renee Lawless
Katheryn is a high society socialite who enjoys playing her role as a wealthy housewife. She tries to manage the affairs of her household and her family. She has two children in their 20s, Amanda and Wyatt. She worries about her son who she and her husband had committed to a rehabilitation facility due to drug addiction.
Katheryn is the wife of Judge Jim Cryer, a highly powerful Savannah Criminal Courts Judge. She is also the mother of Amanda, a college student; and Wyatt, a former heroin addict, who has been through three stints of rehabilitation. She was born into a wealthy family and dated Jim, despite her father's strenuous objections. As a result of their relationship, Katheryn became pregnant out of wedlock, and married Jim before the child was born.
When we first meet Katheryn, she is a woman who is living behind a facade. Her marriage to Jim is more or less a marriage of appearances, as she doesn't even sleep in the same bed with him. Katheryn knows all about Jim's numerous mistresses and flings, and views them as a long line of women who were pretty young and dumb. She does not appear to have a lot of affection for her daughter Amanda and son Wyatt. She sees Wyatt as a disappointment, due to his substance abuse issues, and sees Amanda as much too fragile. When she hires a new maid named Hanna Young, she sees something in this woman that she can trust. As time passes, Hanna and Katheryn forge a solid friendship.
Another secret that Katheryn is keeping from the family, is that she has breast cancer. Hanna finds out about it, and promises her employer and friend that she won't say anything about it. In fact, Hanna is by her side all the way through the surgery (though Katheryn tells her family she is going on a vacation).
When Candace Young, Hanna's estranged daughter, announces that she had an affair with Jim, Katheryn literally shamed her by calling her Nine, as Candace was the ninth affair that she knew about.
Jim is Katherine's husband, though the two are not in a happy marriage and have not been since before the beginning of the series. Katherine's marriage is also apparently loveless and sexless, as the two are shown to no longer even share a bed late in season 1. Katheryn appears to turn a blind eye to Jim's numerous affairs though she is shown to make fun of and assign numbers to them so that they remain "nameless" to her; for instance, she calls Candace Young "Nine", as she is apparently Jim's ninth mistress.
Wyatt is Katheryn and Jim's son, a drug addict who is a source of disdain for both his parents. Katheryn and Jim have repeatedly tried to help Wyatt get clean. Katheryn appears to be very cold and uncaring towards Wyatt.
Amanda is Kathryn and Jim's daughter, an easily influenced young college student. Katheryn appears to be as cold and unfeeling to her daughter as she is to her son, considering her wishy washy and weak minded.
Veronica and Kathryn are extremely close friends who appear to have grown up together. The two are seen sharing breakfast during the first season and talking about their lives and their husbands political careers, which the women appear to manage behind the scenes. Eventually Katheryn changes somewhat and begins to distance herself from Veronica.
Hanna is one of the Cryer's maids, a poor woman whom Katheryn hires in the pilot after a maid already working in the household sets up an interview for her. The two women grow close when Hanna comes into work one day and finds her employer ill. Katheryn reveals she is sick because she has been diagnosed with breast cancer, and Hanna--herself a breast cancer survivor-- provides her with medical marijuana to ease her pains. Later, Kathryn goes with Hanna to secretly check herself into the hospital for cancer treatment under the ruse that they are going on a "vacation" together.
Candace is Hanna's daughter, Amanda's schoolmate and Jim's former mistress, an escort he met online who initially went by the stage name "Candy". To Katheryn, she is "Nine", a nameless, faceless number, so called because she is Jim's ninth known mistress. Kathryn begins to suspect the affair when Amanda brings Candace home with her from college and notices Jim ogling her.