Maisie Williams

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Maisie Williams
Maisie Williams (March 2013) (headshot).jpg
Williams at the premiere of the third season of Game of Thrones, March 2013
Born (1997-04-15) 15 April 1997 (age 17)
Bristol, England, UK
Occupation Actress, dancer
Years active 2011–present

Maisie Williams (born 15 April 1997)[1] is an English actress and dancer. She is best known for her role as Arya Stark in the HBO television series Game of Thrones, which earned her a Portal Award for Best Supporting Actress – Television (2012), Portal Award for Best Young Actor (2012), BBC Radio 1 Teen Award for Best British Actor (2013), Scream Award for Best Ensemble nomination (2011), and Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Young Actress nomination (2013).

Early life[edit]

Williams was born in Bristol,[2] the youngest of four children of Hilary Williams (now Frances), a former university course administrator. She grew up in Somerset.[2] She attended Clutton Primary School and Norton Hill School in Midsomer Norton before moving to Bath Dance College to study Performing Arts.[3][4]


Since 2011, Williams has played Arya Stark, a tomboyish young girl from a noble family, in the HBO fantasy TV series Game of Thrones.[5] It was her first role.[6] She received acclaim for her performance.[7][8] Williams continued to garner praise in the show's second season[9][10] and HBO submitted her for consideration as Outstanding Supporting Actress at the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards.[11] She won the 2012 Portal Award for Best Supporting Actress – Television, and the Portal Award for Best Young Actor. At 15 years of age, Williams was the youngest actress ever to win the Best Supporting Actress category.[12] In March 2013 she was nominated for a Young Artist Award as Best Young Supporting Actress in a TV Series and, in November 2013, won a BBC Radio 1 Teen Award for Best British Actor.[13][14]

In 2012, Williams played Loren Caleigh in the BBC series The Secret of Crickley Hall and appeared in a Funny or Die skit titled The Olympic Ticket Scalper.[15] She also appeared in the independent films Heatstroke (2012) and Gold (2013), and the short films Corvidae (2013) and Up On The Roof (2013).[16][17][18][19] In addition, Williams has signed to play Lorna Thompson in the sci-fi film We Are Monsters, which is currently in pre-production and set for a 2014 release.[20] Williams will also play as Lydia in the British film The Falling, which is currently filming and set for 2014 release.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Williams has stated that her "first love" is dancing.[3] She is a friend of Sophie Turner, who plays her character's sister in Game of Thrones.[22] They met during their auditions, with Williams discovering that she got her part two weeks after Turner.[23]


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Up on the Roof Trish Short film
2013 Heatstroke Jo O'Malley
2014 Corvidae Jay Short film
2014 Gold Abbie
2014 The Falling Lydia Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2011–present Game of Thrones Arya Stark 33 episodes
2012 Secret of Crickley Hall, TheThe Secret of Crickley Hall Loren Caleigh 3 episodes
2014 Robot Chicken Didi Pickles (voice) Episode: "Link's Sausages"


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Olympic Ticket Scalper, TheThe Olympic Ticket Scalper Scraggly Sue Funny or Die sketch

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2011 Scream Awards Best Ensemble Game of Thrones Nominated
2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2012 Portal Awards Best Supporting Actress – Television Won
2012 Portal Awards Best Young Actor Won
2012 SFX Awards Best Actress Nominated
2013 BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards Best British Actor Won
2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2013 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young Actress Nominated


  1. ^ "Maisie Williams". Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Bristol teenager Maisie Williams on leaving school at 14 to become star of Game of Thrones". Bristol Post. 23 March 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Meet Maisie Sean Bean's co-star in new TV series Game of Thrones". 27 January 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "BDC Student Maisie Williams". Bath Dance College. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Nguyen, Hanh (2 June 2011). "Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams: I Did Try to Make Arya Left-Handed!". TV Guide. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Spero, Jesse (13 June 2011). "Maisie Williams Talks Game of Thrones Shocking Death". Access Hollywood. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  7. ^ Porter, Rick (17 April 2011). "Game of Thrones review: Well-acted, beautifully shot fantasy for grownups". Zap2It. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  8. ^ Chivers, Tom (6 June 2011). "Game of Thrones, episode eight – The Pointy End, review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  9. ^ Sims, David (29 April 2012). "“The Ghost of Harrenhal" (for newbies) | Game of Thrones (newbies) | TV Club | TV". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "'Game of Thrones' Sails into Darker Waters With 'Ghost of Harrenhal'". Forbes. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Let's peek inside HBO's Emmy FYC campaign package". Gold Derby. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  12. ^ Airlock Alpha. "'Game of Thrones' Conquers With 4 Portal Awards". Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards, 2013". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "The Olympic Ticket Scalper with Sir Patrick Stewart, Ryan Lochte, Simon Pegg & Maisie Williams from Patrick Stewart, Ryan Lochte, Simon Pegg, Maisie Williams, NickCorirossi, Charles Ingram, Betsy Koch, Funny Or Die, and Brian Lane". Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "Louise Johnston Management". Louise Johnston Management. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Cat and Weasel Films // Corvidae". Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "Louise Johnston Management". Louise Johnston Management. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "Up On The Roof & Game of Thrones with Maisie Williams". Flicks and the City. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  20. ^ "Game of Thrones Maisie Williams Joins Cast of We Are Monsters!". Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  21. ^ "'Game of Thrones Maisie Williams Joins Cast of U.K. Film 'The Falling'". Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  22. ^ Nguyen, Hanh (9 June 2011). "Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner: Sansa Has Been Manipulated by Joffrey". TV Guide. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  23. ^ "Interview with Sophie Turner". 31 March 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 

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