Maisie Williams

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Not to be confused with Maizie Williams.
Maisie Williams
Maisie Williams 2 SDCC 2014.jpg
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) 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 the 2012 Portal Awards for Best Supporting Actress – Television and Best Young Actor, and the BBC Radio 1 Teen Award for Best British Actor in 2013. She has also received nominations for the Scream Award for Best Ensemble (2011), and the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young Actress (2013) for her performance.

Early life[edit]

Williams was born 15 April 1997 in Bristol, England.[1][2] She is the youngest of four children born to Hilary Williams (now Frances), a former university course administrator. She grew up in Somerset.[2] Williams attended Clutton Primary School and Norton Hill School in Midsomer Norton before moving to Bath Dance College to study Performing Arts.[3][4]

Career[edit]

Williams and Game of Thrones co-star Sophie Turner in November 2009

Since 2011, Williams has played Arya Stark, a tomboyish young girl from a noble family, in the HBO fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones.[5] Arya was Williams' first role in any professional capacity.[6] She has received critical acclaim for her role in the series.[7][8] Williams continued to garner praise for her performance in the show's second season,[9][10] and HBO submitted her for consideration in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards, although she did not receive a nomination.[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 in the Best Supporting Actress category.[12] In March 2013, she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young Actress and, in November 2013, won the BBC Radio 1 Teen Award for Best British Actor.[13][14] To date she has appeared in all four broadcast seasons, and will reprise the role once more in Season 5.[15]

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.[16] She also appeared in the independent films Heatstroke (2012) and Gold (2013), and the short films Corvidae (2013) and Up On The Roof (2013).[17][18][19][20] In addition, Williams signed on to play Lorna Thompson in the sci-fi film We Are Monsters, which is set for a 2014 release.[21] Williams will also portray Lydia in the British film The Falling, which is also set for 2014 release.[22]

As of December 2014, Williams was in talks with Naughty Dog to star as Ellie in the film adaptation of the video game The Last of Us.[23][24]

In January 2015 Williams appeared in one-off Channel 4 docu-drama Cyberbully and in February 2015 she received European recognition with a Shooting Stars Award at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.[25][26]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011–present Game of Thrones Arya Stark 33 episodes
2012 The Secret of Crickley Hall Loren Caleigh 3 episodes
2014 Robot Chicken Didi Pickles (voice) Episode: "Link's Sausages"
2015 Cyberbully Casey One off Television Drama

Internet[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Fine Brothers: Teens React Herself Part of an on going YouTube series.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Williams and Game of Thrones co-star Sophie Turner in March 2013
Year Award Category Work Result
2011 Scream Awards Best Ensemble Game of Thrones Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2012 SFX Award Best Actress Nominated
2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young Actress Nominated
2014 EWwy Award[27] Best Supporting Actress, Drama Won
Online Film & Television Association Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2015 65th Berlin International Film Festival Shooting Stars Award Won


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maisie Williams: About This Person". IGN. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  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. ^ "Meet Maisie Sean Bean's co-star in new TV series Game of Thrones". thisissomerset.co.uk. 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". YoungArtistAwards.org. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards, 2013". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Game of Thrones season five filming begins in Kastel Gomilica". Watchers On The Wall. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "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". Funnyordie.com. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Louise Johnston Management". Louise Johnston Management. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "Cat and Weasel Films // Corvidae". Catandweasel.com. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "Louise Johnston Management". Louise Johnston Management. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  20. ^ "Up On The Roof & Game of Thrones with Maisie Williams". Flicks and the City. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  21. ^ "Game of Thrones Maisie Williams Joins Cast of We Are Monsters!". Wearemonstersmovie.com. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  22. ^ "Game of Thrones Maisie Williams Joins Cast of U.K. Film 'The Falling'". www.hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  23. ^ Karmali, Luke (December 3, 2014). "Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams 'Looking Like Yes' For The Last of Us Movie". IGN.
  24. ^ "Maisie Williams Interview - The Falling, Game of Thrones, Superhero TV Series & New Movies". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  25. ^ http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/channel-4-commissions-new-drama-doc-cyber-bully-w-t
  26. ^ "European Shooting Stars". www.shooting-stars.eu. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  27. ^ http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20300978_20842677_30201629,00.html#30201653

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