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
2012 Olympic Ticket Scalper, TheThe Olympic Ticket Scalper Scraggly Sue Funny or Die sketch
2014 Heatstroke Jo O'Malley
2013 Corvidae Jay Short film
2013 Gold Abbie
2013 Up On The Roof Trish Short film
2014 The Falling Lydia
2014 We Are Monsters Lorna Thompson


Year Title Role
2011–present Game of Thrones Arya Stark
2012 Secret of Crickley Hall, TheThe Secret of Crickley Hall Loren Caleigh

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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