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Not to be confused with Maizie Williams.
Maisie Williams
Maisie Williams by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Born (1997-04-15) 15 April 1997 (age 18)
Bristol, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2011–present

Maisie Williams (born 15 April 1997) is an English actress. She is 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 and also the Saturn Award for Best Young Actor in a Television Series in 2015. 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. Since 2015, she has had a recurring role in Doctor Who as Ashildr.

Early life[edit]

Williams was born in Bristol, England.[1][2] She is the youngest of four children born to Hilary Pitt (now Frances),[3] a former university course administrator. She grew up in Clutton, Somerset.[2][4] Williams attended Clutton Primary School and Norton Hill School in Midsomer Norton, before moving to Bath Dance College to study Performing Arts.[5][6]


Williams and Game of Thrones co-star Sophie Turner in March 2013

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.[7] Arya was Williams' first role in any professional capacity.[8] She has received critical acclaim for her performance in the series.[9][10] Williams continued to garner praise for her performance in the show's second season,[11][12] 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.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15][16] To date, she has appeared in all five broadcast seasons.

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.[17] She also appeared in the independent films Heatstroke (2012) and Gold (2013), and the short films Corvidae (2013) and Up On The Roof (2013).[18][19][20][21]

Williams also signed on to play Lorna Thompson in the sci-fi film We Are Monsters, which was set for a 2014 release.[22]

In 2014, Williams portrayed Lydia in the British film The Falling, which premiered on 11 October 2014, and was released on 24 April 2015 in the UK.[4][23] In December, Williams was in talks with Naughty Dog to star as Ellie in the film adaptation of the video game The Last of Us.[24][25]

In January 2015, Williams appeared in one-off Channel 4 docu-drama Cyberbully, and in February she received European recognition with a Shooting Stars Award at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.[26][27]

On 30 March 2015, the BBC announced that Williams would guest star in two episodes of Doctor Who ("The Girl Who Died" and "The Woman Who Lived").[28] Williams later returned to the series in an episode entitled "Face the Raven".



Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Olympic Ticket Scalper Scraggly Sue Short film
2013 Up on the Roof Trish Short film
2013 Heatstroke Josie O'Malley
2014 Corvidae Jay Short film
2014 Gold Abbie
2015 The Falling Lydia Lamont
2016 The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea Millie In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2011–present Game of Thrones Arya Stark Main role
2012 The Secret of Crickley Hall Loren Caleigh 3 episodes
2014 Robot Chicken Didi Pickles (voice) Episode: "Link's Sausages"
2015 Cyberbully Casey Jacobs Television film
2015 Doctor Who Ashildr / "Lady Me" 3 episodes[29]

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013–14 Teens React Herself 5 episodes
2014 Caspar Lee 2 episodes
2015 SUP3RFRUIT 2 episodes
2015 Supreme Tweeter Episode: "#WakingTheDragon"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2011 Scream Awards Best Ensemble Game of Thrones Nominated [30]
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [31]
2013 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [32]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young Actress Nominated [33]
2014 EWwy Award Best Supporting Actress, Drama Won [34]
Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated [35]
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [36]
2015 Empire Awards Empire Hero Award Won [37]
Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Television Series Won [38]
65th Berlin International Film Festival Shooting Stars Award N/A Won [27]


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  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. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (6 April 2014). "Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams on Arya's Hard Road, Dreamy Brad Pitt, and Why She'll Never Get Married". 
  4. ^ a b "Maisie Williams describes awkward sex scene in her new film The Falling". Bristol Post. 19 August 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
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  6. ^ "BDC Student Maisie Williams". Bath Dance College. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Nguyen, Hanh (2 June 2011). "Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams: I Did Try to Make Arya Left-Handed!". TV Guide. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
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  10. ^ Chivers, Tom (6 June 2011). "Game of Thrones, episode eight – The Pointy End, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  11. ^ Sims, David (29 April 2012). ""The Ghost of Harrenhal" (for newbies) | Game of Thrones (newbies)". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "'Game of Thrones' Sails into Darker Waters With 'Ghost of Harrenhal'". Forbes. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Let's peek inside HBO's Emmy FYC campaign package". Gold Derby. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  14. ^ Airlock Alpha. "'Game of Thrones' Conquers With 4 Portal Awards". Airlock Alpha. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards, 2013". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "The Olympic Ticket Scalper with Sir Patrick Stewart, Ryan Lochte, Simon Pegg & Maisie Williams from Patrick Stewart, Ryan Lochte, Simon Pegg, Maisie Williams, Nick Corirossi, Charles Ingram, Betsy Koch, Funny Or Die, and Brian Lane". Funny or Die. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "Louise Johnston Management". Louise Johnston Management. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "Cat and Weasel Films // Corvidae". Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  20. ^ "Louise Johnston Management". Louise Johnston Management. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  21. ^ "Up On The Roof & Game of Thrones with Maisie Williams". Flicks and the City. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  22. ^ "Game of Thrones Maisie Williams Joins Cast of We Are Monsters!". Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  23. ^ "Game of Thrones Maisie Williams Joins Cast of U.K. Film 'The Falling'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  24. ^ Karmali, Luke (3 December 2014). "Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams 'Looking Like Yes' For The Last of Us Movie". IGN. 
  25. ^ "Maisie Williams Interview - The Falling, Game of Thrones, Superhero TV Series & New Movies". YouTube. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  26. ^ "Channel 4 commissions new drama-doc Cyber Bully". Channel 4. 18 September 2014. 
  27. ^ a b "European Shooting Stars". Shooting Stars. 11 December 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  28. ^ "Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams to guest in Doctor Who". The Guardian. 30 March 2015. 
  29. ^ Jonathan Holmes. "Will Maisie Williams return to Doctor Who?". RadioTimes. 
  30. ^ Murray, Rebecca. "2011 Scream Awards Nominees and Winners". Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  31. ^ "The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild. 29 January 2012. Archived from the original on 19 June 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  32. ^ "Screen Actors Guild 2013 Awards". 27 January 2013. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  33. ^ "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Award. Archived from the original on 2 April 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  34. ^ Wehelie, Benazir (18 August 2014). "And your 2014 EWwy Award winners are…". SiriusXM. 
  35. ^ "OFTA Television Awards 2014". Online Film & Television Association. 
  36. ^ "SAG Awards Nominations: '12 Years A Slave' And 'Breaking Bad' Lead Way". 11 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  37. ^ "Empire Hero Award". Bauer Consumer Media. 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  38. ^ "'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and 'Interstellar' Lead Saturn Awards Noms". Variety. 3 March 2015. 

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