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Not to be confused with Maizie Williams.
Maisie Williams
Maisie Williams by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Williams at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
Born Margaret Constance Williams
(1997-04-15) 15 April 1997 (age 19)
Bristol, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2011–present

Margaret Constance "Maisie" Williams[1] (born 15 April 1997) is an English actress. She made her professional acting debut as Arya Stark in the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones, for which she won the EWwy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, the Portal Award for Best Supporting Actress – Television and Best Young Actor, and the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor. In 2016, she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.[2]

Williams has also had a recurring role in Doctor Who as Ashildr in 2015. In addition to television, she made her feature film debut in the mystery The Falling, for which she won the London Film Critics' Circle Award for Young Performer of the Year.

Early life[edit]

Williams was born in Bristol, UK.[3][4] She has always been known as "Maisie" after the character from the comic strip The Perishers.[5] Williams is the youngest of four children; her three older siblings are James, Beth and Ted.[5] Born to Hilary Pitt (now Frances),[6] a former university course administrator, she grew up in Clutton, Somerset.[4][7] She attended Clutton Primary School and Norton Hill School in Midsomer Norton, before moving to Bath Dance College to study Performing Arts.[8][9]

Career[edit]

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.[10] Arya was Williams' first role in any professional capacity.[11] She has received critical acclaim for her performance in the series.[12][13] Williams continued to garner praise for her performance in the show's second season,[14][15] 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.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18][19] To date, she has appeared in all six 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.[20] She also appeared in the independent films Heatstroke (2012) and Gold (2013), and the short films Corvidae (2013) and Up On The Roof (2013).[21][22][23][24]

Williams also signed on to play Lorna Thompson in the sci-fi film We Are Monsters, which was set for a 2014 release.[25]

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.[7][26] 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.[27][28]

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.[29][30] In February 2015, Williams played the leading role in the video clip of "Oceans" by British band Seafret. The theme of this clip is also bullying.[31]

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").[32] Williams later returned to the series in the first and third episodes of the three-part series finale, entitled "Face the Raven" and "Hell Bent" respectively.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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
2016 iBoy Lucy In post-production
2017 A Storm in the Stars Isabel Baxter In post-production

Television[edit]

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 Various voices 2 episodes
2015 Cyberbully Casey Jacobs Television film
2015 Doctor Who Ashildr 4 episodes

Music Videos[edit]

  • Oceans - Seafret (2015)
  • Rest Your Love - The Vamps (2015)
  • Sing - Pentatonix (2015)
  • Sunday - Gardna (2015)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2011 Portal Award Best Young Actor Game of Thrones Nominated [33]
Scream Award Best Ensemble Nominated [34]
2012 SFX Awards Best Actress Nominated [35]
Portal Award Best Supporting Actress Won [36]
Best Young Actor Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [37]
2013 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young Actress Nominated [38]
BBC Radio 1 Teen Award Best British Actress Won [39]
2014 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Game of Thrones Nominated [40]
EWwy Award Best Supporting Actress, Drama Won [41]
Online Film & Television Association Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated [42]
2015 SFX Awards Best Actress Nominated [43]
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [44]
Empire Award Empire Hero Award Won [45]
EWwy Award Best Supporting Actress, Drama Nominated [46]
Berlin International Film Festival Shooting Stars Award Won [30]
Saturn Award Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Television Series Game of Thrones Won [47]
2016 Shorty Award Favorite Actress Nominated [48]
London Film Critics' Circle Award Young British/Irish Performer Of The Year The Falling Won [49]
Evening Standard British Film Award Rising Star Won [50]
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Game of Thrones Nominated [51]
Saturn Award Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Television Series Nominated [52]
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Pending [53]

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