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Maisie Williams
Maisie Williams (19647942976) (cropped).jpg
Williams in 2015
Born Margaret Constance Williams
(1997-04-15) 15 April 1997 (age 21)
Bristol, England
Education Norton Hill School
Bath Dance College
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 of Winterfell in the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones in 2011, 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 (2014), for which she won the London Film Critics' Circle Award for Young Performer of the Year.

Early life[edit]

Margaret Constance Williams was born on 15 April 1997 in Bristol, UK.[3][4] She is nicknamed "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[8] in Midsomer Norton, before moving to Bath Dance College to study Performing Arts.[9][10]

Career[edit]

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.[11] Chosen from a pool of 300 actresses across England,[12] Arya was Williams' first role in any professional capacity.[13] She has received critical acclaim for her performance in the series.[14][15] In July 2018, she announced the completion of her role in series.[16]

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

Williams continued to garner praise for her performance in the show's second season,[17][18] 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.[19] 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.[20]

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.[21][22] To date, she has appeared in all seven 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.[23] She also appeared in the independent films Heatstroke (2012) and Gold (2013), and the short films Corvidae (2013) and Up On The Roof (2013).[24][25][26][27]

Williams also signed on to play Lorna Thompson in the sci-fi film We Are Monsters, which was set for a 2014 release.[28]

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][29] 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.[30][31]

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.[32][33] 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.[34]

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").[35] Williams later returned to the series in the tenth and twelfth episodes ("Face the Raven" and "Hell Bent" respectively).

On 28 June 2018, it was announced that Williams would star in an upcoming stage play written by Lauren Gunderson, named I and You, set to premiere on 18 October 2018 at the Hampstead Theatre in London.[36]

In 2019, Williams is set to star as Wolfsbane in the superhero film New Mutants.[37] It was announced in August 2018 that Williams has joined the voice cast on gen:LOCK, animated series on the Rooster Teeth subscription service. Williams will play Cammie MacLoud, a mischievous Sottish hacker, alongside a cast that includes Michael B. Jordan,David Tennant and Dakota Fanning.[38]

Daisie[edit]

On August 1 2018, Williams launched a new social media app called Daisie, with Dom Santry with whom she also founded the film production company Daisy Chain Productions. Daisie is aimed at creative people from the worlds of art, fashion, TV, film, photography, music and literature. Its aim is to bring creatives across industries together, help foster collaboration with other artists and provide an alternative route into creative industries. Williams said "Our main goal is to have a community of artists who are collaborating with each other, uploading their work, sharing their projects and ultimately ... help people with their own careers, rather than our own”.[39][40][41]

Filmography[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films and other work that have not yet been released yet.

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2012 The Olympic Ticket Scalper Scraggly Sue Short film
Heatstroke Jo O'Malley [26]
2013 Up on the Roof Trish Short film; Also executive producer [27]
2014 Gold Abbie [26]
2015 The Falling Lydia Lamont [42]
2016 The Book of Love Millie Pearlman [43]
2017 iBoy Lucy Walker [44]
Mary Shelley Isabel Baxter [45]
2018 Early Man Goona Voice [46]
Stealing Silver Leonie Short film: Also executive producer [47]
Corvidae Films that have not yet been released Jay Short film [25]
Departures Films that have not yet been released Skye Filming [48]
2019 The New Mutants Films that have not yet been released Rahne Sinclair / Wolfsbane Post-production [49]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref(s)
2011–present Game of Thrones Arya Stark HBO Main role [50]
2012 The Secret of Crickley Hall Loren Caleigh BBC One 3 episodes [51]
2014 Robot Chicken Black Cherry Pie, Shlorpette (voices)
Didi Pickles, Margaux Kramer, Bee Cosplayer (voices)
Adult Swim Episodes: "Bitch Pudding Special"
"Link's Sausages"
2015 Cyberbully Casey Jacobs Channel 4 Television film [52]
Doctor Who Ashildr BBC One 4 episodes [53]

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2018 I and You Caroline Main role [54]

Web Series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref(s)
2019 Gen:Lock Films that have not yet been released Cammie MacCloud Rooster Teeth Animated web television series [55]

Music videos[edit]

Video clip[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2011 Portal Award Best Young Actor Game of Thrones Nominated [56]
Scream Award Best Ensemble Nominated [57]
2012 SFX Awards Best Actress Nominated [58]
Portal Award Best Supporting Actress Won [59]
Best Young Actor Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [60]
Gold Derby TV Awards Breakthrough Performer of the Year Nominated [61]
2013 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young Actress Nominated [62]
BBC Radio 1 Teen Award Best British Actress Won [63]
2014 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Game of Thrones Nominated [64]
EWwy Award Best Supporting Actress, Drama Won [65]
2015 SFX Awards Best Actress Nominated [66]
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [67]
Empire Award Empire Hero Award Won [68]
EWwy Award Best Supporting Actress, Drama Nominated [69]
Berlin International Film Festival Shooting Stars Award Won [33]
Saturn Award Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Television Series Game of Thrones Won [70]
2016 Shorty Award Favorite Actress Nominated [71]
London Film Critics' Circle Award Young British/Irish Performer Of The Year The Falling Won [72]
Evening Standard British Film Award Rising Star Won [73]
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Game of Thrones Nominated [74]
Saturn Award Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Television Series Nominated [75]
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated [76]
2017 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [77]
2018 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Performance in a Show Nominated [78]

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