About Maisie Williams
Born April 15, 1997, Williams grew up in Bath, Somerset, U.K. She developed an early love of dance and supplemented her education at the Norton Hill School in nearby Midsomer Norton with study at Bath's Susan Hill School of Dance. Hill recommended Williams for a talent showcase of fellow youthful performers in France, where she was spotted and signed by a talent agent. In 2010, Williams joined a veritable army of Irish and British thespians recruited for HBO's ambitious project "Game of Thrones." The epic fantasy adventure, based on George R.R. Martin's best-selling series of novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, chronicled the power struggle for the eponymous Iron Throne, the seat of power on the mythical continent of Westeros. Comprised of various fiefdoms and family dynasties, the players in the multi-sided gambit of violence and political intrigue were the usurping Baratheons, the wealthy Lannisters, the island-dwelling Greyjoys, and the noble Starks, a clan from the rugged northern region of Westeros.
With the series' premiere in spring 2011, Williams' feisty unconventional princess carried key plot-threads as Arya followed her father Ned Stark (Sean Bean) to court to serve King Robert Baratheon and, unlike her girly-girl sister Sansa (Sophie Turner), eschewed more distaff courtly pursuits for exploration and combat training. After the treacherous Lannisters staged a coup and murdered Ned, Arya's thread made her a major POV character in Season 2 as she fled for her life to the war-torn countryside and, disguised as a boy, wound up a servant to the Machiavellian patriarch Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance). Though acting amongst such stage luminaries as Dance, Michelle Fairley, Iain Glen, Aidan Gillen and Conleth Hill, Williams drew critical raves even as Arya's intrepid pluck and savvy made her a fan favorite. Off-season, Williams resumed her dance training back home at Bath Dance College. In 2012, she garnered her second major credit playing the teen daughter of a troubled family who moves into a haunted house in the BBC miniseries "The Secret of Crickley Hall." She supported another British stage legend, Patrick Stewart, as the two played a pair of grifters in the 2012 London Olympics-themed short film "The Olympic Ticket Scalper" for Funnyordie.com.
By Matthew Grimm