Maisie Williams, the youngest in a family of four children, takes dance seriously, whether used for art or the balletic battle of fencing. Born in Somerset and raised in Bristol, England, Maisie started taking dance lessons at age 11, including tap, ballet, freestyle and pointe. She has also studied musical theater, gymnastics and trampolining. She attended Bath Dance College to study the Performing Arts.
Fitness and stamina is important and probably helped her land the role of youngest Stark daughter Arya, in the HBO series Game of Thrones at the age of 12. Much like Arya, Maisie has said she was neither popular nor considered a pretty girl in school but the important part of life for her was finding out who her real friends are.
Game of Thrones is Maisie's most popular role, but she has become an in demand actress, playing roles in movies such as the 2014 films Corvidae, Gold and The Falling. Her television credits include three episodes of the series The Secret of Crickley Hall as Loren Caleigh and the TV movie Cyberbully (2015).
During hiatus from Game of Thrones, she also played roles in the drama film The Book of Love (2017) with Jessica Biel and Jason Sudeikis, the period drama Mary Shelley (2018) alongside Elle Fanning and the romantic drama Then Came You (2018) alongside Asa Butterfield. She provided the voice of the character Goona for the animated comedy Early Man (2018).
Game of Thrones came to an end in 2019, leaving Maisie available for more opportunities, including the role of Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane in The New Mutants (2020) alongside Anya Taylor-Joy, Alice Braga and Charlie Heaton.
Maisie has received several awards for her work, including a 2016 London Critics Circle Film Award for her work in The Falling. She also shared a 2020 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series with her Game of Thrones cast members. Of the Game of Thrones cast, Maisie is closest to Sophie Turner, who plays her sister Sansa on the series.
Early Man (2018)
Mary Shelley (2018)
The Book of Love (2017)
The Falling (2014)