Charting Maisie Williams journey on and off screen

Charting Maisie Williams journey on and off screen


Text: Rachel Chan

Image: Instagram | maisie_williams

From starring in Game of Thrones to recently lending her voice for Aardman Animations’ Early Man alongside Tom Hiddleston and Eddie Redmayne, we document this British star’s career as she turns 21

1. The femme fatale that is Arya Stark
Of course, this is probably Williams' biggest breakthrough role yet as the 'faceless' (and luckily still alive) Stark sibling/assassin/tomboy in HBO's television drama, Game of Thrones (GoT). Before switching to acting, she was earning her dancing chops at 11 at Bath Dance College, until a talent agent spotted Williams and convinced her to act instead. With the show's first season premiering just before her 14th birthday, she confessed in an interview that she almost skipped the audition to go to a pig farm for a school trip. 

2. Bagging home the awards
Playing the vengeful GoT character has placed her on a pedestal to be recognised for her commendable acting skills. Williams has received nominations such as a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and won the Shooting Stars Award during the Berlin International Film Festival in 2015. Winning the 2012 Portal Award for Best Supporting Actress and Best Young Actor made her the youngest actress to receive the former award at 15 years old. 

3. Joining the legion of X-Men
Like her GoT co-star/best friend Sophie Turner who played a young Jean Grey in the X-Men prequels, Williams will be representing the Stark sigil by literally transforming into a wolf as Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane in the upcoming thirteenth X-Men installment, The New Mutants. She said: "It was always bizarre to me when we were shooting — it was frightening and the scenes that we were doing were supposed to be  PG-13. Are we going to get away with this? It was really scary."

4. An advocate against bullying
Williams unfortunately been on the receiving end of bullying, especially during her early days in GoT. "It was the worst year of my life. I had such an awful experience with it. I knew the girl who was sending anonymous things... horrible, horrible messages. Mum's like, 'Just delete it.' It's easy for an adult to say that, but when you're in this world and your body's changing and your hormones are everywhere, you just want to fit in." Since then, she starred in Cyberbully, a television film where she played a teenager being exposed for bullying online. She's also campaigned for National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

5. Venturing into technology entrepreneurship
Together with film producer Dom Santry, Williams will be launching her mobile application, Daisie, this year, where talents can be discovered, give advice and collaborate on projects within a social media setting. She said: "I want Daisie to give other creatives the opportunities that I was lucky enough to receive at the beginning of my career. Daisie will break down the archaic gap between youth and creative jobs; offering new opportunities for individuals to collaborate, learn and create — establishing a new way for talented individuals to be discovered and employed."

Early Man is now showing in selected cinemas. For last week's #WomanCrushWednesday, click here.