‘Game of Thrones’: How Old Is Maisie Williams and How Did She Become Famous?

Maisie Williams is an actress known for her role as Arya Stark on the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. Her character only is around 18 years old, so no doubt many viewers often wonder about Williams’s age in real life. How old is she exactly and how did she become famous? Keep reading to learn more about Williams.

How old is Maisie Williams?

Williams was born in Bristol, England and grew up 10 miles away in Clutton, Somerset. Her real name is Margaret Constance Williams. She was born on April 15, 1997, which means that she turns 22 in 2019.

Growing up, her first love was dancing, which is something many fans might be aware of as she is a dancer in addition to being an actress. Williams even attends Bath Dance College when she is not filming Game of Thrones.

Maisie Williams almost did not audition for ‘Game of Thrones’

A couple of years before Game of Thrones premiered, the team was still looking for the perfect cast members to bring the characters to life. Maisie Williams was a young schoolgirl at the time and had other priorities at the time, like going on a school trip to a pig farm.

“I had my school trip the day of my audition, actually, and I really wanted to go,” she told the BBC. “We were going to a pig farm. Like, who doesn’t want to go to a pig farm when you’re 12 years old?”

However, it was her mother who convinced her go to the Game of Thrones audition and, of course, that was life-changing decision.

‘Game of Thrones’ turned Maisie Williams into a household name

Williams is one of the lucky few stars in Hollywood who managed to find success right away. Game of Thrones was actually the first professional acting gig she landed and it has turned her into a huge sensation.

Ever since Game of Thrones premiered in 2011, it has captivated audiences worldwide and become a cultural phenomenon. Its many cast members, including Williams, suddenly found themselves as famous faces in Hollywood seemingly overnight.

Williams, specifically, has won numerous awards for her role as Arya Stark, such as the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards, the Empire Awards, and the Saturn Awards. She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 2016 as well.

Today, Williams has a net worth of about $6 million and she reportedly gets paid more than $100,000 per episode. She’s definitely come a long way from being a small town girl in England.

What’s next for Maisie Williams?

With Game of Thrones coming to an end very soon, it looks like Williams will have to move on and begin the next phase of her life. In fact, she recently sported a new hairstyle — perhaps it’s her way of telling the world that she is not Arya Stark anymore.

A couple of months ago, fans saw the release of her new film, Then Came You, an indie rom-com starring other well-known stars such as Asa Butterfield, Nina Dobrev, Tyler Hoechlin, and Peyton List. It is about a young, terminally ill girl who meets a hypochondriac boy and they work together to cross things off of her bucket list. Then Came You was released in select theaters on February 21, 2019.

The second film is an upcoming one called The New Mutants. It is the thirteenth movie in the X-Men series. Williams is a character in the main group of mutants, who are held in a secret facility together. The film will be released on August 2, 2019.