Maisie Williams, the actress who plays Arya Stark on Game of Thrones, has been acting for an audience of millions for almost half of her life. As was the case with the Harry Potter franchise, fans of the HBO original series have watched the kids, including Williams, grow up before their eyes. So how old was Maisie Williams when she started working on Game of Thrones, and how old is she now?
Maisie Williams was born on April 15th, 1997, and when she first began portraying Arya Stark, she was 12 years old. She was cast as Arya in August 2009, a few months after her 12th birthday, and the pilot episode was filmed that October. However, Williams was 13 for the majority of the first season; although the pilot was filmed in October 2009, the rest of the season was shot starting in the summer of 2010.
During production of the show’s second season, Maisie Williams was 14 years old. During the third season, she was 15 years old. During the fourth season, she was 16 years old. During the fifth season, she was 17 years old. During the sixth season, she was 18 years old. And in the upcoming seventh season, she is 19 years old. She has since turned 20.
Maisie Williams, then, spent the entirety of her teenage years as a famous actress working on a wildly popular television series. In a recent interview, she said that she was not very happy for the first two seasons or so because she was so isolated.
“I look back and I think I wasn’t really very happy because I didn’t have many friends,” she told Rolling Stone. “I had left school and I was working a lot and it was a strange time. I remember in maybe season two or three, other cast members coming up to me and saying, ‘Your life is going to change,’ and to me that wasn’t exciting. I was, like, ‘I don’t want it to change. I quite enjoy my life.'”
Williams also told Rolling Stone that she was very confident when she started off in season one, but every year since then, she became more and more doubtful of herself.
“At 12, I was fearless and didn’t care, so I really enjoyed it,” she told Rolling Stone. “But then, as each season passed, the pressure built and it became a little destructive. Everyone goes through that dip in confidence. That also came with puberty. It all fizzled out a bit, and I lost my confidence, and now I’m slowly starting to get it back again.”
The youngest of the main characters on Game of Thrones, however, is Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran Stark. Wright was just 10 years old when the show’s original pilot was filmed. He is now 18.