Maisie Williams has been choosen as one of the UK Stars of Tomorrow by the magazine Screen International. This annual list includes on-the-verge actors and filmmakers who are destined for stardom.
The youngest Game Of Thrones star — and likely the last to feature in Stars of Tomorrow — Maisie Williams has just turned 17 and marked the occasion with two significant moves: getting her driving licence and completing a lead role in UK independent film The Falling, directed by Carol Morley (Dreams Of A Life).
“She’s a very different character to what I would normally be associated with,” says the Bristol native. “Being a complete newcomer to acting through Game Of Thrones, I’ve been trying to learn as much as I can from other people and I really loved this opportunity.”
Cast in Game Of Thrones when she was just 12, Williams has become famous, especially in the US, due to the show’s devoted following — but she herself has grown more and more devoted to the craft of acting and determined to stay in the business.
“I’m the youngest of four and my first words were ‘and me’ so that’s my character,” she says. “I’m grateful I was a show-off when I was little. I was in the right place at the right time when Nina Gold cast me, I had the right look for the role and I was similar to Arya .
“Now I’ve grown into the role and I’ve learned a lot more about acting. I had to learn the hard way I guess but I’m grateful that people saw something in me. I don’t come from a world where opportunities like this happen and I’m going to make the most of it.”
The other rising actors are Jamie Blackley (If I stay), Olivia Cooke ( Bates Motel), Sophie Cookson ( Kingsman: The Secret Service ) ,Taron Egerton ( Kingsman: The Secret Service ), Aimée-Fffion Edwards (Skins, Peaky Blinders, Wolf Hall), Sam Keeley (Misfits ) , Eleanor Tomlinson ( Jack and the Giant Slayer,Poldark) , Kate Philipps ( Wolf Hall) , Jack Lowden ( The tunnel, Wolf Hall, Pan) , Mia Goth (The tunnel, Nymphomaniac) ,Kevin Guthrie ( Sunshine on Leith, Misfits), Edward Holcroft ( Wolf Hall, Kingsman : The Secret Service) , Calvin Demba ( Youngers ) , Aisling Franciosi ( the Fall) , Callum Turner ( Queen and Country) and Mckell David.
This list is always pretty interesting to read since they are usually good at choosing young up and comers actors.
Some of the previous Stars of tomorrow can be seen in :
Game of Thrones (Natalie Dormer, Natalia Tena, Emilia Clarke, Harry Lloyd,Hannah Murray, Iwan Rheon)
Skins (Jack O’Connell , Ollie Alexander , Daniel Kaluuya , Craig Roberts , Joe Cole , Freya Mavor and Antonia Clarke )
Misfits (Ruth Negga, Karla Crome)
Downton Abbey (Michelle Dockery,Jessica Brown Findlay )
Doctor Who (Matt Smith)
The Borgias (Holliday Grainger)
This is England (Michael Socha)
My mad fat diary (Nico Mirallegro)
The Fades (Iain de Caestecker)
Being Human (Lenora Crichlow)
Some of them also appear on the big screen (Robert Pattinson, James McAvoy, Carey Mulligan, Hayley Atwell, Felicity Jones, Andrew Garfield,Aaron Johnson, Sam Claffin).