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Maisie Williams: Game Of Thrones’ Rising Star

Best known for her role as Arya Stark in the hugely popular series Game of Thrones, this young and exciting actress’s star is very much in the ascendant. In celebration of her latest big screen jaunt in The Falling, we take a look at some of the roles that have established her so far.

Heatstroke
Her first feature length film, Heatstroke, saw Maisie play Josie, the troubled teenager daughter of a research scientist, Paul, played by Stephen Dorff. When Paul is brutally murdered, a cat and mouse chase through the African dessert for Josie and her father’s girlfriend becomes the ultimate test of survival. Maisie’s performance remains strong throughout, as does her American accent, and although the film didn’t blow critics away, it certainly builds suspense and entertains its audience while showcasing Maisie’s abilities as a capable and versatile actress.

Cyberbully
Inspired by dozens of true stories, Cyberbully reached our screens in January of 2015 and struck a chord with audiences of all ages. The real-time thriller tells the chilling story of a teenager (Williams) as she is subjected to a barrage of online abuse. The TV movie did a great job of alerting audiences to the real issue in today’s society of cyberbullying, and Maisie received wide critical praise for her central and realistic portrayal of the character. According to Filipa Jodelka of the Guardian, Maisie’s performance was a ‘tour-de-force’.

Gold
In 2014 Maisie starred in Gold alongside James Nesbitt, David Wilmot and Kerry Condon in an offbeat comedy about an estranged father (Wilmot) who returns to his ex-girlfriend (Condon) and teenage daughter (Williams) in an attempt to make amends. Despite his best efforts, what ensues is chaos and catastrophe. The independent film met with mixed reviews but displays a moving and heart warming yet comic portrayal of the struggles of family life.

The Secret Of Crickley Hall
Back in 2012 Maisie joined Suranne Jones, Tom Ellis and Douglas Henshall in this dark, supernatural thriller television series based on James Herbert’s novel of the same name. After their son goes missing a family relocate to Crickley Hall and find themselves at the centre of strange supernatural events that seem to have something to do with their son’s disappearance. The mini-series became a hit with its audience and the cast were highly praised for their roles.

The Falling
And this brings us to what we are all looking forward to… the much talked about drama The Falling, directed by Carol Morley and starring Maisie as Lydia alongside newcomer Florence Pugh, who plays Abbie. This dark and mysterious film tells the story of a strange fainting spell at a girls’ school that begins after a shock tragedy. Fighting the authorities to take action, Lydia works alone to seek the truth of a long buried secret.

The film has already garnered much interest and critical praise. In his five star review Peter Bradshaw, Film Critic for the Guardian, called it ‘terrific film-making – enough to bring a rush of blood to the head”. With word of mouth like this we can’t wait to see it.

THE FALLING IS COMING TO UK CINEMAS 24 APRIL.

 

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