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From no Formal Qualification to a MAJOR Role on Game Of Thrones! WATCH Maisie Williams’ Inspiring TEDxManchester Talk



Maisie Williams is currently one of the most popular and loved actors in the world. She plays Arya Stark, in HBO‘s hit show Game of Thrones where she made her professional debut in 2011.

She’s also an entrepreneur, and an activist. Yet to this day, she has no formal qualifications to her name. Her career has been built upon a symphony of seemingly normal opportunities that evolved into extraordinary, life changing events.

At TEDxManchester earlier this year, Maisie tells the story of working on what ended up becoming the biggest television show of all time from the age of 12.

She spoke about how, at age 10, she told her mum she wanted to stop schooling, how she got into stage school, how dancing was what she wanted to become, and how she got the GOT role.

She discusses why she thinks right now is the perfect time to build tools for communities and how her platform, Daisie, will redefine creative collaboration.

Daisie is a social media platform aimed at creative people in the world of arts, fashion, tv, film, photography, music, and literature. The aim of the app is to bring individuals from across industries together, to help foster collaborations with other artists and provide an alternative route into creative industries.

Don’t strive to be famous, strive to be talented, she advises.



  1. Papermoon

    May 5, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    No qualifications because she was still in stage school when fame found her. She was still in stage school, learning a certain skill called dancing which is actually a profession. It’s just that her break came early when she was still in school learning. Stay in school and learn something before you get out. If you become a big star before conpletion great, but still try and earn your qualification. If fame doesn’t come early too, earn your qualification first then move on to work hard… It will build your talent too and one day you will shine.

  2. teecee

    May 6, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Hi Papermoon, nice points but it is not everybody that will go to school to have a qualification and that doesn’t mean you are still not good enough! I think that is her point….we should not limit ourselves just because…


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