Search

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams says on-screen dad Sean Bean is a big softy

13:00 08 May 2014

Actress Maisie Williams signs a portrait of herself at Zebra One Gallery in Hampstead with gallery owner Gabrielle de Ploy. Picture: Polly Hancock

Actress Maisie Williams signs a portrait of herself at Zebra One Gallery in Hampstead with gallery owner Gabrielle de Ploy. Picture: Polly Hancock

Archant

Her character is famously known for taking revenge on enemies despite being many years their junior - and now teenage Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams has praised aspiring young photographers for seizing their moment in the spotlight.

Sean Bean, pictured at the Hampstead Christmas Festival, plays Maisie's on-screen dad Ned Stark in hit series Game of Thrones. Picture: Nigel SuttonSean Bean, pictured at the Hampstead Christmas Festival, plays Maisie's on-screen dad Ned Stark in hit series Game of Thrones. Picture: Nigel Sutton

The 17-year-old actress, who plays Arya Stark in the hit fantasy TV series, was in Hampstead last Thursday to sign photos of herself taken by young aspiring photographers under the guidance of some of the biggest names in photography as part of a youth scheme.

The photos will feature in a charity exhibition at the Zebra One Gallery, in Perrin’s Court, in June to promote the young photographers’ work produced working with the YouYou Mentoring project.

Maisie told the Ham&High: “I was so lucky in that I was given such a fantastic opportunity so young and I understand that it’s not like that for everyone and everyone’s got to start somewhere.

“I looked into the project and realised what a great concept it is.

"He’s a really gentle and chilled out guy, which is nice on set because if you get someone who’s too crazy then it disrupts the atmosphere."

Maisie Williams on fellow Game of Thrones star Sean Bean

“It’s not just simply that a celebrity is in photos, it’s far more than that. It’s you helping other people, who are helping you - and I really love that.”

Maisie is just one of a handful of celebrities - including musician Miles Kane, Olympic rower Pete Reed, Spandau Ballet bassist Martin Kemp and Francis Boulle, of TV reality show Made in Chelsea - who has been photographer for the exhibition for the youth charity, which pairs young people with mentors from the industry they want to work in.

The young photographers who took the snaps got to work with acclaimed snappers Richard Bailey, Harleymoon Kemp and Adam Lawrence for the exhibition, which will run at Zebra One Gallery from June 7 to 22.

Maisie revealed she struggles with her own fame as a main character in one of the world’s biggest TV series.

Maisie praised the young photographers who took pictures of her and other stars. Picture: Polly HancockMaisie praised the young photographers who took pictures of her and other stars. Picture: Polly Hancock

But she added that if it ever gets too much, her back-up plan is to get her own TV chat show.

“I get a bit freaked out,” she said. “It hits you and I think, what would it be like if I didn’t do this? But it’s such a fantastic opportunity and I’m so grateful.

“I always had this weird thing in my head that I would have a talk show and I’d be like Graham Norton. That fascinates me because I know what it’s like being interviewed.

“I’m very desperate for people to know what Maisie’s like because they constantly see Arya, which is fine, she’s fantastic, but I’m not her, and we’re not the same person.”

As Arya, Maisie has worked closely with her on-screen father Sean Bean, who played Ned Stark in the show’s first season.

She said the veteran actor, who lives in Belsize Park, is “a gentle and chilled out guy”.

“He was just so lovely,” said Maisie, who lives in Bath with her mum and three older siblings.

“Being a more experienced actor, he’s allowed to go home and someone else would read the lines with me but he always stayed late.

“He’s a really gentle and chilled out guy, which is nice on set because if you get someone who’s too crazy then it disrupts the atmosphere.”

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 18:35

A Crouch End woman and three others have been sentenced for their roles in attempting to defraud a Camden housing association of nearly £430,000.

Yesterday, 15:29

A Gospel Oak care home made no notes of a patient’s penicillin allergy on the medical charts, a care watchdog report found

Yesterday, 11:37

A 30-year-old male cyclist is in a serious condition in hospital after reportedly careering into the rear window of a parked car in Regent’s Park.

Yesterday, 11:28

Management consultant begged to be spared prison after kicking the driver outside an exclusive club

Thu, 13:01

The power of the community in working for change has been demonstrated with steps taken to deal with two major traffic issues

Thu, 11:24

Revellers of all ages descended on Waterlow Park on Saturday to celebrate its glorious 125-year history

Thu, 08:00

A Hampstead family claim their beloved Pomeranian dog Chewy died after being bitten by a neighbour’s Alsatian dog.

Thu, 07:00

A controversial late-night restaurant in Hampstead has agreed to reduce its opening hours following armed carjackings during which shots were fired.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Interested in purchasing a flat and want to know the rules, rights and regulations as a leaseholder? Or maybe you are already a leaseholder and want to find out more about extending your lease?

Scores of people visited the opening of Composite Door Master’s first public showroom in Hayes at the weekend, where they were treated to a spectacular show by award winning magician, Marc Oberon.

You’ve got cash, you’ve got style and you’ve got a bursting social calendar, but no time. These Crouch End studio suites to rent could be your dream come true.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

As we grow older it becomes more and more important to have means to travel about safely and quickly. Our friendship groups and families grow and the need to have a car that is not only safe but also fast and big enough for all our needs is ever more important. There are many cars on the market for such needs but none deals with them as efficiently or as neatly as a VW Golf Estate. These cars are build strong, long lasting and spacious for a reason. They cater to the needs of many and are some of the most popular cars currently on the market.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now