Maisie Williams has no relationship with her dad.
The ‘Game of Thrones’ actress, 26, famed for playing Arya Stark on the HBO fantasy series, has previously told how she went through a huge amount of pain in her early childhood at the hands of her father Gary Williams, who she has accused of indoctrinating her in a “child cult”.
Born Margaret Constance Williams in Bristol, the actress has now told Harper’s Bazaar UK: “I don’t have a relationship with my dad.”
Adding about how the death of their relationship feels like grief, Maisie said: “And I guess there is a grieving for the death of something you might feel you’re entitled to... .”
Maisie’s parents separated just a few months after her birth, and she says she now does her best to “empathise with the people I love”.
She told Harper’s she has stayed close to her former university administrator mum Hilary Frances Pitt, but the magazine said she is “respectful” about her family’s “right to privacy”.
Maisie added one of her favourite places is in her house in the Sussex countryside, saying: “I love being alone there, to breathe and walk in the silence.”
Maisie spoke for the first time in 2022 about her difficult relationship with her dad on ‘The Diary of a CEO’ podcast, saying her mum “escaped” her dad when she was four months old.
The actress spoke of “traumatic” elements in her childhood that led her to cutting off contact with her father when she was eight years old.
As she broke down in tears, she added: “Well, I, as a young child before the age of, like, eight, had a traumatic relationship with my dad.
“And I don’t want to go into it too much because it affects my siblings and my whole family.
“But, like, that really consumed a lot of my childhood. Ever since I can remember, I’ve really struggled sleeping.
“I think a lot of the traumatic things that were happening, I didn’t realise they were wrong.
“But I knew – I would look around at other kids and be like, ‘Why don't they seem to understand this pain, or dread, or fear? Where does the joy – when does that come for me?’
“I had that feeling of impending doom and I didn't know how to make that go away.”