Maisie Williams: 'I was bullied because of Game of Thrones'

Maisie Williams is working with the NSPCC to help stop bullying and child abuse

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams has revealed how she was bullied in school because she started acting in the hit fantasy series.

The 19 year-old from Bristol was cast for the role of Arya Stark when she was only 12 years-old and has been one of few characters to survive all six seasons.

The show is now one of the world's most popular programmes, having won 38 Emmys. But Maisie says she became singled out for being different.

Maisie is now backing an NSPCC campaign, to raise awareness of both bullying and child abuse. She visited a school in Bristol as part of a 'speak out stay safe' workshop to encourage children to talk about problems at home.

It's something she says she wished she knew about when she was younger. The answer to bullying is simple, according to Maisie, speak to an adult and don't bottle up inside. That's how she came out of her shell and turned into one of the most recognisable faces on television.

Maisie Williams chatting to our presenter Kylie Pentelow

Maisie Williams also spoke with our presenter, and avid Game of Thrones fan, Kylie Pentelow, about the up coming season and the secret to pronouncing her character's name:

Watch the full studio interview below: