Maisie Williams will once again portray Arya Stark this season on Game of Thrones, with the seventh season kicking off on July 16th. This is a role that Williams has been playing since she was 12 years old, and she spent her entire teenage years acting for an audience of millions around the world.
Williams, who is now 20 years old, is currently dating Ollie Jackson. He’s not famous, and we don’t know too much about him, but we can piece together a bit based on Williams’ comments about him and based on both of their Instagram pages.
Here’s what you need to know about Ollie Jackson, the boyfriend of Maisie Williams.
1. They’ve Been Dating Since 2015
It seems that Maisie Williams and Ollie Jackson have been dating since 2015.
During an interview with InStyle, Williams revealed that she was in a relationship, saying, “We’ve been together for over a year. I guess you could say things are getting pretty serious.”
That interview was published in April 2016, so depending on what Williams’ definition of “over a year” is, they probably commenced their relationship in early 2015.
2. They Met in School
A lot of actors end up dating other actors, with some of the Game of Thrones cast members forming relationships with one another like Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Rose Leslie (Ygritte).
However, that’s not true of Maisie Williams. Her boyfriend, Ollie Jackson, is not famous; he’s someone she met in school.
“People feel it’s strange that someone who’s famous can go out with someone who’s normal,” Williams told InStyle. “I don’t meet anyone else. Maybe I’m doing it wrong, but I don’t go to all these parties. I don’t meet the other young, male actors. I just like normal people, I guess.”
It’s not entirely clear what school Williams and Jackson met at. But Williams has attended attended Clutton Primary School, Norton Hill School, and Bath Dance College.
Based on his Instagram page, it appears that Jackson is still in college, as he posted a photo back in March indicating that he was submitting an assignment late.
3. They Went Public With Their Relationship in 2017
It was earlier this year that Maisie Williams and Ollie Jackson first went public with their relationship.
On Valentine’s Day 2017, Williams posted a photo of herself on a date with Jackson, writing in the caption, “Love me some OJ.”
Over the next few weeks, Williams continued posting photos of her boyfriend on her Instagram page, while he really did not have a presence in the account before then. In one, she wrote, “What a tasty dish.”
In April, they were seen on vacation together in Morocco.
At the same time, Jackson soon began posting photos of Williams on his own Instagram page, and so it seems that the two came to the decision earlier this year that they would go public with their relationship via Instagram.
Jackson had actually posted a photo of himself with Maisie Williams on his Instagram account all the way back in April 2015. They were presumably dating at this point; their relationship was still a secret at this time, but no one knew anything about Jackson and therefore could not find this photo.
4. Maisie Williams Says She Is In Love
In an interview with Nylon Magazine back in April 2016, Maisie Williams said that she is in love with her boyfriend.
“He’s really sweet I feel like I’m in love right now, but I don’t know what I am going to feel like down the line,” she said. “That’s why I am kind of closed-minded about marriage – I don’t even know if I want to get married.”
When asked about her sexuality, Maisie Williams said that she hasn’t really thought about it but that she’s just attracted to personalities.
“I’ve never sat up and thought about my sexuality for hours,” Williams said. “It’s like what Shailene Woodley said: ‘I fall in love with personalities and not people or genders.’”
5. Ollie Calls Maisie ‘Raindrop’ & Says She is ‘Absolute Dynamite’
Ollie Jackson’s nickname for Maisie Williams appears to be “raindrop.” In multiple Instagram posts of Williams, he calls her by that nickname.
In one Instagram photo posted on Williams’ birthday, Jackson referred to her as an “absolute dynamite gal.”
And in another Instagram post, Jackson posted a photo of himself with Williams on a red carpet, and he joked that he had slept his way to the top. He wrote, “Happy to announce my first appearance on the red carpet with raindrop #imadeitmum #sleeptothetop.”