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Nurse asked daily if she is the famous Game of Thrones actress who plays Arya Stark

‘Strangers stop me in the street’: Meet the Kiwi nurse who bears a VERY striking resemblance to Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams – and she’s never seen the hit show

  • A New Zealand woman has revealed what it is like to look like ‘Arya Stark’
  • Kaiya Kirk, 30, bears an uncanny resemblance to actress Maisie Williams, 24
  • The woman has been asked for selfies and is approached by strangers weekly

A New Zealand mum with a striking resemblance to Game of Throne star Maisie Williams has spent the past 10 years being mistaken for the star.

Kaiya Kirk, a 30-year-old vet nurse, from Auckland bears an uncanny likeness to the actress who is best known for her breakout role as Arya Stark in the hit HBO television series.

Kaiya said she has had strangers point out her similarities to Arya Stark since 2011, when the series first appeared on screens.

The woman looks like Maisie Williams, the actress who played Arya Stark in Game of Thrones

A New Zealand woman, left, with a striking resemblance to Game of Throne’s Maisie Williams, right, has revealed she has spent 10 years being mistaken for the star

'I get told I look like Arya Stark more than Maisie Williams,' she told Daily Mail Australia

‘I get told I look like Arya Stark more than Maisie Williams,’ she told Daily Mail Australia

Kaiya Kirk is a 30-year-old vet nurse from Auckland and has been told she looks like 'Arya Stark' since 2011 when the show was released

The young woman is often mistaken for the 24-year-old star (pictured)

The young woman (left) is often mistaken for the 24-year-old star (right) 

‘I get told I look like Arya Stark more than Maisie Williams,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

‘I think people in general associate lookalikes with characters rather then the actor themselves as that’s who they see them as,’ she said.

The vet nurse has never even seen the show and had to google the character when she was first told of the striking similarities.

But she admits she can see it as well.

‘I think we look a lot more alike when we were both younger. I feel like we have similar features like eyebrows and eyes,’ she said.

Maisie Williams "Game Of Thrones" (Season 7) TV Series - 2017

'I think people in general associate look alike with characters rather then the actor themselves as that's who they see them as,' she said

‘I think people in general associate lookalikes with characters (Maisie in character as Arya Stark left) rather then the actor themselves as that’s who they see them as,’ Kaiya, pictured right, said

Kaiya has been asked for selfies and finds herself in a conversation with strangers about her famous doppelganger weekly

Kaiya has been asked for selfies and finds herself in a conversation with strangers about her famous doppelganger weekly

Maisie Williams pictured here at the Q Awards in 2017

Maisie Williams pictured here at the Q Awards in 2017 

Kaiya has been asked for selfies and finds herself in a conversation with strangers about her famous doppelganger weekly.

‘Sometimes it can be very annoying, I have a lot of people call me Arya which really bugs me because that’s not my name,’ she said, adding that she finds it entertaining most of the time.

‘My friends know not to call me Arya.’

Kaiya says she is always surprised by how many Game of Thrones fans there are in her country. 

The more popular the show became, the more the young woman was stopped in the street. 

Game of Thrones ended in 2019 – with 73 episodes aired over eight seasons. But the compliments and comparisons didn’t end with the series. 

Maisie Williams, the actress behind the famous character, is 24, six years younger than her New Zealand based lookalike. 

GoT actors Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams attend onstage at 'Featured Session: Game of Thrones' during 2017 SXSW Conference and Festivals at Austin Convention Center on March 12, 2017 in Austin, Texas

GoT actors Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams attend onstage at ‘Featured Session: Game of Thrones’ during 2017 SXSW Conference and Festivals at Austin Convention Center on March 12, 2017 in Austin, Texas

The more popular the show became, the more the young woman was stopped in the street

The more popular the show became, the more the young woman was stopped in the street

'I think we look a lot more alike when we were both younger. I feel like we have similar features like eyebrows and eyes,' Kaiya said, (pictured here with her partner)

‘I think we look a lot more alike when we were both younger. I feel like we have similar features like eyebrows and eyes,’ Kaiya said, (pictured here with her partner)  

The Bristol-born actress is the youngest of four children, and landed her starring role in the hit HBO series when she was just 12 years old.

The star’s popularity has continued long after the television show finished.

She now has over 10 million followers on Instagram and is currently working on a six-piece series about the Sex Pistols where she will be portraying punk icon Pamela Rooke.

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