You protected me after all. I hope you have the best life ever.
—Arrietty speaking to Shawn before leaving

Arrietty is the protagonist of The Secret World of Arrietty. She is the daughter of Pod Clock and Homily Clock who is a Borrower.


Arrietty is a 14-year-old girl with shoulder-length auburn hair and black eyes.

Oftentimes, she wears a red dress whenever she is out borrowing, if she is not, she is seen in a light brown blouse and a pale yellow dress. Since she is a borrower, she is very small (around 2 or 3 times taller than a pin in the film) that she is hard to spot. 


According to the movie, Arrietty is nearly 14 who is preparing for her first year of borrowing. She is very adventurous and likes exploring the garden. She collects different plants to decorate her room.


During the film, Arrietty encounters humans, most importantly, Sho. Since she is a borrower, this is considered to be extremely dangerous and is supposed to be avoided at all times. However, it turns out that Sho and his family were aware of the borrowers. Sho turns out to be kind hearted and desperate to help Arrietty, when Haru becomes determined to catch the borrowers.

Voice acting

Arrietty was portrayed by Mirai Shida as Kayo Horikoshi in The Wind Rises. In the 2011 Studio Canal dub, she was portrayed by Irish actor Saoirse Ronan. In the 2012 Disney dub, she was voiced by Bridgit Mendler.



  • The name Arrietty means "Lion, Eagle and the greatest" (arri) - (Greek) and "star" (etty) - (Persian), which literally means "Lion Star, Eagle Star, the greatest Stars" altogether.
  • Arrietty's surname Clock means "cloak".
    • It is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in a low-lying meadow. The name Clock is derived from the Old English word "cloh".
      • It may also be derived from the Old French and Old English word "cloke", which means "cloak" and denotes someone who was a maker and seller of cloaks.


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