56 Facts About Emilia Clarke


Emilia Isobel Euphemia Rose Clarke was born on 23 October 1986 and is a British actress.


Emilia Clarke is best known for her portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.


Emilia Clarke has received various accolades, including an Empire Award, a Saturn Award, three Critics' Choice Award nominations and four Primetime Emmy Award nominations.


Emilia Clarke's television debut was a guest appearance in the BBC One medical soap opera Doctors in 2009, at age 22.


Emilia Clarke had her breakthrough role as Daenerys Targaryen, in the HBO epic fantasy television series Game of Thrones.


Emilia Clarke made her Broadway debut as Holly Golightly in the 2013 play Breakfast at Tiffany's, and played Nina in a West End production of The Seagull that was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Emilia Isobel Euphemia Rose Clarke was born on 23 October 1986 in London.


Emilia Clarke's father, Peter Clarke, was a theatre sound engineer from Wolverhampton.


Emilia Clarke's mother, Jennifer, was a businesswoman and is the vice-president for marketing at a global management consultancy firm as of 2020.


Emilia Clarke has Indian ancestry on her mother's side of the family; her maternal grandmother was the child of a secret affair between Emilia Clarke's great-grandmother and a man from the Indian subcontinent, and wore light make-up to conceal the darker complexion she had inherited from her father.


Emilia Clarke has an older brother, Bennett, who works in the entertainment industry and was part of the camera department on Game of Thrones.


Emilia Clarke became interested in acting at age three after seeing a production of the musical Show Boat.


Emilia Clarke was educated at Rye St Antony School in Headington and St Edward's School, Oxford, which she left in 2005.


Emilia Clarke worked and travelled before enrolling at Drama Centre London, where she graduated in 2009.


Emilia Clarke started to act in stage productions while attending school.


Emilia Clarke appeared in student productions of Twelfth Night and West Side Story while attending St Edward's School.


Emilia Clarke appeared the 2009 production of Sense, co-produced by theatre company Company of Angels and Drama Centre London.


Emilia Clarke worked at various non-acting jobs after graduating while auditioning for roles.


Emilia Clarke starred in two commercials for the charity Samaritans, portraying a domestic abuse victim.


Emilia Clarke's first credited television role was a bit part in a 2009 episode of the British soap opera Doctors.


Emilia Clarke was cast in her first professional film role, playing Savannah in the 2010 television film Triassic Attack.


Emilia Clarke was cast in her third professional role in 2010, as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones.


Emilia Clarke received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Daenerys, which traces an arc from frightened girl to powerful woman.


Emilia Clarke said by being cast as Daenerys, she had avoided the "typical bonnet duty that you have to go through as a young British actress".


Emilia Clarke received multiple award nominations and wins for her role of Daenerys.


Emilia Clarke was nominated three times for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2013,2015, and 2016.


Emilia Clarke made a cameo appearance during Kit Harington monologue on Saturday Night Live in April 2019.


In May 2013 Emilia Clarke was cast in a film adaptation of the novel The Garden of Last Days.


Emilia Clarke said she turned down the part because of the nudity required.


Emilia Clarke starred as the female lead, opposite Sam Claflin, in the film adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name, Me Before You.


Emilia Clarke was cast as the female lead in Solo: A Star Wars Story in November 2016.


Emilia Clarke's performance received positive critical reviews with many calling her one of the standouts of the film.


The film received generally favourable reviews with Emilia Clarke's performance being highly praised by critics.


In late 2019, Emilia Clarke starred opposite Henry Golding in the romantic comedy Last Christmas.


Emilia Clarke starred as Nina in the West End production of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, directed by Jamie Lloyd, which began previews on 11 March 2020 at the Playhouse Theatre.


In 2020, Emilia Clarke was cast in the animation film The Amazing Maurice.


In January 2023, Emilia Clarke starred in and executive produced The Pod Generation.


Emilia Clarke was cast as the lead in the upcoming English language adaptation of the 2015 Korean romantic comedy The Beauty Inside in January 2017.


In October 2021, Emilia Clarke was cast to portray Jean Kerr, wife of Joseph McCarthy, in a biopic titled McCarthy.


In October 2022, it was announced that Emilia Clarke is set to play Irish author Constance Lloyd in director Sophie Hyde's film, An Ideal Wife.


In 2015, luxury goods company Dior signed Emilia Clarke to be the face of the Rose des Vents jewellery collection.


Emilia Clarke starred in an advertisement, which was directed by Matteo Garrone for the perfume.


Emilia Clarke pledged to join nurses and healthcare workers to tackle the issues affecting the profession, including a falling number in training and shortages in the current workforce.


In 2019, upon revealing the brain aneurysms she suffered in 2011 and 2013, Emilia Clarke launched her own charity named SameYou.


In 2020, Emilia Clarke was presented with the Public Leadership in Neurology award by the American Brain Foundation for her efforts in raising awareness about neurorehabilitation.


Emilia Clarke began the series by reading a poem about loneliness, which she dedicated to her charity SameYou and announced that other performers would be joining the initiative, stating that every performer would dedicate their reading to a charity of their choosing.


Emilia Clarke owned a house in the Venice Beach neighbourhood of Los Angeles, which she purchased in 2016 and sold in December 2020.


Emilia Clarke underwent urgent endovascular coiling surgery and subsequently suffered from aphasia, at one point being unable to recall her own name.


Emilia Clarke had a second aneurysm surgically treated in 2013.


Emilia Clarke was voted the most desirable woman in the world by AskMen readers in 2014.


Emilia Clarke was included on Glamours list of Best Dressed Women in 2017.


Emilia Clarke has been nominated for numerous awards throughout her career.


Emilia Clarke was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2019, for her role in Game of Thrones.


Emilia Clarke has received several Critics' Choice Awards nominations, the most recent in 2018.


Emilia Clarke received the BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year at the 2018 ceremony.


In 2018, Emilia Clarke was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.