Who is Emilia Clarke?
Emilia Clarke is an English actress. She is best known for portraying Daenerys Targaryen in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. Other notable roles include Me Before You and Solo: A Star Wars Story.
London, England, United Kingdom
The actress started performing after graduating from drama school in 2009, though it took some time to get roles. In 2009, she was cast in a British soap, Doctors. In 2010, she was in the television film Triassic Attack, her first film role.
In 2010, Clarke was cast in Game of Thrones. She played Daenerys Targaryen, a member of the fallen House Targaryen. Daenerys is one of the people who seek the Iron Throne, and she starts the series as an abused girl about to be married off by her brother. She goes through a lot of growth and change throughout the tumultuous eight seasons.
Clarke received a lot of nominations and awards for her role as Daenerys, such as three Primetime Emmy Awards nominations as a supporting actress and one nomination for the prize as a leading actress.
Other cast members seen in Game of Thrones include Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Sophie Turner, Lena Headey, Maisie Williams, Iain Glen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Alfie Allen, John Bradley, Liam Cunningham, Conleth Hill, Gwendoline Christie, Aidan Gillen, Rory McCann, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Nathalie Emmanuel and Jerome Flynn.
In 2012, she appeared in Shackled and in Spike Island.
In 2013, the actress played Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The same year, she was in Dom Hemingway alongside Jude Law. In 2013 as well, Clarke was cast as Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys, which would be released in 2015 to unfavorable reviews.
In 2016, she played the female lead in Me Before You, a romantic film that adapted a novel of the same name. The next year, she was in Voice from the Stone.
2018 saw Clarke appear as Qi’ra in Solo: A Star Wars Story, a film detailing the backstory and origins of the iconic character Han Solo. Qi’ra was a childhood friend and love interest for Han. Her performance was praised as a highlight of the film.
In 2019, she was in Above Suspicion, a thriller film. Later the same year, she was in Last Christmas, a romantic comedy with a holiday theme.
In 2021, Clarke published a comic book she co-wrote under the title M.O.M: Mother of Madness. The comic book series is expected to continue with more volumes.
Clarke is expected to appear in Let Me Count the Ways, the animated film The Amazing Maurice, which adapts a Terry Pratchett book, and the series Secret Invasion, a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She is also expected to play Jean Kerr, the wife of Joseph McCarthy in the biopic McCarthy.
Emilia Isobel Euphemia Rose Clarke is her full name.
She replaced actress Tamzin Merchant in the role of Daenerys Targaryen.
Clake suffered an aneurysm that required surgery and made her lose the ability to speak, something known as aphasia.
In 2018, the actress received the BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.
She has a tattoo of three dragons, referencing the role of Daenerys Targaryen, the “Mother of Dragons” who had three dragons at her command.
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