Emilia Clarke Best Known For Playing Daenerys Targaryen in American epic fantasy television series, Game of Thrones since 2011. She has also received various awards for her outstanding performances.
Born Name Emilia Clarke
Nick Name Milly, Em
Years active 2009–present
Born: October 26, 1986, 32 years and 4 months, London, England, UK
Sun Sign Scorpio
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Green
Height 5 ft 2 in or 157 cm
Measurements 35-26-37 in or 89-66-94 cm
Bra Size 32C
Distinctive Features Full Lips, Big and wonderful smile
Clarke attended St Edward’s School, Oxford from 2000 to 2005 and then Rye St Antony School, Oxford. Post that, she studied at Drama Centre London from where she graduated in 2009.
Father – Theatre Sound Engineer
Mother – Business Woman
Siblings – Emilia has 1 younger brother, who is studying politics
Clarke studied at the Drama Centre London and appeared in a number of stage productions. Her television debut came in 2009 with a guest appearance in an episode of the British soap opera Doctors. The following year, she was named as one of the UK Stars of Tomorrow by Screen International magazine for her role in the Syfy film Triassic Attack (2010).
Clarke rose to international prominence in 2011 for her breakthrough role as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2011–present). It gained her critical acclaim and several accolades, including three nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Clarke made her Broadway debut as Holly Golightly in a production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 2013. Her film roles include Sarah Connor in the science fiction film Terminator Genisys (2015), Louisa Clark in the romance film Me Before You (2016), and Qi’ra in the Star Wars anthology film Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).
Early life and family
Emilia Clarke was born on 23 October 1986 in London, and grew up in Berkshire. Her father (died 10 July 2016) was a theatre sound engineer from Wolverhampton, West Midlands. She has an older brother. Clarke’s interest in acting began at the age of three after seeing the musical Show Boat, on which her father was working. She was educated at Rye St Antony School and at St Edward’s School, graduating in 2005. She attended Drama Centre London, and graduated in 2009.
Clarke is partly of Indian descent, saying in a 2018 interview that her maternal grandmother was the result of a secret affair her great grandmother had with a man from the subcontinent. Her grandmother wore light makeup to hide the dark complexion she had inherited from her father. She credits this as her family having a “history of fighters,” saying that “The fact that my grandmother had to hide her skin color, essentially, and try desperately to fit in with everyone else must’ve been incredibly difficult.”
Clarke’s early work includes two plays at St. Edwards, ten plays at Drama Centre London, the 2009 Company of Angels production of Sense, and two 2009 commercials for Samaritans. One of her first film roles was for a University of London students’ short film. Her first television roles were Saskia Mayer in a 2009 episode of the British soap opera Doctors and Savannah in Syfy’s 2010 film Triassic Attack. Screen International magazine named her as one of the “UK Stars of Tomorrow”.
In 2010 Clarke was cast as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, based on the book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. She was cast after fellow British actress Tamzin Merchant was replaced for undisclosed reasons. In an interview, Clarke stated that she did the funky chicken and robot dance during her audition. The show debuted in April 2011 to positive reviews and was quickly picked up by the network for a second season. Clarke won the 2011 EWwy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for her role as Daenerys. In 2013, Clarke was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards. She was nominated again in the category in 2015 and 2016.
Clarke has received widespread praise for her performance. Her portrayal of Daenerys, tracing an arc from frightened girl to empowered woman, has been praised highly. Matthew Gilbert of The Boston Globe called her scenes “mesmerizing”, adding that “Clarke doesn’t have a lot of emotional variety to work with as Daenerys, aside from fierce determination, and yet she is riveting.” Todd VanDerWerff for The A.V. Club commented on the difficulty of adapting such an evolution from page to screen, but concluded that “Clarke more than seals the deal here. In 2017, Clarke reportedly became one of the highest paid actors on television, earning £2 million per episode of Game of Thrones.
In 2012, Clarke appeared in Spike Island, a film named after the location of The Stone Roses’s seminal 1990 gig. From March to April 2013, Clarke played Holly Golightly in a Broadway production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. That year, she also starred in Dom Hemingway alongside Jude Law. Critical reaction to the film was mostly positive, though it was a commercial failure.
In May 2014, it was announced that she had joined the feature film Garden of Last Days alongside James Franco, but the movie was scrapped two weeks before production was due to begin. Clarke was offered the role of Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey but turned down the part because of the nudity required. She played Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys (2015), opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney, and Jason Clarke. The film grossed over $400 million worldwide, but received generally unfavorable reviews from critics, despite this she did receive nominations for awards like the Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer Movie Star – Female and Germany’s Jupiter Award for Best International Actress.
In 2016, Clarke starred as the female lead, opposite Sam Claflin, in the movie adaption of the best selling book (of the same name), Me Before You, released on 3 June 2016. The film was a commercial success, grossing over $200 million worldwide and is Clarke’s highest-rated film on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. For her role as Louisa Clark, she shared nominations with Sam Claflin for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Liplock and the MTV Television Tearjerker Award.
She played the lead as Nurse Verena, in the film Voice from the Stone which was released on April 2017 in limited release, video on demand and digital HD.
In November 2016, Clarke was cast as the female lead in Solo: A Star Wars Story, released worldwide on 25 May 2018. Clarke is also attached to the films The Guns of August opposite Helena Bonham Carter, and Above Suspicion opposite Jack Huston. In January 2017, Clarke was cast as the lead in the upcoming English language adaptation of the 2015 Korean romantic comedy, The Beauty Inside.
From 2012 until 2013, Clarke dated comedian and filmmaker Seth MacFarlane. The two broke up after approximately six months but remain friends.
As of October 2015, Clarke resides in Hampstead, London. In 2016, she purchased a $4.64 million house in Venice Beach, California.
Clarke was voted the most desirable woman in the world by AskMen readers in 2014. She was named Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive in 2015. In 2017, she was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone.
Since her rise to prominence, Clarke has contributed time and effort to a variety of charitable organisations. In September 2011, Emilia joined SMA Trust team as their celebrity ambassador. In August 2017, she became a patron of Open Door, a non-profit that aims to help young people gain access to drama school auditions. Clarke auctioned a chance to watch an episode of “Game of Thrones” with her at the 2018 Sean Penn Charity Gala which raised over $120,000 benefiting the J/P HRO & Disaster Relief Organizations. In February 2018, Clarke appeared at London’s Centerpoint Awards, which celebrates the courage shown by homeless young people.
In April 2018, she was named ambassador to the Royal College of Nursing in the UK.
She has not endorsed any of the brands.
But, in 2009, Emilia appeared in a commercial for charity Samaritans.
She got her first movie in 2012, titled Spike Island for her role as Sally.
First TV Show
British television soap opera, Doctors, which was started in 2000. She appeared in this show in 2009 in just 1 episode titled “Empty Nest.”
To play Sarah Connor in the 2015 movie “Terminator: Genisys,” she did a grueling workout. She performed exercises like kickboxing, gun shooting, weight training, etc.
Her diet was also very restrictive. She used to drink one cup of tea in one day. Emilia was not allowed to eat her desired food items. She could only smell it. Check out her workout routine and diet plan.
She once said on Lena Dunham‘s popular HBO series –
“I’D GIVE MY RIGHT ARM TO BE, LIKE, A RANDOM EXTRA ON GIRLS, JUST TO WALK PAST ONE OF THE SCENARIOS.”
Emilia Clarke Favorite Things
Candy – Pick ‘n’ Mix
TV Show – Girls (2012-Present)
Beauty Products – Tom Ford’s Lipstick, Dolce & Gabbana Secret Eyes
Designer – Simone Rocha, Chanel
Boot – Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane
Bag – Bottega Veneta bag
Chair – Martin Visser
Jacket – Chanel
Perfume – Le Labo Santal 33
Jeans – Levi’s
Emilia Clarke Facts
She was born in London and raised in Berkshire.
Her interest in acting developed when she was three.
In March 2013, Clarke told GQ magazine that she was not recognized when she was out, despite the huge fan following of the show – Game of Thrones.
She has a dog, named Roxy.
To play Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones, Emilia was not the first choice. Instead, it was actress Tamzin Merchant. But, after the pilot was filmed, Emilia was finalized.
She would have been a singer, or architect or a graphics designer if she were not an actress.
Her birthdate is often wrongly reported online (on Wikipedia, IMDb, etc.) as May 1, 1987.
She has worked at an ice-cream shop in Oxford, while she was still a graduate student.
In the Independent Critics list of 100 Most beautiful faces of 2012, she was named no. 1.
She can also be seen at no. 88 in the AskMen’s Most Desirable Women list of 2012.
In 2010, she appeared in a TV movie Triassic Attack as Savannah.
She was named ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’ by Esquire magazine in 2015.
She is sometimes called as Dany due to her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the TV series “Game of Thrones.”
She can also sing and play instruments like piano, flute, guitar.
Clarke is good at horseback riding, tennis, running, skiing, sailing, rowing, ice skating, and even swimming.
Emilia was offered the role of Anastasia in the movie Fifty Shades of Grey (2015). But, she turned it down as it included numerous nude scenes.