Emilia Clarke

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Emilia Clarke
Emilia Clarke 2013 (Straighten Colors).jpg
Clarke at the Hollywood premiere of Game of Thrones Season 3 in March 2013
Born (1987-05-01) 1 May 1987 (age 27)
London, England
Nationality British
Education Drama Centre London
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007–present

Emilia Clarke (born 1 May 1987)[1] is an English actress, best known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO series Game of Thrones,[2] for which she received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2013.[3]

Clarke made her Broadway debut in Breakfast at Tiffany's as Holly Golightly in March 2013.

Early life[edit]

Clarke was born in London and grew up in Berkshire with her parents.[4] Her father is a theatre sound engineer,[5] and her mother is a businesswoman. She has a younger brother. Clarke's interest in acting began at the age of three after seeing the musical Show Boat, on which her father was working at the time.[5] She was educated at Rye St Antony School and at St Edward's School, Oxford,[6] She then attended Drama Centre London, graduating in 2009.[7]


Clarke's early work includes two plays at St. Edwards,[6] ten plays at Drama Centre London, the 2009 Company of Angels production of Sense,[7] and a 2009 commercial for Samaritans.[8] Her first television roles were Saskia Mayer in a 2009 episode of Doctors and Savannah in Syfy's 2010 film Triassic Attack. Screen International magazine named her as one of the "UK Stars of Tomorrow".[9]

In 2010, Clarke was cast as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones, which is 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.[10] She did the funky chicken and robot dance during her audition.[11] The show debuted in April 2011 to positive reviews and was quickly picked up by the network for a second season.[12] To date she has appeared in all four broadcast seasons, and will reprise the role once more in Season 5.[13] Clarke won the 2011 EWwy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for her role as Daenerys.[14] In 2013, she was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards. She was voted the most desirable woman in the world by Askmen readers in 2014.[15]

In 2012, Clarke appeared in Spike Island, a film named after the location of The Stone Roses' seminal 1990 gig.[16][17] From March to April 2013, Clarke played Holly Golightly in a Broadway production of Breakfast at Tiffany's.[18] In May, it was announced that she had joined the feature film Garden of Last Days.[19] In December 2013, Clarke was cast as Sarah Connor in 2015's Terminator: Genisys opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger.[20]


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Doctors Saskia Mayer TV series (Episode: "Empty Nest")
2010 Triassic Attack Savannah Roundtree TV movie
2011–present Game of Thrones Daenerys Targaryen TV series
2012 Spike Island Sally Harris
Shackled Malu Short film
2013 Dom Hemingway Evelyn
2013 Futurama Marianne (voice)[21][22] TV series (Episode: "Stench and Stenchibility")
2015 Terminator: Genisys Sarah Connor Post-production


Year Title Role Venue
2013 Breakfast at Tiffany's Holly Golightly Cort Theatre

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2011 Scream Awards Breakout Performance – Female Game of Thrones Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast) Nominated
2012 Gracie Awards Outstanding Female Rising Star in a Drama Series or Special Won
Monte-Carlo Television Festival Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2013 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Drama Supporting Actress Nominated
SFX Awards Best Actress Won
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated[3]
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast) Nominated


  1. ^ Blickley, Leigh (1 May 2013). "Emilia Clarke's Birthday: 'Game Of Thrones' Star Turns 26 Today". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Ryan, Maureen (21 May 2010). "Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' recasts noble role". Chicago Tribune. 
  3. ^ a b "Emmy Nominees Full List: Breaking Bad, Homeland, Downton Abbey Dominate 2013 Awards". The Huffington Post. July 18, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Actor Bio: Emilia Clarke". Game of Thrones: Cast and Crew. HBO. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Nathanson, Hannah (1 April 2011). "Game of Thrones is good news for Brit stars". Evening Standard. "...says Emilia, 23." 
  6. ^ a b "OSE to star in new HBO drama". St Edward's School. 14 February 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Spotlight: Emilia Clarke". Spotlight. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  8. ^ Lisa's Story (YouTube). Samaritans. 16 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "UK STARS OF TOMORROW 2010". Screen Daily. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Emilia Clarke Was Not the First Choice to Play Daenerys Targaryen on 'Game of Thrones'". Yahoo. 30 March 2013. 
  11. ^ Kevin, Patrick (2014-03-20). "Did the Funky Chicken land Emilia Clarke her 'Game of Thrones' role?". latimes.com. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  12. ^ "HBO Re-commissions 'Game of Thrones'". IFTN. 19 April 2011. 
  13. ^ "New pics of Game of Thrones set in Šibenik, Daenerys and Daario photographed on set, and more". Watchers On The Wall. September 2014. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  14. ^ "EWwy Awards 2011: Meet Your Winners!". Entertainment Weekly. EW.com. 19 September 2011. 
  15. ^ "Emilia Clarke Voted Most Desirable Woman". Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  16. ^ "Lesley Manville and Emilia Clarke Travel to 'Spike Island' With The Stone Roses". Thefilmstage.com. 9 February 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Spike Island (2012) – Cast e personaggi". Movieplayer.it. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "Breakfast at Tiffany's Coming to Broadway with Emilia Clarke". Broadway Tour. BroadwayTour.net. 13 October 2012. 
  19. ^ Loading... (2 May 2013). "Games of Thrones Star Emilia Clarke Cast in New Film Garden of Last Days Alongside James Franco". Entertainmentwise. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  20. ^ "‘Game Of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke Set For ‘Terminator’ In Sarah Connor Role". Deadline.com. December 13, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  21. ^ 'Game of Thrones' star Emilia Clarke to guest on 'Futurama' – EXCLUSIVE
  22. ^ Countdown to Futurama: Marianne

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