Emilia Clarke

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Emilia Clarke
Emilia Clarke by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Born (1986-10-26) 26 October 1986 (age 29)
London, England
Alma mater Drama Centre London
Occupation Actress
Years active 2009–present

Emilia Clarke (born 26 October 1986) is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO series Game of Thrones, for which she received two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2013 and 2015. Clarke made her Broadway debut in a production of Breakfast at Tiffany's as Holly Golightly in March 2013. In 2015, she starred as Sarah Connor in the film Terminator Genisys.

Early life[edit]

Emilia Clarke was born on 26 October 1986 in London, and grew up in Berkshire.[1][2][3] Her father is a theatre sound engineer.[4] 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 at the time.[1] She was educated at Rye St Antony School and at St Edward's School, Oxford.[5] She then attended Drama Centre London, graduating in 2009.[6]


Clarke at the Hollywood premiere of the third season of Game of Thrones in March 2013.

Clarke's early work includes two plays at St. Edwards,[5] ten plays at Drama Centre London, the 2009 Company of Angels production of Sense,[6] and two 2009 commercials for Samaritans.[7] One of her first film roles was for a University of London students' short film.[8] 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".[9]

In 2010, Clarke was cast as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO medieval 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.[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] She has appeared in all five broadcast seasons, and is attached to the sixth. Clarke won the 2011 EWwy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for her role as Daenerys.[13] In 2013, Clarke was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards.[14] She was nominated again in the category in 2015.[15] She was voted the most desirable woman in the world by Askmen readers in 2014.[16]

In 2012, Clarke appeared in Spike Island, a film named after the location of The Stone Roses's seminal 1990 gig.[17][18] From March to April 2013, Clarke played Holly Golightly in a Broadway production of Breakfast at Tiffany's.[19] In 2013, she also starred in Dom Hemingway alongside Jude Law. In May 2014, it was announced that she had joined the feature film Garden of Last Days alongside James Franco,[20] 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.[21] She played Sarah Connor in 2015's Terminator Genisys, opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney, and Jason Clarke.[22] She will play the lead as Nurse Verena, in the up-coming movie Voice from the Stone (2015).[23][24] She was named Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive in 2015.[25]

She is rumoured to be attached to the film The Guns of August opposite Helena Bonham Carter,[26] and recently wrapped up filming Me Before You, in which she stars as one of the lead roles, as the character Louisa Clark.[27]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 Spike Island Sally Harris
2012 Shackled Malu Short film
2013 Dom Hemingway Evelyn
2015 Terminator Genisys Sarah Connor
2015 Voice from the Stone Verena Post-production
2016 Me Before You Louisa Clark Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Doctors Saskia Mayer Episode: "Empty Nest"
2010 Triassic Attack Savannah Roundtree Television film
2011–present Game of Thrones Daenerys Targaryen Main role
2013 Futurama Marianne (voice) Episode: "Stench and Stenchibility"
2015 Galaxy World of Alisa Natasha Belaya (voice) British English dub

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2015 Game of Thrones Daenerys Targaryen (voice)


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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2011 Scream Awards Breakout Performance – Female Game of Thrones Won [28]
Best Ensemble (shared with the cast) Nominated [28]
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast) Nominated [29]
2012 Gracie Awards Outstanding Female Rising Star in a Drama Series or Special Won
Golden Nymph Award Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2013 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated [30]
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated [14]
Satellite Award Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated [31]
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast) Nominated [32]
SFX Awards Best Actress Won
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Nominated
Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Nominated [33]
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast) Nominated [34]
2015 Empire Awards Empire Hero Award (shared with the cast) Won [35]
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated [15]
2016 People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Pending


  1. ^ a b "Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke: I feel just like Khaleesi in real life". Now. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Emilia Clarke Celebrates 28th Birthday on 'Game of Thrones' Set -- See Epic Cake!". tooFab. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Actor Bio: Emilia Clarke". Game of Thrones: Cast and Crew. HBO. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "In Vogue: Emilia Clarke". Vogue. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "OSE to star in new HBO drama". St Edward's School. 14 February 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Spotlight: Emilia Clarke". Spotlight. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Lisa's Story (YouTube). Samaritans. 16 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "Video Of Emilia Clarke In Student Movie". sitmovie.com. 
  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 (20 March 2014). "Did the Funky Chicken land Emilia Clarke her 'Game of Thrones' role?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "HBO Re-commissions 'Game of Thrones'". IFTN. 19 April 2011. 
  13. ^ "EWwy Awards 2011: Meet Your Winners!". Entertainment Weekly. 19 September 2011. 
  14. ^ a b "Emmy Nominees Full List: Breaking Bad, Homeland, Downton Abbey Dominate 2013 Awards". The Huffington Post. 18 July 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  15. ^ a b Hipes, Patrick (16 July 2015). "Emmy Nominations 2015 – Full List". Deadline.com. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  16. ^ "Emilia Clarke Voted Most Desirable Woman". Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "Lesley Manville and Emilia Clarke Travel to 'Spike Island' With The Stone Roses". Thefilmstage.com. 9 February 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "Spike Island (2012) – Cast e personaggi". Movieplayer.it. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "Breakfast at Tiffany's Coming to Broadway with Emilia Clarke". Broadway Tour. BroadwayTour.net. 13 October 2012. 
  20. ^ 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. 
  21. ^ "'Game Of Thrones' Star Emilia Clarke Turned Down 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'". The Huffington Post. 25 March 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  22. ^ "'Game Of Thrones' Emilia Clarke Set For 'Terminator' In Sarah Connor Role". Deadline.com. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  23. ^ "Voice From The Stone Film Official Facebook Page". 
  24. ^ "Emilia Clarke set to lead in Voice From The Stone". Variet.com. 
  25. ^ "The Gorgeous Balance of Emilia Clarke, Sexiest Woman Alive 2015". Esquire. 13 October 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  26. ^ "Emilia Clarke Joins WWI Drama 'The Guns of August' Opposite Helena Bonham Carter". upandcomers.net. 19 May 2014. 
  27. ^ "Emilia Clarke To Star In Me Before You Movie Adaption". Empire. 2 September 2014. 
  28. ^ a b Murray, Rebecca. "2011 SCREAM Awards Nominees and Winners". About.com. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  29. ^ "The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild Award. Screen Actors Guild. 29 January 2012. Archived from the original on 19 June 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  30. ^ "HBO, FX Lead Critics’ Choice TV Awards — But Where Are ‘Mad Men’, ‘Modern Family’?". Deadline.com. 22 May 2013. Archived from the original on 22 May 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  31. ^ "The International Press Academy Announces Nominations For The 18th Annual Satellite Awards". PR Newswire. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  32. ^ "SAG Awards Nominations: ‘12 Years A Slave’ And ‘Breaking Bad’ Lead Way". Deadline.com. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  33. ^ Foutch, Haleigh (3 March 2015). "Interstellar And The Winter Soldier Lead Saturn Award Nominations". Collider.com. Archived from the original on 5 March 2015. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  34. ^ Hipes, Patrick (10 December 2014). "SAG Awards Nominations: 'Birdman' & 'Boyhood' Lead Film Side, HBO & 'Modern Family' Rule TV – Full List". Deadline.com. Archived from the original on 26 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  35. ^ "Empire Hero Award". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 

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