Emilia Clarke

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Emilia Clarke
Emilia Clarke 2013 (Straighten Colors 2).jpg
Clarke at the premiere of Game of Thrones‍ '​ third season in 2013
Born (1986-10-26) 26 October 1986 (age 28)
London, England
Alma mater Drama Centre London
Occupation Actress
Years active 2009–present

Emilia Clarke (born 26 October 1986[1][2] or 1 May 1987[3][4][5]) is an English actress, 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.[6][7] Clarke made her Broadway debut in a Broadway 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 in London and grew up in Berkshire.[8] Her father is a theatre sound engineer,[9] and her mother is a businesswoman. 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.[9] She was educated at Rye St Antony School and at St Edward's School, Oxford.[10] She then attended Drama Centre London, graduating in 2009.[11]


Clarke's early work includes two plays at St. Edwards,[10] ten plays at Drama Centre London, the 2009 Company of Angels production of Sense,[11] and two 2009 commercials for Samaritans.[12] One of her first film roles was for a University of London students' short film.[13] 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".[14]

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.[15] She did the funky chicken and robot dance during her audition.[16] The show debuted in April 2011 to positive reviews and was quickly picked up by the network for a second season.[17] To date, 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.[18] 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.[19]

In 2012, Clarke appeared in Spike Island, a film named after the location of The Stone Roses's seminal 1990 gig.[20][21] From March to April 2013, Clarke played Holly Golightly in a Broadway production of Breakfast at Tiffany's.[22] 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,[23] but the movie was scrapped two weeks before production was due to begin. Clarke played Sarah Connor in 2015's Terminator Genisys, opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney, and Jason Clarke.[24] She will play the lead as Nurse Verena, in the up-coming movie Voice from the Stone (2015).[25][26]

She is attached to the films The Guns of August opposite Helena Bonham Carter,[27] and Me Before You, in one of the lead roles as the character, Lou.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Clarke was reportedly in a relationship with Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. The pair broke up in March 2013.[29]



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"

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 [30]
Best Ensemble (shared with the cast) Nominated [30]
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast) Nominated [31]
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 [32]
Online Film & Television Association Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Won
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated [6]
Satellite Award Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated [33]
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast) Nominated [34]
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 [35]
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast) Nominated [36]
2015 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Pending [7]


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  2. ^ "Emilia Clarke Celebrates 28th Birthday on 'Game of Thrones' Set -- See Epic Cake!". tooFab. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
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  5. ^ "Happy 27th Birthday, Emilia Clarke!". InStyle. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Emmy Nominees Full List: Breaking Bad, Homeland, Downton Abbey Dominate 2013 Awards". The Huffington Post. 18 July 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Hipes, Patrick (July 16, 2015). "Emmy Nominations 2015 – Full List". Deadline.com. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Actor Bio: Emilia Clarke". Game of Thrones: Cast and Crew. HBO. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Nathanson, Hannah (1 April 2011). "Game of Thrones is good news for Brit stars". London Evening Standard. ...says Emilia, 23. 
  10. ^ a b "OSE to star in new HBO drama". St Edward's School. 14 February 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Spotlight: Emilia Clarke". Spotlight. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  12. ^ Lisa's Story (YouTube). Samaritans. 16 November 2009. 
  13. ^ "Video Of Emilia Clarke In Student Movie". sitmovie.com. 
  14. ^ "UK STARS OF TOMORROW 2010". Screen Daily. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "Emilia Clarke Was Not the First Choice to Play Daenerys Targaryen on 'Game of Thrones'". Yahoo!. 30 March 2013. 
  16. ^ Kevin, Patrick (20 March 2014). "Did the Funky Chicken land Emilia Clarke her 'Game of Thrones' role?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "HBO Re-commissions 'Game of Thrones'". IFTN. 19 April 2011. 
  18. ^ "EWwy Awards 2011: Meet Your Winners!". Entertainment Weekly. 19 September 2011. 
  19. ^ "Emilia Clarke Voted Most Desirable Woman". Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  20. ^ "Lesley Manville and Emilia Clarke Travel to 'Spike Island' With The Stone Roses". Thefilmstage.com. 9 February 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  21. ^ "Spike Island (2012) – Cast e personaggi". Movieplayer.it. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  22. ^ "Breakfast at Tiffany's Coming to Broadway with Emilia Clarke". Broadway Tour. BroadwayTour.net. 13 October 2012. 
  23. ^ 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. 
  24. ^ "'Game Of Thrones' Emilia Clarke Set For 'Terminator' In Sarah Connor Role". Deadline.com. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  25. ^ "Voice From The Stone Film Official Facebook Page". 
  26. ^ "Emilia Clarke set to lead in Voice From The Stone". Variet.com. 
  27. ^ "Emilia Clarke Joins WWI Drama 'The Guns of August' Opposite Helena Bonham Carter". upandcomers.net. 19 May 2014. 
  28. ^ "Emilia Clarke To Star In Me Before You Movie Adaption". Empire. 2 September 2014. 
  29. ^ "Seth MacFarlane Splits From Emilia Clarke". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  30. ^ a b Murray, Rebecca. "2011 SCREAM Awards Nominees and Winners". About.com. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  31. ^ "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. 
  32. ^ "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. 
  33. ^ "The International Press Academy Announces Nominations For The 18th Annual Satellite Awards". PR Newswire. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  34. ^ "SAG Awards Nominations: ‘12 Years A Slave’ And ‘Breaking Bad’ Lead Way". Deadline.com. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  35. ^ 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. 
  36. ^ 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. 

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