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Emilia Clarke –

Clarke in Game of Thrones.

About Emilia Clarke (1986 – )

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

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 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. 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. 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. 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. She was voted the most desirable woman in the world by Askmen readers in 2014.

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. 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, 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 2015's Terminator Genisys, opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney, and Jason Clarke. She will play the lead as Nurse Verena, in the up-coming movie Voice from the Stone (2015). She was named Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive in 2015.

She is rumored to be attached to the film The Guns of August opposite Helena Bonham Carter, and recently wrapped up filming Me Before You, as the character Louisa Clark.

Emilia Clarke's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
2012 Spike Island Sally Harris
2012 Shackled Malu
2013 Dom Hemingway Evelyn
2015 Terminator Genisys Sarah Connor
2015 Voice from the Stone Verena
2016 Me Before You Louisa Clark

Emilia Clarke's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
2009 Doctors Saskia Mayer
2010 Triassic Attack Savannah Roundtree
Game of Thrones Daenerys Targaryen
2013 Futurama Marianne (voice)
2015 Galaxy World of Alisa Natasha Belaya (voice)

Memorable Quotes

“[on her Game of Thrones (2011) character] I felt for Daenerys. I felt for her situation as a woman. Being in such a male-dominated society, where she was being abused by the men around her--it was that sort of sympathy, I suppose it started off as that. But then as you track her story, the problems that she overcomes and the way that she deals with them with such grace and the way that she deals with them when she has no training. The only thing that she has is herself and her iron will--that's just a fabulous, incredible side to her character, really.”

“Because of my hair I rarely, rarely get recognized, but I was in America, in L.A., a couple of weeks ago and I was in a lift in a department store and the doors opened and this woman stood there, looked at me and just went, "Khaleesi!" and then the doors closed!”

“Not to sound too much like an obnoxious actor, but the character never really leaves me. I've read all the "Game of Thrones" books many times over, so I sometimes find it easier being on set, because it can be hard to get out of character.”

“I told my parents I wanted to be an actor and they were getting ready for a life of unemployment so they're just happy I'm in work!”

“When I told my dad I wanted to be an actress, he replied that there was only one line I needed to learn: 'Do you want fries with that?'”

“[on being unaware that the Terminator Genisys poster focuses on her butt]: I wasn't thinking that they would chose my behind to promote the movie. I'm taking it as a compliment, that's all I'm saying.”

Did You Know

If she weren't an actress, she would be an architect, a singer, or a graphic designer.

Clarke is the second actress from Game of Thrones to portray Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys (2015), her co-star Lena Headey played Sarah Connor in the short-lived TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008), which is based on the "Terminator" films.

At the age of three she went to see "Show Boat" with her mother, a musical on which her father worked behind the scenes as a sound engineer. She has wanted to become an actress ever since.

Replaced Tamzin Merchant as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones after the original pilot episode was filmed. The reasons to Tamzin's departure are unknown.

Emilia's date of birth is exactly one year to the day after Marty went back to 1955 in Back to the Future (1985).

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Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones (2011-present).
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Emilia Clarke in Terminator Genisys (2015).
Clarke in Spike Island (2012).
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Emilia Clarke in Dom Hemingway (2013).