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Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke
Clarke at the premiere of Game of Thrones‍ '​ third season in 2013
Born (1986-10-26) 26 October 1986
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 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
    • Video games 4.3
  • Theatre 5
  • Awards and nominations 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

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] 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.[4] 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'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 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 attached to the films The Guns of August opposite Helena Bonham Carter,[26] and Me Before You, in one of the lead roles as the character, Lou.[27]

Personal life

Clarke currently resides in Hampstead.[28]



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

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

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2011 Scream Awards Breakout Performance – Female Game of Thrones Won [29]
Best Ensemble (shared with the cast) Nominated [29]
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast) Nominated [30]
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 [31]
Online Film & Television Association Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Won
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated [14]
Satellite Award Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated [32]
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast) Nominated [33]
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 [34]
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast) Nominated [35]
2015 Empire Awards Empire Hero Award (shared with the cast) Won [36]
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated [15]


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