Emilia Isabelle Euphemia Rose Clarke (born 23 October 1986) is an
English actress. Born in London and raised in Berkshire, Clarke
studied at the
Drama Centre London
Drama Centre London and appeared in a number of stage
productions. Her television debut came with a guest appearance in an
episode of the
British soap opera
British soap opera Doctors. In 2010, she was named as
one of the UK Stars of Tomorrow by
Screen International magazine for
her role in Syfy's film
Triassic Attack (2010).
Clarke rose to prominence in 2011 for her breakthrough role as
Daenerys Targaryen in the
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones (2011–present),
a performance that has gained her critical acclaim. She has been
nominated for three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in
a Drama Series, and two Critics Choice Television Awards for Best
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, among other accolades.
Clarke made her Broadway debut as Holly Golightly in a production of
Breakfast at Tiffany's in 2013. In 2015, she was named Esquire's
Sexiest Woman Alive. She is also known for her starring roles as Sarah
Connor in the science fiction film
Terminator Genisys (2015) and as
Louisa Clark in the romance film Me Before You (2016). She is also
starring in the upcoming Star Wars Anthology film Solo: A Star Wars
1 Early life
3 Personal life
4.2.1 Video games
5 Awards and nominations
7 External links
Emilia Isabelle Euphemia Rose Clarke was born in London on 23
October 1986, and grew up in Berkshire. Her
father (died 10 July 2016) was a theatre sound engineer from
Wolverhampton, West Midlands. Her mother, Jennifer Clarke, is
the director of the charity The Anima Foundation. 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. She was educated at
Rye St Antony School
Rye St Antony School and at St
Edward's School, graduating in 2005. She attended Drama Centre
London, and graduated in 2009.
Emilia Clarke at Comic-Con 2011
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
University of London students' short
film. Her first television roles were Saskia Mayer in a 2009
episode of the
British soap opera
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
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. In an
interview, Clarke stated that 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. 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 and 2016.
Clarke in March 2013
Clarke has received widespread praise for her performance. Her acting,
as she closed Daenerys's arc initiated in the first episode from a
frightened girl to an empowered woman, was praised. Matthew Gilbert of
The Boston Globe
The Boston Globe called her scenes "mesmerizing", adding that "Clarke
doesn't have a lot of emotional variety to work with as Daenerys,
aside from fierce determination, and yet she is riveting." Todd
The A.V. Club commented on the difficulty of adapting
such an evolution from page to screen, but concluded that "Clarke
[...] more than seal[s] the deal here. In 2017, Clarke reportedly
became one of the highest paid actors on television, earning £2
million per episode of Game of Thrones.
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. That year, she also starred in Dom
Hemingway alongside Jude Law. Critical reaction to the film was mostly
positive, though it was a commercial failure.
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
Terminator Genisys (2015), opposite Arnold
Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney, and Jason Clarke. The film grossed
over $400 million worldwide, but received generally unfavorable
reviews from critics, despite this she did receive nominations for
awards like the Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer Movie Star -
Female and Germany's Jupiter Award for Best International Actress.
In 2016, Clarke starred as the female lead, opposite Sam Claflin, in
the movie adaption of the best selling book (of the same name), Me
Before You, released on 3 June 2016. The film was a commercial
success, grossing over $200 million worldwide and is Clarke's
highest-rated film on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
For her role as Louisa Clark, she shared nominations with Sam Claflin
for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Liplock and the MTV
Television Tearjerker Award.
She played the lead as Nurse Verena, in the film Voice from the Stone
which was released on April 2017 in limited release, video on demand
and digital HD.
Clarke is also set to be attached to the films The Guns of August
opposite Helena Bonham Carter,
Set It Up opposite Glen Powell,
and Above Suspicion opposite Jack Huston. In November 2016, Clarke
was cast as the female lead in Solo: A Star Wars Story, set to be
released worldwide on 25 May 2018. In January 2017, Clarke was
cast as the lead in the upcoming English language adaptation of the
2015 Korean romantic comedy, The Beauty Inside.
From 2012 until 2013, Clarke dated comedian and filmmaker Seth
MacFarlane. The two broke up after approximately six months but remain
As of October 2015, Clarke resides in Hampstead, London. In 2016,
she purchased a $4.64 million house in Venice Beach, California.
Clarke was voted the most desirable woman in the world by AskMen
readers in 2014. She was named Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive in
2015. On International Women's Day 2017, she published a
well-received op-ed on
HuffPost UK regarding modern feminism and
encouraging gender equality. She was the cover feature for the
edition of 13 July 2017 of Rolling Stone.
Drop the Dog
Harris !Sally Harris
Hemingway !Evelyn Hemingway
Connor !Sarah Connor
Me Before You
Clark !Louisa Clark
Voice from the Stone
Smith !Susan Smith
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Mayer !Saskia Mayer
Episode: "Empty Nest"
Roundtree !Savannah Roundtree
Game of Thrones
Targaryen !Daenerys Targaryen
Episode: "Stench and Stenchibility"
Episode: "Joel Hurwitz Returns"
Thunderbirds Are Go
Episode: "Rigged for Disaster"
Game of Thrones
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Awards and nominations
Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Emilia Clarke
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