Emilia Isabelle Euphemia Rose Clarke (born 23 October 1986) is an English actress. Born in London and brought up in Berkshire, Clarke first gained an interest in acting as a child after seeing the musical Show Boat, on which her father was working as a sound engineer. She was educated at Rye St Antony School, Headington and graduated from secondary school at St. Edward's in Oxford, where she appeared in two plays, before studying at the Drama Centre London, where she graduated from in 2009, and appeared in ten different stage productions. Some of her earliest work following graduation included a role in a play by the Company of Angels, two commercials for Samaritans, and a University of London students' short film. Her television debut came with a guest appearance in an episode of the British soap opera Doctors and 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 HBO series Game of Thrones, a performance that has gained her both critical and popular acclaim. She has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2013, 2015–2016), four Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012, 2014–2016), and two Critics Choice Television Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2013, 2016), among other numerous accolades. In 2017, Clarke became one of the highest paid actors on television for earnings of £2 million per episode of Game of Thrones.
Clarke made her Broadway debut as Holly Golightly in a production of Breakfast at Tiffany's in March 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). In November 2016 she was cast as the female lead in the upcoming Star Wars Han Solo anthology film.
Emilia Isabelle Euphemia Rose Clarke was born on 23 October 1986 in London, and grew up in Berkshire. Her father was a theatre sound engineer. Her mother is Jennifer "Jenny" Clarke, the director of The Anima Foundation. 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. She was educated at Rye St Antony School and at St Edward's School, Oxford (graduated 2005). She attended Drama Centre London, and graduated 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. 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's 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 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 VanDerWerff for 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 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 Clarke, she shared nominations with Sam Claflin for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Liplock and the MTV Television Tearjerker Award.
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 the Star Wars untitled Han Solo film. In January 2017, Clarke was cast as the lead in the film adaption of The Beauty Inside.
In 2012, she dated Seth MacFarlane. The two broke up after approximately six months but remain friends. As of October 2015, Clarke resides in Hampstead, London. In 2016, she purchased a house in Venice Beach, Los Angeles. She 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. 
|Drop the Dog||2009||Julie||Unknown||Short film|
|Spike Island||2012||Sally Harris||Mat Whitecross|||
|Shackled||2012||Malu||Nour Wazzi||Short film|||
|Dom Hemingway||2013||Evelyn Hemingway||Richard Shepard|||
|Terminator Genisys||2015||Sarah Connor||Alan Taylor|||
|Me Before You||2016||Louisa "Lou" Clark||Thea Sharrock|||
|Voice from the Stone||2017||Verena||Eric D. Howell|||
|Above Suspicion||Susan Smith||Phillip Noyce||Filming|||
|Untitled Han Solo film||2018||TBA||Ron Howard
Phil Lord & Christopher Miller
|The Beauty Inside||Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber|
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|Doctors||2009||Saskia Mayer||BBC One||Episode: "Empty Nest"|||
|Triassic Attack||2010||Savannah Roundtree||Syfy||Film|||
|Game of Thrones||2011–present||Daenerys Targaryen||HBO||Main role|||
|Futurama||2013||Marianne (voice)||Comedy Central||Episode: "Stench and Stenchibility"|||
|Robot Chicken||2016||Bridget (voice)||Adult Swim||Episode: "Joel Hurwitz Returns"|||
|Animals.||2017||Lumpy (voice)||HBO||Episode: "Rats."|||
|Thunderbirds Are Go||2017||Doyle (voice)||ITV||Episode: TBA|||
|Game of Thrones||2015||Daenerys Targaryen|||
|Breakfast at Tiffany's||2013||Holly Golightly||Cort Theatre|||
At only 5'2", the Game of Thrones actress (and our one true Khaleesi) proves that you don't need to be tall to be fierce. Daenerys Targaryen is one shortie we'd definitely want on our side in any fight, with or without the dragons.
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