The British actress Emilia Clarke is known around the world for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO series Game of Thrones. For her role in this series, she received multiple awards and nominations including four Emmy award nominations. She is one of the most beautiful and top-growing Hollywood actresses. Screen International magazine named her as one of the “UK Stars of Tomorrow 2010”.
Though Emilia Clarke is known mostly for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, she has also been part of many other productions. She has been working in other television series and has also starred in many movies such as Dom Hemingway (2013), Terminator Genisys (2015), Me Before You (2016), Solo; A Star Wars Stroy (2018), and many others. She has also done some voice work for television series and games such as Marianne in Futurama (2013), Bridget in Robot Chicken (2016), Lumpy in Animals (2017), and Daenerys Targaryen in the 2015 game “Game of Thrones”.
In 2014, Emilia Clarke was voted as the most desirable woman in the world by Askmen readers. In 2015, Esquire magazine named her the sexiest woman alive. The FHM included her in its list of 100 Sexiest Women for three consecutive years (2015, 2016, 2017). Time magazine listed her among ‘100 most influential people in the world’ in 2019.
Early Life of Emilia Clarke
Her full name is Emilia Isobel Euphemia Rose Clarke. She was born in London, on October 23, 1986. Her parents were Peter Clarke, a theater sound engineer, and Jennifer, a businesswoman who is currently (in 2021) the vice-president for marketing at a global management consultancy firm. Emilia Clarke lived in Oxfordshire with her parents. Clarke a brother named Bennett, who is also in the entertainment industry, and on the set of Game of Thrones, he was one of the camera crew members.
Emilia Clarke wanted to become an actress from the age of three. She has said that she watched the musical Show Boat, and became interested in acting. Her father Peter Clarke took her to a West End audition for The Goodbye Girl, a Neil Simon musical when she was only 10 years old. Emilia Clarke went to Rye St Antony School in Headington and St Edward’s School in Oxford for studies, which she left in 2005. She has stated that she went to posh schools but she wasn’t a posh girl, she said that most of the girls at these schools came from conservative backgrounds, so she and her friends felt like outsiders. She applied for RADA, LAMDA, and Guildhall but did not get admission. So she took on some jobs and traveled for a while, and then got admission to Drama Centre London from where she graduated in 2009.
Early Career of Emilia Clarke
Emilia Clarke started to perform on stage while she was in school. She began acting in student productions when she was studying at St Edward’s School. Then she appeared in Twelfth Night and West Side Story. She also appeared in a co-production of Drama Centre London and Company of Angels, Sense (2009).
Her film role in a film was in a short film Drop the Dog, by a student from the University of London. Clarke graduated from Drama Centre London in 2009. She took on multiple jobs while auditioning for different roles. She got a job for two charity Samaritans commercials, in which she portrayed a domestic abuse victim. The same year, she got a credited bit part in the British soap opera Doctors. In 2010, Emilia Clarke made her film debut with her role as Savannah in Triassic Attack, which was released in November 2010 on Syfy Channel in the U.S. It received negative reviews. Although the film was a failure, Clarke was named among ‘UK’s stars of tomorrow for her in this film by the film magazine Screen International.
Rise to Fame; Game of Thrones (2011-2019)
In 2010, Emilia Clarke auditioned for the role of Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO series Game of Thrones, which is based on George R. R. Martin’s book A Song of Ice and Fire. Clarke got the part, which turned out to be the role of a lifetime.
Clarke played the role of Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones. Daenerys Targaryen is the last living person of the House Targaryen who had ruled the seven kingdoms for over three hundred years, before losing the throne to House Baratheon. Game of Thrones began in April 2011 and ended in May 2019. It ran for nine years and had a total of eight seasons. Emilia Clarke portrayed Daenerys in all eight seasons.
Daenerys Targaryen was one of the main and lead parts of Game of Thrones. Her character was loved by the public, and her portrayal of Daenerys was admired by the critics. Clarke’s performance received very good reviews from the critics over the years. She received and was nominated for many local and international awards. In 2011 she won the Ewwy Award in the Best Supporting Actress category. She was nominated for an Emmy award in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category three times, in 2013, 2015, and 2016. For the last season of Game of Thrones, she was nominated for an Emmy award in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category, in 2019. The Game of Thrones drama series has an 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 9.3/10 rating on IMDb.
She has also worked for many other television productions and series such as; Marianne in Futurama (2013), Bridget in Robot Chicken (2016), Lumpy in Animals (2017), and Doyle in Thunderbirds Are Go (2017).
Film Career of Emilia Clarke
In 2012, Emilia Clarke played Malu in a short thriller drama Shackled, which was later featured in Murder Manual, a horror anthology series, by 2020 Prime Video. Later that year she co-starred with Elliott Tittensor, in the comedy film Spike Island. The film follows the story of a group of friends who try to go to the namesake island of The Stone Roses 1990 concert.
She appeared as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (a broadway production), from March to April 2013. Though the nude scene of Emilia Clarke has a fanship of its own, the show received mixed reviews from critics. She then starred in Dom Hemingway, a black comedy-crime drama film. In May 2013, Clarke was cast in James Franko’s film adaptation of the novel The Garden of Last Days. James Franko was directing and starring in this film, but he left the film after some conflict with the film distributor Millennium Entertainment.
She was also cast for the role of Sarah Connor in the science fiction film Terminator Genisys (2015). In this film, she co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, and Jai Courtney. The film was a commercial success, it grossed over $440 million worldwide. But it received negative reviews from the critics. The critics and the public loved Clarke’s performance. She received a Jupiter Award nomination in the Best International Actress category, and a Teen Choice Award in the Choice Summer Movie Star – Female category, for her performance.
In 2016, she co-starred with Sam Claflin to play the female lead role in the romantic drama film Me Before You (2016). She played the role of Louisa “Lou” Clark. The film was a huge box office success with up to $200 million earnings, but it received bad reviews from the critics. The critics praised Clark’s performance, and the public loved the charisma between the two stars, and she received award nominations for her role.
In 2018, she played the female lead in the American space Western film Solo: A Star Wars Story. Ron Howard directed the film. This film is a Star Wars sequel film. It was released in May 2018, it received overall good reviews from the critics for its musical score, visuals, and action sequences, but it faced criticism for its screenplay and storyline. Solo: A Star Wars Story received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Visual Effects category. With its budget of around $300 million, it only made around $393.2 million, which makes it a box office bomb. It is the lowest-growing Star Wars film ever. Clarke’s performance was well-received by the critics and was described as one of the standouts of the film.
In 2019, Emilia Clarke co-starred with Jack Huston to play the female lead in the crime thriller Above Suspicion (2019). The film is based on Joe Sharkey’s novel. Above Suspicion premiered on June 20, 2019, in the United Arab Emirates, and is set to be released in the United States on May 7, 2021. As of now, the film has received overall good reviews, and Clarke’s performance is being highly praised by the critics. In late 2019, Clarke appeared in the romantic comedy-drama Last Christmas. It did well on the box office, it grossed over $121 million worldwide. The film received negative reviews from the critics, but Clarke’s performance was well-received.
Upcoming Projects (Films)
She will star in the English Adaptation of the Korean romantic comedy film The Beauty Inside (2015), which is in its pre-production phase. In the film Let Me Count the Ways, she will portray the English poet Elizabeth Barrett. She will also appear as Nina in The Seagull and will play the voice role of Malicia in The Amazing Maurice (2022).
Amazing Facts about Emilia Clarke
- Emilia Clarke once said that she would have become a singer, an architect, or a graphic designer if she had not become an actress.
- She is a dog person and has two dogs named Ted and Roxy.
- Emilia Clarke can sing, play flute, guitar, and piano.
- She went to the Drama Centre London, it is the same school where Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Pierce Brosnan, Paul Bettany, Gwendoline Christie, and Michael Fassbender went.
- Tamzin Merchant was cast first for the role of Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, but Emilia Clarke replaced her after the pilot was filmed.
- She is a huge sports person, she does horseback riding, rowing, ice-skating, sailing, running, swimming, skiing, and also plays tennis.
- In 2014, she was listed on #49 on Maxim’s “Hot 100” list.
- In 2015, she was named the “Sexiest Woman Alive” by Esquire magazine.
- She has a bumblebee tattoo on her left pinky finger.
- Her favourite television series is Friends (1994-2004), and her favourite comedy film is Clueless (1995).