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Emilia Isobel Euphemia Rose Clarke is an English actress. After a guest spot on the BBC drama series Doctors, Game of Thrones marks her first major television role.

She stars in HBO's Game of Thrones as Daenerys Targaryen. She replaced Tamzin Merchant, who played the role in the unaired pilot episode. Merchant's departure was announced on 29 April 2010 and Clarke's casting was confirmed on 21 May 2010. She was part of the initial starring cast and remained a member of the starring cast for the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth seasons.

For her work on the third season, Clarke was nominated for the 2013 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.[1] She ultimately did not win, but was nominated again in 2015 for her work on the fifth season.[2] She lost to Uzo Aduba for he role as Suzanne Warren on Orange is the New Black.[3] In 2016 she received her third Emmy Award nomiation, but ulitmately lost to Dame Maggie Smith for her role as Violet Crawley on Downton Abbey.[4]

Clarke was later cast as Sarah Connor in the Terminator reboot film Terminator Genisys which was directed by Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor.[5] Coincidentally, fellow cast member Lena Headey also played the role as the star of the TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Clarke graces the cover of the March 2014 Spring Style issue of WSJ., the Wall Street Journal's bimonthly magazine. The issue contains an extensive interview in which Clarke discusses her casting and work on Game of Thrones.[6]

Clarke reprised the role of Daenerys in Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series, debuting in "The Sword in the Darkness."

Clarke claimed the lead role in the 2016 movie Me Before You with Sam Claflin and Jenna Colman.

Emilia Clarke was named Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive 2015.[7]

In 2016 she was cast for Solo: A Star Wars Story.[8]



Game of Thrones: Season 1
Winter Is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood
Game of Thrones: Season 2
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Game of Thrones: Season 3
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Game of Thrones: Season 4
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Game of Thrones: Season 5
The Wars To Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother's Mercy
Game of Thrones: Season 6
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter
Game of Thrones: Season 7
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf
Game of Thrones: Season 8
Winterfell A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms The Long Night
The Last of the Starks The Bells The Iron Throne


  • Doctors - Saskia Mayer (2009)
  • Game of Thrones - Daenerys Targaryen (2011-present)
  • Futurama - Marianne (voice) (2013)
  • Robot Chicken - Bridget (voice) (2016)
  • Animals - Lumpy (voice) (2017)
  • Thunderbirds Are Go! - Doyle (voice) (2017)


  • Triassic Attack - Savannah Roundtree (2010)
  • Spike Island - Sally Harris (2012)
  • Shackled - Malu (2012)
  • Dom Hemingway - Evelyn Hemingway (2013)
  • Terminator: Genisys - Sarah Connor (2015)
  • Me Before You - Louisa Clark (2016)
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story - Qi’ra (2018)
  • Last Christmas - Katarina "Kate" (2019)


"Sometimes I feel like the kid left out - the weirdo with the silver hair that no one likes to talk to."
- Emilia Clarke on her role as Daenerys Targaryen, and that fact that Daenerys isn't in Westeros so she doesn't interact with most of the cast.[9]


  • Following her theater career, Emilia Clarke's first major on-screen appearance was in a series of television commercials which aired in 2009 for the anti-abuse organization Samaritans. The commercials consist of Clarke, apparently having been verbally and/or physically abused, staring into the camera with wordless horror for almost a full minute as tears silently roll down her cheeks. Coincidentally, this situation of abuse is very close to that of Daenerys in the first book, A Game of Thrones, and in Season 1 of the series.
  • Clarke is a natural brunette and has to rotate through three very expensive wigs for her role. Consequently, even though she was catapulted to stardom by the part, very few people recognize her on the street with her natural hair. In a 2016 interview with Conan O'Brien, Clarke revealed that when she is out and about with Kit or Gwen, excited fans often ask her to take a picture for them without ever recognizing her. Rather than be put out, Emilia finds this reaction hilarious, and usually obliges in taking a photo.
  • Emilia Clarke's favorite candy is "Pick'n'Mix", and she can actually be bribed with them.[10]
  • Clarke made her Broadway début in Breakfast at Tiffany's, playing the leading role of Holly Golightly. The play began its run in February 2013.
  • As of September 2012, Clarke was reported to be dating Seth MacFarlane.[11] On 20 March 2013, it was reported that she and MacFarlane had ended their relationship.[12]
  • She acts alongside former Game of Thrones co-star Charles Dance in the 2016 film "Me Before You".[13]
  • When asked about the most "badass" quote from the series, Clarke unhesitatingly answered "oh, dracarys!" and expressed doubt that there was every really a debate on the subject.

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