Emilia Clarke was born on October 23, 1986. She is a British actress who is best known for her portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, for which she received nominations for four Primetime Emmy Awards. She is the founder of a charity called SameYou, which supports people recovering from brain injuries and strokes.
Emilia Clarke Biography
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October 23, 1986
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Peter Clarke (Father)
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Early Life and Education
Emilia Clarke was born on October 23 1986 in London, England. Her father, Peter Clarke, was a theatre sound engineer from Wolverhampton, and her mother, Jennifer, is a businesswoman and the vice president for marketing at a global management consultancy firm. She has an older brother, Bennett, who works in the entertainment industry. She has Indian ancestry on her mother’s side of the family, as her maternal grandmother was the child of a secret affair between her great-grandmother and a man from the Indian subcontinent.
Clarke became interested in acting at age three after seeing a production of the musical Show Boat. She attended Rye St Antony School and St Edward’s School in Oxfordshire, where she appeared in two school plays. She went on to study acting at the Drama Centre London, where she took part in 10 plays.
Emilia Clarke made her television debut in 2009 with a guest role in the BBC soap opera Doctors. In 2010, she got her first film role in the television movie Triassic Attack. In 2011, her breakthrough role came when she replaced Tamzin Merchant as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, a role that made her an international star and earned her critical acclaim. She played the character for eight seasons until the show’s finale in 2019.
Emilia Clarke also appeared in several films during this period, such as Spike Island, Dom Hemingway, Terminator Genisys, Me Before You, Voice from the Stone, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Last Christmas. She made her Broadway debut in 2013 as Holly Golightly in a production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and played Nina in a West End production of The Seagull that was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2023, she starred as G’iah in the Marvel Cinematic Universe miniseries Secret Invasion.
Emilia Clarke has been very private about her personal life and has not confirmed any romantic relationships. She has stated that she is not interested in dating actors and prefers to keep her love life out of the public eye. She is a feminist and has spoken out against sexism and harassment in the entertainment industry. Emilia Clarke is also an advocate for animal welfare and has adopted two dogs.
In 2019, she revealed that she had suffered from two life-threatening brain aneurysms in 2011 and 2013, which required multiple surgeries and recovery. She launched her own charity, SameYou, in 2019, which aims to broaden neurorehabilitation access for young people after a brain injury or stroke.
Emilia Clarke has been the face of several brands and campaigns, such as Dolce & Gabbana’s The One fragrance, Dior’s Rose des Vents jewellery, Clinique’s iD skincare line, and Omaze’s Mother of Dragons campaign. She has also appeared in magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and Esquire.
Clarke has appeared in the following films and television shows:
|2019||Above Suspicion||Susan Smith|
|2018||Solo: A Star Wars Story||Qi’ra|
|2017||Voice from the Stone||Verena|
|2017||Robot Chicken||Bridget / King’s Landing citizen / Daenerys Targaryen|
|2016||Me Before You||Louisa Clark|
|2015||Terminator Genisys||Sarah Connor|
|2011–2019||Game of Thrones||Daenerys Targaryen|
Awards and Nominations
Clarke has received the following awards and nominations for her work:
|2020||BAFTA Awards||British Academy Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year||Won|
|2019||People’s Choice Awards||The Female Movie Star of 2019||Last Christmas||Nominated|
|2019||People’s Choice Awards||The Drama Movie Star of 2019||Last Christmas||Nominated|
|2019||People’s Choice Awards||The Drama TV Star of 2019||Game of Thrones||Nominated|
|2019||Saturn Awards||Best Actress on Television||Game of Thrones||Nominated|
|2018||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Game of Thrones||Nominated|
|2018||People’s Choice Awards||Female Movie Star of 2018||Solo: A Star Wars Story||Nominated|
|2017||Saturn Awards||Best Actress on Television||Game of Thrones||Won|
|2016||Critics’ Choice Television Awards||Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Game of Thrones||Nominated|
|2016||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Game of Thrones||Nominated|
|2016||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical||Me Before You||Nominated|
|2016||MTV Movie & TV Awards||Best Hero||Game of Thrones||Nominated|
|2015||Empire Awards||Best Actress||Game of Thrones||Won|
|2015||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Game of Thrones||Nominated|
|2015||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Game of Thrones||Nominated|
|2014||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Game of Thrones||Nominated|
|2013||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Game of Thrones||Nominated|
|2013||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Game of Thrones||Nominated|
|2012||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Game of Thrones||Nominated|
|2011||Scream Awards||Breakout Performance – Female||Game of Thrones||Won|
Clarke has an estimated net worth of $13 million according to Celebrity Net Worth. She earns most of her income from her acting career, as well as from her endorsements and personal appearances. Emilia Clarke owns a $4.64 million house in Venice Beach, California, and a $2.6 million flat in Hampstead, London. She also drives a $50,000 Audi Q3.
Social Media Handles
Clarke is active on social media and has the following handles:
- Instagram: @emilia_clarke
- Twitter: @emiliaclarke
- Facebook: Emilia Clarke