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Overview (4)

Born in London, England, UK
Birth NameEmilia Isabelle Euphemia Rose Clarke
Nickname Milly
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

British actress Emilia Clarke was born in London and grew up in Oxfordshire, England. Her father was a theatre sound engineer and her mother is a businesswoman. Her father was working on a theatre production of "Show Boat" and her mother took her along to the performance. This is when, at the age of 3, her passion for acting began. From 2000 to 2005, she attended St. Edward's School of Oxford, where she appeared in two school plays. She went on to study acting at the prestigious Drama Centre London, where she took part in 10 plays. During this time, Emilia first appeared on television with a guest role in the BBC soap opera Doctors (2000).

In 2010, after graduating from the Drama Centre London, Emilia got her first film role in the television movie Triassic Attack (2010). In 2011, her breakthrough role came in when she replaced fellow newcomer Tamzin Merchant on Game of Thrones (2011) after the filming of the original pilot episode. From March to April 2013, she played Holly Golightly in a Broadway production of "Breakfast at Tiffany's". She played Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys (2015), opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney and Jason Clarke. She played the lead role of Louisa Clark in the romantic comedy blockbuster Me Before You (2016) and went on to star in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) as Qi'ra.

Since her rise to prominence, Emilia has contributed to various charitable organisations. In 2018, she was named as the ambassador to the Royal College of Nursing because of her efforts in raising awareness about the working condition of the nurses in the UK. In 2019, she was named as the first ambassador for the global Nursing Now campaign. In 2019, in a personal essay published in The New Yorker, Emilia revealed that she had suffered from two life threatening brain aneurysms in 2011 and 2013. She launched her own charity SameYou in 2019, which aims to broaden neurorehabilitation access for young people after a brain injury or stroke.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ajantrik

Trade Mark (5)

Eyes with central heterochromia. Both irises of her eyes are greyish blue coloured on the outer rim and hazel coloured on the inner rim.
Petite and curvaceous figure.
Bold and animated eyebrows.
Pale skin and full lips.
Happy-go-lucky personality.

Trivia (42)

Claimed that if she weren't an actress, she would be either an architect, a singer, or a graphic designer.
Has one older brother.
Has a dog named Roxy.
Ranked #88 on AskMen's "Top 99 Women" list in 2012.
Ranked #15 on AskMen's "Top 99 Women" list in 2013.
She can sing and play some piano, flute and guitar.
Ranked #1 on the Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2012.
Is the second actress from Game of Thrones (2011) to portray Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys (2015), her co-star Lena Headey played Sarah Connor in the short-lived television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008), which is based on the Terminator films.
She was born in London, but grew up in the Oxfordshire countryside. Her mother is a businesswoman and her father was a theatre sound engineer. She also grew up with her brother, who has studied political science.
At the age of three, she went to see "Show Boat" with her mother, a stage musical on which her father worked behind the scenes as a sound engineer at a theatre in London's West End. She has wanted to become an actress ever since.
Studied acting at the prestigious Drama Centre London. This acting school's alumni include Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Paul Bettany, Tom Hardy, Michael Fassbender and Gwendoline Christie.
Replaced Tamzin Merchant in the role of Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones (2011) after the original pilot episode was filmed.
Her sports skills include horseback-riding, ice skating, rowing, running, sailing, skiing, swimming and tennis.
Is highly skilled at alto, ballads, blues, cabaret singing and jazz singing.
Ranked #1 on AskMen's "Top 99 Women" list in 2014.
Has said that she is often not recognized in public without the extremely long platinum blonde wig she wears on Game of Thrones (2011).
Was working three to six different jobs to get by before being cast in Game of Thrones (2011) including bar-tending, restaurant waitress, call centre, etc.
Ranked #49 on Maxim's "Hot 100" list in 2014.
Auditioned for Sharon Carter/Agent 13 in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), but lost to Emily VanCamp.
Named "Sexiest Woman Alive" by Esquire magazine in 2015.
Counts the comedy film Clueless (1995) as one of her favorite movies.
Was considered for the role of Enchantress in Suicide Squad (2016), which eventually went to Cara Delevingne.
Has a tattoo of a bumblebee on her left pinky finger. She did this to celebrate her joyous experience of working in Me Before You (2016).
Her favourite television series is Friends (1994).
Clarke took special weapons training to play Sarah Connor. Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn't sure if Clarke had ever fired a gun before Terminator Genisys (2015), but thought her training paid off and she handled herself well in the fight scenes and seemed believable.
Clarke grew up on Arnold Schwarzenegger's films and idolized him and couldn't believe she was working with him on Terminator Genisys (2015). She first met Schwarzenegger at the read-through and inwardly started geeking out. To hear him say "I'll be back" in the film was a major moment for her.
Clarke was persuaded to watch The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) by her 9 year old brother when she was 7 years old. She eventually became a huge fan of the series.
Arnold Schwarzenegger thought Clarke did an amazing job following in the footsteps of Linda Hamilton on Terminator Genisys (2015), which is really tough to do, but she thought she was naive to accept the role of Sarah Connor so early in her career.
When Clarke was cast in Game of Thrones (2011), she watched films and television series with lead female characters to help her get into character; she did the same in Terminator Genisys (2015).
Not related to co-star Jason Clarke, who played her son in Terminator Genisys (2015).
Her maternal grandmother was born in Lucknow(capital of the United Provinces state in erstwhile British India) and was of Indo-English ethnicity. Emilia claims to have one-eighth Indian ancestry through her, which she said she is proud of. Emilia was 16 at the time of her maternal grandmother's death and she went to India herself to scatter her grandmother's ashes in the Ganges river.
Her favourite show as a child was The Simpsons (1989). She said she knew that Game of Thrones (2011) was a hit when her brother told her that the Season 23 of "The Simpsons" spoofed "Game of Thrones". She also liked The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990), Saved by the Bell (1989) and Sister, Sister (1994).
Her eyes have central heterochromia. Both irises of her eyes are greyish blue coloured on the outer rim and hazel coloured on the inner rim.
She's an avid backpacker and has travelled through India, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and South Africa.
Kirsty Mitchell portrayed her mother in the TV movie Triassic Attack (2010) and Kerry Ingram's mother in the limited series Barbarians Rising (2016); both of whom appear in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011).
In April 2018, she was named as the ambassador for the Royal College of Nursing in the UK. Since then, she has organised fund-raising events and promoted awareness campaigns for the betterment of the working condition of the nurses in the UK.
Emilia tattooed three flying dragons on her right wrist after completing the principal photography for Season 8 of Game of Thrones (2011). She did this to celebrate her eight year long journey of playing the character of Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones (2011).
In a March 2019 personal essay she wrote for The New Yorker, Emilia revealed she had a subarachnoid hemorrhage, a form of stroke caused by a ruptured aneurysm, in 2011. She underwent urgent endovascular coiling surgery, and subsequently suffered from aphasia, at one point she was even unable to recall her own name. Emilia had a second aneurysm surgically treated in 2013.
Her father, a theatre sound engineer, died of cancer on 10th July, 2016. Three weeks after her father's death, Clarke began filming the seventh season of Game of Thrones (2011).
Her brother has worked as a cinematographer on Game of Thrones (2011).
She was bullied in school for her eyebrows.

Personal Quotes (16)

[on her role as Daenerys Targaryen on the Game of Thrones (2011) series] Sometimes, I feel like the kid left out--the weirdo with the silver hair that no one likes to talk to.
[on her Game of Thrones (2011) character] I felt for Daenerys. I felt for her situation as a woman. Being in such a male-dominated society, where she was being abused by the men around her--it was that sort of sympathy, I suppose it started off as that. But then as you track her story, the problems that she overcomes and the way that she deals with them with such grace and the way that she deals with them when she has no training. The only thing that she has is herself and her iron will--that's just a fabulous, incredible side to her character, really. And the fact that you watch her fall in love. You know, she meets the man that she loves more than anything else. She goes through painful events but she is still this strong, independent woman. And I think that, as a female, is what I really connected with.
One of the many things I love about Daenerys [from Game of Thrones (2011)] is she's given me an opportunity to fly the flag for young girls and women, to be more than just somebody's wife and somebody's girlfriend.
Because of my white silver hair [playing Daenerys Targaryen on "Game of Thrones"], I rarely get recognized in public. But once when I was in America, in L.A., a couple of weeks ago and I was in a lift [elevator] in a department store while shopping and the doors opened and this woman stood there, looked at me and just went, "Khaleesi!" and then the doors closed! So, that was mental and bizarre and rarely happens, but when it does it's normally on that kind of crazy scale.
I looked around one stage school when I was maybe nine. It just scared the bejesus out of me. I was incredibly open, and the girls seemed fierce and determined.
Not to sound too much like an obnoxious actor, but the character never really leaves me. I've read all the "Game of Thrones" books many times over, so I sometimes find it easier being on set, because it can be hard to get out of character.
I told my parents I wanted to be an actor and they were getting ready for a life of unemployment so they're just happy I'm in work!
When I told my dad I wanted to be an actress, he replied that there was only one line I needed to learn: "Do you want fries with that?".
My father always said "Never trust anyone whose television is bigger than their bookshelf".
[on being unaware that the Terminator Genisys poster focuses on her butt] I wasn't thinking that they would chose my behind to promote the movie. I'm taking it as a compliment, that's all I'm saying.
[on her role as Sarah Connor] Let's see, there's driving a bus off a bridge, rolling out in an armored car, firing eight different kinds of weapons. It's just kicking some general butts, really.
[on not knowing that the photo for the Terminator Genisys (2015) poster was being taken] I don't remember them taking that picture. I would have turned around and said, "What are you doing? What's that! Get that camera away from my butt!" I was looking at the poster thinking, "Who is that?" It's cool.
[on what it was like working with Arnold Schwarzenegger on Terminator Genisys (2015)] Definitely quite surreal. Everything you know about him on screen he brings in real life as well.
[on Sarah Connor, the heroine from the Terminator franchise] The most iconic female action figure ever.
[on the classic movie The Terminator (1984)] It's really scary.
The fact that [my maternal grandmother] had to hide her skin color, essentially [by wearing makeup], and try desperately to fit in with everyone else must've been incredibly difficult... So, yeah: history of fighters.

Salary (3)

Game of Thrones (2011) $300,000 per episode (Season 5 & 6)
Game of Thrones (2011) $500,000 per episode (Season 7)
Game of Thrones (2011) $1,200,000 per episode (Season 8)

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