The English actress went to Drama school and appeared in several stage productions. While Emilia might have gained worldwide recognition with her role as Daenerys Targaryen in HBO series Game of Thrones from 2011 to 2019, she has also had a successful acting career beyond the show. Read more about the actress below.
1. Emilia has a background in theater. Not only did she attend drama school but her father, Peter Clarke, was a theater sound engineer from Wolverhampton. In 2013, she debuted on Broadway as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
The Hollywood actress also starred in Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, directed by Jamie Lloyd. The play premiered in March but after a few shows production had to be suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2. In 2019 during an interview Clarke said she had turned down the role of Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey. "I really wanted to work with ["Fifty Shades" director] Sam Taylor-Johnson because she's f------ amazing. But there is a huge amount of nudity in the film," and the actress didn't want to be typecast in that role.
3. She was working as at a catering job when she got called to audition for 'Game of Thrones' and called in sick in order to be able to go. Good thing she did! Emilia revealed she had up to six jobs at one point just to pay the rent. She also confessed getting fired from one of her multiple jobs. "I did data entry for a while. I actually got fired. I'd just wheel around the office."
4. The role of 'Mother of Dragons' in HBO series 'Game of Thrones' almost goes to someone else. Actress Tamzin Merchant filmed the pilot for the show but eventually Clarke got part for reasons undisclosed.
5. Emilia experienced two brain aneurysms during the filming of 'Game of Thrones'. The first one was at age 24 during a workout session in the first season of the show. "I immediately felt as though an elastic band were squeezing my brain." The second one was in 2013 during the third season. In both cases the actress had to undergo surgery.