Emilia Clarke Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Boyfriend, Family, Images, And More

Emilia Clarke Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Boyfriend, Family, Images, And More

Euphemia Emilia Isobel Rose Clarke is a British actress who was born on October 23, 1986. Her most well-known role is that of Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones. She has won the Empire Award, the Saturn Award, three Critics' Choice Award nominations, and four Primetime Emmy Award nominations. In 2019, Time named her one of the world's 100 most influential people.

Clarke studied at the Drama Centre London and appeared in several stage productions. In 2009, she made her television debut as a guest star in the BBC One medical soap opera Doctors. The following year, she was named one of Screen International magazine's "UK Stars of Tomorrow" for her role in the TV film Triassic Attack (2010). Clarke rose to prominence as Daenerys Targaryen in HBO's epic fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2011–2019).

Clarke made her Broadway debut in the 2013 play Breakfast at Tiffany's as Holly Golightly, and she played Nina in a West End production of The Seagull that was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Her film roles include Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys (2015), Qi'ra in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), and the romance films Me Before You (2016) and Last Christmas (2016). (2019).

Early years

Euphemia Emilia Isobel Rose Clarke was born in London on October 23, 1986. She was raised in Oxfordshire. Peter Clarke, her father, was a theatre sound engineer from Wolverhampton. Jennifer, her mother, is a businesswoman who, as of 2020, is the vice-president for marketing at a global management consulting firm. Clarke has Indian ancestors on her mother's side of the family; her maternal grandmother was the child of a secret affair between Clarke's great-grandmother and a man from the Indian subcontinent, and she wore light make-up to hide her father's darker complexion. She attributes her family's "history of fighters" to this background, saying, "The fact that [my grandmother] had to hide her skin colour, essentially, and try desperately to fit in with everyone else must've been incredibly difficult." She stated that her grandmother "loved India more than she loved England," so when she died, Clarke, then sixteen, travelled to India to scatter her ashes. Bennett, her older brother, works in the entertainment industry and worked in the camera department on Game of Thrones.

Clarke became interested in acting when he was three years old after seeing a performance of the musical Show Boat. Her father took her to a West End audition for Neil Simon's musical The Goodbye Girl when she was ten years old. Clarke attended Rye St Antony School in Headington and St Edward's School in Oxford, where she graduated in 2005. "I went to posh boarding schools, but I wasn't the posh girl at the posh boarding schools," she said in a 2016 interview with Time Out. She also stated that the majority of the students at her Oxford boarding school were from Conservative families, making her and some of her friends feel like outsiders. Clarke applied unsuccessfully to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama after graduating. She worked and travelled before enrolling at the Drama Centre London in 2009, where she graduated.

Career Beginnings, 2000-2010

Clarke began acting in stage productions while still in high school. While at St Edward's School, she appeared in student productions of Twelfth Night and West Side Story. She was accepted into Drama Centre London after taking a year off. Clarke also appeared in the 2009 production of Sense, which was co-produced by Company of Angels and Drama Centre London.

Drop the Dog, a University of London student short film, was one of her first film roles. In 2009, she graduated from drama school. After graduating, she worked at various non-actor jobs while auditioning for roles. She portrayed a domestic abuse victim in two commercials for the charity Samaritans. Her first credited television role was in an episode of the British soap opera Doctors in 2009. Clarke made her professional film debut as Savannah in the 2010 television film Triassic Attack. The film was released in the United States in November 2010 on the Syfy channel, where it received negative reviews. Despite the negative reactions to the film, she was named a "UK Star of Tomorrow" by the film magazine Screen International.

2011-2019: Game of Thrones and global acclaim

Clarke landed her third professional role in 2010, as Daenerys Targaryen in HBO's Game of Thrones. It is based on George R. R. Martin's fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire. Daenerys is one of the few remaining members of House Targaryen, which ruled Westeros from the Iron Throne for nearly three centuries before being deposed. Tamzin Merchant was originally cast in the role of Daenerys. Merchant was replaced by Clarke when the pilot episode was re-shot in early 2010. Clarke portrayed Daenerys throughout all eight seasons of the show, which aired from April 2011 to May 2019.

Clarke's portrayal of Daenerys, which follows her from frightened girl to powerful woman, received critical acclaim. The Boston Globe's Matthew Gilbert described her scenes as "mesmerising," adding, "Clarke doesn't have a lot of emotional variety to work with as Daenerys, aside from fierce determination, and yet she is riveting." The A.V. Club's Emily VanDerWerff noted the difficulty of adapting such an evolution from page to screen, but concluded that Clarke "more than seals the deal here."

Clarke stated that she avoided the "typical bonnet duty that you have to go through as a young British actress" by being cast as Daenerys. In 2017, she reportedly became one of television's highest-paid actors, earning between £1.2 and £2 million per Game of Thrones episode. In 2019, she admitted that she was uncomfortable acting naked on a large film set when she was 23, but that she has since become "a lot more savvy" about what level of nudity is required for a scene. Clarke received numerous award nominations and wins for her portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen. Clarke won Best Supporting Actress in a Drama at the 2011 EWwy Awards after the first season. She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series three times, in 2013, 2015, and 2016. She received her first Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the 2019 Emmys.

Aside from the television show, she provided her voice and likeness for the 2014 video game of the same name. In April 2019, she also made a cameo appearance during Kit Harington's monologue on Saturday Night Live. In a November 2019 NPR interview, she stated that if she "I couldn't have asked for a worse fate than being stereotyped as the mother of dragons. It's truly magnificent." Clarke stated in a 2021 interview with theSkimm that she would change the way her character died.

Variable roles, franchise films, and publishing from 2012 to 2021

Clarke made his film debut in the short film Shackled (2012). The film was included in the Amazon Prime Video horror anthology series Murder Manual, which premiered in 2020. The same year, she co-starred in the comedy film Spike Island with Elliott Tittensor. It follows a group of friends as they attempt to reach the island named after The Stone Roses' 1990 concert. The film was initially only released in the United Kingdom, but Level 33 Entertainment picked it up for North American distribution in March 2015. She played Holly Golightly in a Broadway production of Breakfast at Tiffany's from March to April 2013, a role that required her to perform a nude scene. Critics had mixed feelings about the production and her performance. Later that year, she co-starred with Jude Law in the black comedy-crime drama Dom Hemingway.

Clarke was cast in a film adaptation of the novel The Garden of Last Days in May 2013. James Franco was set to direct and star in the film, but he dropped out two weeks before production began due to creative differences with the film's distributor, Millennium Entertainment. Clarke revealed in a 2019 interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she was offered the role of Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey. She stated that she declined the role due to the required nudity.
In 2013, she was cast as Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys, a science fiction action film (2015). The film, which also stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney, and Jason Clarke, received mixed reviews from critics but was a box office success, grossing more than $440 million globally. Clarke's performance earned her nominations for Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer Movie Star - Female and Best International Actress at the 2016 Jupiter Awards.

She played the female lead opposite Sam Claflin in Me Before You, a film adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name. The film, directed by Thea Sharrock and released on June 3, 2016, received mixed critical reviews. The film was a box office success, grossing $200 million worldwide. She shared nominations for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Liplock and the MTV Television Tearjerker Award for her role as Louisa "Lou" Clark with Sam Claflin. She starred as Nurse Verena in the 2017 supernatural psychological thriller film Voice from the Stone. The film was released in limited theatres in April 2017, followed by video on demand and digital HD.

In November 2016, she was cast as the female lead in Solo: A Star Wars Story. The film, directed by Ron Howard and released in May 2018, tells the story of Star Wars characters Han Solo and Chewbacca. Qi'ra, Han's childhood friend and love interest, was played by Clarke. Despite being the second-lowest grossing Star Wars film, the film received favourable critical reviews. On May 25, 2018, the film was released worldwide. Her performance received positive critical response, with many citing her as one of the film's standouts. Clarke and Jack Huston were cast as leads in the 2016 film Above Suspicion (2019). The film, which is based on Joe Sharkey's thriller novel and directed by Phillip Noyce, was announced at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. The film received generally positive reviews, with critics praising Clarke's performance. It also had a rocky release, making it vulnerable to piracy. Clarke co-starred in the romantic comedy Last Christmas with Henry Golding in late 2019. Emma Thompson wrote the script and Paul Feig directed it. Clarke revealed to Bustle magazine in January 2020 that she was inspired by Will Ferrell's character in the 2003 comedy film Elf. Despite receiving mixed reviews, critics praised Clarke's performance, and the film became a box office success, grossing more than $121 million worldwide.

Clarke played Nina in Jamie Lloyd's West End production of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, which opened in previews on March 11, 2020 at the Playhouse Theatre. The production was halted on March 16th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Clarke's play is her first West End production. The production resumed two years later, in July 2022, and was broadcast globally via National Theatre Live. Emilia released the first in a series of comic books titled M.O.M.: Mother of Madness, which she co-wrote with Marguerite Bennett, in 2021.


Clarke was cast in the 2020 animated film The Amazing Maurice. The film, an adaptation of Terry Pratchett's The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, was released in the United Kingdom on December 16, 2022, and in the United States on February 3, 2023. Clarke starred in and executive produced The Pod Generation in January 2023. Sophie Barthes directed the film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Projects in the works

In January 2017, Clarke was cast as the lead in the upcoming English language adaptation of the 2015 Korean romantic comedy The Beauty Inside. The film had yet to begin production as of October 2019. Clarke was cast in the role of English poet Elizabeth Barrett in the film Let Me Count the Ways, which will be directed by The Wife's Björn Runge.

Clarke joined the cast of the upcoming Disney+ series Secret Invasion, set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in April 2021. The show will premiere in 2023. Clarke was cast as Jean Kerr, Joseph McCarthy's wife, in the biopic McCarthy in October 2021. Clarke was cast as Irish author Constance Lloyd in director Sophie Hyde's film An Ideal Wife in October 2022.

Other business ventures

Endorsements and advertisements

Clarke was signed to be the face of Dior's Rose des Vents jewellery collection in 2015. Dolce & Gabbana announced her as the brand ambassador for the fragrance "The Only One" in 2018. She appeared in an advertisement for the perfume directed by Matteo Garrone. Clinique appointed Clarke as their first global ambassador in early 2020.

Clarke has contributed to a number of charitable organisations. She became a celebrity ambassador for the SMA UK Trust in September 2011. The SMA Trust raises funds for spinal muscular atrophy research. She became a patron of Open Door, a nonprofit that helps young people gain access to drama school auditions, in August 2017. At the 2018 Sean Penn Charity Gala, she auctioned off a chance to watch an episode of Game of Thrones with her, raising over $120,000 for the J/P HRO and Disaster Relief Organizations. In February 2018, she introduced the award recipients at London's Centrepoint Awards, which honour the bravery of homeless youth.

She was named the Royal College of Nursing's sole ambassador in April 2018. (RCN). Clarke pledged to use her voice as the RCN's ambassador to fight for increased investment in nursing and to dispel myths. Clarke also pledged to work with nurses and healthcare workers to address issues affecting the profession, such as a decline in training and workforce shortages.

Clarke was also one of many UK-based actresses who lent their voices to the Time's Up campaign, which aimed to expose sexual harassment and abuse and create a society free of gender discrimination in the workplace. Clarke, along with Gemma Arterton, Lena Headey, Tom Hiddleston, Felicity Jones, Wunmi Mosaku, Florence Pugh, Gemma Chan, and Catherine Tate, appeared in the short film Leading Lady Parts in August 2018, which addressed the film industry's issue of gender inequality during the casting process.

Clarke launched her own charity, SameYou, in 2019 after revealing the brain aneurysms she suffered in 2011 and 2013. The organization's goal is to increase access to neurorehabilitation for young people who have suffered a brain injury or stroke. She co-hosted a YouTube live stream with Irish YouTuber Jacksepticeye on September 26, 2019, which raised over £200,000 for SameYou. Following the conclusion of Game of Thrones' final season, a fundraiser called "Justice for Daenerys" was launched, with fans of the show raising over £83,000 for her charity. According to the fundraiser's creator, the goal was to show their collective appreciation for Clarke and the character of Daenerys Targaryen. Clarke received the American Brain Foundation's Public Leadership in Neurology award in 2020 for her efforts in raising awareness about neurorehabilitation.

Clarke launched a fundraiser in April 2020 to benefit her charity's COVID-19 fund. The £250,000 fundraiser would benefit both the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and the University College Hospital in London. The new initiative by the organisation aims to increase the number of beds available to coronavirus patients by offering a virtual rehabilitation clinic for people recovering from brain injuries and strokes. Clarke announced the launch of an Instagram series of poetry readings in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The readings are taken from the book The Poetry Pharmacy: Tried-and-True Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind, and Soul. She kicked off the series by reading a poem about loneliness, which she dedicated to her charity SameYou, and announced that other performers would be joining the initiative, with each performer pledging to dedicate their reading to a charity of their choice.

In September 2020, she will perform alongside Emma Thompson, Sanjeev Bhaskar, and Robert Lindsay in a virtual reading of Nol Coward's play Private Lives. It was announced that all proceeds from the performance would be used as a crisis grant to assist those in the theatre industry who were financially strained as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Personal life and public persona

Clarke is a resident of the London Borough of Islington. She also owned a home in Los Angeles' Venice Beach neighbourhood, which she purchased in 2016 and will sell in December 2020.

Clarke stated in a 2013 interview with Allure that her mother had rules when she was growing up, including "don't do drugs, don't have sex, and don't touch your brows." She stated that she was bullied as a child for "having ridiculous eyebrows".

Clarke revealed in a 2019 essay for The New Yorker that she had suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm in February 2011. She underwent emergency endovascular coiling surgery and later developed aphasia, becoming unable to recall her own name at one point. In 2013, she underwent surgery to treat a second aneurysm.

In 2014, AskMen readers voted Clarke the most desirable woman in the world. She was named Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive in 2015, and she also received the GQ Woman of the Year Award. Clarke was named to FHM's list of the 100 Sexiest Women in the World in 2015, 2016, and 2017. She was also named one of Glamour's Best Dressed Women in 2017.

After the final season of Game of Thrones wrapped, Clarke celebrated her time on the show with a wrist tattoo of a trio of flying dragons as a tribute to her role as Daenerys Targaryen.



2009Lisa's StoryLisaShort film for Samaritans
2012ShackledMaluShort film
Spike IslandSally Harris
2013Dom HemingwayEvelyn Hemingway
2015Terminator GenisysSarah Connor
2016Me Before YouLouisa Clark
2017Voice from the StoneVerena
2018Solo: A Star Wars StoryQi'ra
Leading Lady PartsHerselfShort film
2019Above SuspicionSusan Smith
Last ChristmasKatarina "Kate" Andrich
2022The Amazing MauriceMaliciaVoice role
2023The Pod Generation Not yet releasedRachelPost-production; also executive producer


Films that have not yet been releasedDenotes films that have not yet been released


2009DoctorsSaskia MayerEpisode: "Empty Nest"
2010Triassic AttackSavannah RoundtreeTelevision film
2011–2019Game of ThronesDaenerys TargaryenMain role
2013FuturamaMarianneVoice role; episode: "Stench and Stenchibility"
2016Robot ChickenBridgetVoice role; episode: "Joel Hurwitz Returns"
2017AnimalsLumpyVoice role; episode: "Rats."
2017Thunderbirds Are GoDoyleVoice role; episode: "Rigged for Disaster"
2019Saturday Night LiveHerselfEpisode: "Kit Harington / Sara Bareilles"
2023Secret Invasion Not yet releasedAbigail BrandMain role; Post-production


Television series that have not yet been releasedDenotes television series that have not yet been released


2013Dom HemingwayFisherman's Blues


2013Breakfast at Tiffany'sHoliday "Holly" GolightlyCort Theatre
2020Private LivesSybilLockdown Theatre Festival
2020/2022The SeagullNina Mikhailovna ZarechnayaHarold Pinter Theatre


Clarke has received numerous awards nominations throughout her career. She was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards for her role in Game of Thrones, including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2019. She has been nominated for several Critics' Choice Awards, the most recent in 2018. At the 2018 ceremony, she also received the BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year. Clarke was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2018. Time magazine named her one of the year's 100 most influential people. Clarke has also received recognition for her charitable work. She won a Shorty Award in 2019 for a video she created to raise awareness for her charity SameYou and the Royal College of Nursing.

Real NameEmilia Clarke
Personal Life
Date of Birth23 October, 1986
Age (as of 2023)36 Years
BirthplaceLondon, England
HometownBerkshire, England
Zodiac signScorpio
Collage/UniversityDrama Center London
Educational QualificationGraduate in Drama from London
HobbiesFashion, Horse Riding
Physical Stats
Height (approx.)in centimeters– 157 cm
in meters– 1.57 m
in feet inches– 5’ 2”
Weightin Kilograms- 52 kg
in Pounds- 115 lbs
Eye ColourGreen
Hair ColourBrown
Body Measurements34-26-34
DebutTV: Doctors (2009)
Film: Spike Island (2012)
ParentsFather– Peter Clarke
Mother– Jenny Clarke
SiblingsBrother– Bennett Clarke (elder)
Relationships & Affairs
Marital StatusUnmarried
Favourite Things or Like/Dislike
Favourite ActorArnold Schwarzenegger
Favourite ActressN/A
Favourite SportHorse Riding, Tennis
Favourite PerfumeLe Labo Santal 33
Favourite ColoursRed
Net Worth (approx.)$20 million
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