Clarke was born in London, England and grew up in Berkshire. Clarke's father is a theatre sound engineer, her mother is a business woman, and her brother is studying politics. Clarke's interest in acting began at the age of three after seeing the musical Show Boat which her father was working on at the time. She was educated at Oxford's St Edward's (2000–2005) and Rye St Antony (2005–2007) before studying at Drama Centre London where she graduated in 2009.
Name Emilia Clarke Born May 1987
Occupation Actress Years active
She is best known for the role of Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO medieval-fantasy series Game of Thrones.
Game of Thrones is an American medieval fantasy television series created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. Based on author George R. R. Martin's best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels, the first of which is called A Game of Thrones, the television series debuted in the U.S. on April 17, 2011. The production is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and has also filmed in Malta, Croatia and Iceland. The show's cast is mainly British and Irish.
Daenerys Targaryen aka Daenerys Stormborn or Dany is a POV character. Like her brother, she has silver hair and violet eyes, and is one of the last members of the ancient Targaryen Dynasty, the former royal family of Westeros.
Daenerys' pregnant mother and her brother Viserys Targaryen fled to the island fortress of Dragonstone, where her mother died in labor during a monstrous storm. Shortly thereafter, Dragonstone fell to the rebel forces and Daenerys and Viserys were smuggled away to the Free City of Braavos.
In the years that followed, she and Viserys wandered among the nine Free Cities looking for aid to retake the Iron Throne. Daenarys at the beginning of the series was a very beautiful but shy and meek young woman who was terrified of her brother Viserys' temper. In the Free City of Pentos, the Targaryens were the guests of Illyrio Mopatis, a rich and powerful magister. Illyrio and Viserys arranged to marry the thirteen-year-old Daenerys to Khal Drogo, a warlord of nomadic Dothraki. Viserys hoped to gain Drogo's army to conquer Westeros. At her wedding, she received a set of three petrified dragon eggs from Illyrio. The freedom and power of her new role as khaleesi (queen) helped Daenerys blossom into a strong and confident young woman, even beginning to stand up to Viserys.
Daenerys took pity on a slave, a maegi and wise woman, from a village newly conquered by Drogo's khalasar. Drogo was wounded in battle. Daenerys ordered the wise woman to heal him. Later on, the infection of Drogo's wound brought him to the verge of death and Daenerys asked the maegi to save him. A blood magic ritual went horribly wrong, ending with Dany's unborn child being slain in her womb by the magical forces, resulting in Drogo being left in a catatonic state - a chain of events set in motion by the maegi for revenge. Daenerys ended Drogo's life herself, and entered the flames of his funeral pyre with her dragon eggs, along with tying the maegi to the pyre in revenge for her betrayal. This hatched the eggs, birthing the first three dragons in the known world for centuries. Daenerys herself remained unburned, and she became the first female Dothraki leader, a khal in her own right.