This English actress is best known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO series Game of Thrones. Clarke hasn’t landed many roles in her career, but she’s definitely made her mark on Hollywood. She’s received three Emmy Award nominations for her performance on Game of Thrones over the past five years and in 2015 she was named Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive. She recently stepped away from her role as Mother of Dragons to try on a softer role in the new film Me Before You, but will be returning to HBO for the upcoming season. Emilia Clarke will be celebrating a milestone this month when she turns 30-years-old, so in celebration of that, here’s a look at 11 things you probably didn’t know about her!
11. Becoming an Actress
Emilia Clarke was very young when she decided that acting was what she wanted to do. She went to see the musical Showboat with her mother when she was only 3-years-old and it inspired her to become an actress. She studied theater at the Drama Centre London. Even though she went to this great acting school, she was never the most talented girl in her class: “it was an uphill struggle. I never got cast as Juliet. There were some rarefied beauties in my year; they were blond, knew Shakespeare, had all the right things. With me, they’d be like, ‘Can you play the Jewish grandmother?’ ‘Uh-huh! Sure!'” Other celebrities who attended that school were Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan. Surprisingly, she didn’t have that many acting jobs before she landed her role on the popular HBO show Game of Thrones. She had only booked two jobs, one on a soap opera and a television movie before she got the gig of a lifetime.