Emilia Isobel Euphemia Rose Clarke is an English actress, best known for her portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones. She has received various accolades, including an Empire Award and a Saturn Award. In 2019, Time magazine named Clarke one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
She played a classic Audrey Hepburn character on Broadway
In 2013, Clarke made her Broadway debut as Holly Golightly in a staged version of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Despite Clarke’s acting skills, the play received poor reviews and suffered from low ticket sales; it closed after just one month.
All of that nudity in Game of Thrones wasn’t easy for Clarke
Though Daenerys Targaryen became a career-changing role for Clarke, she admitted that it wasn’t always easy. Between all of the nudity required of her character and an infamous rape scene, Clarke’s early days on the series could be trying. “Once, I had to take a little time out,” she told Esquire of filming the first season. “I said I needed a cup of tea, had a bit of a cry and was ready for the next scene.”
She wasn’t the first person chosen to play Daenerys Targaryen, the role was originally given to another British actress by the name of Tamzin Merchant
Emilia Clarke once claimed that if she weren’t an actress, she would be either an architect, a singer, or a graphic designer
She’s got some serious musical talent
She turned down the role of Anastasia Steele in “Fifty Shades of Grey” which eventually went to Dakota Johnson
She has very unique-looking eyes if you peer in closely
She has central heterochromia, meaning that the irises of both eyes are a different color on their rims and have another color within them, creating a ring-like effect that is hard to see from a distance but can be seen up close if one looks.