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Who is Emilia Clarke?



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Many people recognize the silver-haired ambitious Queen from the HBO show Game of Thrones as just Daenerys Targaryen. While that is one of the many roles she played on screen, Emilia Clarke is a British actress with many roles under her belt. Born in 1986 in London, the actress has conquered the movie and TV space with incredible roles.

Her love for acting began in school where she chose to participate in stage productions. A mere hobby and love for the craft soon became a full-time profession that garnered Clarke worldwide fame and stardom. Since then, there has been no stopping her. Clarke likes being called the Mother of Dragons, but she is trying to mold her career and include more diverse roles.

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Emilia Clarke movies and TV shows

From romance and comedy to horror and thriller, Clarke has shone in every possible genre. Her expressive face reveals her innermost emotions, making it easier for the audience to resonate with her character. Here’s a list of Emilia Clarke’s movies and TV shows that you should watch if you haven’t already.

Game of Thrones


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Every Emilia Clarke fan must have watched this incredible HBO drama show that depicted the actress at her best. In the 8-season-long stint, she portrayed Daenerys Targaryen, who believes she is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. Her father was betrayed and ousted by a rebellion that threw her family to the vultures. All her life, she strived to gain respect and dignity back while trying to conquer Westeros.

On the backs of her beloved dragons and with the help of loyal soldiers she met along the way, Daenerys manages to earn the love and respect of people around her. However, the Targaryen madness runs in their genes and it eventually catches up with her. After being denied her right for so long, Daenerys’s rage multiplies tenfold and she burns the whole city to the ground.

Secret Invasion


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No Marvel fan would forget Talos, who was first seen in the movie Captain Marvel from Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Emilia Clarke portrayed G’iah, the Shapeshifting, Skrull daughter of Talos in the sequel to Captain Marvel, Secret Invasion. This 6-episode series showcases G’iah and Talos, stuck in a global conflict caused by a group of renegade Skrulls.

Much like in Game of Thrones, Clarke’s character development is very noticeable. In Secret Invasion, G’iah starts off as a clueless, hardened extremist but when she finds out about her mother’s Soren’s cause of death, the circumstances change. She grows an understanding of the situation and triumphs over the renegade Skrulls to form a proper alliance with the humans.

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Me Before You

Me Before You

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In this heart-wrenching romantic flick, the actress plays Louisa Clarke, a happy-go-lucky girl who cannot hold a job. She is clumsy and a bit lost in her own world which makes it harder for her to work with full focus. Things change when she is offered a job as a caretaker to a rich brat who becomes paralyzed after an accident.

If Clarke’s roles were mapped on a scale, Daenerys Targaryen and Louisa Clarke would be on the two ends of the same. As compared to her sullen and raging character in the HBO show, she is happier and calmer in the movie. This just goes on to show how talented Clarke is at every role she signs on to play. Her depth of emotions resonates with the audience perfectly.

Terminator: Genisys

Emilia Clarke

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Emilia Clarke takes up the mantle of one of the most iconic female protagonists, Sarah Connor in the Sci-Fi film Terminator Genisys. Clarke brings a fresh perspective to the character, showcasing Sarah with fierce determination. She highlights Sarah’s journey from fighter to leader amidst a battle against Skynet.

This role marks a significant shift from her character in Game of Thrones, showcasing her versatility as an actress. Clarke’s Sarah Connor is both tough and emotionally complex, which can be seen in her interactions with Jai Courtney, who plays Kyle Reese, adding depth to their characters’ relationship and the overall narrative. Through her portrayal, Clarke left a memorable imprint on everyone.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Emilia Clarke

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Characterized by resilience and complexity, Emilia Clarke plays Qi’ra in Solo: A Star Wars Story. This character, which presents Qi’ra as a survivor navigating the underworld, differs greatly from her previous roles. Qi’ra is in a morally gray area, in contrast to the vicious Mad Queen and the vivacious Louisa Clarke.

It is this depth that Clarke’s performance embodies, showing that she can play a variety of roles and give them a lot more to do. Being Qi’ra solidifies her reputation as a versatile actress who can connect with viewers through a range of interesting and captivating roles.

Last Christmas

Emilia Clarke in Last Christmas

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Emilia Clarke performed Kate from Last Christmas very skillfully, with a crazy yet charming character. A bit of a mess, Kate is a young woman who works as an elf in a Christmas store and is struggling with making poor choices and feeling lost in her life.

In addition to love, healing, and the magic of Christmas, the movie depicts Kate’s path of self-discovery. Kate is made approachable and human by Clarke’s portrayal, which reflects her maturation and vulnerability. Through Kate, Clarke delves into a lighter, more humorous side, contributing yet another complex character to her already impressive roster.

Emilia Clarke height and age


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  • Emilia Clarke’s height: 1.57 m
  • Emilia Clarke’s age: 37 years old

Born on October 23, 1986, in London, England, Clarke’s name at birth was Emilia Isobel Euphemia Rose Clarke. To enter the industry that remembered short and memorable names, she chose to drop the middle names. Growing up in Oxfordshire, she always felt a bit alienated since the people around her were a bit snobby and posh. Clarke never really fit in with that crowd. Eventually, she made it out and chose to focus on her passion for acting. She landed several crucial roles despite her young age and petite figure. Clarke embodied Daenerys Targaryen’s personality wonderfully.

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Emilia Clarke’s relationships and marriage


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Since Clarke has gone on to become such a massively famous celebrity, people are always wondering what’s going on in her personal life. The actress likes to keep her life private and does not often shed light on her relationships and dating matters. Even though she has been in a relationship quite a few times to date, Clarke is currently single. A few of her past boyfriends include (speculated):

  • Seth McFarlane (2012–2013)
  • James Franco (2013 – rumored)
  • Cory Michael Smith (2014)
  • Charlie McDowell (2018–2019)
  • Matt Smith (2020)

Jason Momoa and Emilia Clarke: While the two actors are close from their time on Game of Thrones, they haven’t dated in real life.

Emilia Clarke’s net worth


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  • Net worth: $20 million

Despite having worked in a plethora of movies and shows, Clarke earned most of her money from Game of Thrones. She even claimed in an interview that she made sure she got paid the same as her male counterparts. She reportedly rose to the top of the television pay scale in 2017; each Game of Thrones episode brought in between £1.2 and £2 million. This made Clarke the sixth highest-paid actor on TV of all time. Today, her cumulative net worth stands at a whopping $20 million.

Unlike most rich people, Clarke believes in giving back to society. Despite earning more than $30 million for the entire Game of Thrones show, she chose to embark on charitable ventures and help people around her. Clarke established SameYou in 2019 to assist young kids who have experienced brain injuries or strokes. In April 2020, she started a campaign for the organization’s COVID-19 fund, seeking to reach at least £250,000.

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She also sponsored a “Justice for Daenerys” fundraiser when “Game of Thrones” concluded, garnering almost £83,000 for SameYou. Subsequently, her work did not go unnoticed as she was granted the Public Leadership in Neurology award by the American Brain Foundation.

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Vidhi has been an entertainment writer for the past 4 years. She has a knack for identifying subtleties and intricacies of movies and television shows that can add a new dimension to her content. Having watched Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon countless times, she knows most details by heart and thrives in trivia contests related to the same!