Thank you, Game of Thrones, for introducing us to Emilia Clarke. Since the series premiered on HBO in 2011, Clarke has built a loyal fanbase among viewers, and rumor has it the British babe is newly single. With Season 3 kicking off Sunday, get to know this rising star through our informative (and visually appealing) bio-gallery.
Clarke grew up in Berkshire, England and attended acting school at Drama Centre London.
While studying acting she appeared in a number of plays.
Her first professional acting gig was a part in an episode of the BBC soap opera Doctors.
Her break came in 2011—not long after she graduated acting school—when she was cast as the silver-haired Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.
Her performance earned her a EWwy award (Entertainment Weekly's answer to the Emmys) for best supporting actress in a drama in 2011.
On jumping straight from acting school to a hit HBO series: “Hopefully the experience of filming has made me more professional, it’s made me more ready for the rest of my career.” Well, that’s one career we’ll be following.