Emilia Clarke is an English actress best known for her starring role as Daenerys Targaryen in the medieval-fantasy television series Game of Thrones.
Clarke was born in London and grew up in the Berkshire countryside.
After attending school in Oxford, she studied drama at the prestigious Drama Centre School in London. Roles played whilst at Drama Centre included Rosencrantz in Hamlet; Anna in The Government Inspector; Raymonde in A Flea in Her Ear; Besse in Awake and Sing; Orsina in Emilia Galotti; Isabelle in The Changeling and Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion.
In addition she played Beate in Sense for the Company of Angels Theatre.
Since leaving Drama Centre, Clarke has filmed a guest-leading role in the BBC series Doctors and a co-leading role in the U.S. independent feature Triassic Attack.
She won the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama award in the Entertainment Weekly Ewwy Awards for her role in Game of Thrones.