Who is Emilia Clarke? Game of Thrones star who suffered two brain aneurysms

EMILIA Clarke exploded on to the scene as the powerful and beautiful Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.

But what else has the English actress starred in, what roles has she got coming up and who is she dating?

Emilia Clarke has starred in Game Of Thrones since 2011

Did Emilia Clarke have a brain aneurysm?

Yes- Emilia opened up suffering two brain aneurysms – sharing never-before-seen pictures of when she was hospitalised.

The British actress suffered the ordeal in 2011 when she was 24 – the same year the first season of Game of Thrones began – and at her lowest she asked medical staff to “let me die.”

She made the admission in an essay for the New Yorker last month.

She said: “The diagnosis was quick and ominous: a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), a life-threatening type of stroke, caused by bleeding into the space surrounding the brain.

“I’d had an aneurysm, an arterial rupture. As I later learned, about a third of SAH patients die immediately or soon thereafter.”

Emilia also revealed how she also suffered from aphasia as a consequence of the brain trauma, adding: “In my worst moments, I wanted to pull the plug. I asked the medical staff to let me die.”

Photos of the now 32-year-old in hospital appeared on screen while she chatted to presenter Tracy Smith on US chat show CBS Sunday Morning.

She revealed during her chat: “With the second [aneurysm], there was a bit of my brain that actually died.

“If a part of your brain doesn’t get blood to it for a minute, it will just no longer work, it’s like, you short circuit.

“So I had that, and they didn’t know what it was. So they literally were looking at my brain going ‘well we think it could be her concentration, it could be her peripheral vision.’”

The actress then joked: “I always say it’s my taste in men. It’s no longer there.”

The actress – who plays Daenerys Targaryen in the hit HBO series – feared she wouldn’t be able to act any more after her two aneurysms.

She explained: “There was all these funny things and for a very long time I thought it was my ability to act.

“I really, really did. That was a deep paranoia from the first one as well, what if something has short circuited in my brain and I can’t act any more.

“I mean literally it’s been my reason for living for a very long time.”

Who is Emilia Clarke? What’s her background?

Emilia Clarke was born in London on October 23, 1986.

The actress shot to international fame in 2011 thanks to her role as Daenerys Targaryen in Game Of Thrones.

Emilia first took an interest in acting after seeing the musical Show Boat when her father was working as a sound engineer for the production.

Emilia splits her time between London and Los Angeles as she steps further into the Hollywood A-list.

Speaking to Rolling Stone Magazine in June 2017, Emilia confirmed that she lost her father to cancer on July 10, 2016.

Emilia has frequently spoken out against sexism and gender equality in the film industry.

Emilia Clarke has landed a string of Hollywood roles since her Game Of Thrones debut
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Who does Emilia Clarke play in Game Of Thrones?

Emilia Clarke has won rave reviews for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in Game Of Thrones.

At the show’s beginning, Daenerys is an exiled princess who is forced to marry a warlord.

After receiving three dragon eggs as a gift, Daenerys becomes the Mother of Dragons after her husband’s death.

To mark the series responsible for her immense fame, the actress got three dragons tattooed on her right wrist in September, 2018.

Game Of Thrones last aired in summer 2017 with Daenerys making a bid to reclaim the Iron Throne.

Emilia Clarke will star in the upcoming Han Solo origins movie
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What else has Emilia Clarke starred in?

Prior to landing the role of Daenerys Targaryen in Game Of Thrones, Emilia only had a guest appearance on BBC drama Doctors on her CV.

Emilia has since had cameo roles on Futurama and Robot Chicken.

She’s found success on the big screen with Hollywood roles in Terminator Genisys (2013) and Me Before You (2016).

Emilia’s journey continued to a galaxy far, far away after landing the female lead role in the Han Solo movie Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Emilia made her Broadway debut as Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany’s in March 2013.

Emilia Clarke had previously been romantically linked to Game Of Thrones actor Kit Harington
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Who has Emilia Clarke been romantically linked to?

Emilia is dating English actor Charlie McDowell – the son of actors Mary Steenburgen and Malcolm McDowell.

The couple confirmed they were dating on her birthday in an Instagram post.

Prior to that Emilia dated Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane in 2012 and their relationship lasted six months.

The actress, 30, has also been linked to James Franco, Jared Leto and her Breakfast At Tiffany’s co-star, Cory Michael Smith.

Emilia Clarke and Cory Michael Smith grew close during their Broadway stint on Breakfast At Tiffany’s
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Emilia spoke out to deny the James Franco rumours, telling The Guardian: “It’s hilarious. He is, of course, beautiful.

“But I feel there’s only a handful of women who could form an engagement after two meetings, and I’m not one of them.”

Emilia was voted the most desirable woman in the world by AskMen readers in 2014.

At the beginning of her career, there was heavy speculation that Emilia was romantically involved with Game Of Thrones actor Kit Harington who plays Jon Snow in the fantasy epic.

However Kit has been in a relationship with former Thrones actress Rose Leslie since 2012.


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