Emilia Clarke, full name Emilia Isabelle Euphemia Rose Clarke is an English actress born on 23rd October 1986. Emilia was born in London and brought up in Berkshire. Her mother, Jennifer Clarke is the director of the charity named “The Anima Foundation” and her father was a sound engineer from Wolverhampton, West Midlands. Unfortunately, last year in 10th July 2016 her father passed away. After a few weeks of her father’s death, Emilia said in an interview that the world is a scarier place without her father in it. Emilia also has a brother who is currently studying politics. When she was 3 years old, her mother took Emilia with her to the theatre performance. So, from a very young age, Emilia was into drama and had a passion for acting. Her passion for drama increased when her mother took her to see the musical “Show Boat” in which her dad was the sound engineer.

Emilia studied in the St. Edward’s School of Oxford form 2000 to 2005. She also participated in the school plays. Also during the time she was studying, she debuted on television as a guest role in the soap opera “Doctors” on BBC. She also appeared in the production of “Twelfth Night” and “West Side Story”. She also learned to play a guitar and sing as she loved to perform. In 2009, she graduated from the Central Saint Martin’s Drama Centre London.  During her time in the university, she participated in 10 plays there. In fact, her first film role was for a short film for the University of London. In 2009, she also did commercials for Samaritans.


A year after graduation, Emilia got her first role in a television movie called “Triassic Attack” which was a horror or sci-fi movie. Aside from the television work, Emilia did other day jobs to help her family and to make ends meet. In 2010, Emilia got a call from the agent to ask her if she wanted to audition for the new series “Game of Thrones” in HBO. After her call with her agent, she immediately called the catering company where she worked to say she was sick and went for the audition. This was the best decision Emilia had ever made because after the audition she was cast for the role of Daenerys Targaryen which was her big break. The role was originally cast to Tamzin Merchant but she left the show after filming the unaired pilot. Emilia starred in the series along with Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

Emilia as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones
Emilia as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones

The HBO series was based on the novel series by George R. R. Martin named “A Song of Ice and Fire”. The first season was an immediate and massive hit and the fans were crazy about the series. The series has run for seven madly successful seasons to date and the cast and crew of the series have been winning several awards along the way. The fans were so eager for the 7th season that they literally hacked into the system and leaked multiple episodes of the series before the episode’s air date. Emilia gained a huge fan base through her role as Daenerys Targaryen. Emilia has won Entertainment Weekly’s EWwy Awards in 2011 and also received several nominations in Emmy and Screen Actors Guild for her role. Emilia was praised by everyone for her performance as she played the role of Deanerys perfectly. She played as a scared and weak girl in the beginning of the season but as the episodes passed she became an empowered woman and also became the mother of Dragons. According to sources, “Game of Thrones” earns 1 billion dollars annually then by now the series might have earned more than 4 billion to 5 billion dollars.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Emilia Clarke in the premiere of Terminator Genisys

As her fame was growing through the seasons of “Game of Throne” she started getting other offers as well. In 2012, she starred in an indie music drama “Spike Island”. The movie was named after The Stone Rose’s seminal 1990 gig’s location. In 2013, she debuted in Broadway as she was cast for the role of Holly Golightly in a stage production of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Truman Capote. The show started in March and ended in April of the same year. She also starred along with Jude Law in “Dom Hemingway” a British Comedy alongside Jude Law. The movie was a failure commercially but the critical reaction was mostly positive. In the year 2014 in May, Emilia joined “Garden of Last Days”, a feature film alongside James Franco. Unfortunately, the movie was stopped before the production began to film. Emilia was also offered the lead role of Anastasia Steele in the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” but she turned it down as she didn’t want to be considered in the “nudity” role. Later she was cast in the movie “Terminator Genisys” as Sarah Connor opposite to Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke and Jai Courtney.

Net Worth & Earnings

After all these movie and success of the recent series “Game of Throne 7”, the 30-year-old actress is worth 13 million dollars. Emilia owns 4 cars including a Cadillac Escalade worth 82,864 dollars, a Toyota Prius worth 30,910 dollars, a BMW and an Acura. She owns a house in Venice, Los Angeles which is worth 4.64 million dollars. In 2016, she bought a luxury apartment in Hampstead London whose current value is about 1.7 million dollars. From the movies, series, and endorsement, Emilia earns an annual income of about 8 million dollars. For each episode of the series “The Game of Throne” she earns about 1.1 million dollars. So, there is a total of 7 seasons of “Game of Thrones” and each season has 10 episodes except season 7 having 7 episode. Also, according to reports for the last two upcoming seasons of “Game of Throne”, Emilia Clarke’s salary will be increased to 2 million dollars per episode along with Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.


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