Emilia Isobel Euphemia Rose Clarke (born 23 October 1986) is an English actress.

She studied at the Drama Centre London, appearing in a number of stage productions.

Her television debut was a guest appearance in the BBC One medical soap opera Doctors in 2009.

The following year, she was named one of the "UK Stars of Tomorrow" by

Screen International magazine for her role in the TV film Triassic Attack (2010).

Clarke had her breakthrough role as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO

epic fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2011–2019).

The role garnered her international recognition and several accolades, including four Emmy Award nominations.

Clarke made her Broadway debut as Holly Golightly in the 2013 play Breakfast at

Tiffany's and played Nina in a West End production of The Seagull that was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Her film roles include Sarah Connor in the science fiction film Terminator Genisys (2015),

Qi'ra in the Star Wars film Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018),

and the romantic films Me Before You (2016) and Last Christmas (2019).

In 2019, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Emilia Isobel Euphemia Rose Clarke was born on 23 October 1986 in London.

She grew up in Oxfordshire. Her father, Peter Clarke, was a theatre sound engineer from Wolverhampton,

while her mother, Jennifer, was a businesswoman and is the vice-president for marketing at a global management consulting firm as of 2020.

Clarke is of Indian ethnic origin on her mother's side of the family; she stated in a 2018

interview that her maternal grandmother was the child of a secret affair between Clarke's great-grandmother and a man from the Indian subcontinent.

Her grandmother wore light make-up to hide the darker complexion she had inherited from her father.