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Before she was Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of the Dragons, on HBO’s Game of Thrones, British actress Emilia Clarke was a drama student at Drama Centre London.

Born in London and raised in Berkshire, Emilia knew she wanted to be an actress from a young age. Her father is a theatre sound engineer, and Emilia’s interest in theater began at the age of three after seeing the musical Show Boat, which her father was working at the time. In 2009, she graduated from Drama Centre London.

Her big break came in 2011 when she was cast in Game of Thrones as a replacement to fellow British actress Tamzin Merchant, who dropped out of the project for undisclosed reasons. Emilia most recently joined the James Franco film The Garden of Last Days, where she will play a stripper.

Fun Facts:

1. Born May 1, 1987.

2. She can sing and play piano, flute and guitar.

3. Dated Family Guy mogul, Seth MacFarlane. They split in March 2013.

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