Emilia Clarke is known to most as Daenerys, Mother of Dragons, from the smash hit show Game of Thrones. But while she was fighting wars on-screen, she was fighting one off-screen as well. She faced a terrible, painful health problem that could very easily have killed her. But she lived – and now she’s telling the world the whole story.
Clarke was almost unheard of before she got her career-making role in Game of Thrones. Previously her biggest parts were in the U.K. soap opera Doctors and a 2010 Syfy television movie called Triassic Attack. And yet she was winning enough that Screen International named her a “U.K. Star of Tomorrow.” How right they were.
In an article written for The New Yorker, Clarke has discussed her early life. “I grew up in Oxford and rarely gave a thought to my health. Nearly all I thought about was acting,” she wrote. Her mom and dad threw themselves behind her education. “We weren’t wealthy, but my brother and I went to private schools. Our parents, who wanted everything for us, struggled to keep up with the fees.”