Why you need to know about actress Emilia Clarke

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Emilia Clarke is more than just Khaleesi in Game Of Thrones, here's why we love her

Emilia Clarke at the Met Ball 2013

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The world is in love with Emilia Clarke and we can completely understand why.

In this summer's Spike Island, five lads from Manchester take on the journey of their lives as they try and make their way to Spike Island to see the Stone Roses play one of the greatest concerts in the history of England, one that would define a generation.

First, though, they have to deal with a few minor issues, like getting tickets, getting a ride, and fighting for the attention of one girl.

That girl, the one that's worth risking the greatest concert of their lives for, is Sally, or as we know her in the real world, Emilia Clarke.

But we all know that Emilia is totally worth more than a concert.

Back in 2010 there was a little known HBO project that was just gearing up. Actress Tamzin Merchant was cast as Daenerys Targaryen, which was great, until it wasn't.

She was replaced for unknown reasons by little known Emilia Clarke and now the little HBO project is the uber successful TV show, Game of Thrones.

Clarke plays The Mother of Dragons, which is a pretty big deal. If you're not sure, ask the internet.

As Daenerys, Clarke travels across the lands of Essos, first as the blushing young bride of the powerful horse-lord Kahl Drogo, and later a Khaleesi in her own right.



If you have watched the show, then you know, not only what these words mean, but also that Clarke is one of the most important people in the world, sought after in all corners of the globe.

Clarke may be the most desired woman in a fictional world, but that's not where she stops.

Recently, she took a turn as Holly Golightly in a stage adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's, becoming one of the most desired women in New York.

Holly Golightly is, as Truman Capote put it, "an American geisha." Sure she is a queen in Game of Thrones, but here Clarke demonstrates a power unlike any other.

There are a lot of famous love stories, Tristan and Isolde, Pyramus and Thisbe, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, but one is more famous than them all: Romeo and Juliet. Yes, Clarke will have an entirely different kind of fire in her blood as she takes on the role of Juliet in the film Rosaline.

If you really know your Shakespeare, or if you read the novel When You Were Mine, which the film is based on, you will know that Rosaline is the woman that Romeo loved before he met Juliet.

The reason you might not remember her is because it takes about one scene and a few minutes of dancing for Romeo to completely forget about Rosaline and become infatuated with Juliet.

Obviously, Clarke is not actually any of these people; she is only pretending to be.

That said, time and time again she is called on to play some of the most desired and sought after women in fiction. That can hardly be a coincidence.

To understand why she is adored from Qarth to Verona (only one of those isn't real), catch up with her in Manchester this summer and get to know her without all those dragons.

Spike Island is out in cinemas Friday, 21 June.

Are you as cast under Emilia's spell as we are?

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