Emilia Clarke Revealed The Life-Threatening Battle She Faced While Making Game Of Thrones

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Emilia Clarke is known to most as Daenerys Targaryen – or Mother of Dragons – from the smash-hit show Game of Thrones. But while the actress’ character was fighting wars on-screen, she, too, was fighting a battle of her own off screen. Clarke faced a terrible, painful health problem, in fact – one that very easily could have killed her. But she survived, and now she’s telling the world the remarkable story.

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Clarke was almost unheard of before she landed her career-making role in Game of Thrones. Previously, the actress’ biggest parts had been in the U.K. soap opera Doctors and a 2010 Syfy television movie called Triassic Attack. And yet Clarke was clearly doing something right – so much so that Screen International named her a “U.K. Star of Tomorrow” in 2011. But no one could have predicted just how fitting said accolade would turn out to be.

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In an article written for The New Yorker, Clarke recalled her early drive to make a success of herself. “I grew up in Oxford and rarely gave a thought to my health. Nearly all I thought about was acting,” she explained. And her mom and dad threw themselves behind her education, too. “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.”

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