Page 3 Profile: Emilia Clarke aka daenerys Targaryen


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The Independent Online

Clothed? I almost didn’t recognise her.

Emilia Clarke, who plays the silver-haired Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, has performed more nude scenes in three series of the fantasy TV show than most actresses do in a lifetime. But rumour has it that Clarke may have had enough.

Co-star Oona Chaplin, who plays Talisa Maegyr, told The Telegraph that one of the women on the show who “got her kit off the most in the first couple of seasons, now doesn’t at all because she said, ‘I want to be known for my acting not for my breasts’.”

Clarke has not confirmed the claims, though in the current season of the show she has at least been allowed to wear something approaching a garment. Still, the rest of the female cast regularly have to bare all.

Is this a bit sexist?

The men aren’t exempt from the show’s racy plotlines, and many of the women in Game of Thrones are powerful decision makers who don’t rely on men. However, Equity, the actors’ union, has expressed concern at how many of its members are being asked to go nude in casting sessions. “We have a duty to promote a safe and healthy working environment,” said women’s committee member Eleanor Dearle,

Could we see a rebellion on the set of Thrones?

Perhaps not. Last year,  Natalia Tena (Osha) said she was completely comfortable with the nudity on-set.