Emilia Clarke on stardom and idyllic childhoods

Emilia Clarke has been talking to Now Magazine about her childhood and wanting to be an actress from the age of three.

Her childhood was idyllic. ‘One of the first houses we lived in was like something out of a fairy story,’ says Emilia. ‘We had a stream that ran through our garden and we played with the ducks – we locked them in my mum’s office and they pooed everywhere! It was crazy, picking blackberries and mushrooms, rabbits running through your legs.’

Her interest in acting began at the age of three after she saw the musical Show Boat, which her dad was working on at the time. But she didn’t take to it instantly. ‘My dad took me for an audition once to show me: “OK, you want to be a child actor ­ this is what it’s like.” I sang a folk song about donkeys on this West End stage with this big director and there was a queue of 200 girls all singing Memory. I was terrible. Terrible.’

Emilia only graduated from drama school in 2009 and after a couple of appearances in other things (an episode of UK daytime soap Doctors and a dodgy TV movie Triassic Attack) she was picked to play Daenerys Targaryen. She says the main cast are a gang of mates.  ‘All of the boys I see regularly because we’re in London together,’ she says. ‘A special bond was made with the cast from the beginning and I don’t think that’s really going to go away.’

Emilia’s star is set to rise even higher this year once the new Terminator: Genisys movie is released. She plays Sarah Connor!