The Deauville American Film Festival will honor actress Emilia Clarke this year by awarding her the Hollywood Rising-Star Award, in her presence.
After graduating from the Drama Centre London, Clarke began her career with a guest-leading role in the BBC series Doctors. She made her Broadway debut in 2013 as ‘Holly Golightly’ in the stage adaptation of Truman Capote’s classic 1958 novella, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. In 2022, she made her West End stage debut in Anya Reiss’ adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull”. Opening to rave reviews, she portrayed ‘Nina’ in director Jamie Lloyd’s staging of the Chekhov classic at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
Clarke is perhaps best known for her role as the iconic ‘Daenerys Targaryen’ on the HBO award winning series Game of Thrones. Over the course of the series, Clarke garnered four Emmy nominations and three Critics Choice nominations for her portrayal of the beloved ‘Mother of Dragons’.
On the big screen, she last starred in Paul Feig’s romantic dramedy, Last Christmas, alongside Henry Golding and Emma Thompson. Written by Thompson and playwright Bryony Kimmings, the story follows Kate (Clarke), who works as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop, and her unlikely romance with Tom (Golding) that seems too good to be true. The film was a box office success, grossing over $100 million dollars.
Other notable credits include Solo: A Star Wars Story directed by Ron Howard; Me Before You, the screen adaptation of Jojo Moyes best-selling novel of the same name, which grossed over 208 million worldwide. Clarke also portrayed the iconic role of ‘Sarah Connor’ in Alan Taylor’s Terminator Genisys, a prequel to the popular box-office franchise, opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger. In addition, she co-starred in Richard Shepard’s Dom Hemingway opposite Jude Law and Spike Island directed by Mat Whitecross.
Recently, she published her first comic book “M.O.M.: Mother of Madness” with Image Comics. The three-issue miniseries, co-written by Marguerite Bennett with art from Leila Leiz, centers on a busy single mom named Maya whose life is upended by the discovery of superpowers and uses them to take on a secret cabal of human traffickers.
In 2019, Clarke launched SameYou, a charity aimed at revolutionizing recovery for young adults following brain injury and stroke. SameYou focuses on post-surgery/post hospital care when treatment and recovery resources are often lacking, as well as providing grants and advocacy support to urge leaders to prioritize and improve neuro recovery care for young adults after brain injury and stroke.
Clarke could recently be seen starring in Marvel’s limited series Secret Invasion based on the Skrull-centric comic book arc of the same name. She appeared opposite Samuel L. Jackson, Olivia Colman, and Kingsley Ben-Adir. She can also be seen in the upcoming sci-fi drama The Pod Generation directed by Sophie Barthes, opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor.
The festival will award her the Hollywood Rising-Star Award on Sunday, September 3rd during a ceremony in her presence, followed by the screening of the film The Pod Generation directed by Sophie Barthes.