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Emilia Clarke: Will Her Brain Injuries End Her Career?

Emilia Clarke, actress from the hit series Game of Thrones, in front of a blue sky

Emilia Clarke shared her concerns about her future in Game of Thrones after two brain hemorrhages. In a recent interview, the young British actress revealed she feared being fired by the production.

The beautiful brunette, known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen, suffered a first aneurysm rupture in 2011, followed by a second in 2013. She explains that after her first stroke, she lost the ability to speak. She was only 24 years old. "A brain injury significantly alters your perception of yourself," she said.

During her recovery, the actress wondered: "Am I going to get fired? Will I be let go because they think I can’t do my job?" Despite her fears, she quickly returned to the set.

The actress managed to turn her difficulties into strength. "If I hadn’t had a brain hemorrhage, I might have become an old bitch thinking everything was owed to me," she told Harper’s Bazaar. In 2019, Clarke co-founded the charity SameYou, which helps victims of brain injuries. She was awarded the title of Member of the Order of the British Empire for this honorable work.

The courageous Emilia Clarke now shares her experience to raise awareness of the heavy challenges faced by brain injury victims and continues to draw strength from her painful trials.