Game of Thrones Star Emilia Clarke Survived Two Brain Aneurysm

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Emilia Clarke has confirmed that she endured and survived two brain aneurysms while filming Game Of Thrones.

Emilia Clarke: Battle With Brain Aneurysm

The famous actress, who plays ‘Mother of Dragons’ Daenerys Targaryen, told in a candid interview with the The New Yorker that she encountered her first aneurysm in 2011.

She told,

‘Just when all my childhood dreams seemed to have come true, I nearly lost my mind and then my life. I’ve never told this story publicly, but now it’s time.’

Emilia then told that she had just concluded filming the first season of the HBO fantasy series when she experienced her initial brain aneurysm while working out with a trainer.

Worrying for her life, the star also admitted she often told herself that this would not be the end, as she tried to keep a sense of herself by repeating her lines from Game of Thrones.

Emilia, who was just 24 at that time, was promptly sent for an MRI where they investigated her with a subarachnoid hemorrhage.

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This is the type of hemorrhage which is a life-threatening form of stroke, which is caused by bleeding around the brain and a third of patients die promptly or soon after suffering one.

Emilia told,

In my worst moments, I wanted to pull the plug. I asked the medical staff to let me die. My job—my entire dream of what my life would be centered on language, on communication. Without that, I was lost.’

Emilia also said that she was told that she would suffer another, smaller, an aneurysm on the other side of her brain while in hospital improving which could burst at any time, anyway, it may also just lie inert.

Prior she was thrown back into filming, Emilia had to go on a press tour for the first season of the show and said she relive feeling like she could die anytime and made it through interviews by quaff on morphine.

After battling through filming for season two and pushing herself to complete season three, Emilia took a character as Holly Golightly on Broadway.

While in New York, Emilia gone through one of her regular brain scans and doctors found that it had doubled in size and needed to operate to avoid any complications.

Despite being pledged a simple surgery, Emilia said she got up screaming in pain following the failed surgery and doctors had to operate again in order to promote her chance of survival.

She said while passing another month in the hospital she at a time lost hope and suffered from anxiety and panic attacks, adding that she assumed like a shadow of her former self.

Emilia Clarke: Present Condition

The Me Before You actress said that she now battles to remember those dark times as her mind has tried to block them out, but she does recall being convinced she would die, and that her story would get out.

A reporter requests her about her operation six weeks after the surgery, when the National Enquirer ran a small story, but Emilia was keen to disagree with the allegation.

However, Emilia said she now believes like the time is right to speak out and confess that she is one of the lucky few with an excellent level of care.

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Several weeks after the operation Emilia attended Comic-Con where she went through an intense headache, and once again she resigned herself to the fact that her time had come after believing to have cheated death.

Still, she was met by her publicist who said told her a reporter from MTV was waiting to chat to her, and rather than running from the circumstances, Emilia joked that she thought if she was going to die, she would do it live on television.

Emilia now affirms she is feeling well again and besides finally speaking out about her experiences she has decided to initiate a charity called ‘SameYou’, which intends to offer treatment for people recovering from brain injuries and stroke.

She also added that she feels fabulously fortunate to have wrapped the final season of Game Of Thrones and been able to see how the story ended.

Emilia Clarke: Story

Emilia, who barely gave her health a thought and was consumed by her passion to be an actress, grew up in Oxford with her businesswoman mother and a very good designer father who worked hard to put her through private school.

She said that though she does not have a strong sense of when she actually decided to become an actress she can remind being mesmerized by a performance of Show Boat when she was just three years old with her father, who passed in July 2016.

Emilia was tagged as Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive in 2015 – and turned down the character of Anastasia Steele in 2015’s heinous film Fifty Shades of Grey.

The actress opportunity to fame in 2011 after she replaced Tamzin Merchant as the platinum-haired Targaryen princess Daenerys Targaryen on Game Of Thrones.

Her role has since gone through some dramatic plotlines consisting an arranged marriage to Dothraki chieftain Khal Drogo, played by Jason Momoa, and the tense Liberation of Slaver’s Bay.

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She last appeared in a scandalous scene with Jon Snow, played by Kit Harrington, in the final episode of season seven of Game Of Thrones.

Many of Emilia’s spot has seen her exposed on camera, but she recently admitted that she does not repent her choices as the fantasy series gears up to air its final episodes next month.

Stepping into her character as Daenerys, Emilia was handed over more sex scenes than any other character in season one of the famous television series.

But regardless of her image now being featured on porn sites, Emilia said The Sun there is ‘not one part of the show I would go back and redo’.


A subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is a kind of stroke caused by bleeding in the brain. About 5 to 10 percent of strokes are caused by SAH. They most commonly occur in older people.

It can also be caused by a head injury or a ruptured aneurysm. A third of patients survive and heal, a third survive with the disability, and a third do not survive at all.


  • Aneurysm: a balloon-like bulge or weakening of an artery wall that ruptures, releasing blood into the subarachnoid space around the brain.
  • Arteriovenous malformation (AVM): an abnormal tangle of arteries and veins with no capillaries in between. The weakened blood vessels can rupture and bleed.
  • Traumatic brain injury: during the impact of an accident, the brain crashes back and forth inside the skull tearing blood vessels.


Symptoms of subarachnoid hemorrhage are as follows:

  • sudden onset of a severe headache (often described as ‘the worst headache of my life’)
  • nausea and vomiting
  • stiff neck
  • sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • blurred or double vision
  • loss of consciousness
  • seizures

Written by Anne W. Hansen

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