'GoT' star Emilia Clarke shares pics of her 2011 brain surgeries

Emilia Clarke. Credit PA

The British actress, who plays the dragon riding queen Daenerys Targaryen in the hit HBO show, says she suffered the first aneurysm at 24 while at the gym, not long after completing the first season Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke kept it secret that she'd suffered two brain aneurysms during the early days of the show.

In photos shared during the TV segment, Clarke is seen in her hospital bed with various equipment hooked to her body, as she recovered from surgery. "If a part of your brain doesn't get blood to it, it will just no longer work".

Game of Thrones starts up its final season on April 14th, and fans of the epic series have been bracing themselves for the final descent into fantastical chaos.

Over the weekend, Clarke made an appearance on CBS News and spoke of her experience with these brain bleeds, or as they're formally known, as subarachnoid haemorrhages.

While recovering from her first aneurysm, Emilia was told she had a second on the other side of her brain which could burst at any time, but they later operated on it after discovering it had doubled in size after she'd filmed GoT series three.


Things did improve. "In the years since my second surgery I have healed beyond my most unreasonable hopes", she wrote.

Discussing the impact it had not just on her physical health but mental well-being, she said: "The first time it was difficult, with the second one I found it much harder to stay optimistic". It's like you short circuit.

"That was a deep paranoia, from the first one as well".

"So, they [the doctors] literally were looking at the brain and being like, 'Well, we think it could be - could be her concentration, it could be her peripheral vision, '" she said.

She said that once she returned to shoot the second season she had no time to "question her own mortality" because she was too busy playing a "bada*s character who walked through fire".

"I always say it's my taste in men", she joked.

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