Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke says ‘quite a bit’ of her brain is missing after two aneurysms

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has said that "quite a bit" of her brain is missing as she opened up about the two brain aneurysms she had while filming the popular HBO show.

The actress, 35, who played main character Daenerys Targaryen on the show, opened up about the terrifying experiences she had after falling ill on two occasions on set, once in 2011 and another in 2013.

Emilia had to undergo surgery following each aneurysm, she told BBC's Sunday Morning, and spoke about how "remarkable" it is that she can continue her life as normal despite the two life-threatening ordeals, The Mirror reports.

Speaking to host Sophie Raworth, she said: "It was just the most excruciating pain, huge vomiting, trying to regain consciousness; I kept asking myself all these questions.

"I hilariously kept saying lines from the show in my head. If you are throwing up and you have a headache, that is not good for your brain.

"I was 22 [when she had the first aneurysm] but it was helpful having Game of Thrones to sweep me up and give me that purpose.

"The amount of my brain that is no longer usable – it’s remarkable that I am able to speak, sometimes articulately, and live my life completely normally with absolutely no repercussions.

“I am in the really, really, really small minority of people that can survive that."

Clarke then revealed doctors showed her scans of her brain, and how her aneurysms permanently affected her brain for the rest of her life – but she is just gobsmacked at how extraordinary the human body actually is.

She said: "There’s quite a bit missing, which always makes me laugh!

"Because strokes, basically, as soon as any part of your brain doesn’t get blood for a second, it’s gone.

"And so the blood finds a different route to get around but then whatever bit it’s missing is therefore gone. It kind of shows how little of our brains we actually use."

Emilia starred in all eight seasons of Game of Thrones, which ran from 2011 to 2019, becoming one of the hit show's most popular characters.

Following her own experiences, she founded the charity SameYou in 2019, which supports people who have suffered brain injuries like herself and focuses on their emotional and mental health recovery.

A year later, she was awarded the Public Leadership in Neurology award by the American Brain Foundation in acknowledgement of her efforts to raise awareness about neurorehabilitation.


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