British actor Emilia Clarke, famous for playing Daenerys Targaryen in HBO's 'Game of Thrones' has been declared as the sexiest woman of the year by Esquire magazine. Besides her breakthrough role of Daenerys, Emilia also drew attention by playing Sarah Connor in this year's 'Terminator: Genesis'.

Perfect balance between sweetness and toughness

"She manages to bring together a number of opposites, to make them natural: sweetness and toughness, emotionalism with a kind of cold-blooded determination. Something in these contrasts explains her sex appeal, too. She can play queen and kid sister, dominatrix and pal," writes the magazine. 

Esquire’s editorial projects director, Lisa Hintelmann, told The Associated Press that Clarke was an obvious choice for the "Sexiest Woman Alive" title. "Emilia is unforgettable in 'Game of Thrones' and was hands down the number one choice of Esquire’s staff, friends and family," Hintelmann said.

Rough start of the carrer

Emilia Clarke was born in London in 1987. She grew up in Britain, and she graduated from Drama Center London in 2009. Even when she was thirteen, she appeared as a guest in British TV series 'Doctors' but after that she was focused to acting live in theaters, until she finished he education. She also says that her father once told her that she needed to lower her expectations as an actor, as her acting career wasn't so promising in the early days.

After graduating, her first role on film was in science fiction movie 'Triassic Attack'. After that, she received her breakthrough role, one that gave her global popularity: she has played Daenerys Targaryen since 2011, starring in one of today's most popular shows, 'Game of Thrones'. 

However, even if the role of Daenerys Targaryen gave her a lot, it wasn't easy from the start, as the show featured many scenes of sex and violence.

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Clarke said that she used to suffer a lot because of that: "Once, I had to take a little time out," she said. "I said I needed a cup of tea, had a bit of a cry, and was ready for the next scene."

And finally, Esquire magazine describes her as "sexy, but still real," and that's the main reason she received the award.