Published: Tue, April 09, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke 'wanted to die' during health battle

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke 'wanted to die' during health battle

Clarke, now 32, made an appearance on "CBS Sunday Morning" where she recalled the dark place she went to after her surgery, and shared images from her hospital stay.

Despite her concerns, Clarke said she was "completely in the clear" after two rounds of surgery, and had started the Same You charity for survivors of brain injuries.

In one of the photographs, the actor is lying on a hospital bed holding her phone, with the red dragon sigil for House Targaryen visible on the back of her phone case. The Daenerys Targaryen star could also be seen with wires stuck on her chest as she took a candid selfie, staring straight down the lens in the stark picture. And the actress has found that, in some ways, she can, too.

"I definitely went through a period of being of being down, to put it mildly", she explained. At some level, I knew what was happening: "my brain was damaged".

"As I later learned, about a third of SAH patients die immediately or soon thereafter". My job - my entire dream of what my life would be- centred on language, on communication. "Without that, I was lost", she told the programme.

But Clarke also said that doctors told her part of her brain had died during the aneurysms. "That's the part of my brain, yeah, my decent taste in men", she joked.

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Emilia Clarke has opened up about her the brain aneurysms affected her mental health.

"The whole show is just a discussion on power", she said.

"So, with the second one, there was a bit of my brain that actually died", Clarke said.

The actress was just 24 and had just finished filming the first series of the hit fantasy show when suffered a devastating brain haemorrhage that left her in intensive care.

She tells correspondent Tracy Smith that portraying a strong woman on TV helped her to be one in life, when she suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage, twice, and almost died.

But seeing out the landmark series seemed unlikely when the first aneurysm struck as she worked out in a London gym eight years ago.

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