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Emilia Clarke has opened up about her experience survive two brain aneurysmsexpressing her gratitude that she has been able to recover after losing “quite a bit” of the organ.

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Clarke recalled her health problems during an interview with the BBC Sunday morningin which she finished her production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull at the Harold Pinter Theater. The piece marks the actress’ West End debut.

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“It was the most excruciating pain,” Clarke said. “It was incredibly useful to have Game of Thrones sweep me up and give me that goal.”

Emilia Clarke is candid about her experience surviving two brain aneurysms. (WireImage)

Clarke suffered two life-threatening brain aneurysms while working on the HBO series: the first in 2011, the second in 2013. Both medical emergencies required long recovery periods. Clarke first opened up about the difficult situation in 2019with the certainty that she is completely better now.

“The amount of my brain that is no longer usable – it’s remarkable that I can speak, sometimes articulate, and live my life completely normally without any consequences,” Clarke said. “I belong to the very, very, very small minority of people who can survive that.”

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Clarke then recalled the time she saw scans of her brain after the incidents.

Clarke said “it was the most excruciating pain”. (CBS Sunday morning)

“There’s quite a bit missing,” Clarke said before bursting out laughing. “That always makes me laugh… Strokes, actually, once part of your brain doesn’t get blood for a second, it’s gone. So the blood finds another route to move, but then whatever piece is missing is gone.”

Clarke has since started a charity for brain injury and stroke victims called SameYou, though she has put her own medical problems behind her and accepted her current health condition.

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She contracted the two life-threatening brain aneurysms while working on Game of Thrones. (HBO)

“I thought, ‘Well, this is who you are. This is the brain you have.’ So there’s no point in constantly racking your brains about what might not be there,” Clarke said.

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Clarke also took the time to discuss her role in The Seagullwhich opened on July 6.

“The chance to play Nina in The Seagull on the West End stage with an acclaimed, acclaimed incredible director like Jamie Lloyd – it was kind of a profound experience… It’s audacious to take such a beloved and well-known piece like this and put it in such a modern, stripped-down, bare [format]Clarke said. ‘That’s why you do theatre. It’s so exciting.”

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