As far as TV actresses go, few actresses can match the popularity of Emilia Clarke. The London-born actress is extremely popular, thanks to her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO show, Game of Thrones. The show and her character drew plenty of controversy at the end of its run, but Emilia continues to be a subject of interest for millions of fans. One particular focus of that interest is her love life.
Being beautiful and globally beloved has created fans highly invested in Emilia Clarke’s relationship history. Since she joined the industry in 2009, she has had her share of relationships, especially with fellow celebrities. From Seth MacFarlane to Charlie McDowell, we took a look at Emilia Clarke’s love life, with details about her GOT fueled wealth.
Dissecting Emilia Clarke’s Relationship History
If rumors and evidence-backed relationships are anything to go by, Emilia Clarke has been in six relationships since she became a professional actress in 2009. Despite her fame, she tries to maintain a private life, so we cannot speak for her love life before acting at the moment. Still, she has had a busy personal life, and it all started with Seth MacFarlane.
Seth MacFarlane (2012 – 2013)
Game of Thrones was just a few seasons in when Emilia Clarke and Seth MacFarlane started dating. At the time, she wasn’t yet the global star she is today, but the seeds were already germinating. How they met is anyone’s guess, but they began dating in 2012.
Paparazzi spotted the couple in July 2012 after a lunch date and smooching session in the car afterward. Ongoings of the actual relationship remained a secret until it ended about a year after in March 2013. It reportedly ended due to long-distance, and by May, Emilia Clarke was apparently in another relationship.
James Franco (2013)
This is one of the few rumors in Emilia’s dating history. Similar to her and Seth, the Mother of Dragons was seen at an art fair in New York City in May 2013 with the actor/producer. According to eyewitnesses, both of them were extra friendly with each other. At the time, both actors were scheduled to star in The Garden of Last Days, but the film got scrapped, and along with it, their romance.
Cory Michael Smith (2014)
For a brief moment in 2014, Cory Michael Smith and Emilia Clarke were a thing. Considered another unsubstantiated rumor in the actress’s relationship timeline, they were supposedly an item for a brief period in March 2014. Observers spotted both of them holding hands at the Vanity Fair’s Oscars party. Maybe not evidence of a relationship, but they were also slow dancing. So make of that what you will.
Jai Courtney (2014 – 2015)
One relationship we are sure happened involved Suicide Squad star, Jai Courtney. The two of them, in what is majorly considered a fling, were a couple in 2015. The film, Terminator Genisys, may not have been the best in the franchise, but it gave Emilia another boyfriend.
The two of them met on set and became partners in more ways than one during filming. Unfortunately, it did not last, and by June 2015, Jai told the world he was single. We still don’t know what went wrong.
Charlie McDowell (2018 – 2019)
After three years without any solid relationship or rumor, Emilia Clarke returned to gossip websites in more lowkey fashion. They confirmed their relationship in a truly modern style – posting the same Instagram photos of each other. This was October 2018, and many fans believed this was the long-term relationship they hope for the actress.
The couple dashed those hopes a few months after in February 2019 when they parted ways. It is anyone’s guess why it happened, but it did.
At the moment, based on all evidence Emilia is single. And to answer those questions we know you have – no, she did not date Kit Harrington or Jason Momoa. Despite being two of the most famous onscreen lovers of the actress, they are just excellent friends in real life.
How Emilia Clarke Amassed a $17 Million Net Worth
It is not every day an actress becomes one of the richest actresses in Hollywood via a TV show. But that is just another evidence of the behemoth that was Game of Thrones. The show made its stars wealthy, and Emilia was one of the biggest benefactors.
Emilia had only appeared in one episode of a TV show, a short film, a TV movie when she got cast as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones. So, she wasn’t a star earner by any means. But by the fifth season of the show, Emilia was earning $500,000 per episode. She made that amount for twenty episodes between season five and six, bringing her total income to $10 million.
In the seventh and eighth season, she earned $1.1 million per episode. The figure made her the sixth highest-paid actor ever on TV. For all 14 episodes, she earned $14.3 million in total. By the time Game of Thrones was over, Emilia had made an estimated $30 million before taxes.
As her career blossomed alongside Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke earned more. Her exact earnings for other projects remain unknown, but since debuting on GOT, she has appeared in at least 17 different projects. Both on film and television. Some of them include Solo: A Star Wars Story, Me Before You, and Terminator Genisys, which undoubtedly gave her major paydays. Genisys, for instance, reportedly earned her $5 million.
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Aside from her earnings from movies and TV, Emilia is also quite the brand magnet. Emilia Clarke has endorsements deals with Dior and Dolce & Gabbana. In 2020, she became the global ambassador for Clinique, a cosmetics company. No one knows how much she earns from these deals exactly, but one thing is for sure – they don’t come cheap.
From Houses to Charity – How Emilia Clarke Spends Her Millions
Part of Emilia Clarke’s appeal is her dorky personality, and it reflects in her lifestyle too. With so much success at a young age, Emilia still maintains a relatively simple life. The bulk of her known expenses goes to activism and charity work. The actress is a known supporter of multiple charitable organizations, to whom she donates her time and money.
She has a charity of her own, SameYou. She launched it in 2019, with a focus on expanding treatment and rehabilitation for young people who suffered a stroke or brain injury.
When she is not using her money for good, she spends on a few luxuries. So far, we know she has two homes in the US and England. She bought a house in Venice Beach, California, for $4.64 million in 2016.
In 2019, she bought another for £8 million in Islington, London. The house, located specifically in Hampstead village, has six bedrooms with a ton of Victorian features, and the security a global star like her needs.