Emilia Clarke has revealed she now considered the life-threatening brain haemorrhage she had at 24 to be 'a good thing'.
The actress, 33, suffered a stroke in 2011, a subarachnoid haemorrhage caused by bleeding into the space around her brain, and at the time was completely unaware.
The haemorrhage occurred just after Emilia had finished filming the first series of Game of Thrones, where she starred as Daenerys Targaryen, and the star told The Observer gave her a 'perspective' on things she would not otherwise have.
Interview: Emilia Clarke, 33, has revealed she now considered the life-threatening brain haemorrhage she had at 24 to be 'a good thing'
She said: 'I definitely think it's a good thing. Having a brain hemorrhage that coincided precisely with the beginning of my career and the beginning of a show that became something quite meaty, it gave me a perspective that I wouldn't have otherwise.
'I'm quite a resilient human being, so a parent dying and brain hemorrhages coinciding with success and people following you in the street and getting stalkers - you're just like, "Well, let's try and make something sensible of it." '
Emilia also told how she reflected on her years on the fantasy series when it wrapped its eighth series this year.
The Last Christmas star founded the charity SameYou, which provides treatment for people recovering from stroke and brain injuries.
Keath: Emilia suffered a stroke in 2011, a subarachnoid haemorrhage caused by bleeding in the space around her brain (pictured in November 2019)
Emilia kept the stroke a secret for years and admitted filming the second series of Game of Thrones was particularly difficult.
Writing about it in the New Yorker, she said: 'On the set, I didn't miss a beat,