In 2011 and 2013, Emilia Clarke had to undergo brain aneurysm surgery. Now she talks about missing parts of her brain.

British actress Emilia Clarke (35) reported on the experiences after her two brain aneurysms. In a BBC interview on the Sunday Morning show, she revealed that parts of her brain have become unusable since then. However, she belongs to a “really, really, really small minority” who would have survived such a serious illness and would not feel “any impairments”.

It is remarkable that she can still speak at all. “It was unbearable agony,” she says. Her work for “Game of Thrones” shook her up and gave her a goal. Clarke suffered a life-threatening stroke in 2011 – at the age of 24 – after a vessel affected by a brain aneurysm ruptured. In 2013, another aneurysm in her head had to be removed during another operation, which also caused a stroke. The bleeding was even heavier than the first time, Clarke later wrote in a guest article in The New Yorker magazine.

Emilia Clarke: She’s amused that parts of her brain are missing

In the new BBC interview, she remembers the first brain scans after the two surgeries: “There’s a lot missing,” she says, laughing out loud. The fact would always amuse her greatly. She then earnestly explains to the viewers that in the event of a stroke, basically every part of the brain that is not supplied with blood for a second is lost forever.

For her, however, it makes no sense to constantly rack her brains about what might no longer be there in her brain. “I thought, ‘Well, that’s what you are’.”