Anna Buckley
September 23, 2016 10:15 am
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Emilia Clarke broke onto the scene along with the one and only Game of Thrones, playing the role of the *one and only* Mother of Dragons. Not only does Season 1 Daenerys Targaryen seem young and a bit more tame than Season 6 Daenerys, but Emilia Clarke’s first red carpet photos remind us of far how she’s come, too!

Here she is with some of the gang at the Monaco screening of Game Of Thrones in 2011:

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Looking like a #ladyboss from the very beginning, when she was 25 years old. (Also – can you believe that was five years ago?!)

Look at that sweet smile! 

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Can we talk about the gorgeous lace detailing on that dress for a second!? And just look at those sky-high heels.

From fresh-faced to fierce in a matter of six seasons:

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Since taking the world by storm (get it?) in Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke has landed a major role in the book-turned-movie series Me Before You and has more projects to come. She also looks like a total stunner whenever she steps out onto any red carpet nowadays. And she wins at Instagram on the daily thanks to her really long, specific, and detailed hashtags. #emiliaclarkecanyouteachushowtobeascoolasyou?

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