Emilia Clarke, best known for playing Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones, was named Esquire‘s 2015 Sexiest Woman Alive.

Emilia Clarke Sexiest Woman Alive

Esquire announced Clarke as the winner of the Sexiest Woman Alive title on Twitter Monday.

Explaining why Clarke, 28, was chosen for this year’s title, Lisa Hintelmann, the editorial projects director for the magazine, said, “Emilia Clarke is unforgettable in Game of Thrones and was hands down the number one choice of Esquire‘s staff, friends and family.”

In the profile that accompanied Clarke’s Esquire photoshoot, the actress detailed how she was floundering trying to make a career as an actress, working three side jobs, when she landed Game of Thrones.

“My agent calls me up and says, ‘Did you ever go up for Game of Thrones?” Clarke told Esquire. “My agent told the casting director, ‘I know that the breakdown for this character [Daenerys] is tall and willowy and blonde. I know she’s short and round and brown, but I’d like you to see her.'”

“I had two scenes which told me nothing and not very much time in which to read all those [George R. R. Martin] books,” Emilia added of her audition. “So I did what every good actor does and Wikipedia’d the living crap out of it.”

Clarke, whose profile in Hollywood rose this year with Terminator Genisys alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, was named Woman of the Year by GQ back in September.

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