Its official, Emilia Clarke is dating 35-year-old director Charlie McDowell.

On Wednesday, the Game of Thrones star posted an Instagram photo of her shadow embracing someone on the beach. 

“Well that was a birthday I won’t be forgetting in a while,” the 32-year-old actress wrote. 

Hours later, McDowell posted the exact photo on his account with the caption, “Happy birthday, E.”

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Happy birthday, E. ❤️

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Clarke’s 32 birthday was on October 23, and fans took to the comments to wish her a happy birthday and congratulate her on her new romance. “An unforgettable, lovely and happy birthday is one of the best things we could wish for you!!! Hope it was all that and more! love love love you,” one user wrote. 

People also commented on McDowell’s post and showed support for their new relationship. 

McDowell, son of Academy Award-winning actress Mary Steenburgen is an American film director and writer. He is most known for his 2014 movie, The One I Love, starring Elisabeth Moss. He has also directed the Netflix sci-fi romance, The Discovery, which premiered in 2017.

The Discovery stars Jason Segal, Robert Redford, and Rooney Mara, who he shared a six-year relationship with before they split.

McDowell also previously dated Kristin Chenoweth in 2008, and the Me Before You actress has dated Seth MacFarlane, James Franco, and Jai Courtney.


Just two years ago, Clarke revealed that she was content with her then single-status, telling Glamour that she was just “just chilling” and had “a good thing going.”

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