The Mother of Dragons has achieved a slightly less bloodthirsty new victory.

Actress Emilia Clarke has been named “Sexiest Woman Alive!” by the people who decide such things.

In this case, Esquire Magazine.

The 28-year-old Game of Thrones star has appeared in a stunning photo shoot for the magazine after receiving the honor.

The actress, who this year also starred in Terminator Genisys, talked to the magazine about landing her role on the hit HBO show.

“My agent told the casting director, ‘I know that the breakdown for this character is tall and willowy and blonde. I know she’s short and round and brown, but I’d like you to see her,” she explained. “I had two scenes which told me nothing and not very much time in which to read all those books.

“So I did what every good actor does and Wikipedia’d the living crap out of it.”

Over the show’s five seasons, Clarke’s character survives an arranged marriage to a primitive warrior, betrayal by one of her trusted lieutenants and repeated challenges to her growing power. Her nuanced portrayal of the golden-tressed Daenerys, revealing both strength and vulnerability, has won her two Emmy nominations.

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