Emilia Clarke of 'Game of Thrones' Named Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive

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Emilia Clarke, who is beloved as Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones, has been named Esquire magazine's Sexiest Woman Alive.

For the cover of the magazine, the Mother of Dragons struck a sexy pose lying topless in bed. According to TV Guide, inside the issue, Clarke poses in a series of photos featuring the actress in lots of lingerie.

For the feature article, Emilia told of how she landed her star-making role as Daenerys Targaryen on the HBO hit. She said that after graduating from drama school, Clarke gave herself a year to make it as an actress, but failed. She wound up working three jobs, including gigs at a bar, at a call center and one job she declined to reveal.

"And then my agent calls me up and says, 'Did you ever go up for Game of Thrones?'" Clarke recalls, noting that HBO had shot a pilot, but wasn't happy with the original casting.

"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.'"

Things went very quickly for the actress and she didn't even have the time to read the George R.R. Martin's books to discover more about her character.

"So I did what every good actor does and Wikipedia'd the living crap out of it," she said.

From there, Clarke said she sensed that what HBO was looking for was "someone who could grow before your eyes in one season, who could gather strength and show vulnerability, they wanted the arc."

As to the sexy and often times nude scenes for Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke said, "I'm perfectly find with it."

Do you think Emilia Clarke is the sexiest woman alive? If not, who is your choice for the honor?

Pam Wright