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Emilia Clarke's Emmy nod dimmed by doctor

Emilia Clarke found out about her Emmy nomination in the most embarrassing of places.

The actress is in the running for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series gong thanks to her role as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, which was one of the 24 nominations the TV show received yesterday.

The star is thrilled with the honour, although she does wish hearing about it could have been more of an occasion.

"I was in the doctor’s waiting room - the girls’ doctor’s waiting room,” she laughed to Variety. “Being like, ‘Oh, good… I just have to continue this phone call with everyone giving me loads of congratulations and getting stared at by everybody else in the waiting room to shut the hell up.’ So it was absolutely brilliant, hilarious, couldn’t have happened in a better place.”

Joining Emilia in the category is her co-star Lena Headey, who plays Cersei Lannister. The women are fully supportive of each other and have vowed not to become competitive as the September 20 ceremony draws close.

“It feels bloody amazing. I wholeheartedly believe that she deserves it much, much more than I do,” Emilia said. “She’s one of the finest actors ever, and I’ve grown up on the show admiring her and going to her for advice, so it’s really b***dy amazing, because she puts her heart out there, and every season… she gives it so much. It’s brilliant. I want everyone on Game of Thrones to be nominated for something.”

Lena is just as enthusiastic, saying that having two women up for a gong is "very cool". She heard about the honour when she wasn't feeling her best as she'd been up all night, although she now wonders if she should have realised something was in the offing.

"My new baby’s been awake all night, so I feel like she may have known something I didn’t,” she laughed.

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