Yesterday (July 17), Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke said how she should not be able to speak after two aneurysms left sections of her brain no longer usable. The 35-year-old actress said she was in the really small minority of people who have survived and been left with 'no repercussions'. She said, "It is remarkable that I am able to speak. I am in the really, really, really small minority of people that can survive that".

Emilia's first aneurysm burst way back in 2011 after she had filmed the first series of the hit show Game Of Thrones and caused a stroke while the second needed surgery in 2013 after scans showed that the aneurysm had doubled in size. Emilia, who is performing in The Seagull in her West End debut, told Sophie Raworth on BBC1's Sunday Morning that, "You gain a lot of perspective. The amount of my brain that is no longer usable. There is quite a bit missing which always makes me laugh".

The actress first suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage after the aneurysm – a weak area in a blood vessel – on the surface of the brain burst which is most common in people aged between 45 and 70. It can leave patients with extreme tiredness, problems sleeping, headaches, vision disturbances, and loss of movement. Her life-saving treatment has left her with titanium in place of sections of her skull and scarring.

But Clarke said she has been left unaffected, adding, "I can do a two and a half hour play every single night and not forget a line. I always had a good memory because it is the only skill as an actor. So your memory is obviously incredibly important and I consistently tested that." She said she gave up wondering about what is going on in her brain because there was no point in kind of continually racking your brains as to what might not be there because what you have now is great. Following her diagnosis, Emilia Clarke founded the charity SameYou to help people who are recovering from brain injuries and strokes.