'Game of Thrones'' Emilia Clarke: Before the Emmys, Syfy's 'Triassic Attack'

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Emilia Clarke might have become a household name thanks to her starring role in "Game of Thrones," but she actually was in American households well before she was playing Daenerys Targaryen. Clarke's big breakout was in the 2010 SyFy original movie "Triassic Attack," a made-for-TV movie about a town being attacked by reanimated dinosaur fossils. No wonder Clarke looks so at home with her dragons on "Game of Thrones."

Welcome to Before They Were Emmy Nominees. Each Tuesday and Wednesday between now and the Emmy Awards on Sept. 22, we're going to look back at some early and obscure roles of a few of this year's acting nominees. (See Zap2it's Before They Were Nominees photo gallery.)

Beyond just its content, "Triassic Attack" was a good introduction of Clarke to the world of sci-fi and fantasy because the movie was directed by "Eureka's" Colin Ferguson. In the flick, Clarke plays Savannah, the troublesome daughter of main characters Jake Roundtree (Steven Brand) and Emma Neil-Roundtree (Kirsty Mitchell). Check out a behind-the-scenes look at the film that show's Clarke's role below.

But "Triassic Attack" wasn't audiences' only introduction to Clarke. She got her debut playing Saskia Mayer on the Aug. 25, 2009 episode of "Doctors," "Empty Nest." If you thought she had some daddy issues over being the daughter of the Mad King, then wait until you see what family problems she has to deal with in this BBC soap opera.

Before her TV acting days, Clarke got her start on commercials, like the one for Samaritans that can be seen below.

Did you ever see any of Clarke's earlier work?

Photo/Video credit: HBO/SyFy
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