16 Things To Know About "House Of The Dragon" Actor Milly Alcock

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1.To start, Milly Alcock is currently starring as Rhaenyra Targaryen in House of the Dragon.

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2.Prior to landing the starring role, she was "washing dishes in a restaurant, living in [her] mum’s attic."

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3.Milly, who hails from Sydney, entered the world on April 11, 2000 — making her 22.

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4.She dropped out of high school to follow her acting dreams, saying of the 2019 TV series she had a starring role in, "I couldn’t turn down Upright for a piece of paper. That just seemed ridiculous to me and infuriating."

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5.Milly landed her first recurring role, as Isabella Barrett, in the 2017 miniseries High Life.

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6.And after that, she went on to appear in The School, The Gloaming, Reckoning, and more.

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7.Her interest in acting started because everyone else in her family was uninterested in it.

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8.She initially began auditioning for House of the Dragon in November 2020.

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9.The Australian native grew up with two brothers.

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10.In 2018, she was honored as a rising star by the Casting Guild of Australia.

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11.Milly is active on social media and has more than 240,000 followers on Instagram.

12.She's an avid photographer and often posts candid snapshots to her feed.

13.While we may all know her by Milly, her real name is Amelia May Alcock.

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14.The two people who inspired Milly's portrayal of Rhaenyra? Cate Blanchett and Audrey Hepburn.

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"If you could combine those two women together, I think that is Rhaenyra," she said. "She's witty and cheeky, but she has to perform constantly and live up to that regal role. But you can see under the surface, she's quite uncomfortable in her skin."

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15.When Game of Thrones premiered, she was just a kid and "completely oblivious" to the show.

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"I was about 10 when it came out, and it wasn't really age appropriate, you know what I mean? Fantasy isn't my go-to genre," she said. "But I watched it over preproduction and fell in love with it, and understood why it had the amount of success that it did. It's very good!"

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16.And finally, she has described her House of the Dragon character as "such a gift."

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"It’s always such a gift when you’re given a character that has such a clear moral compass and such a clear trajectory in what they want, and how the world around them doesn’t allow them to get to that," she said. "It really gives you so much to play with."

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