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Who Is Emilia Clarke Dating? Meet Her Partner, Charlie McDowell

ELLE logo ELLE 14/11/2018 Susannah Guthrie
Emilia Clarke standing in front of a crowd: Who Is Emilia Clarke Dating? Meet Her Partner, Charlie McDowell © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Who Is Emilia Clarke Dating? Meet Her Partner, Charlie McDowell

Despite achieving mega-stardom with her role on HBO series Game of Thrones, British actress Emilia Clarke has somehow managed to retain an air of mystery around her personal life, particularly when it comes to who she's dating at any given moment.

While she's previously been linked to writer and actor Seth MacFarlane in 2012, James Franco in 2013, actor Cory Michael Smith in 2014, and Australian actor Jai Courtney sometime around 2014-15, she's never officially "stepped out" with a love interest.

Emilia Clarke, Seth MacFarlane posing for the camera: Clarke and one-time boyfriend Seth MacFarlane in 2013. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Clarke and one-time boyfriend Seth MacFarlane in 2013.

Until now, that is. On her 32nd birthday, Clarke sent fans into a frenzy by sharing a cryptic post to Instagram of a sandy beach with two shadows in the bottom left corner: one clearly a man kissing a woman, who is clearly Clarke.

"Well that was a birthday I won't be forgetting in a while," she captioned the shot.

So who's the mystery man? Some heavy investigating from fans lead them to the Instagram profile of writer/director Charlie McDowell, 35, who had posted the exact same photo to his own account, with the caption: "Happy birthday, E."

Since then, the pair has not been shy about making their love public, stepping out for a stroll in Venice, California, and being snapped cosying up to one another.

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While Clarke is a household name, it turns out McDowell has some serious movie star pedigree of his own. He's the son of A Clockwork Orange star Malcolm McDowell and actress Mary Steenburgen and his stepfather is Cheers star Ted Danson.

He's known for his hilarious Twitter feed (seriously Time magazine named it as "one of the most hilarious Twitter feeds out there"), his debut film The One I Love and his most recent film, The Discovery, which was picked up by Netflix.

He's also got a fairly famous ex-girlfriend: Actress Rooney Mara, who McDowell dated for six years, ending in 2016.

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While we're not entirely sure how long Clarke and McDowell have been together, it's clear they're super loved-up, especially since Clarke broke her long-standing secrecy to share a snap of her new beau. She's clearly smitten.

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