Emilia Clarke considers the subarachnoid haemorrhage she suffered at the age of 24 to now be a good thing, the actress has shared.
The Daenerys Targaryen star suffered a total of two haemorrhages, one of which occurred shortly after filming wrapped on the first season of Game of Thrones.
The 33-year-old now credits the timing of the health scare coinciding with her career kicking off as giving her a different perspective that she wouldn't have had otherwise.
"I definitely think it's a good thing," Clarke told The Observer. "Having a brain haemorrhage that coincided precisely with the beginning of my career and the beginning of a show that became something quite meaty, it gave me a perspective that I wouldn't have otherwise."
Clarke's father died from cancer in 2016, and the actor has said that the personal tragedy coupled with her brain haemorrhages had made her stronger when it came to coping with the pressures of fame.
She told the publication: "I'm quite a resilient human being, so a parent dying and brain haemorrhages coinciding with success and people following you in the street and getting stalkers - you're just like, 'Well, let's try and make something sensible of it.'"
The Last Christmas star didn't publicly reveal her health troubles until earlier this year when she published a personal essay in the New Yorker.
She went on to share photos of her hospitalisation and has spoken further about her experiences.
Last month, Clarke told of how the paramedics who had taken her to hospital after her first haemorrhage had made her "laugh the whole way to the hospital" despite being in such a scary situation.