Emilia Clarke is no longer a single woman. The Game of Thrones star is officially dating director Charlie McDowell, the son of Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen. The two confirmed their relationship with a romantic photo on social media in honor of the actress’s recent birthday.
On Instagram, Clarke posted an image that featured her shadow hugging a mystery man on a beach. “Well that was a birthday I won’t be forgetting in a while,” she tagged alongside the photo. Clarke did not mention McDowell by name, but he uploaded the exact same pic on his Instagram a couple of hours after, writing, “Happy birthday, E.”
Fans naturally went crazy after the pair confirmed their romance. Most fans were supportive of the new relationship, and even McDowell’s mom got in on the fun and wished Clarke a happy birthday. Clarke and McDowell have not commented on their relationship and it is not clear when they started seeing each other. Clarke previously dated Seth MacFarlane until 2013, while McDowell was with Rooney Mara until 2016.
According to Us Magazine, Clarke discussed her dating life in the spring of 2016, saying that she does not mind being single. A few months later, Clarke playfully flirted with Matt LeBlanc during the Emmys. LeBlanc then joked that he needs to get caught up on Game of Thrones.
Clarke, meanwhile, celebrated her recent birthday with an elaborately decorated dragon cake. The actress shared a photo of the cake on Instagram, along with a lengthy note thanking everyone for their well wishes. McDowell liked the pic, which is only further proof of their new romance.
Emilia Clarke just finished filming the final season of Game of Thrones, which is expected to premiere on HBO early next year. Apart from having famous parents — and a step-father named Tony Danza — McDowell is best known for the popular movie, The One I Love, which starred Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass.