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'GoT' prequel 'House of the Dragon': Who is Emily Carey? Trolls once forced star to delete social media

Emily Carey plays one of the important characters, Alicent Hightower, on 'House of the Dragon' that changes everything
UPDATED AUG 24, 2022
Emily Carey as Alicent Hightower in 'House of the Dragon' (HBO) and a still of Emily Carey (Instagram/@theemilycarey)
Emily Carey as Alicent Hightower in 'House of the Dragon' (HBO) and a still of Emily Carey (Instagram/@theemilycarey)

The ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel series ‘House of the Dragon’ exceeded all the expectations with a superb premiere episode. Set 172 years before the birth of Daenerys Targaryen, the series primarily focuses on House Targaryen and how they became a force to be reckoned with. The characters seem to be really well-written and everyone has their own motives, but if there’s one character that has intrigued us the most, it has to be Alicent Hightower.

Now, if you have read ‘Fire & Blood’ and know about ‘Dance of the Dragons’, then you realize how important Lady Alicent Hightower is to this story. During the premiere, we saw that Princess Rhaenyra and Alicent shared a lovely relationship with each other and were really close. So close, that viewers started to believe that they are a “lesbian couple." However, things changed when King Viserys’ (Paddy Considine) first wife Queen Aemma Arryn (Sian Brooke) died while delivering a baby boy. After that, Ser Otto Hightower, father of Alicent, sent her daughter to Viserys and told her to keep his mind away from this tragedy. Indirectly, he is grooming her to be Viserys’ wife and the bearer of his children.


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Milly Alcock as Young Rhaenyra, Emily Carey as Young Alicent in 'House of the Dragon' (HBO)
Milly Alcock as Young Rhaenyra, Emily Carey as Young Alicent in 'House of the Dragon' (HBO)

Emily Carey, who portrays Alicent on the show, seems to have embodied the character really well and is undoubtedly the actor to watch out for. Let’s take a look at the actress playing the menacing character and get to know what other projects they have been a part of.

Who is Emily Carey?

Born on April 30, 2003, Emily Carey is a British actor who began their professional acting career at the tender age of 9. They were a part of the ‘Shrek: The Musical’ at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and that’s how they forayed into the field of acting. However, it didn’t much time for them to make their debut on Television, and was cast as Grace Beauchamp in BBC’s medical drama series ‘Casualty’. The actor received a lot of praise for their acting and managed to nab the attention of several producers and directors. Carey went on to play the role of Mary Conan Doyle in the series ‘Houdini & Doyle’ and laid a strong foundation for their career.

Emily Carey as Young Diana in 'Wonder Woman' (Warner Bros/DC)
Emily Carey as Young Diana in 'Wonder Woman' (Warner Bros/DC)

In 2017, Carey became a part of the DC Extended Universe when she was cast as Young Diana Prince in the blockbuster superhero movie ‘Wonder Woman’. Gal Gadot played the adult version of the iconic comic-book character. Even though they are really young, Carey has managed to make an impact with impeccable performances in titles such as ‘Tomb Raider’, ‘Anastasia: Once Upon a Time’, ‘Where is Anne Frank’, and ‘Get Even’.
Apart from that, they also appeared in the video for Idina Menzel and Michael Buble’s cover of ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’, playing a younger version of Idina Menzel. In 2016, Huffington Post included them in the list of Top five child stars to watch out for. The list included the likes of Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Bella Ramsey, and Sebastian Croft.

However, there’s no doubt that ‘House of the Dragon’ is undoubtedly the biggest TV show they have worked on so far. In 2021, she shared her excitement about being a part of the show on her official Instagram account and said how they didn’t know anything about the project until they got the role. They added, “My brain is fried. It’s just insane. I auditioned. It was a fairly long audition process and I didn’t know what the project was or the character was until I got it. I can’t answer any questions or who I’ll be in scenes with but stay tuned for more and I love you.”

Emily Carey attends the
Emily Carey attends the "House Of The Dragon" Sky Group Premiere in Leicester Square on August 15, 2022, in London, England (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Why did they delete their Twitter account?

Their journey hasn’t been smooth and had to delete their Twitter account after facing a lot of social media backlash due to the comments made during the show’s panel at this year’s San-Diego Comic Con. During the event, they shared about the preparations she did to build a backstory for her character and as soon as they surfaced online, trolls began abusing them. They told, “I love social media. I’m 19, so I’m all on social media. But I will say I did delete Twitter (after SDCC) because it’s just so loud. Even when it’s good, there are so many and it’s so loud. I love the buzz, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes it can be overwhelming, and that’s me being completely transparent.”


They are now back on Twitter and keep on sharing ‘House of the Dragon’ content on their timeline. Carey has more than 23,000 followers on the micro-blogging platform.

Meanwhile, on Instagram, the ‘Get Even’ star has over 133,000 followers and doesn’t shy away from sharing gorgeous pictures on the image-sharing platform.

Are they dating anyone?

Carey is openly queer and not afraid of it. However, they are not dating anyone at this point in time.

'House of the Dragon' returns to HBO with a new episode every Sunday at 9 pm EST.