(CNN)She has led armies, conquered cities and ridden dragons.
And now "Game of Thrones'" Emilia Clarke is the sexiest woman alive, according to Esquire.
The men's magazine bestowed its annual honor on the British actress, 28, who plays aspiring queen Daenerys Targaryen on the hit HBO show. Clarke appears half-clothed on the cover of Esquire's November issue and in various states of undress inside the magazine, which compliments her ability to play both "friendly and fierce" onscreen.
Clarke tells Esquire she had to look up the "Game of Thrones" series online before auditioning for the role.
"I had two scenes which told me nothing and not very much time in which to read all those (George R.R. Martin) books," she says. "So I did what every good actor does and Wikipedia'd the living crap out of it."