Rising House Of The Dragon star Milly Alcock, 22, quit school to pursue acting

She’s set to become a household name as she plays Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen in HBO’s fantasy series House Of The Dragon – yet Milly Alcock has enjoyed a down-to-earth life so far.

Just two years ago, the 22-year-old was living in her mother’s attic and washing dishes in a restaurant to earn money, but now she is on her way to becoming one of the biggest new TV stars thanks to his performance in the Game of Thrones prequel.

The Australian actress dropped out of Sydney’s Newtown High School of the Performing Arts to pursue her acting career after landing the role of misfit Meg in the award-winning Australian drama Upright.

Just two years ago, the 22-year-old was living in her mother’s attic and washing dishes in a restaurant to earn money, but now she is on her way to becoming one of the biggest new TV stars thanks to his performance in the Game of Thrones prequel.

The Australian actress dropped out of Sydney's Newtown High School of the Performing Arts to pursue her acting career after landing the role of misfit Meg in the award-winning Australian drama Upright.

The Australian actress dropped out of Sydney’s Newtown High School of the Performing Arts to pursue her acting career after landing the role of misfit Meg in the award-winning Australian drama Upright.

She's set to become a household name playing Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen in HBO's fantasy series House Of The Dragon

She's set to become a household name playing Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen in HBO's fantasy series House Of The Dragon

She’s set to become a household name playing Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen in HBO’s fantasy series House Of The Dragon

“I knew this opportunity would be much more of a valuable experience than getting my piece of paper,” she told Vogue of her decision to drop out of her 12th grade at school.

“I never doubted it for a second. I was almost too impulsive. I was like, ‘No, this is what I’m working towards and I had this amazing opportunity with this amazing cast, with this beautiful script.’

She also told the Gold Coast Bulletin in 2020 that school was never for her and that she is happy to have discovered acting.

‘It was not my place. I never did well. I really struggled and I really wanted to do well,” Milly said. “It just wasn’t for me. I didn’t really have any great teachers who saw me until I found acting, where I felt safe. So, yes, it was the right decision.

Upright was an eight-part series about two misfits, Lucky (Tim) and Meg (Milly), who reunite and forge an unlikely friendship. They bond during a road trip through the Australian desert as they transport a precious piano across the country.

The 2019 series was swept at the 2020 AACTA Awards, with lead comedian Tim Minchin winning Best Comedy Performer for the show.

“I knew this opportunity would be much more of a valuable experience than getting my piece of paper,” she told Vogue of her decision to drop out in her 12th grade at school.

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Upright was an eight-part series about two misfits, Lucky (Tim) and Meg (Milly), who reunite and forge an unlikely friendship. They bond on a road trip through the Australian desert as they transport a precious piano across the country

Upright was an eight-part series about two misfits, Lucky (Tim) and Meg (Milly), who reunite and forge an unlikely friendship. They bond on a road trip through the Australian desert as they transport a precious piano across the country

Upright was an eight-part series about two misfits, Lucky (Tim) and Meg (Milly), who reunite and forge an unlikely friendship. They bond on a road trip through the Australian desert as they transport a precious piano across the country

Milly was also nominated for Best Comedy Performer but lost to her co-star, while the prestigious AACTA Award for Best Comedy Series also went to Upright.

Meanwhile, speaking to Stellar magazine, the Sydney-born star revealed how she froze when her agent told her she had landed the coveted role in House of Dragons.

Recalling the moment she found out she was going to play a young princess Rhaenyra Targaryen in the new Game Of Thrones prequel, she said: “I never thought this would happen to me.”

“I was washing dishes in a restaurant, living in my mother’s attic. It doesn’t happen to people like me, so it was incredibly fast,” she said of the life-changing call.

‘I froze, took a deep breath and said to my friend, ‘Do you have any wine? Then I called my mother.

Milly lives at home with her parents and two brothers, who are more athletic than creative.

Meanwhile, speaking to Stellar magazine, the Sydney-born star revealed how she got on

Meanwhile, speaking to Stellar magazine, the Sydney-born star revealed how she got on

Meanwhile, speaking to Stellar magazine, the Sydney-born star revealed how she froze when her agent told her she had landed the coveted role in House of Dragons.

She is a relative unknown in Hollywood at the moment, but is expected to become a big star after the show comes out.

Still, Milly admitted that due to the response, she felt “a bit overwhelmed at the moment”.

“I’m still young, I’m still at home. It’s my first big response to anything I’ve done,” she told Vogue.

She made her first appearance on the small screen in the Channel 10 series, Wonderland, which premiered in 2014. She then appeared in the Australian series Janet King.

His film roles include The School (2018), The Gloaming (2020) and Reckoning (2019).

Set 200 years before the bloody battle for the Seven Kingdoms depicted in Game of Thrones, House Of The Dragon will document the events leading up to author George RR Martin’s fictional War of Succession.

Recalling the moment she found out she was going to play a young princess Rhaenyra Targaryen in the new Game Of Thrones prequel, she said:

Recalling the moment she found out she was going to play a young princess Rhaenyra Targaryen in the new Game Of Thrones prequel, she said:

Recalling the moment she found out she was going to play a young princess Rhaenyra Targaryen in the new Game Of Thrones prequel, she said: “I never thought this would happen to me.”

She made her first appearance on the small screen in the Channel 10 series, Wonderland, which premiered in 2014. She then appeared in the Australian series Janet King.

She made her first appearance on the small screen in the Channel 10 series, Wonderland, which premiered in 2014. She then appeared in the Australian series Janet King.

She made her first appearance on the small screen in the Channel 10 series, Wonderland, which premiered in 2014. She then appeared in the Australian series Janet King.

It airs from August 22 on Sky Atlantic and the NOW streaming service in the UK and on HBO and HBO Max in the US.

The series is based on parts of Martin’s 2018 novel Fire and Blood and will see Milly star alongside Emma D’Arcy, who will play former Rhaenyra Targaryen on the series, and Matt Smith.

His character is described as “the firstborn King of Thoroughbred Valyrian and a Dragon Rider.”

The new show is shrouded in secrecy – but it is known to depict the war of succession between Daenerys Targaryen’s ancestors, Rhaenyra and Aegon II, two dragon-wielding heirs to the Iron Throne, in a civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons.

The Dance of the Dragons saw Rhaenyra and her half-brother Aegon II fight for the throne of their father Viserys I in a war that lasted three years and led to untold death and doom for the Targaryen line.

Rhaenyra was declared heiress of her father Viserys I, but when he died Aegon II was hastily crowned and she swore revenge on him.

She was soon crowned queen with their father’s stolen crown, thus leading to a power struggle between the two.

Rhaenyra married her uncle Daemon after her first husband Ser Laenor Velaryon died, before the Dance of the Dragons, and he helped support her campaign against her half-brother.

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