Who is Milly Alcock? House Of The Dragon star went viral after drunk Golden Globes appearance

Who is Milly Alcock? House Of The Dragon star who went viral after her drunken appearance at the Golden Globes dropped out of school in Sydney to pursue her breakout role

Milly Alcock set Twitter alight this week thanks to her drunken appearance on stage at the Golden Globes.

The House Of The Dragon star is a rising star thanks to her role as a young Rhaenyra Targaryen in the hit Game Of Thrones prequel.

Her major role has meant a move across the world, swapping her mum’s attic in Sydney for a flat in London’s picturesque Primrose Hill, where she shares a postcode with her HotD co-star Matt Smith.

'She's drunk as HELL!' Milly Alcock (pictured centre) set Twitter alight this week thanks to her drunken appearance on stage at the Golden Globes

‘She’s drunk as HELL!’ Milly Alcock (pictured centre) set Twitter alight this week thanks to her drunken appearance on stage at the Golden Globes

Milly started her acting career young, admitting that she has always been independent and driven during her childhood in Sydney with her mum and dad and two brothers.

An early school production of Little Red Rocking Hood lit the fire, with a young Milly chasing ‘that euphoric feeling’ she found on stage.

She enrolled herself in a performing arts high school without telling her parents and bagged herself an agent at age 13. 

‘I called up the agency, like, ‘Hi, can I have an audition?’, because I learned very young that no one’s going to do it for me,’ she’s said.

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

Breakout role: The House Of The Dragon star is a rising star thanks to her role as a young Rhaenyra Targaryen in the hit Game Of Thrones prequel

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

Her film roles include The School (2018), The Gloaming (2020), and Reckoning (2019) while she hosted her own programme, The BF Chefs, which aired on the Disney Channel and was filmed in her native Sydney.

The actress also has a number of TV adverts to her name for major brands such as Cadbury, KFC and Woolworths.

It was when she was cast as troubled teen Meg opposite comedian Tim Minchin in Aussie road-trip comedy series Upright that she made a major decision –  to drop out of school to film the project. 

Rising star: It was when she was cast as troubled teen Meg opposite comedian Tim Minchin in Aussie road-trip comedy series Upright that she made a major decision to quit school

Rising star: It was when she was cast as troubled teen Meg opposite comedian Tim Minchin in Aussie road-trip comedy series Upright that she made a major decision to quit school  

‘I knew that this opportunity would be so much more of a valuable experience than getting my piece of paper,’ she told of Vogue

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

She also told Gold Coast Bulletin in 2020 that school was never for her, and she’s glad she discovered acting.  

‘It wasn’t 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, which was where I felt safe. So, yeah, it was the right decision.’  

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

Opportunity: Milly was living in the attic of her mum's farmhouse in Australia, washing dishes in between acting roles when she sent off two self-tapes for an 'unknown HBO project' (pictured aged 19 in 2019)

Opportunity: Milly was living in the attic of her mum’s farmhouse in Australia, washing dishes in between acting roles when she sent off two self-tapes for an ‘unknown HBO project’ (pictured aged 19 in 2019) 

In March 2022, Milly traveled back to Australia to shoot the second series of the lauded comedy. 

On the back of the success of Upright, Milly decided she needed to leave Australia to really pursue her dreams.  

‘There’s no budget,’ she told the Evening Standard of her home country’s attitude toward the arts.

‘The government really does not fund the arts. There’s no appreciation of the arts at all. People don’t go to the theatre, really; they can’t afford it.

She was living in the attic of her mum’s farmhouse in Australia, washing dishes in between acting roles when she sent off two self-tapes for an ‘unknown HBO project’.

Big move: Milly moved to the UK in early 2021, in the middle of the pandemic to start shooting for the HBO series, befriending her castmates in a city where she knew barely anyone (pictured on set with co-star Emily Carey)

Big move: Milly moved to the UK in early 2021, in the middle of the pandemic to start shooting for the HBO series, befriending her castmates in a city where she knew barely anyone (pictured on set with co-star Emily Carey)

She shot the audition tape with the help of a friend, with no clue what the project was as HBO had removed the names from the script.

Her friend though quickly worked it out, telling her ‘This is a Game of Thrones scene. This is the scene with Arya Stark.’

Speaking to Stellar magazine Milly recalled the moment she heard she had won The House Of The Dragon role: ‘I never thought this would happen to me. I was washing dishes in a restaurant, living in my mum’s attic.’

‘This doesn’t happen to people like me, so it was incredibly quick. I froze, and took a deep breath and said to my friend, ‘Do you have wine?’ Then I called my mum.’

Milly moved to the UK in early 2021, in the middle of the pandemic, to start shooting for the HBO series, befriending her castmates in a city where she knew barely anyone.

Fast forward to 2023 and the now famous face jetted to Los Angeles with her co-stars to see the show pick up the Best Drama Series Golden Globe.

Major production: Speaking to Stellar magazine Milly recalled the moment she heard she had won The House Of The Dragon role: 'I never thought this would happen to me' (pictured filming in 2021)

Major production: Speaking to Stellar magazine Milly recalled the moment she heard she had won The House Of The Dragon role: ‘I never thought this would happen to me’ (pictured filming in 2021) 

Milly stole the spotlight during the show’s acceptance speech, looking very worse for wear as she clung on to her co-star Emma D’Arcy (who took over as the older version of Alcock’s Rhaenyra). 

Viewers begged ‘drunk as hell’ Milly to ‘eat some bread’ as she, Emma and director Miguel Sapochnik accepted the Best Television Series for the hit show, with clips of the moment going viral. 

Milly is moving onto new ventures after House Of The Dragon entered a 10-year time jump after episode six.  

Rhaenyra Targaryen has been replaced by her aged-up counterpart Emma D’Arcy and series creator Ryan Condal has admitted he’s not sure if they’ll be capacity for Milly to return to the role. 

‘[Flashbacks] are not a part of the story that we’re telling yet,’ he told Variety.

Milly isn’t keen on returning to the fantasy genre at all, revealing that while she is ‘grateful’ for the freedom her role has given her to pick future projects, she’ll be steering away from similar roles.

‘I don’t want to do anything like that. I have done it and I don’t need to do it again. I am just kind of waiting for the right project. I am not in a rush to jump on something,’ she told the Herald Sun.

‘I would rather work not a lot and do work that I am really proud of and passionate about. When you sign on to a project you have to get used to talking about it for six months or a year of your life, so you want to make sure you really adore it and I am waiting for that project to come along and surprise me.’ 

Glam: Fast forward to 2023 and Milly jetted to Los Angeles with her co-stars to see their show pick up the Best Drama Series Golden Globe this week

Glam: Fast forward to 2023 and Milly jetted to Los Angeles with her co-stars to see their show pick up the Best Drama Series Golden Globe this week 

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