In an interview for Kering Women in Motion at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday, Emilia Clarke said that her Thrones role comes with equal pay.

“On Game of Thrones I have always been paid the same amount as my male co-stars,” Clarke said.

“It was my first job and I was not discriminated against because I was a woman, in my pay cheque.”

Clarke described the reveal as “Shocking, actually shocking”, before adding: “You start to dig deep and see where it is, rife in the industry.”So I think it’s mainly in the beginning, just be aware of that and going, ‘Can you just check?’ You just start to fight harder for that stuff.

“It really feels like preparing to leave home… that’s exciting, but it’s sad and scary all at the same time,” Clarke added.

Clarke previously hinted at a divisive ending to season eight, in that many fans will be blown away by the series finale, while others will be left rather confused.

“And some people will go, ‘Huh?’ – my mum, probably.