Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke has paid tribute to the NHS and nurses that took care of her father before he died two years ago.

The Daenerys Targaryen actress appeared at the RCNi Nurse Awards last night (July 4) as an ambassador for the Royal College of Nursing.

In a moving speech, Clarke recalled the care that her dad received before he passed away, revealing it opened her eyes to the hard work that nurses do.

Just had the most moving inspiring and humbling night @thercn #nurseoftheyearawards .. these hard working individuals are changing the world every single day. I am so privileged to be an ambassador for the @rcn and tonight is the kinda night where I see how much good we can do for these people who never give up on us. #spreadthehealthworkerandnurcelove #❤️ #wecanhelpthemhelpus

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“I was given the opportunity to be involved in the intricacies that made up a day of trying to save his life, and it showed me with such clarity not only the awe-inspiring skill that the nurses clearly had, but the emotional intelligence that came along with it,” she said (via Nursing Standard).

“I know my dad received the best care and medical support from our nurses, who dealt with every second of those dark days.”

Making the speech ahead of the 70th anniversary of the NHS today (July 5), Clarke also slammed the “heartbreaking” cuts to nursing in recent years.

“To force the people who save our lives to live on food stamps has to stop,” the star continued. “Now more than ever we must value nursing.

“Nursing is about more than just medicine; it’s about engaging with another person on a human level – like hugging a daughter who knows that she is about to lose her dad.”

Meanwhile, Clarke recently wrapped up her work on the final season of Game of Thrones, which is due to air next year.

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