“The queen who never was” (Eve Best) is a lady of fierce courage, unflinching conscience, and unquestioning loyalty. The unlucky Targaryen princess was dismissed from her right to rule the kingdom for being a lady and later saw the ruin of her home, and the death of her relatives one after the other.
Princess Rhaenys Targaryen is the woman of the house of Velaryon, married to Corlys Velaryon when the first ‘House of the Dragon’ begins.
From the start to the end of the first season, she navigates the politically charged world of Westeros with controlled diplomacy and a judgment of right and wrong.
The indisputable fact that she was subjected to injustice because of her gender doesn’t cloud her conscience. And in the penultimate episode of the first season, we see Rhaenys in a new light as she bursts from the ground of the Dragonpit on her dragon Meleys to interrupt the coronation of the eldest son of Alicent Hightower Aegon II, arguably her most triumphant moment yet.
Rhaenys’ calm yet vigilant demeanor is brilliantly portrayed by British actress and director Eve Best in the spin-off prequel to HBO’s celebrated epic fantasy series ‘Game of Thrones. Better previously acted in a number of films, television series.
Her career also has commendable stage performances. After her early performances including in the kids’s opera company W11 Opera in London, she made her professional debut in the stage performance of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at the Southwark Playhouse in London in the role of Beatrice.
Following is the list of Best’s past performances before being cast in ‘House of the Dragon’.
Eve Best’s past performances:
‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (1999)-
She best played Annabella in the 1999 adaptation of John Ford’s tragedy ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore’ which was staged at the Young Vic theater in London. It won the Evening Standard Award and the Critics’ Circle Theater Award as the most promising performer.
Mourning Becomes Electra (2003)-
At the Royal National Theater in London she bested Lavinia Mannon in the stage adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s play cycle ‘Mourning Becomes Electra’.
She won the Critics’ Circle Theater Award for Best Actress for this performance.
Hedda Gabler (2005)-
As the titular character of Henrik Ibsen’s play ‘Hedda Gabler’ Best acted in stage performances of the play at the Almeida theater in London and at the Duke of York’s Theater in London.
She again won the Critics’ Circle Theater Award and even the Laurence Olivier Award under the Best Actress category for this role.
A Moon for the Misbegotten (2006-2007)-
In the stage adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s play ‘A Moon for the Misbegotten’ she performed best as Josie at the Old Vic theater in London and at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in New York.
She made her Broadway debut in this play in 2007. Better herself a Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Actress and nominations for the Laurence Olivier Award and the Tony Award as Best Actress for this role.
The Homecoming (2007-2008)-
This is the stage adaptation of Harold Pinter’s ‘The Homecoming’ in which Best played Ruth at New York’s Cort Theatre. She earned another Tony Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance in the play.
The King’s Speech (2010)-
In Tom Hooper’s Academy Award winner’s British historical film ‘The King’s Speech’ Best played the role of Wallis Simpson, the previous King of the United Kingdom wife of Edward VIII Wallis Simpson.
Someone You Love (2014)-
In this Danish drama, directed by Pernille Fischer Christensen, she played Kate.
The Infinite Worlds of HG Wells-
Number of Seasons- 1
Best played the role of Ellen McGillvray in the frame story of this four-hour miniseries which is based on a number of short stories by HG Wells.
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Number of Seasons- 1
In this crime miniseries, Best played Roselyn Tyler alongside Andrew Lincoln.
Number of Seasons- 7
This is a medical comedy series that has won Five Primetime Emmy Awards during its run. Best played the lead role of Eleanor O’Hara from the fifth season and appeared as a guest star in the seventh and final season.
Stan Lee’s Lucky Man-
Number of Seasons- 3
This is a British crime series that revolves around the story of Homicide Squad detective Harry Clayton who gains the power to control destiny.
It best featured Clayton’s wife (played by James Nesbitt) and criminal barrister Anna Clayton in the first two seasons as key cast members.
Destiny: The Winx Saga-
This is a youth drama created by Iginio Straffi which is based on ‘Winx Club’, the Nickelodeon animated series.
The best played the role of the head of Alfea, the magical boarding school, and is probably the most powerful fairies that live in the fictional Otherworld.