Kit Harington: Biography, Movies & Family

Kit Harrington
Game of Thrones - HBO

Kit Harington is a globally acclaimed English actor who shot to international fame for portraying the role of ‘Jon Snow’ in the highly acclaimed ‘HBO’ series ‘Game of Thrones.’ The role of ‘Jon Snow’ got him international fame and made him a global celebrity.

Kit Harington’s Early Life

Kit Harington was born on the 26th of December, 1986 in London, UK. His full name is Christopher Catesby Harington. You would surely be amazed to know that Kit Harington is a descendant of the British royal family and King Charles II was one of his great-grandfathers. Another interesting fact that would amaze you is that Harington wasn’t aware of what his real name was until he’s 11. During his early childhood, Harington was interested in journalism but, his love for theatre blossomed after watching a number of plays along with his mother.

Kit Harington’s Career in Acting

Kit Harington developed an interest in acting at an early age of 14 after watching the famous play ‘Waiting for Godot’. Post graduating from high school, Kit Harington made up his decision to pursue a career in acting and get himself enrolled in the prestigious ‘Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.  Upon successfully graduating from acting school, Kit Harington did a lot of theatre shows and went on to win not just one but two ‘Olivier Awards’ for his brilliant performance in the play ‘War Horse.’ The critical acclaim and huge applause which he received for his performance in ‘War Horse’ persuaded him to take a step higher in acting by taking up film roles.

Game of Thrones - HBO
Game of Thrones – HBO

The year 2011 was a big turning point in this career as he made his screen debut with the ‘HBO’ fantasy–drama series ‘Game of Thrones.’ He was signed to play the lead character of ‘Jon Snow’ who’s the illegitimate son of the show’s main character. His portrayal of the role ‘Jon Snow’ got him international fame and made him a global celebrity. This series got him several awards and after successfully portraying the role of ‘Jon Snow’ he got multiple offers and appeared in many acclaimed films. His performances in shows like ‘Testament of Youth,’ ‘Seventh Son,’ and ‘Brimstone’ were highly acclaimed by critics and audience.

After working in a few unsuccessful films the year 2015 proved to be a successful year for Kit. In this year in acted in a few successful films including the British spy drama ‘Spooks: The Greater Good.’ He received high ratings for his performance in the film and it also turned out to be a box-office hit.

He also lent his voice to the character ‘Eret’ in the animated film ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2.’

Kit Harington’s Family

Game of Thrones - HBO
Game of Thrones – HBO

Kit Harington was married to his long-term girlfriend and his co-star in the ‘Game of Thrones’ Rose Leslie. They both dated each other for almost 8 long years and finally got married to each other in the year 2018. Over the years, Kit has been quite active in charitable activities. He once expressed his desire to work with the renowned film director David Lynch.


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