Kit Harington

Kit Harington

Harington in 2014
Born Christopher Catesby Harington
(1986-12-26) 26 December 1986
Acton, London, England
Alma mater Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London
Occupation Actor
Years active 2008–present

Christopher Catesby "Kit" Harington[1][2] (born 26 December 1986)[1][2] is an English actor. He rose to prominence playing the role of Jon Snow in the award-winning HBO television series Game of Thrones,[3] which garnered him a nomination for the 2016 Primetime Emmy Award.[4] Harington also played lead roles in the films Pompeii, Testament of Youth, and Spooks: The Greater Good, as well as supporting roles in the films Silent Hill: Revelation and Seventh Son. In 2014, Harington had a voice role in How to Train Your Dragon 2.[5]

Early life and ancestry

Harington was born in Acton, London,[6] to Deborah Jane (Catesby), a former playwright, and Sir David Richard Harington, 15th Baronet, a businessman.[7][8] His mother named him after Christopher Marlowe, whose first name was shortened to Kit,[9] a name Harington prefers.[10] Harington's uncle was Sir Nicholas John Harington,[11] 14th Baronet,[12] and his paternal great-grandfather was Sir Richard Harington, 12th Baronet. Through his paternal grandmother, Lavender Cecilia Denny, Harington's eight times great-grandfather was Charles II of England.[13] Also, through his father, Harington descends from Scottish politician Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville.[14]

Harington was a pupil at the Southfield Primary School from 1992 to 1998. When he was 11, his family moved to Worcestershire[15][16] and he studied at the Chantry High School in Martley until 2003.[17] He became interested in acting after watching a production of Waiting for Godot when he was 14,[18] and he performed in several school productions.[17] He attended Worcester Sixth Form College, where he studied Drama and Theatre (2003–05). When he was 17, he was inspired to attend a drama school after seeing a performance by Ben Whishaw as Hamlet in 2004.[15][19] Harington moved back to London when he was eighteen and, a year later, attended the Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating in 2008.[20][21]


Harington at SDCC's 2013 Game of Thrones panel

Before acting, Harington originally wanted to become a journalist, a cameraman or a war correspondent.[22] While still at drama school, he landed the role of Albert in the National Theatre's adaptation of War Horse.[2][22][23] The play won two Olivier Awards and gained Harington a great deal of recognition. He was later cast in his second play Posh, a dark ensemble comedy about upper-class men attending Oxford University.[2] After War Horse, Harington auditioned for and landed his first television role as Jon Snow in the television series Game of Thrones. The show debuted in 2011 to great critical acclaim and positive reviews and was quickly picked up by the network for a second season.[24] Harington's role is largely filmed in Iceland and Northern Ireland.[25] In 2012, Harington was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television for the role.[26] Harington made his cinematic debut in 2012 as Vincent in Silent Hill: Revelation 3D. The horror film was based on the survival horror video game Silent Hill 3, and was a sequel to the film Silent Hill.[27] He was honoured with Actor of the Year at the Young Hollywood Awards 2013, which celebrates the best emerging young talent in film, music and television.[28]

Harington's first major lead role in a feature film occurred when he played Milo in the Pompeii. Production for the film commenced in 2013 and took place in and around Toronto. Some scenes were also shot in the actual city of Pompeii itself.[29] The film was a modest box office success and received mixed reviews from critics. That year, Harington also voiced Eret in How to Train Your Dragon 2,[5] which was a critically acclaimed, box-office success,[30] won the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film and received an Academy Award nomination.[31][32] In 2014, Harington also appeared alongside Jeff Bridges in the film Seventh Son, a poorly received fantasy–adventure film.[33] Harington played Roland Leighton, the main character's love interest, in Testament of Youth alongside Alicia Vikander and Emily Watson.[34] The film was released in wide distribution in the UK on 16 January 2015. Its world premiere was in The Centrepiece Gala, supported by the Mayor of London, at the British Film Institute London Film Festival in October 2014.[35][36][37]

In December 2014, it was announced that he would feature in Xavier Dolan's upcoming movie The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, with Jessica Chastain, Kathy Bates, Thandie Newton and Susan Sarandon.[38] Filming began in July 2016 in Montreal, Quebec and will run through to Spring 2017. He starred in the 2015 HBO comedy 7 Days in Hell, a short film about a 7-day tennis match.[39] In June 2015, it was confirmed that Harington would star in Martin Koolhoven's upcoming western thriller film Brimstone, replacing Robert Pattinson.[40] In 2016, Harington starred as the main villain in the first-person shooter video game Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.[41] He is the driver in the current 2016 commercial for the Infiniti Q60 sport coupe car. It is his latest role for product commercials.

Personal life

In 2016, Harington confirmed that he has been in an on-and-off relationship with Game of Thrones co-star Rose Leslie since 2012. [42][43][44]


On September 12, Harington, as well as Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Peter Capaldi, Douglas Booth, Neil Gaiman, Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Stanley Tucci, featured in a video from the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR to help raise awareness of the global refugee crisis. The video, titled "What They Took With Them", has the actors reading a poem, written by Jenifer Toksvig and inspired by primary accounts of refugees, and is part of UNHCR's #WithRefugees campaign, of which also includes a petition to governments to expand asylum to provide further shelter, integrating job opportunities, and education.[45][46]



Title Year Role Director Notes Ref(s)
Silent Hill: Revelation 2012 Vincent Smith Michael J. Bassett [27]
Pompeii 2014 Milo Paul W. S. Anderson Lead role [29]
How to Train Your Dragon 2 2014 Eret Dean DeBlois Voice role [5]
Testament of Youth 2014 Roland Leighton James Kent [34]
Seventh Son 2014 Billy Bradley Sergei Bodrov [33]
Spooks: The Greater Good 2015 Will Holloway Bharat Nalluri [47]
Brimstone 2016 Samuel Martin Koolhoven [40]
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan 2017 John F. Donovan Xavier Dolan Post-production Film that has not yet been released [48]
Film that has not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released


Title Year Role Network Notes Ref.
Game of Thrones 2011–present Jon Snow HBO Main role [49]
7 Days in Hell 2015 Charles Poole HBO Television film [39]

Video games

Title Year Voice role Ref.
Game of Thrones 2015 Jon Snow [50]
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare 2016 Salen Kotch [51]


Title Year Role Notes Ref(s)
War Horse 2008–2009 Albert Narracott Olivier Theatre and New London Theatre [52][53]
Posh 2010 Ed Montgomery Royal Court Theatre [2][54]
The Vote 2015 Colin Henderson Donmar Warehouse [54]
Doctor Faustus 2016 Faustus Duke of York's Theatre [55]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2011 Scream Award Best Ensemble (shared with the cast) Game of Thrones Nominated [56]
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast) Nominated [57]
IGN Award Best TV Hero Nominated [58]
Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor on Television Nominated [59]
2012 Golden Nymph Award Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Nominated [60]
2013 Young Hollywood Awards Actor of the Year Won [61]
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast) Game of Thrones Nominated [62]
2014 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast) Nominated [63]
2015 Empire Award Empire Hero Award (shared with the cast) Won [64]
Online Film & Television Association Award Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated [65]
Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on Television Nominated [66]
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast) Nominated [67]
2016 Gold Derby TV Awards Best Drama Supporting Actor Won [68]
Online Film & Television Association Award Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated [69]
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated [4]
2017 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Pending [70]


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