Kit Harington

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Kit Harington
Kit Harrington SDCC 2013 (cropped).jpg
Born Christopher Catesby Harington[1]
(1986-12-26) 26 December 1986 (age 28)
London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2008–present

Christopher Catesby "Kit" Harington[2] (born 26 December 1986) is an English actor who rose to fame playing the role of Jon Snow, one of the main characters in the series Game of Thrones.[3] He starred as Albert Narracott in the original West End production of War Horse.[4] Harington also played the lead role of Milo in the 2014 film Pompeii and Eret in How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Early life[edit]

Harington was born in London.[5] He is the son of David Richard Harington and Deborah Jane (née Catesby), who was a playwright and taught creative writing for Birmingham University.[6] He was named after Christopher Marlowe.[7] He lived in London until he was eleven,[8] then moved to Worcester, remaining there until he was eighteen, when he moved back to London.[9]

Harington attended Southfield Primary School from 1992 to 1998. He then went on to attend Chantry High School till 2003.[2] He attended Worcester Sixth Form College, where he studied Drama and Theatre Studies, between 2003 and 2005. He graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama in 2008.[10]


His uncle is Sir Nicholas John Harington,[11] the 14th Baronet Harington,[12] and his paternal great-grandfather was Sir Richard Harington, the 12th Baronet Harington. Kit is a descendant of Charles II of England, by his paternal grandmother Lavender Cecilia Denny.[13] Also through his father, Harington descends from politician Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, bacon merchant T. A. Denny, clergyman Baptist Wriothesley Noel, merchant and politician Peter Baillie, peer William Legge, 4th Earl of Dartmouth, and MP Sir William Molesworth, 6th Baronet. Harington stated in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel that he is a descendant of writer John Harington, inventor of the flush toilet.[14] Harington's ancestry is predominantly English, as well as Welsh and Scottish.[15]


Harington (far right) with his Game of Thrones co-stars Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Alfie Allen, and Richard Madden in November 2009

Before acting, Harington originally wanted to become a journalist, a cameraman or a war correspondent.[16][17] While still in school, Harington landed the role of Albert in the National Theatre's adaptation of War Horse.[2][16][17] The play won two Oliver Awards, which saw Harington receive 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]

Harington landed his first television role as Jon Snow in the hit series Game of Thrones. The show debuted in 2011 to great critical acclaim. Harington's role is largely filmed in Iceland and Northern Ireland.[18]

Harington made his cinematic debut in 2012 as Vincent in Silent Hill: Revelation 3D. He was honored with Actor of the Year at the Young Hollywood Awards 2013, which celebrates the best emerging young talent in film, music and television.[19] In 2014, he played Milo in Pompeii and voiced Eret in How to Train Your Dragon 2.[20]

In 2015, he appeared alongside Jeff Bridges in the film Seventh Son.[21] Harington played Roland Leighton, the main character's love interest, in Testament of Youth, which was released in October 2014.

In December 2014, it was announced that he will be featured in Xavier Dolan's upcoming movie The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, alongside Jessica Chastain.[22]

He will star in the 2015 HBO short film 7 Days In Hell, a film about a 7-day tennis match.[23]


Speaking at the Game of Thrones panel, 2013 San Diego Comic Con International
Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2011–present Game of Thrones Jon Snow Main role
2012 Silent Hill: Revelation 3D Vincent
2014 Pompeii Milo
2014 How to Train Your Dragon 2 Eret (voice)
2014 Testament of Youth Roland Leighton
2015 Seventh Son Billy Bradley
2015 7 Days In Hell Charles Poole Short film
2015 Spooks: The Greater Good Will Holloway

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Game of Thrones Jon Snow Both voice and likeness


Year Title Role Notes
2008–2009 War Horse Albert Narracott Olivier Theatre and New London Theatre[24][25]
2010 Posh Ed Montgomery Royal Court Theatre
2015 The Vote Colin Henderson (cameo appearance) Donmar Warehouse

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2011 Game of Thrones Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television Nominated
Scream Award for Best Ensemble Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2013 N/A Young Hollywood Award for Actor of the Year Won
2013 Game of Thrones Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2014 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated


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  21. ^ "Seventh Son (2015)". IMDb. 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  22. ^ "‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Joins Jessica Chastain In Xavier Dolan Celebrity Satire". 2014-12-04. 
  23. ^ "7 Days In Hell (2015)". IMDb. 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  24. ^ Staff writer (2 July 2009). "Theatre Interview with Kit Harington — The 22-Year-Old Stars in War Horse at the New London Theatre". The London Paper. Retrieved 20 January 2010. 
  25. ^ "Kit Harington". London Theatre Database. Retrieved 20 January 2010. 

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