Harington in June 2014
|Born||Christopher Catesby Harington
26 December 1986
|Alma mater||Central School of Speech and Drama|
Christopher Catesby Harington (born 26 December 1986), better known as Kit Harington, is an English actor. He rose to fame playing the role of Jon Snow in the television series Game of Thrones. Harington also played the lead role of Milo in the 2014 film Pompeii and voiced the character of Eret in How to Train Your Dragon 2.
Early life and ancestry
Harington was born in Acton, London, to Deborah Jane (Catesby), a former playwright, and David Richard Harington, a businessman. His mother named him after Christopher Marlowe, whose first name was shortened to Kit, a name Harington prefers. Harington's uncle is Sir Nicholas John Harington, the 14th Baronet Harington, and his paternal great-grandfather was Sir Richard Harington, the 12th Baronet Harington. Through his paternal grandmother, Lavender Cecilia Denny, Kit's eight times great-grandfather was Charles II of England. Also, through his father, Harington descends from politician Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, the 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 was a pupil at the Southfield Primary School from 1992 to 1998. When he was 11, his family moved to Worcestershire, and he studied at the Chantry High School in Martley until 2003. He became interested in acting after watching a production of Waiting for Godot when he was 14, and he performed in several school productions. He attended Worcester Sixth Form College, where he studied Drama and Theatre Studies, between 2003 and 2005. When he was 17, he was inspired to study acting in a drama school after watching a performance by Ben Whishaw playing Hamlet in 2004. He moved back to London when he was eighteen and a year later attended the Central School of Speech and Drama, from which he graduated in 2008.
Before acting, Harington originally wanted to become a journalist, a cameraman or a war correspondent. While still at drama school, he landed the role of Albert in the National Theatre's adaptation of War Horse. 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.
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. Harington's role is largely filmed in Iceland and Northern Ireland. In 2012, Harington was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television for the role.
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. 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. In 2014, he played Milo in the film Pompeii. It was filmed in Toronto and the actual city of Pompeii itself. He also voiced Eret in How to Train Your Dragon 2, which was a critically acclaimed, box-office success, won the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film and received an Academy Award nomination.
In 2014, he appeared alongside Jeff Bridges in the film Seventh Son, a poorly received fantasy–adventure film. Harington played Roland Leighton, the main character's love interest, in Testament of Youth alongside Alicia Vikander and Emily Watson. 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. 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. He starred in the 2015 HBO comedy 7 Days in Hell, a short film about a 7-day tennis match. In June 2015, it was confirmed that Harington would star in Martin Koolhoven's upcoming western thriller film Brimstone, replacing Robert Pattinson.
|2012||Silent Hill: Revelation||Vincent Smith|
|2014||How to Train Your Dragon 2||Eret (voice)|
|2014||Testament of Youth||Roland Leighton|
|2014||Seventh Son||Billy Bradley|
|2015||Spooks: The Greater Good||Will Holloway|
|2011–present||Game of Thrones||Jon Snow||Main role|
|2015||7 Days in Hell||Charles Poole||Television Film|
|2015||Game of Thrones||Jon Snow (voice)|
|2008–2009||War Horse||Albert Narracott||Olivier Theatre and New London Theatre|
|2010||Posh||Ed Montgomery||Royal Court Theatre|
|2015||The Vote||Colin Henderson||Donmar Warehouse|
Awards and nominations
|2011||Scream Award||Best Ensemble||Game of Thrones||Nominated|||
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast)||Nominated|||
|IGN Award||Best TV Hero||Nominated|
|2012||Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actor on Television||Nominated|||
|Golden Nymph Award||Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2013||Young Hollywood Awards||Actor of the Year||Himself||Won|||
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast)||Game of Thrones||Nominated|||
|2014||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast)||Nominated|||
|2015||Empire Award||Empire Hero Award (shared with the cast)||Won||
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