Harington in 2014
|Born||Christopher Catesby Harington
26 December 1986
|Alma mater||Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London|
Christopher Catesby "Kit" Harington (born 26 December 1986) is an English actor. He rose to prominence playing the role of Jon Snow in the award-winning HBO television series Game of Thrones, which garnered him a nomination for the 2016 Primetime Emmy Award. 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.
Early life and ancestry
Harington was born in Acton, London, to Deborah Jane (Catesby), a former playwright, and Sir David Richard Harington, 15th Baronet, a businessman. His mother named him after Christopher Marlowe, whose first name was shortened to Kit, a name Harington prefers. Harington's uncle was Sir Nicholas John Harington, 14th Baronet, 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. Also, through his father, Harington descends from Scottish politician Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville.
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 (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. Harington moved back to London when he was eighteen and, a year later, attended the Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating 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.
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 honoured with Actor of the Year at the Young Hollywood Awards 2013, which celebrates the best emerging young talent in film, music and television.
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. 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, 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, Harington also 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 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. He starred in the 2015 HBO comedy 7 Days in Hell, a short film about a 7-day tennis match.
|2012||Silent Hill: Revelation||Vincent Smith|
|2014||Pompeii||Milo "The Celt"|
|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|
|2017||The Death and Life of John F. Donovan||John F. Donovan||Filming|
|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)|
|2016||Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare||Salen Kotch|
|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|
|2016||Doctor Faustus||Faustus||Duke of York's Theatre|
Awards and nominations
|2011||Scream Award||Best Ensemble (shared with the cast)||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|||
|Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actor on Television||Nominated|||
|2012||Golden Nymph Award||Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|||
|2013||Young Hollywood Awards||Actor of the Year||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||
|Online Film & Television Association Award||Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|||
|Saturn Awards||Best Supporting Actor on Television||Nominated|||
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the cast)||Nominated|||
|2016||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Pending||
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