Kristian Nairn

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Kristian Nairn
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Nairn at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con International to promote Game of Thrones.
Kristian Nairn

(1975-11-25) 25 November 1975 (age 44)
OccupationActor, DJ, Guitarist
Years active2011–present
Height208 cm (6 ft 10 in)[1]

Kristian Nairn (born 25 November 1975) is an actor and DJ from Lisburn, Northern Ireland. He is best known for his portrayal of Hodor in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones.[2][3]


Nairn's portrayal of Hodor on Game of Thrones was his first acting role; Nairn earned enough to buy his mother a house.[4] He is a progressive house DJ, and used to be the resident DJ of Kremlin, a gay club in Belfast.[5] Since Game of Thrones began, Nairn has toured as DJ with "Rave of Thrones".[6][4] He was the DJ during the BlizzCon 2016 anniversary party and BlizzCon 2018 closing festivities.[7][8]

Nairn is an accomplished guitarist. He got the opportunity to play backstage with Megadeth during the Hellfest Open Air Festival in Clisson, France during June 2018.[9]

Personal life[edit]

In March 2014, Nairn publicly discussed his gay identity in an interview with a Game of Thrones fan site.[10] He stated: "When you talk about 'the gay community,' you are talking about MY community... I AM aware of it yeah, and I think it's really lovely. Again, it's a privilege, and I really mean that."[11] He went on to say that his sexuality is "a very small part of who I am on the whole, but nonetheless, in this day and age, it's important to stand up and be counted."[12] Although media described this interview as his coming out, Nairn stated he had "never been in."[13]

Kristian Nairn announced his engagement to Trevor Brannen on his personal Facebook page on July 24, 2019.


Nairn in 2016


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Our Gay Wedding Himself Epic
2014 Treasure Trapped Himself Documentary
2015 The Four Warriors Baliphar
2016 Mythica: The Godslayer god Tek
2018 The Appearance
2018 Robin Hood The Rebellion Thomas


Year Title Role Notes
Game of Thrones Hodor Recurring (Seasons 1–4, 6), 23 episodes
Nominated – 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards for Tearjerker[14]
2012–2013 Ripper Street Barnaby Silver 2 episodes
2013 Chronicles of Comic Con Himself Episode: "Wondercon 12"
2014 The Wil Wheaton Project Himself/Hodor Episode #1.3
2018 The Sidemen Show Himself Episode #1.4
2018 The Rookie Wallace Episode: "The Switch" (Season 1, Episode 4)


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Yogpod 38: Hodor! Himself Interview
2011 Cast Of Thrones: A Golden Crown Himself Interview
2012 Cast Of Thrones: Bonus Episode 9 Himself Interview
2013–2015 Two is Company
by Zack Luye and Kristian Nairn
Himself Talk show
16 Episodes[15]
2019 Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum Himself Interview [16]


  1. ^ Kristian......
  2. ^ "A Conversation with Hodor". HBO. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  3. ^ "". Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  4. ^ a b Fox, Killian; Bromwich, Kathryn; Hogan, Michael (31 March 2019). "'It was madness': Game of Thrones stars on how it changed their lives". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Podium Lounge of the Seven Kingdoms". Popspoken. 15 August 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  6. ^ "'Game of Thrones' star announces 'Rave Of Thrones' DJ tour".
  7. ^ "BlizzCon 2016: Kristian Nairn (Hodor) Will DJ The Anniversary Party – Geek Girl Authority". 28 October 2016.
  8. ^ "BlizzCon Music Festival to Feature Train, Lindsey Stirling, and Kristian Nairn". Blizzard Entertainment. 25 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Watch: Hodor from Game Of Thrones' Jams With MEGADETH". Metal Injection. 26 June 2018. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  10. ^ Bargnes, Kevin (11 March 2014). "Kristian Nairn, of 'Game of Thrones,' comes out in interview". Chicago Spectrum. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  11. ^ Sieczkowski, Cavan. "'Game of Thrones' Actor Kristian Nairn Comes Out As Gay". Huffington Post. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  12. ^ Fire and Blood. "Interview with Kristian Nairn". Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  13. ^ Bradley, Bill (21 June 2018). "'Game Of Thrones' Star Kristian Nairn Talks 'Coming Out,' And Possibly Coming Back To The Show". Huffington Post. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  14. ^ Johnson, Zach (6 April 2017). "Guardians of the Galaxy Lands 7 MTV Movie Awards Nominations". E!. Archived from the original on 6 April 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  15. ^ "Two is Company". Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  16. ^ "Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum".

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