Who is Kit Harrington?
Kit Harington (Christopher Catesby Harington) is an English actor who is best known for his role as Jon Snow in the fantasy series Game of Thrones that ran between 2011 and 2019.
Acton, London, England
Harington started dating Rose Leslie, a fellow Game of Thrones star, in 2011. The two got married in 2018 and had a son a couple of years later, in 2021.
Harington debuted in the play adaptation of War Horse that earned him a lot of recognition. This West End role led to him getting cast in Posh.
He auditioned for the role of Jon Snow with only two plays behind him and landed the role. The show debuted in 2011 and would run until 2019 to great critical acclaim and with Jon Snow as one of the central characters throughout the eight seasons. Jon Snow is introduced to the audience as the bastard son of Ned Stark, played by Sean Bean, who is sent North to join the Watch. His performance was well-received, earning him awards and making him one of the highest-paid actors on TV.
Harington debuted in film in 2012 in Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, the sequel to Silent Hill.
His first major film role was in Pompeii, where he played Milo. In 2013, Harington also provided his voice to Eret in How to Train Your Dragon 2.
In 2014, he was in Seventh Son, which was not well-received. In 2015, Harington was in 7 Days in Hell and Brimstone.
2016 saw the release of the video game Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, where he played Salen Kotch. He also went back to the West End for a role in Doctor Faustus.
In 2017, he starred in and also wrote and produced Gunpowder, a BBC drama based on the Gunpowder Plot. Interestingly, he played the role of his ancestor Robert Catesby.
In 2018, he appeared in The Death and Life of John F. Donovan and returned to West End for True West.
In 2019, Harington was cast in one of the Marvel films, but the role was not announced.
2020 saw Harington work with Netflix for Criminal: UK, which was positively received.
2021 saw the release of Eternals, where he played Dane Whitman. Harington also appeared in the play Henry V in the titular role. The same year, the actor began shooting the series.
Most of the time he spent playing Jon Snow, Harington had to film for his role in Iceland and North Ireland.
He received two Emmy nominations for his role as Jon Snow.
Originally, the actor wanted to become a journalist or a war correspondent.
His mother is a playwright. However, the actor sees himself as a theater actor first and foremost, and his first theater role came while he was still studying drama.
He is a distant descendent of King Charles II of England and can trace his lineage to other notorious figures, like Catesby and Sir Harington, who invented the flushing toilet.
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