Profile: Kit Harington

Considering I have become a rather avid Game of Thrones fan as of late, I thought I would dedicate a post to Kit Harington, one of the show’s main actors, and provide some biographical information about this fine lad.

Christopher Catesby “Kit” Harington was born in Acton, London, on Boxing Day of 1986. He attended the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and after graduating in 2008, he appeared in films such as Silent Hill: Revelation, Pompeii, How To Train Your Dragon 2 and Testament of Youth. He also starred in the National Theatre’s adaptation of War Horse while studying acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

As of 2011, Harington’s presence on the big screen has tremendously escalated due to his involvement with HBO’s Game of Thrones and his role as Jon Snow. As of this year, Harington has become one of the highest-paid television actors, earning roughly two million dollars per Game of Thrones episode.

In 2012, he began dating Rose Leslie, a fellow Game of Thrones actress. They announced their engagement this past September, and I quite enjoy their real-life relationship considering the two sustain a brief intimate romance in the early seasons of the show.

The Haringtons are an ancient family, their name deriving from their estate, a Lordship in Cumberland. Kit’s uncle was Sir Nicholas John Harington (14th Baronet) and his patrilineal great-grandfather was Sir Richard Harington (12th Baronet).

I thoroughly enjoy Harington’s performance as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, and he has quickly become one of the main faces of the series. I will admit in saying that I have not seen any of his other films, however, after seeing his acting skills shine in The North, I just might explore some of his other works in hopes that his acting is just as stellar across the board.


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