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Overview (3)

Born in London, England, UK
Birth NameChristopher Catesby Harington
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kit Harington was born Christopher Catesby Harington in Acton, London, to Deborah Jane (Catesby), a former playwright, and David Richard Harington, a businessman. His mother named him after 16th century British playwright and poet 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 King 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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Family (4)

Spouse Rose Leslie (23 June 2018 - present)  (1 child)
Children None
Parents Harington, Deborah Jane
Harington, David Richard
Relatives Harington, John Catesby (sibling)

Trade Mark (2)

Curly black hair
Sullen looks.

Trivia (31)

Landed the role of Albert Narracott in the play War Horse while still at drama school.
Wanted to be a cameraman, a war correspondent and a journalist when he was young.
His mother, Deborah Jane (Catesby), is a playwright and artist, and his father, David Richard Harington, is a retired businessman.
He wore a wig for filming the Game of Thrones (2011) pilot but grew his hair out for the rest of the first season.
Sees himself first and foremost as a theatre trained actor.
He broke his ankle in 2012 when he was locked out of his apartment building in London and fell while trying to climb to his flat. During Season 3 of Game of Thrones (2011) the film crew had to figure out how to shoot around the injury, including the use of stand-ins in "Jon Snow wigs". Harington felt so guilty that he bought the production manager a bottle of whiskey.
Said he's never had long hair before Game of Thrones (2011) and he actually had to wear a wig in the first season. Harington intends to cut his hair short again after the series is complete.
Kit's recent ancestry is English, as well as Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish, and Dutch. His distant roots include German, French, and Spanish, and, going back to the 1400s and 1500s, he also has remote Italian, Polish, Lithuanian, Austrian, and Danish ancestry. Kit's father is from a prominent family, and descends from many Earls, Baronets, Peers, Dukes, and Viscounts. Many of Kit's mother's ancestors lived in India and South Africa as part of British colonialism and Dutch settlements (through his mother's Dutch ancestry, Kit descends from Count Jacob van Reenen).
His paternal eight times great-grandfather was King Charles II of England. Charles II was King of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 1660 to 1685, as well as King of Scotland from 1649 to 1651. Actors Dacre Montgomery and Rose Leslie are also descended from Charles II, and are therefore KIt's distant cousins.
Son of Deborah Jane Catesby and David Richard Harington.
Brother of John Catesby Harington.
Attended the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Descended from a viscount who served as Britain's Secretary of War at the turn of the 19th century, and is a nephew of a baronet; the family is listed in Burke's Peerage.
He was honored with Actor of the Year at the Young Hollywood Awards 2013.
On Pompeii (2014), Kit Harington undertook a heavy 'bulking' regime and a diet of 3000 calories a day to put on 2 stone of weight in 5 weeks. He then went on a very severe diet and 'cutting' regime for 4 weeks to cut back from 12 stone to 10 stone acquiring intense muscle definition in the process.
Used to work in a book store where he often had to lift heavy copies of the ''A Song Of Ice and Fire'' series and grew to dislike George RR Martin as a result.
Kit's maternal great-grandfather, Thomas Charles Cann Evans, who was born in England, was a Major in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps. Thomas's wife, Kit's maternal great-grandmother Isabella Dorothy Joyce Dennys, was an artist known professionally as Joyce Dennys; she was born in Simla, India, to a European family.
Once got into a fight at a McDonald's restaurant because a guy was hitting on the girl he was with.
Is a huge David Lynch fan.
Did not know his real name was Christopher until he was 11.
Has a fear of spiders, needles, and flying. He gets around by car or train.
Is a horror movie buff with some of his favorites being The Shining (1980), The Ring (2002), The Wicker Man (1973), and the Scream franchise.
Favorite movies are 25th Hour (2002), Romeo + Juliet (1996), Jurassic Park (1993), Heat (1995), Some Like It Hot (1959), and If.... (1968).
Has natural dark brown hair. He had to dye it black for the role of Jon Snow.
Is a descendant of Sir John Harington, the inventor of the flush toilet.
Became friends with singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran after both had inadvertently met while using adjacent urinals in the men's room.
Is a descendant on his mother's side of Robert Catesby, the character he played in the drama he created and produced, Gunpowder (2017).
In September 2017 he got engaged to Rose Leslie (who played Ygritte in Game of Thrones). The couple met on the set of Game of Thrones show when they played onscreen lovers, and now are getting married in real life.
Expecting his first child with wife Rose Leslie; confirmed in the September issue of Make Magazine (September 2020).
Became a father for the first time at age 34 when his wife Rose Leslie gave birth to a boy in February 2021.

Personal Quotes (14)

I wear quite fitted clothing. I don't like wearing baggy stuff.
I try not to read the social networks too much. I find that way madness lies.
I love going out. I love partying.
I just don't know anything about fashion.
The best people to have power are the ones who don't want it.
Working with animals is always going to be tough because the animal doesn't know it's an actor.
There's a huge difference between stage fighting and real sword fighting.
There are lots of actors out there who are hugely, hugely talented and haven't got the breaks I've had.
Politics is a game and a profession. It doesn't really serve the people the politicians are supposed to serve.
I'm very lucky, I've got two very loving parents, still very much together, and always been very supportive.
You find with the really great actors, the ones you really admire and look up to, very often they're very giving, generous, warm people.
[was it worth getting a six-pack for Pompeii] Yes! Because what happens now is that I've got my top off in this movie and that's what everyone thinks I look like underneath all the time. So it quite paid of actually. It's a few months of pain and a lifetime of people thinking you look like that normally.
[on how he got his six-pack for the movie Pomeii] I've never had a lot of body fat on me, and that's all a six-pack is. Everyone's got a six-pack underneath, the difference is whether you have fat that covers it or not. I've always had low body fat but for this movie, I had to train a hell of a lot to get my six-pack to a place where it looked great on the screen so it was a big training regime. But I wanted to get it because when you are playing a gladiator, you want to look like you can fight and kill people.
[on being a Harry Potter fan and believing the Sorting Hat would place him in Gryffindor] No one wants to be in Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw is boring, Slytherin is full of psychos as people know.

Salary (3)

Game of Thrones (2011) £340,000 per episode
Game of Thrones (2011) $500,000 per episode (season 7)
Game of Thrones (2011) $500,000 per episode (season 8)

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