Kit Harington

Last updated on the 25 March 2024 by Evandrus

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Born: December 26, 1986, Acton, London, England.

Christopher Catesby “Kit” Harington, is an English actor renowned for his role as Jon Snow in the HBO series “Game of Thrones.” His mother, a former playwright, named him after Christopher Marlowe, with “Kit” being the name he prefers. Harington discovered his full name only at the age of eleven. His father, Sir David Harington, is a businessman and baronet, and through his parents, Kit has noble ancestry, including historical figures such as Henry Dundas and Robert Catesby.

Kit Harington’s education began at Southfield Primary School and continued at Chantry High School in Martley. His passion for acting was ignited after watching a production of “Waiting for Godot” at fourteen. After completing his studies at Worcester Sixth Form College, where he studied Drama and Theatre, Harington was inspired by Ben Whishaw’s performance as Hamlet to pursue acting professionally. He moved back to London at eighteen and graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2008.

Kit Harington’s career began in theatre, with his professional acting debut in 2009 as Albert Narracott in the West End play “War Horse.” His breakthrough came with “Game of Thrones,” which earned him nominations for a Golden Globe Award and two Primetime Emmy Awards. His filmography includes roles in “Pompeii,” “Testament of Youth,” and the Marvel Cinematic Universe film “Eternals.” He also lent his voice to the “How to Train Your Dragon” film series.

On a personal note, Kit Harington  married his “Game of Thrones” co-star Rose Leslie in 2018, and they have two children together. Despite his on-screen fame, Harington has kept his personal life relatively private, focusing on his family and craft.


Suggested viewing


Testament of Youth (2014)

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Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.2

Testament of Youth follows a young woman, yearning for university, who puts her studies on hold to become a wartime nurse during World War I. Facing the harsh realities of war on the front lines, she grapples with loss and societal expectations. Through her experiences caring for the wounded and confronting the deaths of loved ones, she finds herself on a journey of self-discovery and fights for her own independence.

Top cast: Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell, Anna Chancellor, Miranda Richardson.

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Game of Thrones (2011)

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Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 9.2

Game of Thrones chronicles a web of noble families vying for control of a continent with extreme seasons. Political alliances shift and betrayals are rife as they fight for the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, a dangerous supernatural threat arises in the North, forcing the characters to contend with violence, death and the fight for survival.

Top cast: Emilia Clarke, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Conleth Hill, Alfie Allen, Richard Madden, Mark Addy, Natalie Dormer.


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Gunpowder (2017)

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Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.5

Gunpowder is a historical thriller set in 17th century England. Disillusioned by the persecution of Catholics, a group of religious rebels plot to assassinate the king by blowing up Parliament. As they meticulously plan the act, they face mounting pressure from government spies and internal disagreements. The series explores the motivations behind the plot and the human cost of religious extremism.

Top cast: Kit Harington, Mark Gatiss, Edward Holcroft, Tom Cullen, Peter Mullan, Liv Tyler, Derek Riddell, Shaun Dooley, Robert Emms.

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