Christopher Catesby Harington, better known by his stage name Kit Harington, is an English actor and producer. Kit Harington rose to stardom as Jon Snow in HBO’s fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2011–2019), for which he received international acclaim and numerous awards. Similarly, he has voiced Eret in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise and has acted in various feature films such as Pompeii and Testament of Youth.
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Childhood and Early Years
Kit Harington was born in Acton, London, England on December 26, 1986. Deborah Jane Harington, a former playwright, and Sir David Robert Harington, 15th Baronet, a businessman, are his parents. Sir Nicholas John Harington, 14th Baronet, was Harington’s uncle, and Sir Richard Harington, the 12th Baronet, was his patrilineal great-grandfather. Kit’s eight times great-grandfather was King Charles II of England, as was his paternal grandmother, Lavender Cecilia Denny.
John ‘Jack’ Harington, Harington’s older brother, is from the same family. Harington is also a descendant of Scottish politician Henry Dundas.
From 1992 until 1998, Harington attended Southfield Primary School. He attended Chantry High School in Martley till 2003 after moving to Worcestershire.
He went to Worcester Sixth Form College to study Drama and Theatre after developing an interest in performing. Ben Whishaw’s portrayal of Hamlet has influenced him. Kit then returned to London after graduating from Sixth Form. He went on to the Central School of Speech and Drama, where he graduated in 2008.
Kit had always wanted to work as a journalist. He played Albert in the National Theatre’s production of War Horse while he was in drama school. The play was nominated for two Olivier Awards and garnered Harington a lot of attention. Following that, Kit proved to be one of the fortunate young performers who rose quickly after a brief struggle.
The part of Jon Snow on HBO’s Game of Thrones provided Harington with his breakout role. Kit was chosen from hundreds of performers from all around the world who auditioned for the same part.
His portrayal in the series received a lot of favourable feedback and critical acclaim, and the network swiftly renewed it for a second season. Harington became one of the highest-paid performers on television in 2017.
Kit also made his movie debut as Vincent in Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, a horror film inspired by the survival horror computer game and a sequel to the film Silent Hill, which he starred in 2012. In 2014, he played Milo in Pompeii, which was his first major starring role in a feature film. Kit also voiced Eret in How to Train Your Dragon 2 in the same year.
Some of his writings are Testament of Youth, Seventh Son, and The Death and Life of John F Donovan. He also appeared in episodes of various television programs, including 7 Days in Hell, Gunpowder, and others. He recently gave Eret his voice once more. In the year 2020, he will play Dane Whitman in The Eternals.
He also appeared in plays such as War Horse, Posh, True West, and others. Harington has also modelled for Jimmy Choo’s Fall/Winter 24 men’s range as well as Spring/Summer menswear. Similarly, he was the face of Dolce & Gabbana’s men’s fragrances. He also became a spokesperson for Nissan’s luxury brand, Infiniti.
Kit performed in The Children’s Monologues for a charity play. In the face of conflict, trauma, and deprivation, this organization helped vulnerable children in South Africa and Rwanda grow hope and self-belief. Harington has served as an ambassador for The Royal Mencap Society, a renowned British organization dedicated to assisting persons with learning disabilities as well as their families and caregivers.
In 2016, he was named a patron of Longlands Care Farm, a Worcestershire-based organisation that supports poor and vulnerable young people who are unable to obtain an education. He also helped raise awareness of the global refugee situation, among many other celebrities and the UNHCR.
Achievements and Awards
Kit Harington, without a question, is a tireless worker. He named many of the awards after himself as a result of all the difficulty. Kit was nominated for multiple awards in a variety of categories. He was named Actor of the Year at the Young Hollywood Awards in 2013. He has won two Gold Derby TV Awards, three Online Film and Television Association Awards in the Best Ensemble of the Year category, an Empire Award, and the Giffoni Film Festival, among other awards. Aside from that, he has a long list of prizes awaiting him in his future career.
Acting and producing are the two primary sources of revenue for this exceptionally talented actor. This English actor rose to become one of television’s highest-paid actors. He is paid £200,000 for every episode of Game of Thrones. After becoming a part of Game of Thrones, he obviously made a lot of money. He also promotes Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo, and Nissan’s high-end brand Infiniti.
He owns a 1.75 million pound 15th-century country house near Ipswich, Suffolk. Kit’s net worth is believed to be $12 million. We may expect his net worth to rise in the next years as his fame grows.
For Harington’s female fans, he is now married to his co-star Rose Leslie. Their wedding took place in Rayne Church in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on June 23, 2018. He and his wife have been dating since 2012, and on September 27, 2017, they announced their engagement. Leslie, his pregnant wife, posed for a magazine photoshoot in September 2020.
He and his beloved wife currently reside in Canonbury, London. They haven’t had any children yet. Hopefully, they will have children in the future.
The British actor appears to be of average height. He is 5 feet and 8 inches tall and weighs around 77 kilograms. He has kept his athletic body in top condition. He has dark brown eyes and dark brown hair, to summarize his appearance (unruly hair). He prefers to maintain his hair a little longer.
His chest is 42 inches wide, his waist is 33 inches, and his biceps are 15 inches long. According to American standards, he wears a shoe size of 9.
Kit is active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, among other social media networks. He has over 588.7k Facebook followers, over 302k Instagram followers, and more than 101k Twitter followers, demonstrating his popularity.