Kit Harrington full name Christopher Catesby Harington is a British actor and producer best known for his role of Jon Snow in the series of “Game Of Thrones”. He was born on December 26, 1986, in Acton, London. His father Sir David Richard Harington is a businessman and his mother Deborah Jane is a former scriptwriter. His name was kept after the 16th-century British writer Christopher Marlowe and his nickname was Kit. However, he preferred to keep his name Kit and also said in an interview that he found out his real name when he was 11, “I went to school, you do these exams and I put down Harrington Harington and the teacher said, ‘That’s not your name,’ and I said, ‘Yeah I think I’d know my own name!’ They were like, ‘No no your name is Christopher.’ I was a bit pissed off with my mum.”
The Harington families are an ancient family that once wrote their name as Haverington. The name was derived from the name of their estate which is a lordship in Cumberland. The first person to be identified with the name was Robert De Haverington, the son of Osulphus whose mansion was Flemingby. Charles II, King of England, is also the eighth-great-grandfather of Harrington through his parental grandmother, Lavender Cecilia Denny. He also has a brother named John Catesby Harington.
During childhood, Harrington attended the Southfield Primary School for six years. Then, his family moved to Worcestershire when he was 11. Later he went to the Chantry High School in Martley. From a young age, Harrington was interested in acting. He performed in several school plays during his childhood. However, Harrington didn’t saw acting as a career the time. In an interview, he said, “I always thought I would be a journalist, and never really saw acting as a career, only as a hobby.” His first inspiration for acting came when he saw a production of “Waiting for Godot” at the age of 14. Later, he enrolled in Worcester Sixth Form College and studied Drama and Theatre for three years. At the age of 17, Harrington saw the performance of Ben Whishaw as Hamlet which inspired him to join a drama school. After graduating, Harrington returned back to London and enrolled himself in the Central School of Speech and Drama. He graduated from there in 2008.
Career and Net Worth
Before working in movies, Harrington used to do dramas at his school. He also played the role of Albert in the play “War Horse” which is an adaptation the National Theatre’s adaptation of the same name. Later, the play won two Olivier Awards due to which Harrington got huge recognition. After this Harrington auditioned for the role of Jon Snow in the HBO TV series “Game Of Thrones” which is an adaptation of the book “A Song of Ice And Fire” by George RR Martin. One funny fact is that, in his teenage, Harrington used to work in a bookstore where he had to lift heavy copies of the same book series and grew to dislike George RR Martin as a result. Anyways, Harrington got the role and the show debuted in 2011. The show was a huge success and was critically acclaimed. The series continued for seven seasons and the eighth season is announced to be aired in 2019.
The role of Jon Snow increased the fan base of Harrington. He was also nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television for the role in 2012 and later was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2016. In an interview, when he was asked how he felt, he said “It is a serious understatement to say that I am somewhat stunned … For my work on Game of Thrones to be recognized in this way is an emotional moment for me. I could not be more humbled.” When the seventh season of the show aired, Harrington became one of the highest paid actors on television and earned £2 million for each episode of the show.
Aside from the TV Show, Harrington made his movie debut with the movie “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” in 2012. The movie was a horror film based on a horror video game named “Silent Hill 3”. His performance in the movie was praised and earned him the title of Actor of the Year at the Young Hollywood Award in 2013. In 2014, Harrington played his first leading role in “Pompeii” by Paul W. S. Anderson alongside Emily Browning. The movie was a moderate success and received mixed reviews. In the same year. He also gave his voice to the character Eret in the movie “How To Train Your Dragon 2” which is a sequel to the 2010 animated movie “How To Train Your Dragon”. The movie was a critical acclaim and also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film and was nominated for the Academy Award.
In 2014, Harrington appeared in the movie “Seventh Son” alongside Jeff Bridges. However, the movie was poorly received at the box office. The following year, he starred in “7 Days in Hell” in HBO which was a short film about a seven-day tennis match. In 2016, Harrington was in the role of a villain for the first time in the first person shooter video game named “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare”.
The total net worth of Harrington estimated in 2017 is 12 million dollars and a salary of 1.1 million dollars for per episode of “Game of Throne”. Harrington owns a number of luxury cars such as Jaguar and Infinity Q60. He also owns a bike Triumph Thruxton. He currently lives in a luxury house in Worcestershire, England
Kit Harrington is a celebrity who is not very public about his personal life. However, there is some information he shares with the media. Firstly, in 2011, Harrington used to date Anna Cyzon who is an actress and a singer as well. However, the two made very little public appearances and then split up after dating for few months.
Harrington is currently engaged to Rose Leslie who was his co-star in “The Game Of Throne”. Leslie played the role of Ygritte a Wildling in the show who is the love interest of Jon Snow. The two had great chemistry on screen and fans speculated that they had the same chemistry off-screen as well. When asked I an interview, Harrington said “Ygritte is the only woman for Jon. Always. There will be no one else.” The pair were first rumored to be dating in 2012 when they were photographed holding hand at a restaurant by TMZ. However, in several interviews, Harrington denied the rumors and said that they were just friends. He later said in an interview with London Evening Standard “I wouldn’t ever reveal that, because it takes you down a certain road… I have no desire to be courting the press with my love life. It’s not my job, it’s not who I am and I actually think it’s more fun for everyone to speculate. The minute I start telling people things are true or not true, then it’s just boring.”
At the beginning of 2016, the two were again spotted holding hand and this time they were also seen kissing. After that, they finally made it official and walked the red carpet together at the Olivier awards. In the summer of 2017, the two bought a house in the countryside in the UK. He also said “It’s as much her relationship as it is mine and I can’t speak for both of us. But yeah, we are very, very happy. So that’s what I’ll say about that.” In the same year, the news was leaked that the pair had gotten engaged. However, the couple confirmed their engagement after waiting for a day. The announcement was officially put out in the Wednesday edition of The Times of London newspaper saying “The engagement is announced between Harrington, younger son of David and Deborah Harington of Worcestershire, and Rose, middle daughter of Sebastian and Candy Leslie of Aberdeenshire,”