Kit Harington is the professional name of Christopher Catesby Harington, an English actor and producer. Kit Harington rose to prominence for his breakthrough role as Jon Snow in the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2011–2019), which brought him international recognition and several accolades. Similarly, he has appeared in several feature films like Pompeii, Testament of Youth and provided the voice of Eret in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise.
Table of Biography
Early life and Childhood
Kit Harington was born on 26 December 1986 in Acton, London, England. His parents Deborah Jane, a former playwright, and Sir David Robert Harington, 15th Baronet, a businessman. Talking about his family, Harington’s uncle was Sir Nicholas John Harington, 14th Baronet, and his patrilineal great-grandfather was Sir Richard Harington, 12th Baronet. Similarly, his paternal grandmother, Lavender Cecilia Denny, Kit’s eight times great-grandfather was King Charles II of England.
Harington has an elder brother from the same parents, John ‘Jack’ Harington. Moreover, Harington descends from Scottish politician Henry Dundas.
Initially, Harington attended Southfield Primary School from 1992 to 1998. After moving to Worcestershire and he studied at the Chantry High School in Martley until 2003.
After an increased interest in acting, he attended Worcester Sixth Form College to study Drama and Theatre. His inspiration is Ben Whishaw as Hamlet. Then, Kit moved back to London graduating from Sixth Form. Later, he attended the Central School of Speech and Drama graduating in 2008.
Career and Professional Life
From the beginning, Kit wanted to become a journalist. While he was in drama school, he portrayed the role of Albert in the National Theatre‘s adaptation of War Horse. The play won two Olivier Awards and gained Harington a great recognition. Subsequently, proved, as Kit one of the lucky young actors rising soon after a short struggle.
The breakthrough role for Harington offered through the role Jon Snow in HBO drama The Games of Thrones. Among hundreds of actors from all over the world auditioned for the same role but Kit won it.
His performance in the series gained a lot of critical acclaims and positive reviews and was quickly picked up by the network for a second season. In the year 2017, Harington became one of the highest-paid actors on television.
Career after 2012
Further, in 2012, Kit made his cinematic debut as Vincent in Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, a horror film based on the survival horror video game and a sequel to the film Silent Hill. Similarly, his major lead role in a feature movie was Pompeii as Milo in 2014. In the same year Kit also gave his voice to Eret in How to Train your Dragon 2.
Testament of Youth, Seventh Son, The Death and Life of John F Donovan are to be mentioned, some of his works. Similarly, he even played some episodes in several television series like 7 Days in Hell, Gunpowder, etc. Lately, he again gave his voice to Eret. In 2020, he will be appearing in The Eternals as Dane Whitman.
Other than this, he also worked in plays like War Horse, Posh, True west, etc. Harington has also been the face of Jimmy Choo featuring the fall/winter 24 men’s line and Spring/Summer menswear. Likewise, he also was the face of Dolce & Gabbana, fragrances for men. Also, he became a spokesman for Nissan’s premium brand Infiniti.
Kit was part of a charity production of The Children’s Monologues. This charity helped vulnerable children in South Africa and Rwanda to build hope and self-belief in the face of conflict, trauma, and hardship. Harington has been an ambassador for The Royal Mencap Society; a leading organization in the United Kingdom focused on helping people with learning disabilities that also provide support for their families and caregivers.
In 2016, he was appointed as a patron of Longlands Care Farm, a charity located on a working livestock farm in Worcestershire, supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable young people not able to get an education. Similarly, along with many other stars and UNHCR, he helped raise awareness of the global refugee crisis.
Awards and Achievements
No doubt, Kit Harington is a very hardworking person. As a result of all the hardship, he named many of the awards for himself. Kit was nominated in several categories for several awards. In 2013, he got the award of the Young Hollywood Awards Actor of the Year. He received Gold Derby TV Awards (two times), Online Film and Television Association Awards in Best Ensemble of the Year category (three times), Empire Award, Giffoni Film Festival, and so on. Other than that, there are a lot more awards waiting for him in his future career.
The main source of income of this extremely potential actor is acting and producing. This English actor became one of the highest-paid actors on television. He earns 2million pounds per episode of Games of Thrones. Obviously, he earned a big fortune after being part of the Games of Thrones. Besides, he also endorses Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo, Nissan’s premium brand Infiniti.
He owns a 15th-century country home in Ipswich, Suffolk costs about 1.75 million pounds. Kit has an estimated net worth of $12million. We can presume his net worth would rise in the following years as his popularity.
For the female fans of Harington, he married now with his fellow co-star Rose Leslie. Their wedding was on 23 June 2018 at the Rayne Church in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He and his wife were dating since 2012 and confirmed their engagement on 27 September 2017. In September of 2020, his wife Leslie posed for a magazine photoshoot visibly pregnant.
Currently, he lives in Canonbury, London with his beloved wife. They have no kids yet. Hopefully, they will be blessed with kids in the future.
Once, The Games of Thrones was struck by the rumor. The Russian model and actress, Olga Vlasova accused Kit of being in a romantic affair with her after they met in Luxembourg. She released pictures of Harington sleeping naked in bed with a laptop. She even claimed that their affair started during the Kit-Rose engagement period and still he is continuing after their marriage.
Later, Kit denied all the accusations against him. The allegations were completely false and he never been to Luxembourg and has never met Olga Vlasova. He said that he never cheated on his wife with the Russian model.
British actor seems fairly tall. He stands 5 feet and 8 inches tall in height and weighs about 77kg. He has maintained his athletic body perfectly. To sum up his appearance, he has dark brown eyes and hair(unruly hair). Mostly, he likes to keeps his hair a bit longer.
His chest measures 42 inches, waist 33 inches, and biceps 15 inches. He wears a shoe size of 9 according to American standards.
Kit uses different social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. As he is so popular, he has over 588.7k followers on his Facebook account, over 302k followers on Instagram, and more than 101k followers on Twitter account.