Kit Harington - Biography

Last Modified: Sep 3, 2020

Kit Harington
Nick Name: Kit
Profession: Actor
Best Known For: Game of Thrones
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $12 million

Personal Details

Born on : December 26, 1986 (age 35)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Christopher Catesby Harington
Birth Place: Acton, London, England
Horoscope: Capricorn
Father's Name: Sir David Harington
Mother's Name: Deborah Jane Catesby
Siblings: 1

John Catesby Harington (brother)

High School: Southfield Primary School, Chantry High School
University: Worcester Sixth Form College, Central School of Speech and Drama
Ethnicity: Multi-ethnic (English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, Dutch, Spanish, German, French)
Nationality: British


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Married Date: June 23, 2018
Wife's Name: Rose Leslie

Body Measurements

Height: 1.73 meter (5 feet 8 inch)
Weight: 77 kg (169.76 lb)
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Shoe Size: 9 US
Bicep Size: 14 inch
Chest Size: 42 inch
Waist Size: 33 inch

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Who is Kit Harington?

Kit Harington is an actor by profession and British by nationality. He is best known for portraying the character Jon Snow in HBO television series Game of Thrones.

Kit Harington – Age, Parents, Siblings

Kit Harington’s birth took place on 26 December 1986 in Acton, London, England. He was born as Christopher Catesby Harington to mother Deborah Jane Catesby, a former playwright, and father Sir David Harington, 15th Baronet, a businessman. 

His family lineage dates back to the 16th century and is related to Charles II of England and James I, king of Ireland and England, and Sir John Harington, the inventor of the flush toilet.

He is not the only child of his parents and has a sibling, brother named John Catesby Harington. When Kit Harington was four years old he nearly drowned in a swimming pool and was "seconds from death".

Kit Harington (Image: Pinterest)

Education, Ethnicity

For education Kit Harington attended Southfield Primary School from 1992 to 1998. After his family moved to Worcestershire when he was 11, he attended Chantry High School until 2003. He then enrolled at Worcester Sixth Form College in 2003 and studied Drama and Theatre there until 2005.

At the age of 18, he joined Central School of Speech and Drama in 2005 and graduated from the same in 2008. His ethnicity includes English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, Dutch, Spanish, German, French.

Kit Harington – Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Divorce

In 2012 Harington started an on-off relationship with his Game of Thrones co-star Rose Leslie, who portrays his on-screen lover Ygritte. They announced their engagement on 27 September 2017 and the couple tied the knot on 23 June 2018 at Rayne Parish Church in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Kit Harington, Rose Leslie  (People)

The couple has yet to announce their pregnancy or birth of their children. They are living happily without any rumors of extra-marital affairs or divorce.

Also read: Iain Glen - Actor of Game of Thrones, Titans 

Kit Harington – Career

Before Fame

Kit Harington fell in love with acting at the age of 14. While still a student at Central School of Speech and Drama, he landed the role in War Horse (2008-2009) which went on to win two Olivier Awards and also gained Harington a great deal of recognition. He was then cast in the play Posh (2010),  a dark ensemble comedy.

He used to work in a book store where he often would have to lift heavy copies of George RR Martin’s ''A Song Of Ice and Fire'' series.

Breakthrough role

In 2010, Kit Harington auditioned for the role of Jon Snow in the television series Game of Thrones and was selected to play the character. He portrayed the character until the series ended with season 8 in May 2019.

Kit Harington as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones  (StyleCaster)

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Films and Series

Other series in which Kit Harington has starred include 7 Days in Hell (2015), Gunpowder (2017) and has also lent his voice in video games Game of Thrones (2015), Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (2016). In theatre, he has had roles in The Vote (2015), Doctor Faustus (2016), True West (2018-2019).

Moreover, he has voiced Eret in How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014), How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019). He has also had roles in films Pompeii (2014), Testament of Youth (2014), Seventh Son (2014), Spooks: The Greater Good (2015), Brimstone (2016), The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018).

Endorsements and charity

Kit Harington became the face of Jimmy Choo in March 2014 and returned again in 2015. He has also worked with brands such as Nissan, Dolce & Gabbana, etc.

Moreover, he has been very active in charity work since 2015.


Harington’s Game of Thrones co-stars includes - Marc Rissmann, Isaac William Hempstead, Peter Dinklage, Conleth Hill, Alfie Allen.

Kit Harington poses for magazine (Pinterest)

Kit Harington – Awards, Nominations

For his role as Jon Snow, he has been nominated for Saturn Award (2012, 2018), Primetime Emmy Award  (2016), Gold Derby TV Awards (2012), Golden Nymph Award (2012), etc.

Among all the nominations Kit Harington has won Young Hollywood Awards (2013), Gold Derby TV Awards (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), Giffoni Film Festival (2017).

Also read: Gwendoline Christie - Actress of Game of Thrones, Star Wars 

Kit Harington – Net Worth, salary

Harington’s net worth was estimated to be $12 Million and his Game of Thrones salary is revealed to be $1.1 Million Per Episode.

Kit Harington – Social Media

On social media, he is absent from platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. He has said in an interview “I try not to read the social networks too much. I find that way madness lies.”

However, there are many fan accounts on social media set up in his name.

List of Game of Thrones cast

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