Harington Kit

Harington Kit biography
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Harington Kit biography

Christopher Catesby Harington (December 26, 1986) actor. His stage name is Kit Harington. He was born in Acton, United Kingdom. His family comes from the noble Barons of Harington. One of his ancestors was the writer John Harington. Harington enjoyed a comfortable position and great comforts. His father, Sir David Richard Harington, owned a bookstore. While his mother, Deborah Jane Catesby, played as a playwright. He studied the first years at Southfield School.

After attending Chantry High School, in Martley until 2003. Since he was in school he realized that his passion was the arts, especially dramatic theater. So, he studied drama and theater at Worcester Sixth Form College, he received his degree in 2005. With the intention of studying elsewhere and expanding his knowledge in 2008, he entered the Central School of Speech and Drama, an institution that was attached to the University of London. His first works as an actor were made in the field of theater. He participated in a casting for the role of protagonist of War Horse and was selected.

Then Steven Spielberg would shoot a film about War Horse that premiered in 2011. The work won two Olivier Awards, so Harington began to be recognized. He also worked in Posh (2010), the work of Laura Wade. Now, he got his first job for television giving life to Jon Snow in the series Game of Thrones, of HBO, which he played since 2011. This series of international scope is developed in the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos and narrates the fights of power among noble families as they fight for control of the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms.

Actually, many critics claimed that because of his lineage this role was perfect for the actor. Jon Snow is the illegitimate son of Ned Stark, the Lord of Winterfell, an ancient stronghold of the fictional realm of Westeros. Two years later, he was elected Actor of the Year at the Young Hollywood Awards 2013. He had previously been nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in Television, and in 2016, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama series.

His fame and good work were such that he began to be called for various productions, Kit no longer had to worry about making castings. Recently, he became one of the highest paid actors on television. He has had several important participations, for example: in 2011, he started in the cinema shooting the sequel to Silent Hill, entitled Silent Hill: Revelation, which premiered the following year. In 2014, he made the leading role of Pompeii film in which he became a slave who was then a gladiator, also acted in Testament of Youth, a film that recreated the first world war.

In that same year, he obtained a place in the production Seventh Son, film based on the novel The Spook’s Apprentice, had a secondary role. In 2015, he returned to work with HBO this time in the telefilm 7 Days in Hell, a fake documentary in which he played a tennis player. Kit Harington starred in Spooks: The Greater Good on the British television series Spooks. In that year it was confirmed that he would replace the famous Robert Pattinson in Brimstone (2016). The entertainment magazines confirmed that Harington had finally publicly accepted his love affair with the actress Rose Leslie; co-star in Game of Thrones.

It only took a year for the couple in love to commit themselves. After Snow, his fame grew and although he has always maintained a relatively low profile and a discourse of humility, all eyes are on him, that is why he tries to keep his private life under reserve. He has been an actor committed to social and philanthropic causes, for that reason he participated in a video of UNHCR in order to ask for help for Syrian war refugees. This video was made together with Cate Blanchett, Jesse Eisenberg and other prominent members of Hollywood.

He played an important role in The Death and Life of John F. Donovan with Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman, Kathy Bates, and Susan Sarandon, it is necessary to indicate that has been more successful in productions for the small screen. His reputation, however, is highly respected. Now, something that has enchanted his fans is the imposing mane of Kit Harington who let it grow because they asked him for the role of Jon Snow.

He accepts that he has become a little vain because of his hair. For his performances, he has received several nominations and awards, among them we can highlight: Best TV cast (2012 – 2014 and 2015) in the Awards of the Actors Guild for the Drama Game of Thrones. And in 2016 at the Primetime Emmy Awards he received the award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Game of Thrones.

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