Kit Harington is an English actor best known for playing Jon Snow in the HBO series Game of Thrones, but he became interested in acting after seeing a theatrical version of the classic drama Waiting for Godot at the age of 14, and he soon chose to pursue acting as a career. Kit enrolled in professional training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama after graduating from high school and began performing in the theater after graduating from theatre school.
For his performance in the drama War Horse, he received 2 Olivier Awards, and this inspired him to pursue acting as a career, so he made his cinematic debut in 2011 with the HBO fantasy-drama series Game of Thrones.
His role as Jon Snow in the series catapulted him to international prominence and he has had key roles in a number of critically praised films since his incredibly successful tenure. Testament of Youth, Seventh Son, and Brimstone are among his most renowned films, and he also provided the voice for a pivotal character in the animated film How to Train Your Dragon 2.
Why did Kit Harington change his name?
What most Game of Thrones viewers don’t realize is that Kit Harington isn’t his real first name, so we’ve all been given a falsehood, and the actor was no exception since he didn’t discover his actual identity until he was 11 years old. Kit’s full name is Christopher Catesby Harington, but he didn’t know any different because his family just ever called him Kit: but everything changed when he took a test at school and wrote his name as Kit Harington, and his professors noticed and informed him that that was not his name.
Kit is an abbreviation for Christopher, but he didn’t realize his name was Christopher until he was 11 years old as Harington stated, he went to school and took examinations, and he wrote down Kit Harington for his name, and the instructor remarked, ‘That’s not your name,’ to which he said he knows his name very well. His mother didn’t tell him his real name until he was 11 years old, which is a very funny story.
How Kit Harington Started Acting?
When he was 14, he witnessed a play of Waiting for Godot and became interested in acting, so Harington began participating in school plays while attending Chantry High School: he then went to Worcester Sixth Form College to study Drama and Theater.
Harington afterward studied at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and received his first professional gig while there. Harington got the main part in the original theatrical version of War Horse in 2008, during his last year at the Royal Central School, and it was his first professional acting credit, and it would lead him to the West End of London. By 2009, Harington was playing Albert in War Horse at the New London Theatre and this gained him considerable notoriety in the theater community.
How much did Kit Harington make in Game of Thrones?
We know nothing about Kit’s work on Game of Thrones during his early years, but it’s most likely not that much for seasons 1-4. While Kit is now one of Hollywood’s most renowned leading men, he was relatively unknown when HBO originally cast him, so they probably didn’t need to pay him a lot. It’s not like he was making a million dollars every episode.
However, in 2014, everything changed, and Kit recognized by Season 5 that Game of Thrones would be nothing without him: he and Emilia, Peter, Lena, and Nikolaj bargained his compensation from who knows what to $300,000 per episode, which is a lot of money.
Our man appears to have been in 9 of 10 episodes in Season 5 and 8 of 10 episodes in Season 6, which means he earned $5,100,000 for both seasons, and when Game of Thrones reached Season 7, Kit and his Westeros brothers realized they were in charge of an actual cash cow, so they went ahead and negotiated $500,000 per episode for Game of Thrones Season 7 and 8.
Did Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke have a relationship?
This is probably the most asked question as they portrayed the main characters, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, in one of television’s most popular programs, Game of Thrones. Although Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke did not work together for the majority of the show’s run, they did form an early friendship, and to be clear, these two are not in a relationship.
Kit is married to Rose Leslie, another Game of Thrones actress and Emilia Clarke is single, however, the internet is certain that they dated, or came very close to dating, during Kit’s brief separation from Rose.