'Game Of Thrones' Star Kit Harington: 10 Things You Didn't Know About HBO's Jon Snow

Kit Harington
(Photo : Getty Images/Kevin Winter) Here are 10 things you probably didn't know about "Game of Thrones" actor Kit Harington.

Jon Snow's life might be shrouded with mysteries, but Kit Harington's isn't. Here are 10 things that you probably didn't know about the "Game of Thrones" actor who play the Bastard of Winterfell:

1) He's an aristocrat.

Kit's uncle, Sir Nicholas John Harington, is the 14th Baronet Harington, and his paternal great-grandfather was Sir Richard Harington, the 12th Baronet Harington. Also, through his paternal grandmother, Lavender Cecilia Denny, Kit's eight times great-grandfather was Charles II of England.

Despite being a descendant of the British aristocracy, Kit is not a fan of titles. "There's an unhealthy obsession in America with royalty and the class system," he told the Rolling Stone in May last year. "'Oh, my God, you're the son of a duke!' I'm not an anti-royalist, but who gives a shit?"

2) He didn't know his real name until he was 11.

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Kit's real name is Christopher, but he didn't know that until a teacher corrected him at school.

"I went to school, and I remember that you had to do these tests to find out what set you're in -- how clever you are. I put down 'Kit Harington,' and they looked at me like I was completely stupid, and they said, 'No, you're Christopher Harington, I'm afraid,'" he recalled to Interview magazine of how he learned his actual moniker for the first time.

"That was kind of a bizarre existential crisis for an 11-year-old to have, but in the end I always stuck with Kit, because I felt that's who I was. I'm not really a 'Chris,' the 28-year-old actor added.

So where does his nickname Kit come from? "My mom loved the name Christopher 'Kit' Marlowe, the playwright, so it's kind of from there, and the priest that married my parents was called Kit," he told The Daily Beast in April last year. "My brother's called Jack, and I [think my parents] quite like one-syllable short names."

3) He wanted to be a journalist.

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"I had my sights on drama and being an actor from a relatively early age, but the idea of being freelance -- being my own boss -- always struck me as something interesting, and in that realm, being a journalist seemed like a great place to do that," he told The Daily Beast. "I like writing and analyzing things, and being a journalist still appeals to me, actually."

He revealed to New York Daily News in June last year that he also writes poems on his down time. Though he described them as "bad poetry," he said he still sends them to his mom, whom according to him is actually a good poet.

4) He knows nothing about basketball, but he's pretty good in ping pong.

While in New York for his interview for Out magazine earlier this year, Harington attended his very first basketball game, and it appeared that he didn't quite understand what's happening on the court. "I have no idea what the rules are, so I'll just be the English guy in the crowd," he said at the time.

But if there's one sport he's good at, that's table tennis. "A hidden talent of mine is, I'm pretty damn good at ping pong," he proudly revealed to People in 2013."It's a great way to relax and have fun. I'm terrible at beer pong though. Mixing alcohol and games can lead to trouble."

5) He's a big fan of horror films.

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"I've always wanted to do a horror movie," Kit once said, as quoted by International Business Times. "My favorite is 'The Shining,' but I also loved 'The Ring,' the 'Scream' movies and 'The Wicker Man' with Christopher Lee."

6) He gets frightened by playing horror video games.

Though he loves watching horror movies, he isn't fond of playing horror video games. In an interview with Next Movie back in 2012, Kit admitted he's not good at playing video games -- especially those that belong to the horror category.

"I used to get terrified of 'Doom,' and when I played ['Silent Hill'], I was pretty terrified of it. I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to computer games," he said. "If I know I'm going to die or something, that freaks me out, whereas if I'm watching a film, I'm not too bad."

7) He would love to play Batman.

Kit told MTV UK in January that he would love to portray the Caped Crusader someday, but he noted that he doesn't want to play another dark and gritty version of the popular DC Comics character.

"I'd camp him up again," he said. "He's gone way too dark and serious. I'd like proper spandex. Superhero movies got all too serious -- they need to get silly again."

8) He dated his "Game of Thrones" co-star Rose Leslie.


Kit and Rose, who knew each other before both starring on "Game Of Thrones," had a year-long relationship that they ended in August 2013. But a year later, Us Weekly reported that they were dating again, but unfortunately, their relationship didn't work out the second time.

Kit opened up to GQ magazine in January about why he's having difficulty keeping romantic relationships. "Relationships as an actor are incredibly difficult with someone who's not an actor, because they never get to see you, and with someone who is an actor, because you're ships in the night a lot of the time," the actor explained.

"If you keep acting in the film world, you're a travelling salesman," he continued. "And your options are: sacrifice a lot of your career, to make sure it's not unfair on the other person, or find someone who is willing to be your travelling circus. That's where I stand, and I'm trying to address it at the moment."

9) The main thing he looks for in a woman is humor.

"She could be the most good looking, famous, wealthy and intelligent person, but if she can't laugh and doesn't have a sense of humor, I'm afraid she's not the one for me," he told People in 2013.

10) He would be willing to brandish his manhood on "Game of Thrones" in one condition.


Asked by GQ magazine if he would be happy to show off his manhood on the show, he said, "I wouldn't say I'd be happy about it ... I'm not saying because I don't know. [But if I would] it would have to be f--king well deserved."


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