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'''Kit Harington''' (born 26 December 1986) is a British film, television and stage actor. He was born '''Christopher Catesby Harington'''. Ironically for playing a bastard, Harington's ancestors include an Earl, a Viscount, and two Baronets, through which he can even trace descent from [[wikipedia:William the Conqueror|King William I of England]], [[wikipedia:Hugh Capet|Hugh Capet, King of the Franks]], and [[wikipedia:Charlemagne|Charlemagne, Holy Roman Emperor]].
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'''Kit Harington''' (born 26 December 1986) is a British film, television and stage actor.
   
''[[Game of Thrones]] ''is Harington's first major television role, having previously appeared on stage in the play ''[[wikipedia:War Horse (play)|War Horse]]'' and Posh.
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==Background==
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He was born '''Christopher Catesby Harington'''. Ironically for playing a bastard, Harington's ancestors include an Earl, a Viscount, a line of Baronets, through which he can even trace descent from [[wikipedia:King_Charles_II_of_England|King Charles II of England]], [[wikipedia:William the Conqueror|King William I of England]], [[wikipedia:Hugh Capet|Hugh Capet, King of the Franks]], and [[wikipedia:Charlemagne|Charlemagne, Holy Roman Emperor]].
   
He stars in [[HBO]]'s ''[[Game of Thrones]]'' as [[Jon Snow]]. He was announced in the role on 19 July 2009. He was part of the initial starring cast and remains a member of the starring cast for the [[Season 2|second season]].
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One of Kit Harington's ancestors was actually Sir [[Wikipedia:John Harington (writer)|John Harington]], who in 1596 invented the modern flush toilet - hence why they are colloquially known as "Johns". Sir John even installed one for his godmother, [[Wikipedia:Elizabeth I of England|Queen Elizabeth I]]. The flush toilet remained fairly rare, however, until in the nineteenth century businessman [[Wikipedia:Thomas Crapper|Thomas Crapper]] commercialized the mass-produced flush toilet.<ref>[http://www.themarysue.com/kit-harington-invented-toilet/ Kit Harington shares the impressive history of his family's porcelain throne.]</ref>
   
Harington's third audition scene was actually a scene between Jon and [[Ygritte]] from Season 3, even though at the time they weren't certain there would even be a third season. After being cast, Harington quickly read through the first four novels.<ref>[http://winteriscoming.net/2013/03/interview-with-kit-harington/ WinterIsComing.net Kit Harington interview], March 15th, 2013.</ref>
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==''Game of Thrones''==
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''[[Game of Thrones]] ''is Harington's first major television role, having previously appeared on stage in the play ''[[wikipedia:War Horse (play)|War Horse]]'' and ''[[Wikipedia:Posh (play)|Posh]]''.
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He stars in [[HBO]]'s ''[[Game of Thrones]]'' as [[Jon Snow]]. He was announced in the role on 19 July 2009. He was part of the initial starring cast and remains a member of the starring cast for the [[Season 4|fourth season]].
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Harington's third audition scene was actually a scene between Jon and [[Ygritte]] from Season 3, even though at the time they weren't certain there would even be a third season. After being cast, Harington quickly read through the first four novels.<ref>[http://winteriscoming.net/2013/03/interview-with-kit-harington/ WinterIsComing.net Kit Harington interview], March 15th, 2013.</ref>
   
 
Harington broke his ankle in July 2012, in the gap between filming for Season 2 and Season 3. After a night of partying he realized he lost the keys to his flat, so he tried to climb into his first-floor window, then fell. As Harington explained: "Everyone always says you must have done it on set horse riding or running across glaciers or something cool...I was an idiot. The 'invincibility of youth' and all that. I couldn’t even blame it on a film set. And I had avoided skiing for ages because I thought I’d break my ankle!" Actors' schedules were rearranged to give Harington maximum time to recover, and the Iceland shoot was pushed back a couple of weeks. The production also occasionally used a double for a few scenes, such as showing Snow walking in the distance (the actor having "such distinctive hair" helped with the illusion, the producers semi-joked). Producer David Benioff said that "By time we got to Iceland he was moving well enough so you couldn’t really tell."<ref>[http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/03/15/game-of-thrones-kit-harington/ How 'Game of Thrones' conquered Kit Harington's injury to keep Jon Snow fighting], EW.com, March 15, 2013</ref>
 
Harington broke his ankle in July 2012, in the gap between filming for Season 2 and Season 3. After a night of partying he realized he lost the keys to his flat, so he tried to climb into his first-floor window, then fell. As Harington explained: "Everyone always says you must have done it on set horse riding or running across glaciers or something cool...I was an idiot. The 'invincibility of youth' and all that. I couldn’t even blame it on a film set. And I had avoided skiing for ages because I thought I’d break my ankle!" Actors' schedules were rearranged to give Harington maximum time to recover, and the Iceland shoot was pushed back a couple of weeks. The production also occasionally used a double for a few scenes, such as showing Snow walking in the distance (the actor having "such distinctive hair" helped with the illusion, the producers semi-joked). Producer David Benioff said that "By time we got to Iceland he was moving well enough so you couldn’t really tell."<ref>[http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/03/15/game-of-thrones-kit-harington/ How 'Game of Thrones' conquered Kit Harington's injury to keep Jon Snow fighting], EW.com, March 15, 2013</ref>
   
Costume designer [[Michele Clapton]] explained how the production team tried to accommodate Harington's injury: "Kit Harington was in a cast for a lot of the time. They asked me to create a boot to cover it, but it was impossible because it was a great big, white foot! We couldn’t shoot it at first because there was no way we could cover [his cast]. Later on he had a medical boot that he could take off, but he still couldn’t walk. We cut the back out of his [costume] boot so that he could put it on without having to actually step into it and just bound it to his leg. He managed really well, considering the amount of pain he was in. Thankfully he’s much better now, but that was a tricky one.<ref>[http://popstyle.ew.com/2013/03/18/game-of-thrones-hiding-kit-haringtons-ankle-faking-sweat-stains-and-more-costume-drama/ 'Game of Thrones': Hiding Kit Harington's ankle, faking sweat stains and more costume drama], EW.com, March 18, 2013</ref>
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Costume designer [[Michele Clapton]] explained how the production team tried to accommodate Harington's injury: "Kit Harington was in a cast for a lot of the time. They asked me to create a boot to cover it, but it was impossible because it was a great big, white foot! We couldn’t shoot it at first because there was no way we could cover [his cast]. Later on he had a medical boot that he could take off, but he still couldn’t walk. We cut the back out of his [costume] boot so that he could put it on without having to actually step into it and just bound it to his leg. He managed really well, considering the amount of pain he was in. Thankfully he’s much better now, but that was a tricky one.<ref>[http://popstyle.ew.com/2013/03/18/game-of-thrones-hiding-kit-haringtons-ankle-faking-sweat-stains-and-more-costume-drama/ 'Game of Thrones': Hiding Kit Harington's ankle, faking sweat stains and more costume drama], EW.com, March 18, 2013</ref>
   
 
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EW Air Guitar.jpeg|Game of Thrones cast in light moment, with Kit Harington doing air guitar.
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JonSnowEW.png|EW photo shoot image of Harington in costume as Jon, holding [[Longclaw]].
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Game of thrones cast.jpg|Magazine photo of the ''Game of Thrones'' cast including Kit Harington as Jon Snow.
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KitasJonSnowEW.png|Entertainment Weekly photo shoot image of [[Kit Harington]] posing as Jon with his [[Ghost|direwolf]].
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==See also==
 
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kit_Harington Kit Harington's Wikipedia entry.]
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Kit Harington
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Date of Birth
26 December 1986
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Kit Harington (born 26 December 1986) is a British film, television and stage actor.

BackgroundEdit

He was born Christopher Catesby Harington. Ironically for playing a bastard, Harington's ancestors include an Earl, a Viscount, a line of Baronets, through which he can even trace descent from King Charles II of England, King William I of England, Hugh Capet, King of the Franks, and Charlemagne, Holy Roman Emperor.

One of Kit Harington's ancestors was actually Sir John Harington, who in 1596 invented the modern flush toilet - hence why they are colloquially known as "Johns". Sir John even installed one for his godmother, Queen Elizabeth I. The flush toilet remained fairly rare, however, until in the nineteenth century businessman Thomas Crapper commercialized the mass-produced flush toilet.[1]

Game of ThronesEdit

Game of Thrones is Harington's first major television role, having previously appeared on stage in the play War Horse and Posh.

He stars in HBO's Game of Thrones as Jon Snow. He was announced in the role on 19 July 2009. He was part of the initial starring cast and remains a member of the starring cast for the fourth season.

Harington's third audition scene was actually a scene between Jon and Ygritte from Season 3, even though at the time they weren't certain there would even be a third season. After being cast, Harington quickly read through the first four novels.[2]

Harington broke his ankle in July 2012, in the gap between filming for Season 2 and Season 3. After a night of partying he realized he lost the keys to his flat, so he tried to climb into his first-floor window, then fell. As Harington explained: "Everyone always says you must have done it on set horse riding or running across glaciers or something cool...I was an idiot. The 'invincibility of youth' and all that. I couldn’t even blame it on a film set. And I had avoided skiing for ages because I thought I’d break my ankle!" Actors' schedules were rearranged to give Harington maximum time to recover, and the Iceland shoot was pushed back a couple of weeks. The production also occasionally used a double for a few scenes, such as showing Snow walking in the distance (the actor having "such distinctive hair" helped with the illusion, the producers semi-joked). Producer David Benioff said that "By time we got to Iceland he was moving well enough so you couldn’t really tell."[3]

Costume designer Michele Clapton explained how the production team tried to accommodate Harington's injury: "Kit Harington was in a cast for a lot of the time. They asked me to create a boot to cover it, but it was impossible because it was a great big, white foot! We couldn’t shoot it at first because there was no way we could cover [his cast]. Later on he had a medical boot that he could take off, but he still couldn’t walk. We cut the back out of his [costume] boot so that he could put it on without having to actually step into it and just bound it to his leg. He managed really well, considering the amount of pain he was in. Thankfully he’s much better now, but that was a tricky one.[4]

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StarringEdit

Season one credits
Winter is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood
Season two credits
The North Remembers The Night Lands What is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Season three credits
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Season four credits
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children

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