At the start of the last decade, no one had heard Kit Harington’s name but by the time it was over, he had become a worldwide sensation thanks to Game of Thrones. Born Christopher Catesby Harington, has been referred to as Kit his total life and there’s an interesting story about his name as well. Till he was 11, Kit didn’t know that his name was actually Christopher. He finally realized this when a teacher didn’t let him write down his nickname.
Game of Thrones has made him and other cast members from Game of Thrones household names. Kit even earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Dramatic TV show, in addition to two Primetime Emmy nominations. He has even starred in movies like Pompeii, and did voice acting for the How To Train Your Dragon movies.
Currently, he is always under heavy media scrutiny and it’s hard to miss what he is up to. However, we have come up with 8 details about Kit Harington’s non-public life that you might not have read before.
1. His interesting connection with George R.R. Martin
Before he became an actor, Kit had a job in a bookstore. While working on the store, he was continuously restocking George R.R. Martin books, one thing he begrudged as they are large and heavy.
Kit stated, “I used to have to lug down the books and George’s always sold like hotcakes, so I was constantly having to restack them and they were just so heavy because they’re so huge. I remember cursing him. I’ve told him this many times.” Kit added, “I’d fill up the shelves and they’d sell out in a day!”
2. His biggest phobia
Kit Harington is afraid of a few things, which includes spiders, flying, and crowds. However, his worst fear is being buried alive – which he had to face that fear head-on in the episode, “Battle of the Bastards”, where he was pinned under many bodies.
The show’s crew mentioned that, “There was a moment where he could’ve just lay down and let go of the hell he’s in, and sleep, like drowning, but it cuts to the heart of Jon, that he fights his way up to the top.”
3. Family comes first
Even households with wealth can run into monetary hassle. Rose Leslie’s family owned a castle in Scotland but had to let it go because of monetary issues. Both Kit and Rose stepped in to assist with cash – they even got married at the erstwhile family castle, known as Wardhill Castle.
4. His dream role
Everyone was left spellbound by the magical world of Hogwarts and Harry Potter. Kit Harington, who is an avid reader of the Harry Potter book series, was no different. The star informed CNN, “I kind of wanted to audition for ‘Harry’ when it was first being done but I think I was a year too old.” Instead, he entered one other world of magic and intrigue.
5. His eventful Game of Thrones audition
Kit plated the lead role in the play, War Horse and that’s how he gained the eye of Game of Thrones producers, who requested him to audition. The star was set to read alongside Tyrion Lannister however, Kit had been in a scrap at a McDonald’s the previous night. He stated, “I had a black eye as I’d been in a scrap. But I think it might have helped. You know, ‘Who’s the kid with the black eye?’ I was completely new to them, but I looked the part – still had the black eye.”
6. The celebrity he is mostly mistaken for
Kit Harington has mentioned that he’s been mistaken for is Lord of the Rings star, Elijah Wood. Harington thinks it’s because the pair are roughly the same height. Harington has additionally been candid about utilizing his fame to get out of speeding tickets and to get into the most popular clubs.
Kit admitted, “I tried to get into a French nightclub by saying “je suis celebrity” once. That’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to me.”