“It’s like I’ve been sitting on this big fucking secret,” sighed Harington in a 2015 interview for the TV series that has made him a household name. The secret, of course, was the livelihood of Harington’s Game of Thrones character, Jon Snow. For the best part of a year, fans, interviewers and pretty much everyone else wanted Harington – dead or alive – to spill the beans. And yet he didn’t. Not a word to even his nearest and dearest about Snow’s fate, until the stunning revelation in season six. Impressive stuff. Some question if Harington will end up typecast, forever trapped in Snow’s beard, coat and shadow – and maybe he will. But he also saw it as an opportunity to shape one of the most iconic characters of all time. And he nailed it.