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Fan­tasy show Game Of Thrones (2011cur­rent) has made Kit Har­ing­ton a global su­per­star for play­ing sword-swing­ing war­rior Jon Snow. But be­fore fame came call­ing, Kit worked in a book­shop where he packed shelves with copies of A Song Of Ice And Fire (1996-cur­rent), the book se­ries that the Game Of Thrones TV se­ries is based on.

Christo­pher Catesby “Kit” Har­ing1

ton was born in 1986 in Lon­don to play­wright Deb­o­rah Jane and busi­ness­man David Richard Har­ing­ton. He orig­i­nally wanted to be a jour­nal­ist and war cor­re­spon­dent, but his par­ents took him to a stage pro­duc­tion of 1953 play Wait­ing For Godot as a 14-year-old and Kit was sold on be­ing an ac­tor.

While Jon Snow’s hair is real now, 2

it was a wig when Kit was first cast in the role in 2011.

Al­though they’ve just con­firmed 3

that they’re dat­ing, Kit says that he fell for Rose Les­lie (29) while film­ing Game Of Thrones in 2013. She played Jon Snow’s wildling lover Ygritte. Says Kit, “If you’re al­ready at­tracted to some­one, then they play your love in­ter­est, it be­comes very easy to fall in love.”

While Jon’s fight­ing White Walker 4

armies and swing­ing swords at his en­e­mies, Kit’s afraid of spi­ders, nee­dles and fly­ing. He adds that he gets more and more jit­tery the more he flies for work, but want­ing to go back to Ice­land made the flight “tolerable” when Game Of Thrones filmed there in 2013.

He’s not afraid of hor­ror movies 5

though and lists The Shin­ing (1980) and The Ring (2002) as his favourites.

And be­lieve it or not, he has links 6

to South Africa, on his mom’s side. Her an­ces­tors in­clude Count Ja­cob van Ree­nen, who moved here as part of the Dutch set­tlers.

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