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com­pared to his ex­cite­ment over what is com­ing his way next – not least start­ing a fam­ily with his ac­tress wife.

After fall­ing for each other in 2012 while play­ing out Jon Snow’s steamy ro­mance with her char­ac­ter Ygritte, Har­ing­ton and Leslie ( be­low) fi nally tied the knot in June last year. pri­vate joy. “I met my wife in this show so, hope­fully, it gave me my fu­ture fam­ily and my life from here on in,” he says. “It has changed my life com­pletely. You could not ask for a bet­ter job than to be an ac­tor in It’s been the most amaz­ing thing.”

Fans of the ac­claimed HBO se­ries em­braced Har­ing­ton’s char­ac­ter ar­guably more so than any other – re­act­ing muti­nously when he ap­peared to be killed off in sea­son five.

Play­ing the bad guy may of­ten of­fer ac­tors richer ma­te­rial to work with, but Har­ing­ton was grate­ful Jon Snow was on the right side of the nar­ra­tive his­tory.

“He’s pretty much one of the only good guys in the story and that’s a nice thing to play,” he says.

“There’s a lot of other peo­ple like Iwan (Rheon), who plays Ram­say Bolton, who just gets abuse in the street; or Jack Glee­son, who played Jof­frey, who still gets abuse be­cause peo­ple can’t de­tach them from the char­ac­ter. I get a lot of love be­cause a lot of peo­ple seem to root for Jon.”

Har­ing­ton was 22 and “pretty much fresh out of drama school” when cast in the role that has con­sumed his twen­ties and changed his life. Back then, he ad­mits, he had no idea it would be­come the cul­tural phe­nom­e­non it is now – es­pe­cially look­ing back on the pi­lot episode.

“I didn’t know what I was do­ing! I was like, ‘ Oh this is fun, I’m in a TV show!’ I had no idea it was go­ing to be so big, or even a suc­cess,” he says. “Ap­parently the pi­lot was a dis­as­ter. I still haven’t seen it. They black­mail me ev­ery now and then, threat­en­ing that they will re­lease bits on YouTube. Ap­parently it was ter­ri­ble and I had an aw­ful wig.”

Fast for­ward to sea­son eight and Jon Snow looms as an au­di­ence favourite to steal power and take the Iron Throne. Not that he can hint ei­ther way, even re­buffi ng his fam­ily and friends’ at­tempts to tease clues out of him.

“No! [Rose], my friends and I all have an un­der­stand­ing now,” he says. “It goes, ‘ You don’t re­ally want to know.’ A lot of peo­ple try and trip you up. They’ll go, ‘ So you sit on the throne, right?’ and you’re like, ‘ No, no, no. I’m not go­ing any­where near that ques­tion!’”

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