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He's the undisputed poster boy of Game of Thrones, but Kit Harington
isn't just handy with a sword, as his blossoming movie career proves
Wearing a white shirt, unbuttoned at the neck,
skinny black jeans and workman boots,
Kit Harington is sitting quietly in a London
hotel suite. He's thinking about Jon Snow, his
warrior in HBO's fantasy-phenomenon, Game
of Thrones, and how to talk about this year's
stunning fth season. "I had some pretty incredible scenes," he
says, carefully. "I don't know how to say it without saying it. It's
been an amazing season. We've got very secretive this year."
By contrast to Snow's steel-and-sweat, Harington is a wellspoken
young Londoner: polished rather than
posh. At 5ft 8in, he's not the tallest for swinging
Snow's Longclaw sword. But what he lacks in
height, he makes up for in muscle. He is, to use
the popular phrase, ripped. Factor in those dark,
inquisitive eyes, rugged beard and thatch of
black hair (kept that way due to his Thrones
contract, and left unwashed during shooting),
and it's not hard to see why he's become the
TV show's poster-boy.
"People come up and say, 'I love your character and I love your
portrayal of him' and that's lovely to hear," he says. "It means that
people are rooting for you." Clearly humbled, the 28-year-old
Harington is all too aware of what being in a successful series like
Thrones means. "It's the love of my life, as far as my work goes,"
he says. "If it was my girlfriend, it would be the love of my life! I
often get asked how I feel about the explosion of it, but the fact is,
I haven't had a very long career. This is one of the rst jobs I got -
and I've been utterly spoilt."
WORDS ALAN WELSH
You might say he's led something of a charmed life. Graduating
from the Central School of Speech and Drama in 2008, he won
the role of Albert in the National Theatre production of World
War I classic War Horse. Following this with the pilot episode of
Thrones, he then landed a part in Laura Wade's provocative class
drama Posh at the Royal Court. "I'm a bit of a golden boy as far as
theatre goes," he smiles. "Both plays have gone to the West End.
I've got a good track record!"
Still, Harington is aware that acting careers are variable. "I used
to be very concerned about it all vanishing. I was very pessimistic.
I remember Deadwood being cancelled. Every
year, I'd go, 'The next season isn't happening - I
know it's not!' Until Season Four happened. Now
I've stopped doing that to myself, and I'm just
trying to enjoy my lucky situation. Thrones is
now over the halfway mark - the end is in sight."
With Harington sitting on the show's biggest
secret of all, these words take on an even greater
meaning. Last month, the conclusion to the fth
season sent fans into shock and Twitter into
meltdown - with Snow left blood-splattered on the ground in a
Julius Caesar-like betrayal. Is this the end for the illegitimate son of
Ned Stark? "I've been told I'm dead," Harington recently informed
Entertainment Weekly. "I'm not coming back next season."
While fans will be hoping otherwise, Harington has been smart
enough to engineer movie roles should he not return - whether
voicing a dragon-trapper in animated adventure How To Train
'THRONES IS ONE OF THE
FIRST JOBS I GOT � AND
I'VE BEEN UTTERLY SPOILT.
IT'S THE LOVE OF MY LIFE'
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