Christopher Catesby “Kit” Harington (born 26 December 1986) is an English actor who rose to fame playing the role of Jon Snow, a main character in the series Game of Thrones. He starred as Albert Narracott in the original West End production of War Horse. Harington also played the lead role of Milo in the 2014 film Pompeii and ‘Eret’ in How to Train Your Dragon 2.
Harington was born in London and lived there until he was eleven. He is the son of David Richard Harington and Deborah Jane (née Catesby), who was a playwright and taught creative writing for Birmingham University. His uncle is Sir Nicholas John Harington, the 14th Baronet Harington, and his paternal great-grandfather was Sir Richard Harington, the 12th Baronet Harington. Christopher is a descendant of Charles II of England, by his paternal grandmother Lavender Cecilia Denny.
Kit Harington as Jon Snow in the Game of Thrones 4th Season.
Before acting, Harington originally wanted to become a journalist, a cameraman or a war correspondent. Harington landed his first television role as Jon Snow in the hit series Game of Thrones. Harington’s made his cinematic debut in 2012 as Vincent in Silent Hill: Revelation 3D. Then, he was chosen for the role of Milo, of the film Pompeii. He also voiced the role of Eret in How to Train Your Dragon 2. He will appear alongside Jeff Bridges in the upcoming film Seventh Son, currently set for a February 2015 release. Source: Wikipedia.