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Christopher Catesby Harington

Birthplace: Acton, London, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir David Richard Harington, 15th Baronet and Private
Husband of Rose Leslie
Father of Private
Brother of Private

Occupation: Actor, producer.
Managed by: Michael Lawrence Rhodes
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About Kit Harington

Christopher Catesby Harington (born 26 December 1986), known professionally as Kit Harington, is an English actor and producer. Born in Acton, Greater London, Harington graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in 2008. While still at drama school, he made his professional acting debut in the National Theatre and West End with the leading role of Albert in the critically acclaimed adaptation of the play War Horse.

In the BBC drama Catesby he plays his relative Robert Catesby (his mother is a Catesby but Geni doesn't currently show a direct line of descent - he is a 1st cousin, 12 times removed through his father) but he is descended on the paternal line from John Harington, a lord on the other side of the struggle.

When a spiked head was victoriously presented outside the Houses of Parliament days after the failed gunpowder plot of 1605, one Lord is alleged to have remarked: “He’s an ugly fellow, isn’t he?”

The Lord in question was John Harington, ancestor of actor Kit Harington on his father’s side.

The head however belonged to Robert Catesby – the mastermind of the gunpowder plot. Who happens to be a direct ancestor of Harington’s mother.

Kit Harington’s ancestors were on opposite sides of the gunpowder plot – and now he’s playing one, iNews

Before acting, he originally wanted to become a journalist, a cameraman, or a war correspondent.

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Kit Harington's Timeline

December 26, 1986
London, England, United Kingdom