Christopher Catesby 'Kit' Harington (born 26 December 1986) is an English actor. He studied at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and made his professional acting debut with the lead role of Albert Narracott in the critically acclaimed West End play War Horse at the National Theatre. In 2011, his breakthrough role as Jon Snow in the HBO epic fantasy television series Game of Thrones (20112019) earned him international recognition and several accolades, including a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor Television Series Drama in 2019 and two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2016 and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2019. Harington developed, produced and starred in the BBC drama series Gunpowder (2017) based around the leading role of his ancestor Robert Catesby in the Gunpowder plot. His film roles include the historical romance film Pompeii (2014) and the British period drama Testament of Youth (2014). He also voiced Eret in the How to Train Your Dragon film series. Harington has also been cast as Dane Whitman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Eternals, scheduled for release in November 2021. He is married to actress Rose Leslie, with whom he has a son. Early life and ancestry Harington was born on 26 December 1986 in Acton, London, to Deborah Jane (Catesby), a former playwright, and Sir David Harington, 15th Baronet, a businessman. His full name is Christopher Catesby Harington, his mother named him after Christopher Marlowe, whose first name was shortened to Kit, a name Harington prefers.