Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 27 January 2015

Kit Harington - Zero to hero

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12:  Kit Harington attends the "Pompeii" screening hosted by TriStar Pictures with the Cinema Society and Grey Goose at Crosby Street Hotel on February 12, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Kit Harington

Kit Harington didn't expect to land any leading man jobs after her left drama school.

The English star landed the role of Jon Snow in Game of Thrones three years after graduating, and it marked his first ever work in television.

Far from believing in his own ability, Kit thought he'd be relegated to the roles that were less than desirable.

“I didn’t really think I’d be a leading man in any respect whatsoever. At drama school in my third year I was resigned to the fate of being Young Male Rape Victim No. 2. That was the kind of category I was put in," Kit, 27, told GQ magazine.

The female characters in Game of Thrones have fast become known for their enviable curves and toned physiques and are often featured wearing little or no clothes.

But the male cast mates are seen in fewer states of undress, something Kit thinks should change.

“It’s only right, if you’re going to make a show where nudity and sex is a large part of it, that you be a part of that

"I wouldn't say I'd be happy about it… It would have to be f**king well deserved," he laughed when asked if he'd mind getting naked.

The show has launched its stars into worldwide fame, and garnered a global audience.

The fantasy drama is based on the novels A Song of Ice and Fire series, by George R. R. Martin.

"It's getting worse," Kit said of the dark nature of the show. "What I wonder is how people can deal with something going dark and dark and darker. Being unrelenting in how pessimistic things are. They really push it."

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