I think this may be one of my favourite photoshoots Kit has ever done. Unfortunately I was only able to find medium quality pictures from the shoot so far but they will be replaced if and when I find higher quality images. The scans from the magazine will follow as soon as I am able to get my hands on the issue. Until then I have attached the interview that accompanies the shoot below the cut. Enjoy it!
From rural Worcestershire to Westeros, why the raven-haired Game of Thrones actor has Hollywood at his beck and call
Meeting a famous person in the flesh typically requires a lightning-fast adjustment of expectation. In the case of Mr Kit Harington, the break-out star of the global TV smash Game of Thrones, this distorting effect is both reduced and, oddly, magnified. He looks exactly like Jon Snow, the hero he plays on the show – same tangled raven locks, same close-cropped beard, same pensive expression. So that’s reassuring. All the more jarring, then, that rather than Snow’s familiar fur-collared cloak, Mr Harington is wearing a summer blazer, and instead of wielding a broadsword, he’s carrying nothing more immediately threatening than a pack of Marlboros.
In other words, he is both instantly recognisable as the brooding, saturnine Snow, and apparently nothing like him whatsoever: a chatty, unassuming Englishman, 28 years old, with the entertainment world at his feet, who just happens to look uncannily like a mythical warrior of Westeros. It’s a little disorienting for me, so imagine how he feels.
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The digital scans from the latest 3 interviews Kit has done have been added to the gallery including his latest cover for The Observer. Enjoy reading through them!
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The pictures from this interview from todays Guardian Observer will follow tomorrow once I find the magazine version of it and better quality pictures from the shoot itself. Until then enjoy the interview
Playing Jon Snow in Game of Thrones has made Kit Harington a star. But he isn’t all swords and brooding looks. He talks to Ed Cumming about Spooks, politics and his role as a dim-witted tennis player
Two weeks before I meet Kit Harington I am waiting to be let into the premiere of the fifth season of Game of Thrones and get talking to a middle-aged man. The programme is HBO and Sky Atlantic’s golden trumpet, so they have rented the Tower of London for the night and erected a 1,000-seat cinema in its moat. Dragons are projected on to the outer walls; flaming torches line the approach. The queue is long and intractable. The man next to me, it turns out, is David Harington, or “Jon Snow’s father”, as he introduces himself, but even this is not enough to help him skip to the front. We stand in the drizzle and chat about his son.
“The thing Kit always says is that he’d do the acting for free,” says Harington Sr. “It’s all this other stuff that he gets paid for – the fame, the attention, the loss of privacy.” As if on cue, from somewhere beyond the wall comes a barrage of teenage shrieks. Kit has arrived on the red carpet. His voice booms incomprehensibly from a speaker. More screams, distant camera flashes. David sighs, but pride beams out of him. “He’s so busy that sometimes the easiest way to find out what’s happening to him is to search online. Google Analytics thinks I’m a 17-year-old girl from South America.”
It is a long way from the frozen wasteland of The Wall in Westeros to the bustling streets of modern London but it seems that the actor is happy to be playing in the 21st Century.
Not least, he tells me, because he can actually move around freely, unencumbered by the smothering weight of leathers and furs that he routinely staggers around in as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones. We are meeting at the press launch for his new film, Spooks: The Greater Good and the action-packed film sees him constantly in motion, even scaling the side of a building at one point. Harington plays dynamic young MI5 operative Will Crombie and admits that he relishes the physicality of the role.
The Game of Thrones actor shot all his own stunts in the big screen version of the hit TV series and soon learnt first-hand just how risky playing an MI5 agent can be. “There’s a part where my head gets smashed through a wall. That wasn’t meant to cave in so that was a close scrape,” he told The Independent. “It was a rough movie, but you get bumps and bruises in any type of action movie.”
I am not sure if this can be listened to outside of the UK right now but if not I will do my best to find a link where everyone can listen
I have added some stills from Kits upcoming appearance on Graham Norton. The interview will air tonight in the UK on BBC One at 10:40pm. Don’t forget to tune in
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Big thankyou to my friend Annika for sending me the scans of Kit in next months addition of Empire magazine
Also if you are in the UK Kit will be appearing on our screens tomorrow on The Graham Norton Show to promote Spooks: The Greater Good. Be sure to tune in!