Kit Harington was a fairly unknown actor before he joined Game of Thrones as Jon Snow. But now the straggly haired Englishman has several feature films under his belt, including Paul W.S. Anderson’s Pompeii and How to Train Your Dragon 2. At just 29 years of age and a pay grade of $300,000 per episode, Harington has officially joined the ranks of America’s top 1%.
Kit Harington Net Worth as of 2017: $4 Million
2001 – 2004
Kit Harington is the son of bookstore owner David Richard Harington and former playwright Deborah Jane Catesby. He was born in Acton, London, on December 26, 1986. Christopher “Kit” Catesby Harington, or Kit Harington as we know him, is named after the famous playwright Christopher Marlowe.
Growing up, Harington’s dream was to become a cameraman, journalist, or war correspondent. But in 2001 after watching Waiting for Godot, Harington’s zeal for acting caught fire. So he went on to study Drama and Theatre at Worcester Sixth Form College, where he watched Ben Whishaw perform as Hamlet, which only strengthened his desire to act.
2005 – 2010
He returned to London in 2005 to enroll himself in the Central School of Speech and Drama, which taught him the fundamentals of acting, as well as the harsh realities of being an actor, which basically meant not to expect too much.
In a 2016 interview with GQ, Harington said, “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. I’ve got a very baby face underneath all of this fuzz.”
Upon graduation from drama school, Harington got the opportunity to play Albert in the National Theatre production of War Horse. His performance won two Olivier Awards and ushered him into the spotlight as the one to watch.
2011 – 2017
In 2011, Harington landed the role that would change his life. Selected to portray Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, (AKA the best TV show since the beginning of time), Harington’s brilliant performance won a nomination for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television in 2012 and an Empire Hero Award (which he shared with the cast) in 2015.
Following his success in TV, he soon made his film debut. He starred as Vincent in the 3D horror film Silent Hill: Revelation, based on the video game of the same name. And for that role, he won Actor of the Year at the 2013 Young Hollywood Awards. This guy just never goes home empty handed.
Harington got his first major lead role in a feature film when he played Milo in Pompeii, which was a huge box-office success. In the same year, he lent voice to Eret in How to Train Your Dragon 2, which won the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film and received an Academy Award nomination. Everything this kid touches turns into gold.
Of course, season 7 of Game of Thrones is set to air in 2017, and the producers are eager to have Harington back.
The “A” tier — Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) — got the biggest pay bumps, up to nearly $300,000 an episode, according to Deadline.
He is The King in the North after all.