“Game of Thrones” actor Kit Harington admits that he did not know his real name until he had reached the age of eleven-years-old! Can you imagine that?!?
He recently revealed that his parents David and Deborah didn’t tell him that his real name is Christopher until he had been in the world for eleven years. That doesn’t seem too crazy if they were calling him Kit instead of his given name Christopher.
When asked why his parents kept him in the dark, he revealed, “I haven’t got a clue! I think they could see that I wanted to be Kit, but Christopher was a bit of a tradition. My brother’s name is Jack, but his real name is John. Kit is traditionally an offshoot of Christopher, it’s just not used that often.”
Funnily enough, he also said that he and his brother Jack were both given the same middle name by their mother. He said, “My middle name is Catesby. It’s also my brother’s middle name. Jack Catesby and Kit Catesby. It’s my mum’s maiden name, actually.”
He also revealed that he almost entered into the world of show business using the name Kit Catesby, rather than using his nickname along with his surname. After some thought, he revealed, he eventually decided against it.
He added, “I nearly did, but I thought it sounded too much like a 1950s talk show host. I was close, actually! Sometimes I think that would have been a cool name, but Kit Harington works.”
In other related news, the “Game of Thrones” star revealed that he absolutely cannot cut his hair because of the show. He said on “Live With Kelly And Michael”, “It has its own contract, definitely. I never thought I’d say that about my own hair…I’m not allowed to cut it, and I didn’t realize this until recently. I wanted to cut it – I’ve had long hair for ages – and they were like, ‘No, no, no. That won’t be happening.'”
Kelly offered up the suggestion of having his hair cut and then adding a weave, to which he said was not allowed under the terms of his contract for the show. Of the idea, he said, “They don’t like doing that. It’s very funny when you get into these things, and people get very obsessed by little things. There’s all of these ridiculous conversations that go back and forth between agents and managers and HBO: ‘Can we have four inches off or can we have an inch off? What can we do with this? How curly should it be?’ It’s silly.”