Game of Thrones star reveals bizarre childhood secret

Game of Thrones hunk Kit Harington didn’t know his real name until he was 11 years old.

Yep, true story!

When the actor – whose real first name is Christopher – was asked why his parents didn’t tell him he wasn’t actually called Kit – he was stumped.

“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. My middle name is Catesby,” he said.

He went on, “It’s cool, isn’t it? It’s also my brother’s middle name. Jake Catesby and Kit Catesby. It’s my mom’s maiden name, actually.”

He added that he thought of using Kit Catesby as a stage name but decided against it.

“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,” he said.

We have to agree there!