My Grandparents’ War: who is Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington, who is his wife - when is ancestry show out?

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Kit Harrington learned that his grandfather was an important spy in Channel 4 family history show My Grandparent’s War

Historical genealogy series My Grandparents’ War explores the role that the ancestors of famous Brits played in the Second World War.

The new season will feature four more celebrities - Kit Harrington, Keira Knightley, Emeli Sandé, and Toby Jones as they delve into their family history.

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Kit Harrington on My Grandparents’ WarKit Harrington on My Grandparents’ War
Kit Harrington on My Grandparents’ War | Channel 4

Harrington is the first star to feature on the new season, and he will discover that all four of his grandparents served their country in one way or another during the conflict.

Who is Kit Harrington, what else has he been in, and what did he discover on My Grandparents’ War? Here is everything you need to know:

Who is Kit Harrington?

Kit Harrington is a 35 year old actor from West London and is best known for his role as Jon Snow (not the broadcaster or physician) in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones.

He has also appeared in several blockbuster films including Marvel’s Eternals, Pompeii, and How to Train Your Dragon 2.

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His other TV credits include appearances in historical drama series Gunpowder, psychological thriller series Criminal: UK, and Amazon Prime romantic comedy show Modern Love.

Harrington’s upcoming roles include an as yet untitled Game of Thrones spin-off sequel series which will follow Jon Snow on his travels north of the Wall.

He is also due to star in the upcoming crime film Blood for Dust, and biographical drama Mary’s Monster, where he will play Frankenstein’s monster.

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Kit Harrington visits a war cemetery | Channel 4

Is Kit Harrington married?

Yes, Harrington is married to his former Game of Thrones co-star Rose Leslie - the pair tied the knot in 2018.

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Leslie played Ygritte, Jon Snow’s lover in Game of Thrones - the character died in Snow’s arms in the season four episode The Watchers on the Wall.

Leslie has also starred in the TV show The Time Traveler’s Wife, Vigil, and The Good Fight.

Her film credits include Honeymoon, The Last Witch Hunter, The Last Dance, and Death on the Nile.

Kit Harrington with co-star and wife Rose LeslieKit Harrington with co-star and wife Rose Leslie
Kit Harrington with co-star and wife Rose Leslie | Getty Images

What did Kit Harrington’s grandfather do in the Second World War?

Harington discovered in My Grandparents’ War that his paternal grandfather John was in charge of one of the most controversial spy operations of the 20th century.

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John’s role was to surveil the Duke and Duchess of Windsor to make sure that the former King who had abdicated from the throne in 1935 was not secretly in league with the Nazis.

It was during this assignment that John met Harrington’s grandmother, Lavender who was working as a codebreaker in Bermuda.

Harrington’s maternal grandfather, Mick, was an officer in the Royal Artillery and saw action in the Battle of Monte Cassino in Italy in 1944.

Mick’s wife, Pippa, served as senior nurse in Exeter during the war but left the profession when the conflict ended.

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When is My Grandparent’s War on TV?

My Grandparents’ War will begin airing on Channel 4 on Thursday 15 September at 9pm.

Episodes will be released at the same time weekly and will be available to watch on All 4 shortly after they are first broadcast.

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