He originally wanted to become a cameraman, war correspondent and journalist as a child.
He grew out his own real hair to play Jon Snow on Game of Thrones.
His parents are Deborah Jane and David Richard Harington. In 2012, he began dating Game of Thrones co-star Rose Leslie; they became engaged in September 2017 and married in June of 2018. They welcomed their first child together, a son, in 2021.
Sean Bean played his father in the television series Game of Thrones.