Kit Harington, the dragon trapper

Kit Harington, the dragon trapper

LOS ANGELES - Sitting amid a panel of seasoned actors like Gerald Butler and Djimon Hounsou, up-and-coming English actor Kit Harington projects himself like a media pro.

They were at the recent Beverly Hills press tour for the new animated flick How To Train Your Dragon 2, where he lends his voice to new antagonist Eret.

In the sequel, which is showing here, Eret is a dragon trapper who sells his prey to villain Drago Bludvist (Djimon Hounsou).

The 27-year-old heart-throb of the hit fantasy TV series Game Of Thrones and recent disaster flick Pompeii is certainly ascending the Hollywood ladder, becoming a fan favourite with his portrayal of the show's upright hero Jon Snow.

But thanks to his charming good looks, he is also topping lists as a rising It guy.

Harington might be a sex symbol to everyone else, but he says he doesn't think of himself as one. He also gives M the scoop on his acting career.

What have been your professional highs and lows so far?

Lows… had no lows (laughs). No, of course I've had lows, but as far as I'm concerned, they're more like projects that didn't happen and movies I didn't like. But, as... an actor, I've been incredibly lucky. I've worked hard and came out of drama school and went to do a big play called Horse, and then went right into another play. That led to Season One of Game Of Thrones, then a movie, then back to Game Of Thrones for Season Two, then a movie. I've been very busy.

How has Game Of Thrones changed your life?

I can do Game Of Thrones because it allows me the means to do smaller independent movies that I want around it.

I've got Game Of Thrones, which continues to be a success at the moment, and that keeps my profile high. That means I can go and experiment with acting. By the time it's over, I'll be financially stable and be able to go do a lot of theatre.

A lot of actors scrape by with theatre, but I'll be okay to do it for a while.

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