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Kit Harington was raised in a gender-fluid environment and played with dolls

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·2-min read
Kit Harington arrives at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Kit Harington used to play with dolls. (AP)

Kit Harington has revealed he was raised in a gender-fluid environment and given dolls to play with.

The 33-year-old Game Of Thrones star and his brother John’s parents were brought up by their parents, businessman Sir David Harington and playwright Deborah Jane Catesby.

Harington told The Telegraph: “I asked for a Mighty Max and she bought me a Polly Pocket. I asked for an Action Man and I got a doll – it was very gender-fluid from the word go. And I went with it.”

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The actor – who checked into a rehab facility in May 2019 and reportedly treated for stress and alcohol misuse – also revealed he believes men suffer an emotional “blockage” stemming from WWII.

Kit Harington as Jon Snow (Credit: HBO)
Kit Harington as Jon Snow (Credit: HBO)

He said: “I feel that emotionally men have a problem, a blockage, and that blockage has come from the Second World War, passed down from grandfather to father to son.

“We do not speak about how we feel because it shows weakness, because it is not masculine. Having portrayed a man who was silent, who was heroic, I feel going forward that is a role I don’t want to play any more.”

Harington – who starred as Jon Snow in Game Of Thrones – added he does not think the world needs to see more of a “masculine role”.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: 77th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Rose Leslie and Kit Harington arrive to the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020. -- (Photo by: Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Rose Leslie and Kit Harington have been married for two years. (Getty Images)

The How To Train Your Dragon 2 star has kept a low profile since his mental health problems last year.

Harington began dating fellow Game Of Thrones star Rose Leslie in 2011 and they were married in June 2018.

He will next be seen in the upcoming superhero film Eternals playing Dane Whitman, a human warrior who owns a mystical sword.

The film is scheduled for release in February 2021, and also stars Richard Madden, Gemma Chan and Angelina Jolie.