The first time Kit Harington and Rose Leslie met was on the set of Game of Thrones (GOT). As all GOT fans know, things move quickly in Westeros. Almost instantly, the pair went from being strangers – Literally one was a Wildling and the other was a member of the Night’s Watch – to on-screen lovers. Kit and Rose’s on screen romance quickly escalated into something more. The pair have been publically linked to one another since 2012, but they have been secretive about their relationship ever since the rumors began. Even though their real life relationship has been just as complicated as Jon Snow and Ygritte’s relationship was, they have continuously found love with each other both on and off set. It seems like nothing can tear these lovers apart.
1. KIT MESSED UP HIS PROPOSAL
Kit’s exact proposal was far from planned and poised though. In an interview with Jonathan Ross, Kit admitted that his proposal plans didn’t go quite as he intended. In fact, Kit confessed that he popped the golden question a little too early. He told Ross, “”I did have some plans to do it, I was going to string up some lights in some trees and do all the romantic stuff but we were in the country and we were under this beautiful night sky and had a log fire burning and red wine and I blew my load early. I was meant to do it the day after with the lights. What I meant to say was, I popped my question a bit early. Not blew my load… Sorry that’s a really bad expression.” Kit truly is a hopeless romantic and his quirkiness is adorable.
2. NICOLE KIDMAN PRESSURED KIT TO PROPOSE
Yes, you read that correctly. Nicole Kidman pressured Kit Harington into proposing to his then-girlfriend Rose Leslie. In 2017, both Kidman and Harington appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden as guests to promote their upcoming endeavors. While promoting the upcoming season of Game of Thrones, Harington got side swept when his girlfriend, Rose Leslie, came up in conversation. At the time Leslie had just moved in with Harington so marriage wasn’t yet on his mind.
While Corden attempted to turn the attention to Kidman by asking her a question about an intimate moment she had with her husband Keith Urban on the Cannes red carpet, she deflected everyone’s attention back to Harington. Turning into the interviewee herself, Kidman asked Harington the question that was on all of our minds: “So are you going to get married or…?” She followed up her question by saying, “I just think it’s kinda nice if you’re gonna live together to, maybe, to at least get engaged.” Harington was totally caught off guard with her question, but he clearly took her advice to propose. If Kidman ever decides to give up on acting, being a talk show host may be her next calling.
3. THEY USED JON SNOW STAMPS ON THEIR WEDDING INVITES
Kit Harington and Leslie Rose used limited edition Jon Snow stamps to send out their wedding invitations. Either this is totally narcissistic or the couple is paying homage to the show that brought them together. After sending out the invites, Kit and Rose organized their wedding quickly because they didn’t want information to leak about their big day. If they really wanted to be low-key about their wedding, they probably wouldn’t have sent out invites with Jon Snow stamps on them. You know nothing Jon Snow (and Rose Leslie).
A Kit Harington photo on the wedding invitations might have been a big giveaway for the couple’s special day. Then again, would anyone actually expect Kit to use his own face on his invitations? Probably not. We wonder what the fellow cast members thought about these stamps. Did they think these wedding invitations were legitimate? Did the cast initially think these invitations were a hoax? What did the postmen across the country think of these envelopes? Did they know a Game of Thrones wedding was underway? If you ever want to draw speculations about the mail you send, just use a GOT stamp on your letter.
4. THEY ARE DISTANTLY RELATED
So hooking up with a family member seems to be a trend for Game of Thrones. Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) might have the most messed up relationship dynamic on the show, but it seems like Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are not too far behind them. Obviously Harington and Leslie aren’t twins like Cersei and Jamie (Thank God), but both of them happen to be descendants of King Charles II of England.
After some major stalking on both of their Wikipedia pages, a fan noticed that Kit and Rose were actually distantly related to one another. Kit’s life section reads: “Through his paternal grandmother, Lavender Cecilia Denny, Harington’s eighth-great-grandfather was Charles II of England”. Meanwhile, Rose’s says: “Her mother is Candida Mary Sibyl ‘Candy’ Leslie (nee Weld) of Clan Fraser, maternal great-granddaughter of Simon Fraser, 13th Lord Lovat, and descendant of Charles II of England” Neither of them have commented on their mutual royal relation yet and they probably never will. At this point, it might be more notable to mention that both Harington and Leslie are descendants of royalty. They are literally the king and queen of GOT.
5. KIT HAS WANTED TO MARRY ROSE FOR A WHILE
It is difficult to know exactly when Kit and Rose became intimate and serious with their relationship since both of them are super quiet about their private lives. Kit has never really discussed (with the public anyways) when he started developing feelings for Rose and when he finally knew she was the one. Was it love at first sight on the set of Game of Thrones? Did they fall in love as their characters fell in love on the show? How cute would that be if it were the case? Did they have a rocky relationship based on all the rumors throughout the years? Kit and Rose really need to start giving us some answers.
Luckily for fans, there are always sources that love to spill the details about celebrities and their love lives. The Sun’s Bizarre quoted a source as saying: “Kit’s known for ages he’s wanted to marry Rose but he wanted them to get a house and settle down a bit first.” We wish this source would have defined “ages.” But, it seems like this statement was true. Only months after moving in together, Kit had already proposed to Rose. It seems like marriage has been on his mind for a while now.
6. ROSE LESLIE HAS KICKED KIT OUT OF THE HOUSE BEFORE
It looks like Rose Leslie picked up some of Ygritte’s fiery personality these past few years. Just like the rest of us, Leslie is a huge fan of Game of Thrones. Even though her character died seasons ago, Leslie has continued watching the series. Since she is engaged to the show’s most notorious character, Leslie risks having Harington spoil the final season for her. Leslie would rather watch each episode as they premiere instead of having Harington explain the scripts to her.
While appearing on Seth Meyers’ talk show a few months ago, Leslie admitted that she uses a foolproof tactic so Harington doesn’t inadvertently give anything about the show away. Apparently, whenever Harington gets a new script from the show, she just kicks him out of the house. During the interview, Leslie said: “I can read his facial expressions, I don’t want to know anything that’s going on within his eyes or anything like that, so I send him packing, I kind of boot him out.” She continued: “Like if he stiffens, then I know, ‘Hmm, someone’s dead.’” We are only left to wonder where Harington goes to read his scripts then.
7. EMILIA CLARKE IS BEST FRIENDS WITH THE COUPLE
Nowadays, Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington view their relationship as nothing more than friendly. Clarke even said Harington is “like a brother” to her. A lot has changed both on and off screen between Clarke, Harington, and Rose Leslie. The trio are the best of friends now and are always photographed shopping and out to lunches together. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Harington commented on his love scene between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryan: “If you’ve known someone for six years, and they’re best friends with your girlfriend, and your best friends with them, there is something unnatural and strange about doing a love scene.”
Back in 2012, we would expect Harington to say something a little different about this intimate scene with Clarke. During a Rolling Stones photoshoot, the pair openly shared a passionate kiss with one another. This was way before he started dating Leslie, but there definitely was some intimacy between the pair at one point. Some fans have even speculated that Harington and Clarke have dated in the past. So, it is a little odd that Leslie, Harington, and Clarke are all best friends now.
8. THEY HAVE ALREADY HONEYMOONED
Okay so Kit Harington and Rose Leslie obviously didn’t take their honeymoon yet since they aren’t married, but they might as well have based on their travel photos from their gorgeous Greece getaway. In May 2017, the couple took time off of their busy acting schedules to enjoy some down time on Greece’s Hydra Island, one of the Saronic Islands. Based on pictures, it seems like the couple really were in a world of their own. They strolled through the sunny streets of Greece by day and even caught some rays at a few patios around the island.
The couple have proved that they really can fall in love in just about any climate. From the snowy glaciers of Iceland to the sunny beaches of Greece, Kit and Rose are literally living out everyone’s couple dreams. Since they already have vacationed to one of the most romantic destinations in the world, we can’t wait to see where the couple heads to next for their actual honeymoon. Will they pick a cold climate country like Iceland where they first met? Or will they go for a relaxing tropical resort vacation? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
9. THE COUPLE MET ON GOT IN 2011
It is presumed that Kit Harington and Rose Leslie met for the first time during the filming of the second season of Game of Thrones. Prior to the second season, their characters never actually interacted. In fact, Rose Leslie’s character, Ygritte, only first appeared on the show on season 2. Harington and Leslie would then go on to spend the next few seasons working very closely with one another as their characters played lovers.
Neither of them have discussed their first initial thoughts about each other. Maybe they hit it off right away or maybe they were awkward with one another at first. Going from strangers to playing immediate love interests could have been uncomfortable for the pair. Game of Thrones fans would love to think that Kit and Rose’s relationship developed the exact same way Jon and Ygritte’s relationship had. This isn’t the first time celebrities have found love on set, so we’re not really shocked that this in-show couple actually started dating in real life. The pair shared a few very intimate scenes on the show – We believe that the infamous cave scene is what really sparked interest between the pair. It is probably the steamiest moment from the whole series.
10. KIT FELL IN LOVE IN ICELAND
When people think of romantic countries, they probably envision a place with a warm climate. We always hear about love stories from places like Italy, Greece, and even the Caribbean. There is something about being in a sunny country that automatically attracts individuals to one another. It is rare to hear about love stories evolving from colder climates. Our favorite GOT couple totally redefines our perception of this.
Iceland is a beautiful country, but you probably wouldn’t expect many people to fall in love there especially during the winter. With temperatures dropping all the way to -30°C or -22°F, love is probably the last thing of most people’s minds. The second season of GOT is based in Northern Ireland at Belfast’s Paint Hall Studio. Since frozen landscapes characterize parts of the series’ mythical lands beyond The Wall, the glacial regions of Iceland were the perfect location to shoot. Even though temperatures were unbearably cold while filming these scenes, Kit and Rose still managed to fall in love with one another. Or at least become interested in each other. But, Kit has even admitted that it was in Iceland where he first fell in love.
11. KIT WAS INTERESTED IN ROSE BEFORE THEY STARTED FILMING
As a human, it is totally normal to find yourself attracted to someone new each time you leave the house. Whether it be someone’s looks, attitude, pose, or personality, there are a ton of reasons why you might find yourself attracted to someone. Most of the time, we never actually pursue our attractions – they usually just become quick thoughts that flash through our minds. For Kit Harington, this was different. He found himself attracted to Rose Leslie before they even began filming their scenes together. Luckily for him, their characters were cast to be love interests on the show. After their on-set intimacy, Harington would begin pursuing Leslie in real life as well.
We already know that Harington fell in love with Leslie in Iceland. During an interview with Vogue Italia, he said: “Because the country is beautiful, because the Northern Lights are magical, and because it was there that I fell in love,” he said, adding, “If you’re already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest in the show, it’s become very easy to fall in love.” Just like his character, Harington is totally a hopeless romantic and we can’t get enough of it.
12. ROSE HAS ONLY BEEN IN ONE RELATIONSHIP
When you’re a famous celebrity, it is difficult to keep all your romantic relationships hush-hush. Fans, the paparazzi, and other media outlets are constantly digging for details into your love life. Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are so secretive about their personal lives that it is nearly impossible to get any information on them. It took four years of speculation from fans for the couple to finally admit that they were dating. Everyone knows that the pair have been low-key dating this whole time – We don’t really know why it took them so long to confess to it.
Since Leslie is very quiet about her love life, there is absolutely no evidence that she has dated anyone other than Harington. Apparently when the couple split back in 2013, Leslie was dating someone else. But, no one can confirm this rumor. Since there are no details of any other lover in her life, it is safe to say that Harington was Leslie’s only boyfriend. How cute is that? If this is true, Leslie is literally getting married to her first love. This relationship is probably one of the only happy endings we will ever witness from GOT.
13. THE COUPLE SPLIT UP IN 2013
Kit Harington and Rose Leslie’s relationship timeline has been confusing and complicated. It is difficult to fully track their relationship history since the couple has remained super secretive about their personal lives. It wasn’t until the couple moved in together in 2017 that the world was finally able to confirm the seriousness of their relationship. Within the span of a year, the couple has been moving quickly. They moved in together, got engaged, and are now getting married.
However, their relationship wasn’t always this straight forward. After years of denying rumors about their relationship, an anonymous source told The Stir in 2013 that the couple had split up. Leslie apparently had another boyfriend at the time, but there was never any confirmation or evidence of this. Harington was apparently also romantically involved with other people during this split, like his co-star Emilia Clarke. To add more damage to a possible split, Harington talked publically about his relationship with Leslie in 2014 and said it was “all rumor and myth.” Months after his public statements, it was rumored that the couple was back together. This split was the first of a few bumps in their relationship.
14. IN 2015, HARINGTON SAID HE WAS SINGLE
Kit and Rose have been linked romantically ever seen their characters had their on-screen romance on Game of Thrones. Whether the couple has been dating since 2011 is a total mystery. But, the pair have been seen on dates since then. Maybe they were merely friendly hangouts. However, multiple sources have claimed that Kit and Rose were in fact an item since at least 2012. So, it is disappointing to hear that our dream GOT couple have had their fair share of breakups throughout their relationship.
In an interview with British GQ in 2015, Harington confirmed that he was a single man, which is a little surprising since he was linked to Leslie during this time. Harington even went on to say that he finds maintaining a romance a bit of a challenge. Was his romance with Leslie a challenge? Is that why they broke up multiple times throughout their relationship? During the interview, Harington said: “Relationships as an actor are incredibly difficult, with someone who’s not an actor because they never get to see you; and with someone who is an actor because your ships in the night a lot of the time.”
15. THEIR FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE AS A COUPLE WAS AT THE 2016 OLIVIER AWARDS
It seems like Kit Harington and Rose Leslie had a bit of a rocky relationship during their first few years of “dating.” Neither of them ever admitted to actually being a couple even though they had been caught on multiple occasions on dates, kissing, and embracing. But, according to Kit, they were “just friends” this whole time. I’m sure we have all heard that pathetic excuse too many times before. 2016 was the year that seemed to change everything for the couple though. That was the year Kit and Rose publically became official.
The duo made their red carpet couple debut at the 2016 Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House in London. If their arrival as a couple didn’t confirm their relationship, all of the PDA on the red carpet certainly did. The pair looked absolutely adorable as a couple that night – They looked so in love the entire event. We can’t believe it took them so long to finally become official. With wedding bells just around the corner, the couple will obviously be seen together more often. We can’t wait for all of the public appearances the couple will have together in the future.
16. JON SNOW & YGRITTE ARE RANKED THE BEST GOT COUPLE
According to Harper’s Bazaar and probably all of the Game of Thrones fans around the world, Jon and Ygritte are the show’s best couple. But, honestly it was quite expected that they would be a fan favorite. Most of the other couples on the show are absolutely revolting. Cersei and Jaime Lannister are twins, so their relationship isn’t even an option. Poor Sansa has found herself with the crazy Ramsay Bolton and equally as messed up Joffrey Baratheon. Jon and Ygritte were an obvious win. They literally went from captor and prisoner to forbidden lovers in the span of a few episodes.
And the fact that this pair are together in real life makes this whole ranking even better. Jon even broke his Night’s Watch vows to be with Ygritte. Now that is true love! It is devastating that their romance came to a very emotional end, but at least their love continues in real life. Even Kit Harington agrees that their characters were meant for each other. He said: “Ygritte is the only woman for Jon. Always. There will be no one else.” Well that makes Jon Snow’s upcoming romance with Daenerys Targaryen a little awkward then.
17. THEY OWN A £1.75M HOME TOGETHER
The on and off-screen couple purchased a luxurious £1.75 million home in the English countryside together in 2017. The cost of their home equals about $2.34 million in USD. Considering they are both actors, and Kit Harington is definitely becoming a worldwide star, the price value of their home is a little modest. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Harington earns $1.1 million per Game of Thrones episode, so he would be able to purchase this house after filming only 2 episodes. Most celebrities usually splurge on large and expensive homes, but Kit and Rose Leslie have proven themselves to be super low-maintenance people.
Instead of treating themselves to an oversized mansion on the hills or a city, penthouse condo, Harington and Leslie settled on a 15th century timber house in East Anglia, England. It was rumored that the couple had been previously searching for a place in Manhattan, New York, but since Kit is from England, this area is more fitting. The medieval countryside house is complete with a swimming pool, wooded grounds, seven bedrooms, barns, a guest annexe, a pavilion, a croquet lawn, a tennis court, and even a Game of Thrones-style moat.
18. HE DOESN’T WANT TO WORK WITH HER ONSCREEN AGAIN
“I wouldn’t be able to keep a straight face,” he said. “Honestly, I was watching Sliding Doors with her the other day, and there’s a bit at the end where John Hannah is pouring his heart out to Gwyneth Paltrow and she’s lying [there]. I turned to Rose and I said, ‘I wouldn’t be able to do that with you, because you would piss yourself.'”
He then admitted another, deeper, reason. “She’s a brilliant actor … actually I don’t want to work with her because she would just show me up again. That’s why,” Harington admited.
Their final scene together on Game of Thrones was about her character’s final moments, which were spent in his arms.
Leslie stated that they didn’t rehearse it ahead of time in to keep it as organic as possible.
“If I had taken time to think about it too much then I think I would have been way too emotional before the scene had even started,” she said. “I think that was the best way to approach it, and I’m glad he agreed.
19. HEY’VE BOTH BEEN PRANKED BY GAME OF THRONES SHOWRUNNERS
Showrunners’ David Benioff and D.B Weiss got tired of Harington sending obscene messages from their cell phones, so they got even.
They sent him pages from a fake script, and within its pages was this description: “when the fire is finally out, we see by torchlight that all of Jon’s hair has burnt down to the scalp. The skin on the top half of his face has been melted in the extreme heat, blistered and pustulant. Despite what must be the extreme agony of permanent disfigurement, Jon stands stoically by his master’s side.”
Harington didn’t find out it was fake until he was on set.
Rose Leslie also got tricked by Benioff and Weiss. When they found out that she was terrified of singing, they took advantage of the fact that the original books by George R. R. Martin include a song sung by Ygritte called “The Last of the Giants”.
The song has 20 lines in it and includes lyrics like “Oooooooh, I am the last of the giants, so learn well the words of my song, or when I am gone the singing will fade, and the silence shall last long and long.”
So, of course, they sent her a fake script that required her to sing the entire thing.
20. THEY BOTH HAVE PHOBIAS, BUT NOT THE SAME ONES
Harington definitely has Leslie beat in the phobias department. For one, he’s claustrophobic, which made shooting the “Battle of the Bastards” sequence particularly unpleasant.
“I’m mortally afraid of crowds. I panic,” he said. “It was one of the most terrifying things and most uncomfortable — 15 bearded Irishmen crushing you.”
Harington also admitted to being afraid of flying on planes and stated that he has to touch the outside of the plane three times before going in. His other fears include spiders, certain video games (like Doom and Silent Hill), and “syringes and injections.” He says he passes out regularly when he gets them.
He also has some weird superstitions. He told Jimmy Fallon that when he sees an ambulance go by, he scratches his nether regions because it’s good luck for the person inside. Despite Fallon’s disbelief, this is a real Italian superstition.
Leslie is also afraid of spiders, but has a very specific phobia that Harington doesn’t share: velvet.
While she was interviewed by The Telegraph, she shuddered when her interviewer touched the giant velvet cushion on the couch of Leslie’s agent’s office. She insisted that it was fine, but admitted, “It’s just the touch of it I don’t like. The sound it makes.” When the pillow was placed on the floor, she visibly relaxed.
Presumably she’s afraid of severed heads in the refrigerator as well.