On Game of Thrones, Jon Snow and Ygritte had a rough ending to a beautiful romance. They began as enemies, fell in love, but that love was ripped away when Ygritte was killed by Olly. Fortunately, the two have found a way to continue their love story in the real world, because Harington is dating none other than actress Rose Leslie.
The two have been off-and-on since 2012, but these days, they’re very much together. Leslie and Harington made their red carpet debut as a couple at the 2016 Olivier Awards in London, and tonight, Harington has been nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, along with co-star Peter Dinklage. Game of Thrones will also be vying for the title of best drama series, once again.
Though Leslie and Harington are notoriously private, they’ve divulged a bit of info about their relationship here and there. In an interview with Vogue Italia, Harington recalled the moment he fell in love with the stunning red-head. E! reported him as saying, “Because the country is beautiful, because the Northern Lights are magical, and because it was there that I fell in love. If you’re already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest in the show, it’s becomes very easy to fall in love.”
The fact that he told Leslie about Jon Snow’s fate when he wasn’t supposed to spoil the news to anyone also shows how close the two are. While being interviewed on The Tonight Show by Jimmy Fallon, Harington said that he’d told his girlfriend Snow was going to be brought back in season six. E! writes, “Harington… told EW.com recently that he told Leslie about Snow “from early on” and that the showrunners were aware he was going to.”
Leslie, however, denied ever knowing Snow’s fate. She eventually told the Standard, “I’m such a moron. I had been spewing this lie for over a year … It just regurgitated out of me to the point where it was almost effortless.” She laughed about the incident, fortunately, saying that she thought the whole situation was quite funny.
How have they managed to keep so quiet about their romance? Well, Leslie isn’t the most up-to-speed with social media. She told The Standard, “I don’t have any personal accounts, so I don’t really know if there’s much attention. I’m aware because of the shows and there is some element of hype behind it. But I genuinely, genuinely don’t try to engage on that front. I try to keep myself relatively private.”
Tonight, we can only hope that the couple will appear on the red carpet together once again, so we can nab more adorable photos of them.