‘Game of Thrones’: When Did Kit Harington and Rose Leslie Fall in Love?

When the onscreen chemistry between two characters is good enough, fans often hope that the actors who play the roles will get together in real life. Rarely does this ever happen. But in the cast of Kit Harington and Rose Leslie, real life actually did mimic art.

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How did Harington and Leslie meet?

Some might say that it was destined for Harington and Leslie to be together. They both beat out many other hopeful actors in landing the roles of Jon Snow and Ygrette, respectively, on the massively popular HBO series, Game of Thrones.

The two spent a lot of time onscreen and off screen together, as their characters were each other’s love interests.

Now that Harington is married to the red haired beauty, he credits the show with giving him much more than a check.

“It gave me my future family and my life from here on in,” he said in the press room at the 2018 Emmy Awards. “That’s the main thing it did for me, and it’s changed it completely.”

But meeting his now wife on the set of the show was somewhat bittersweet.

“I think almost the worst thing about falling in love with Rose and marrying her is that it’s going to be very hard to work with her again,” he recently told InStyle. “Working opposite her was one of the highlights of my life and career. I don’t know when, if ever, I’m going to get to do that again, because we’re married now, and it’s hard to work opposite your wife.”

When did Leslie and Harington fall in love?

The couple began to take a liking to one another while filming season 2 of Game of Thrones in Iceland.

“Because the country is beautiful, because the Northern Lights are magical, and because it was there that I fell in love,” he said when describing his affinity for Iceland in a cover story for L’Uomo Vogue. “If you’re already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest in the show, it becomes very easy to fall in love.”

Leslie and Harington’s relationship timeline

The Game of Thrones pair was first suspected of being in a relationship in 2012 when they were spotted out having dinner with one another on more than one occasion. The rumors seemed to cool down a bit when the two split for a brief time before reuniting and going public with their relationship in 2016.

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Instead of announcing their engagement via Instagram like most celebrities, the social media-less couple posted their engagement news in The Times.

“The engagement is announced between Kit, younger son of David and Deborah Harington of Worcestershire, and Rose, middle daughter of Sebastian and Candy Leslie of Aberdeenshire,” the announcement read, according to the BBC.

The pair was married on June 23 of last year. The ceremony was held at the Kirkton of Rayne Church and several of their GOT costars were in attendance.

What’s next for Leslie and Harington?

Now that the final season of GOT has been shot and is about to premiere, Harington is looking forward to taking on a much different role.

“The most important job I’ll ever have is about to finish,” he recently told InStlye. “Well, not the most. Hopefully, I’ll be a father.”

Read more: ‘Game of Thrones’: All the Spoilers You Need to Know

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