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Kit Harington says men are victims of film industry sexism too

Published 29/05/2016 | 21:56

Kit Harington said the film industry is sexist towards both women and men
Kit Harington said the film industry is sexist towards both women and men

Game Of Thrones star Kit Harington has spoken out about sexism towards men in the film industry, saying there is a "double standard".

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The actor, who plays Jon Snow in the television series, said he would give up his career if he thought he was cast on the basis of his looks rather than his talent.

Harington said he recognises his look may have helped his career in some ways, but he told the Sunday Times magazine he has at some points felt a victim of sexism.

He said: "There's definitely a sexism in our industry that happens towards women, and there is towards men as well.

"At some points during photoshoots when I'm asked to strip down, I felt that. If I felt I was being employed just for my looks, I'd stop acting."

The 29-year-old said he feels "lucky" to be part of Game Of Thrones and will "love it forever" for the opportunities it has given him.

Speaking about his relationship with former Game Of Thrones co-star Rose Leslie, who played his love interest in the series, he described it as "easy" to fall for her.

Last month Leslie was one of a number of former co-stars in the audience to see him make his West End return as Doctor Faustus.

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