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OTRC: 'Game of Thrones' Kit Harington (Jon Snow): My big break (Video)

Kit Harington (Jon Snow on 'Game of Thrones') talks to OTRC.com at the 2013 Young Hollywood Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 1, 2013. He was given the Actor of the Year Award.

Kit Harington won the Actor of the Year Award at the 2013 Young Hollywood Awards on Thursday for his role as Jon Snow in "Game of Thrones" and talked to OTRC.com about the honor as well as about his first big break.

The 26-year-old British actor, whose real name is Christopher, began his acting career as the star of the play "War Horse" in his native United Kingdom in 2008. Steven Spielberg made an Oscar-nominated film adaptation.

On the red carpet before the award ceremony, Harington smiled brightly while reminiscing about how he got the part in the play, which became a hit show in London's West End theatre district.

"I remember it vividly," he told OTRC.com. "I was in drama school. I'd been auditioning for a play called 'War Horse' and I got the lead part and I was still in drama school at the time and I was rehearsing for a play and I jumped about seven feet in the air. And it's not stopped since then, so it's been great."

Aside from Harington, Young Hollywood Award winners included the likes of "Pretty Little Liars" star Lucy Hale, "The Hills" alum Lauren Conrad and pop star Selena Gomez. Harington told OTRC.com it was "very humbling" to be named Actor of the Year.

Catch Harington as Snow, who still knows nothing, on season 4 of "Game of Thrones" in early 2014.

Reporting by Tony Cabrera of the syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings). The series is produced by KABC Television in the Los Angeles area.

Watch an ad for "War Horse," starring a then-clean-shaven and short-haired Kit Harington, below.

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