Game of Thrones star Kit Harington has become virtually unrecognisable after shaving off his trademark beard. The actor, who is best known for his long dark curls and beard, shocked fans after ditching the facial hair, dividing opinion on his new look.
Greeting fans following his performance in the West End production of Doctor Faustus, the star appeared with his usual long, dark curls but without any stubble. Fans who managed to get a snap with the actor shared their photos online, immediately causing an online frenzy as Twitter reacted to Kit's new look.
Kit Harington has shaved his beard. #KitHarington #DoctorFaustus #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/0W3hBwf3ts
— Kit Harington (@Kit_Updates) June 1, 2016
One fan wrote: "RIP Jon Snow's beard. You weren't as glorious as his hair, but you were close," while another wrote: "Kit Harington's beard will be missed." Others were also quick to suggest who the star looked similar to after shaving off his stubble, with one claiming: "Kit Harington without his beard is ACTUALLY Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You," while another Twitter user wrote: "#JonSnow looking like he about to film The Crow 2."
Fans reacted to the star shaving off his beard
The actor has previously spoken about his iconic look, revealing that he had his long locks cut after the season five finale of Game of Thrones to confuse fans as the show left his character's fate on a cliffhanger. He told Entertainment Weekly: "I know this hairstyle, this haircut, is very synonymous with the show.
"I know in the past I'd said I'd cut it off when I can. I wanted to appear with shorter hair straight away so it would sell the lie. Nobody's noticed I've had short hair. We’ve chopped most of it off, and people were like, 'Oh look, he's still got long hair.' So that didn’t work as well."
The actor, who plays Jon Snow on the show, has changed his look for season six, putting his usually long locks into a bun. He said: "We cut it much shorter for this season, and do a different hairstyle this season and put it up in a bun."