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Game of Thrones star Kit Harington sends Twitter into meltdown after shaving off trademark beard

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 3/06/2016 Jennifer ruby

Kit Harington has sent Twitter into meltdown after appearing in public for the first time without his trademark beard.

The Game of Thrones actor, whose alter ego Jon Snow is known for his mop of hair and rugged beard, looked rather different on Thursday evening.

After leaving the Duke of York theatre following a performance of Doctor Faustus, the British star was mobbed by fans who were keen to get a snap of his new look.

As the first photos of beardless Harington hit social media, die hard Jon Snow fans seemed distraught.

One person wrote on Twitter: “Kit Harington has shaved his beard I honestly don't think my day could get much worse at this point.”

“Kit Harington shave his beard and im not okay with it,” wrote another.

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Someone else seemed to take the new look rather personally, writing: “Kit Harington is disrespecting me so much by shaving his beard.”

Other fans seemed to think that the lack of facial hair meant that Harington’s Game of Thrones character could have been cut from the series.

“”#KitHarington SHAVED HIS BEARD, SO JON SNOW’S PROBABLY DEAD AGAIN" please do not be true #GameofThrones,” wrote one fan.

Another added: “So apparently Kit Harington shaved his beard which pretty much means Jon Snow is dead.”

Harington, who shocked fans by returning for the new series of Game of Thrones despite his character being killed off, might not be too keen about the focus on his facial hair.

He recently told The Sunday Times: “If you said to a girl, ‘Do you like being called a babe?’ and she said, ‘No, not really,’ she’d be absolutely right.

“I like to think of myself as more than a head of hair or a set of looks.

“It’s demeaning. Yes, in some ways you could argue I’ve been employed for a look I have. But there’s a sexism that happens towards men.

“There’s definitely a sexism in our industry that happens towards women, and there is towards men as well.”

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