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Game of Thrones' Kristian Nairn 'comes out'

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Bear lovers of the world, get ready to scream with excitement. Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor in the brilliant Game of Thrones, has officially come out.

We know it's not news to everyone – and some Irish GT readers have already been in touch to let us know about Kristian's long-standing openness with his sexuality – but the 38 year-old actor bravely revealed his sexuality to the world in an interview with the show's fan-site WinterIsComing.net.

When asked about viewers within the LGBT community, he responded by saying: “Well, in all honesty, when you talk about the ‘gay community’, you are talking about MY community.”

Kristian, who stands at a towering 6ft 10inches tall, said he had been waiting to be quizzed about his sexuality saying: “I’ve been waiting for someone to ask about it an interview. I’ve tried to lead the questions a few times, but to no avail!”

There’s seemingly no end to the Ulsterman’s talents as not only does he star in one of the most popular TV shows of recent years he’s also a musician and a successful DJ and has performed alongside the Scissor Sisters.

It means that there is a growing representation of gay actors on US television screens including the gorgeous star of Prison Break, Wentworth Miller, and the practically edible Chris Colfer from everyone’s favourite show Glee.

In the GOT series, Kristian’s character can only say one thing – his name. But in real life he’s much more verbose.

He said: “It’s a very small part of who I am on the whole, but nonetheless, in this day and age, it’s important to stand up and be counted. I have and always will stand my ground.”

Words: Aaron Golightly

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