The actors played on-screen couple Jon Snow and Ygritte for three seasons, but you may not have realized that they have a real-life romance as well and are even engaged.
Though Harington and Leslie, both 30 years old, have been rumored to be on-again, off-again, truthfully they just seem to be very private people. Here's the history of their non-fictional love story.
Harington and Leslie presumably met for the first time when the second season of "Game of Thrones" began filming. The first time the pair appeared on screen together.
He eventually lives among them as a spy for the Night's Watch, but he falls in love with Ygritte along the way. Rumors began flying about a blossoming off-screen romance between Harington and Leslie when TMZ published photos of the couple holding hands. They were spotted on a date in a restaurant and the "Game of Thrones" fandom basically exploded.
The two stars film season three of "Game of Thrones," including the fictional couple's steamy love scene. This was a rare happy moment on "Game of Thrones. Years later, Harington would admit that he fell in love with Leslie during the months they spent filming in Iceland.
Harington tells reporters that they're just friends and says, "We hit it off very quickly when we first met. Even though they never confirmed they were dating, an anonymous source told The Stir that Harington and Leslie had split up. Ygritte and Jon Snow broke up in season three, too. She is eager to keep this relationship out of the spotlight.
Harington says any discussion of a romance between him and Leslie is "all rumor and myth. But no, no love affair. I wouldn't ever reveal that, because it takes you down a certain road… I have no desire to be courting the press with my love life. It's not my job, it's not who I am — and I actually think it's more fun for everyone to speculate. The minute I start telling people things are true or not true, then it's just boring.
Jon and Ygritte were briefly reunited during the battle, but she was killed before his eyes. HBO This was the end of their on-screen romance, but not their real-life love story. They were spotted arriving at the airport together.
Harington and Leslie sat next to each other for the Comic-Con panel. Us Magazine reports that they're back together. Harington and Leslie with fellow costar Maisie Williams back in They're not moving in together or anything like that yet. Harington says he's single in an interview with GQ. Harington is very private about his relationships. Here's the section of the interview written told from reporter Tom Lamont's point of view: But I will say I'm single at the moment.
With someone who's not an actor, because they never get to see you; and with someone who is an actor, because you're ships in the night a lot of the time. I mean, ideally, if you keep acting in the film world, you're a traveling salesman. And your options are: That's where I stand, and I'm trying to address it at the moment.
A "Game of Thrones" fan sneaks a picture of the couple at an airport together looking cozy. Celebrity news site Lainey Gossip reported this tidbit: After paparazzi photos emerge of Harington and Leslie kissing in public, their costar Emilia Clarke appears to confirm the relationship. You know, we like to spread the love on our show. It's a beautiful thing. She's one of my best friends, so it's good.
Harington and Leslie step onto the red carpet together and go public with their relationship for the first time. The pair seemed very happy to be out in the open with their relationship. The Olivier Awards was the first event at which Harington and Leslie were clearly attending as boyfriend and girlfriend.
Harington says in an interview with Vogue that he "fell in love" while filming "Game of Thrones" in Iceland. Rose Leslie says on a talk show that she and Harington use FaceTime a lot. Since both actors had been busy with their own projects, Leslie said FaceTime was the key to communicating via long distance.
This was one of the first times she spoke about their relationship with reporters. Harington and Leslie begin apartment-hunting as they plan to move in together. The couple attended the Olivier Awards together. When he declined to elaborate on their love story, Harington told Esquire it was because "it's as much her relationship as it is mine and I can't speak for both of us.
But yeah, we are very, very happy. So that's what I'll say about that. The couple attended the "Game of Thrones" season seven premiere together and rumors fly that they're engaged.