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Kristian Nairn (born 25 November 1975) is a Northern Irish actor and DJ. He is best known for his portrayal of Hodor in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones.[2][3]

Kristian Nairn
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Nairn at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con International to promote Game of Thrones.
Born Kristian Nairn
(1975-11-25) 25 November 1975 (age 42)
Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Occupation Actor, DJ
Years active 2011–present
Height 208 cm (6 ft 10 in)[1]



Nairn is a progressive house DJ, and used to be the resident DJ of Kremlin, a gay club in Belfast.[4] He went on a tour called "Rave of Thrones" in the US and Australia between 10 October and 13 December 2014.[5]

Nairn was the DJ during the BlizzCon 2016 anniversary party.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Nairn is 208 cm (6'10") tall. In March 2014, he publicly discussed his gay identity in an interview with a Game of Thrones fan site.[7] He stated: "When you talk about 'the gay community,' you are talking about MY community... I AM aware of it yeah, and I think it's really lovely. Again, it's a privilege, and I really mean that."[8] He went on to say that his sexuality is "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."[9] Although media described this interview as his coming out, Nairn insisted he had "never been in."[10]

Nairn plays the guitar and is an avid fan of Glasgow Celtic FC in Scotland.


Nairn in 2016


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Yogpod 38: Hodor! Himself Interview
2011 Cast Of Thrones: A Golden Crown Himself Interview
2012 Cast Of Thrones: Bonus Episode 9 Himself Interview
2013-2015 Two is Company
by Zack Luye and Kristian Nairn
Himself Talk show
16 Episodes[11]


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Our Gay Wedding Himself Epic
2014 Treasure Trapped Himself Documentary
2015 The Four Warriors Baliphar
2016 Mythica: The Godslayer god Tek


Year Title Role Notes
Game of Thrones Hodor Recurring (Seasons 1–4, 6), 23 episodes
Nominated - 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards for Tearjerker[12]
2012–2013 Ripper Street Barnaby Silver 2 episodes
2013 Chronicles of Comic Con Himself Episode: "Wondercon 12"
2014 The Wil Wheaton Project Himself/Hodor Episode #1.3
2018 The Sidemen Show Himself Episode #1.4


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "A Conversation with Hodor". HBO. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  3. ^ "". Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Podium Lounge of the Seven Kingdoms". Popspoken. 2015-08-15. Retrieved 2015-08-15.
  5. ^ "'Game of Thrones' star announces 'Rave Of Thrones' DJ tour".
  6. ^ "BlizzCon 2016: Kristian Nairn (Hodor) Will DJ The Anniversary Party - Geek Girl Authority". 28 October 2016.
  7. ^ Bargnes, Kevin (11 March 2014). "Kristian Nairn, of 'Game of Thrones,' comes out in interview". Chicago Spectrum. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  8. ^ Sieczkowski, Cavan. "'Game of Thrones' Actor Kristian Nairn Comes Out As Gay". Huffington Post. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  9. ^ Fire and Blood. "Interview with Kristian Nairn". Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  10. ^ Bradley, Bill (2018-06-21). "'Game Of Thrones' Star Kristian Nairn Talks 'Coming Out,' And Possibly Coming Back To The Show". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  11. ^ "Two is Company". Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  12. ^ Johnson, Zach (April 6, 2017). "Guardians of the Galaxy Lands 7 MTV Movie Awards Nominations". E!. Archived from the original on April 6, 2017. Retrieved April 6, 2017.

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