Jerod Harris/Getty Images for WIRED(NEW YORK) — Northern Irish actor Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor, the tall servant of Bran Stark, on HBO’s Game of Thrones, has publicly come out as gay.
Nairn, 38, discusses his sexuality in an interview with the Game of Thrones-themed website WinterIsComing.net.
When asked if he’s aware of the following he has in the gay community, Nairn replies, “Well, in all honesty, 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.”
He adds, “I’ve never hidden my sexuality from anyone, my whole life in fact, and I’ve been waiting for someone to ask about it in an interview…it’s not something you just blurt out. I’ve tried to lead the questions a few times, to no avail.”
Nairn says his sexuality has not been an issue on the set of his hit drama. He says, “[P]eople have been great, on the show, but I don’t see why it would be an issue.”
Nairn’s Game of Thrones character has been seen carrying a paralyzed Bran, who is on the run. You can catch up with Hodor, Bran and the rest of the Game of Thrones characters when the fourth season begins on April 6.
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