Kristian Nairn, who plays the character of Hodor on the hit fantasy television show Game of Thrones, has revealed that he is gay.
The 38-year-old Northern Irish actor and DJ from Belfast is now best known for his role as the near-giant stableboy who carries around the young Bran Stark, who is unable to walk.
In an interview with the Winteriscoming fan site, Nairn was asked if he was aware of his “bear” following among members of the gay community.
He replied: “Well, in all honesty, when you talk about ‘the gay community,’ you are talking about MY community, haha.”
Nairn said: “I AM aware of it yeah, and I think it’s really lovely. There’s not a day that I don’t get a few messages, but 99% or more are super sweet and nothing smutty at all! Again, it’s a privilege, and I really mean that.”
He commented that he’s actually been waiting for someone to ask about his sexuality.
“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, cos it’s not something you just blurt out. I’ve tried to lead the questions a few times, to no avail!”
The actor added that while being gay is “a very small part of who I am on the whole,” in this day and age, “it’s important to stand up and be counted. I have and always will stand my ground.”