The actor who played Games of Thrones’ gentle giant Hodor has said he wants to fight for marriage equality in his home of Northern Ireland.
Played the character in the hit HBO series until his heartbreaking death last season.
The actor told the Belfast Telegraph that Northern Ireland’s failure to pass same-sex marriage legislation is “a disgrace.”
“I really don’t understand why we’re the only little enclave of the country that can’t do it,” he said.
“I hope that we can come into line with the rest of Europe and the rest of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
“There’s so much other horrible sh*t happening in the world at the minute, I think it’s the least of their worries. I think we need to get it sorted out as soon as possible.”
Marriage equality became legal in England, Wales, and Scotland in 2014, but remains illegal in independent Northern Ireland.
And Kristian said he’d consider running for office to try and change that.
“Of course I have had thoughts about going into politics. I certainly don’t mean now, definitely not, but in the future who knows?” he said.
“I definitely would be prepared to make the change myself if it’s going to help my community and help other people.”
He added: “It’s just making sure everyone’s treated equally. Is that so progressive? I don’t think it’s progressive, I think it’s human.
“And not just gay people — women’s rights, immigrants, people of different ethnic backgrounds.”
The actor came out as gay in an interview in 2014, tweeting afterward: “If it makes even one person in the world feel a little better, then it’s worth it.”
Game of Thrones returns for its seventh season in July.
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