03/11/2014 01:57 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

'Game Of Thrones' Actor Kristian Nairn Comes Out As Gay

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"Game of Thrones" star Kristian Nairn has come out as gay.

The actor made the revelation during an interview with Winter Is Coming, a "GOT" fan site. The interviewer broached the subject of the gay community by telling Nairn he has an extensive "bear" following.

"Well, in all honesty, when you talk about 'the gay community,' you are talking about MY community, haha," he 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 percent or more are super sweet and nothing smutty at all! Again, it’s a privilege, and I really mean that."

"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, 'cause it’s not something you just blurt out," he added. "I’ve tried to lead the questions a few times, to no avail!"

Nairn is known for playing the gentle giant Hodor in the HBO hit series.

The actor's coming out follows other instances of celebrities publicly addressing their sexuality.

Ellen Page came out during a Human Rights Campaign event and said she felt "a personal obligation and a social responsibility" to help others. In August, "Prison Break" star Wentworth Miller came out in a letter to the director of the St. Petersburg International Film Festival in which he declined the invitation to Russia.



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