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Idris Elba's Height is 6ft 2.75in (190 cm)

British actor best known for roles in Prometheus, Thor, Takers and TV show Luther and The Wire. In an interview he said "I'm nearly 6ft 3in" and also described himself as a "ballsy 6ft 2in black guy".

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Comment on the Height of Idris Elba

Johno said on 25/Jan/16
Andrea said on 1/Jan/16
I have not seen this claim but, if he really came out with 6'2.5 and you saw that, why not listing him at that mark? It seems a reasonable guess!
Editor Rob: I need to find it again, I believe it was when he was talking about playing Mandela
Andrea said on 24/Dec/15
Rob, if he claimed to be 6'2.5, you should give him that! That's actually what i would have given him... 6'2 is probably too low and 6'3 too much (he looks a bit shorter than Sacha Baron, who himself says 6'3)! 6'2.5 seems to fit him, probably not much different than Lance...
Editor Rob: I think he'd be minimum around that zone, it's hard to really say with a guy like Anthony Joshua exactly what the diff could be!
Nick said on 15/Nov/15
you can be 200 cm without guts, when it comes to grit don't think height plays a big role
1.95 said on 15/Oct/15
190 cm is a good height , but 195 cm is alpha
Dingus said on 7/Sep/15
Very close to 6'03"
joe said on 25/Jul/15
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joe 193cm night said on 26/Jun/15
side of gerard butler looks from 6'2.5 and 6'2.75 to
MD said on 22/Apr/15
It may or may not be much of an advantage, but that photo shows a significant difference in height, far more than I expected and more than either of their current listings would hold.
joe 193cm night said on 18/Apr/15
Idris and Michael Strahan 6'4.5 (194) Strahan has a bit of an advantage this closerClick Here
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Apr/15
Rob, do you think Idris would edge out Lance Reddick?
[Editor Rob: if you measured them I think so. Lance has good posture, Idris at times is a bit looser in his manners.]
spainmen191cm said on 7/Apr/15
Rob,what do you think about Wood Harris? He looks very similar to Idris Elba, any chance of adding him to celebheights?
184.3cm said on 4/Apr/15
Rob what made you think he is weak 6'3? I mean look here next to Matt who you met. Click Here

From other angles still only looks 7 cm max difference. So 182 Matt, 189 Idris.
[Editor Rob: I think he is as he claims, nearly but not quite a 6ft 3 guy. Smith is in that 182 range himself.]
MD said on 20/Mar/15
@182.3, that's actually a fairly good picture.
Ali Baba said on 18/Mar/15
I actually thought he was taller than this. He must act with a lot of shorter actors.
184.3cm said on 8/Mar/15
Think his 6'2 claim was legit since he is shorter than 6'2.75 Prince William
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joe 193cm night said on 7/Mar/15
Images with the Prince William are not very good to compare
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Mar/15
His posture isn't great...unlike Tom Welling who you'd swear was a strong 6ft3 at least!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Mar/15
Rob, could 190cm possibly be a morning height?

I have a suspicion he was measured at 6ft2 and nearer 6ft3
[Editor Rob: I think this guy would measure 6ft 2.5-3 range more than in the 6ft 2-2.5 range.]
Stork said on 1/Feb/15
Idris seems a lot taller, as he's of slim build and stature. He's a Beautiful man and actor. We need more Men of colour in film and television. God Bless
173 said on 30/Dec/14
Would be the tallest Bond so far IF it happens!
Dsmooth said on 19/Dec/14
Very close in height to Prince William, I think this is fair.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 24/Nov/14
But I agree that Elba is nearer 6ft3. Lance Reddick is more in that solid 6ft2 territory
Andrea said on 18/Nov/14
Rob, 6'2.5 is very possible... He's pretty honest because he generally looks between 6'2 and 6'3!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 17/Nov/14
Yeah, but I mean it's worth mentioning that he's also claimed 6ft2
[Editor Rob: yeah I'll put it in his description aswell.]
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Nov/14
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Rob, in this interview with Time Out London, Elba describes himself as being a 'ballsy 6ft 2in black guy"
[Editor Rob: I think his almost 6ft 3 claim fits what he looks.]
Sam said on 27/Oct/14
Elba certainly looked taller relative to Denzel Washington in American Gangster than Schreiber did with Washington in The Manchurian Candidate but Schreiber and Washington are often on even footing while Elba's character was supposed to be a really big dude and I believe they filmed the scenes with Elba standing on the higher part of a sloping NYC sideway to make him look bigger.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 3/Oct/14
My thoughts exactly. Liev can look closer to 6ft2 a lot...
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Sep/14
Rob, who do you think is taller, Elba or Schrieber?
[Editor Rob: would be hard to tell, always a chance elba could be a few mm more ]
Andrea said on 3/Sep/14
He easily looks near 6'3 next to Lawrence Gilliard Jr... I actually thought Lawr was nearly 6 inches shorter than him!!! In The Wire he looks pretty tall, too bad there arent good scenes with Lance Reddick ( actually there's a scene with both of them but no height comparison is possible)! I think they could be pretty similar, even if Lance does give a taller impression to me. In every movie or tv series he's in, height is the first thing i notice of him. He always looks very tall and he claims to be only 6'2! Btw, when will you upload Gilliard's pic, Rob?
Jon said on 2/Sep/14
@RobPaul What would you say his head size and weight are? I find myself obsessing over these things more and more. I'd say about 220 lbs and maybe 10 inch range?
[Editor Rob: I think his head looks genuinely in 99th percentile, somewhere in 10.25 inch range would not surprise me. He has a high crown shape (not flat) which I think takes him over 10 inches.]
khelgor said on 19/Aug/14
u guys just take picture and say : xx is 6'x or 5'x
On some photo a guy can be taller or smaller than he really is.
Mr. R said on 1/May/14
I saw Idris several times this year and he is pretty close to 6-3.
jamz said on 29/Apr/14
Sam - Prince William and Elba look exactly the same height in that photo. A half-inch max between them.
John Blaze said on 24/Mar/14
I stood very near him in a line once and I'm 6'2. He was a little taller than me and I couldn't tell if he was 6'2.5 or 6'3. So I would say 6'2.75 is perfect.
John Blaze said on 24/Mar/14
I stood very near him in a line once and I'm 6'2. He was a little taller than me and I couldn't tell if he was 6'2.5 or 6'3. So I would say 6'2.75 is perfect.
MD said on 24/Feb/14
With 5'10.5" Michael B. Jordan:

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I think it's possible Idris is losing maybe a quarter-inch-to-half-and-inch by leaning slightly forward, here.
Shorty said on 30/Dec/13
Just saw him in the documentary 'King of Speed' and travelling around he is bigger than everyone he meets. Honestly thought he was about 6'4" - 6'5"...
Lo sgozzatore said on 10/Dec/13
Not the best picture with Sacha, who might be a bit over 6'3... Anyway, i agree. I dont buy anything under 6'2 for Elba, he's somewhere between 6'2 and 6'3, maybe around 6'2.5 is spot on
MD said on 9/Dec/13
I'm really beginning to see this current listing under 6'3". Here he is with a legit 6'3" Sacha Baron Cohen:

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I've also seen photos of him with Prince Harry only looking marginally taller. So, he's taller than 6'2", but also definitely not a full 6'3".
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Dec/13
Elba looks 187-188cm next to Prince William (whose max 190cm)
Sam said on 6/Dec/13
Here Elba meets Prince William and William has an inch or more over him. One of the shortest I've seen Elba look.
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Lo sgozzatore said on 13/Nov/13
He did look taller than Wood Harris, eho gets listed at 6'2 on the net, but i think he's more 6'1.5... He was taller than Wisdom too, who might be somewhere in that range too (between 6'1 and 6'2). Michael k williams is between 5'10 and 5'11 i think, so anywhere between 6'2 and 3 is possible for mr Elba
Einstein of Height said on 7/Nov/13
In ''The Wire'' he looked the same height as 6'3 Wood Harris (Avon Barksdale). Plus he's noticeably taller than 6'2 Robert Wisdom (Major 'Bunny' Colvin). @ anyone who thinks he's less than 6'2, he towered 5'11 Michael Kenneth Williams (Omar). A 6'1 guy can't tower someone who's 5'11. Remember you need 4 inches on someone to tower them. 5'11 + 4inches = 6'3 = Idris Elba's height.
Sam said on 29/Oct/13
I've never seen this guy look less than as listed...don't know why some people seem to see him as under 6'2".
Lo sgozzatore said on 9/Sep/13
Yeah, i already saw that pic. He's looking between 6'2 and 6'3 there, considering that Gorman is standing as straight as possible... How do you explain that pic with McGann? Simply bad posture? In Luther there are also some scenes with an actor, that you listed here at 170, dont remember his name. Anyway, when i was watching him with Elba, i really thought he had to be around 5'9, if Elba is really 6'2.5... Elba once again looked 6' range with him... Not saying he's that short, absolutely, but he's a guy who can look anything from 6' to 6'2 range... Maybe a 6'2.5 would be better?
[Editor Rob: 6ft 2.5-2.75 I think is the range he would measure in.]
Lo sgozzatore said on 8/Sep/13
Naa, when he has bad posture he really can look just max 6'... See him with Paul Mcgann, that you met: Click Here
He really doesnt look over 6' there but i think that if he stands straight he's probably 6'2 range... I'm not sure he's near 6'3 as listed, but 6'2-6'2.5 is probably a good shout for him
[Editor Rob: I know one guy who is a good comparison - Burn Gorman...that guy in person is height aware and about 175cm...]
The truth said on 6/Sep/13
Just saw him in a photo of the TV serial "Ultraviolet" with 6' 2" listed Jack Davenport- they are exactly the same height, Davenport even seems taller by a 1/4 of an inch in some stills. He is not over 6' 2". No way.
[Editor Rob: I don't know about stills, but in the show itself he is taller than jack.]
Lo sgozzatore said on 6/Sep/13
Rob, im watchin him in The Wire and its incredible how he can look max 6' next to the short guys but then looks taller than 6'1-6'2 guys... You think thats just bad posture? I doubt he's less than 6'2 when standing straight
[Editor Rob: I think his laid back posture can make him look 6ft 1-2 range, but see him standing tall and he looks over that range.]
Lo sgozzatore said on 30/Jul/13
Yeah, I noticed he doesnt stand straight sometimes! They actually could be very similar, even if Lance gives a taller impression...
Lo sgozzatore said on 29/Jul/13
After watching him in The Wire, i'd say he's for sure between 6'2 and 6'3. I hoped there were some scenes with Lance Reddick but it unfortunately did not happen. Who do you think would be taller, Rob?
[Editor Rob: they both could be 6ft 2.5, Idris I think stands with poorer posture at times]
Balrog said on 14/Jul/13
I think Elba is more a strong 6'2'' rather than a weak 6'3''.

So 6'2.25'' is my guess, he was near in height with Chris Hemsworth so he can't be under 6'2''.
Len said on 14/Jul/13
He's listed as 6'2" elsewhere. That seems right.
Elbaa said on 12/Jul/13
Well actually 6'3 is 190.5 cm. so if i was 190 cm tall i'd definately say that i am 6'3.
teej said on 10/Jul/13
He's british so i believe he's 6ft2.5.. If he was an american actor i wouldnt believe it, seeing as they all lie about their heights
Lo sgozzatore said on 21/Jun/13
Than Tom Hardy, who must be around the same height of Marsters
Lo sgozzatore said on 20/Jun/13
Rob, you think there are 15 cms between them? He doesnt look that much taller... Just think about Tom Welling, who's supposed to be the same height! He makes James Marsters look like a little child
[Editor Rob: 15cm taller than who?]
KraphtOne said on 14/Jun/13
On the office he is virtually the same height as John K. who is 6'3"... Considering Jim's bad posture 6'2.75" sounds spot on
TENIKA5/8 SAYS ON MAY 29 said on 29/May/13
Luther6ft said on 13/May/13
Definitely 189-191 cm range if Butler is 184-186 cm range, Mark Strong is 185-187 cm range and Toby Kebbell is 184-186 cm range. Looks 6'3-4 range on Luther, but I don't think he's quite that tall barefoot, scraping 6'3 like listed or 6'2.5 is probably spot on for Elba. Mind adding a listing for Toby Kebbel, Rob? Think he's 6'1.
191cm said on 27/Apr/13
Lol no. 191 is 6ft 3in.
dawg said on 24/Apr/13
6ft 2.75in is actually a bit over 191 cm.. So which one is supposed to be his height according to this site? Correct that please..
penguinboy25 said on 2/Apr/13
The Pic with Terrell Suggs actually tells us a lot. Suggs was measured at 6'3 3/8 at the NFL combine. With Suggs leaning in and losing a bit of height Elba is still a tad shorter. I think 6'2.5 is an accurate listing for him.
penguinboy25 said on 29/Mar/13
This is close but I don't think he's as high as 190. If Gerard Butler is 6'1 area which I think is accurate, Elba seems to have him by about 1.5 inches. I think 6'2.5 is closer. I would love to see this guy next to Tom Welling to compare.
Anonymous said on 29/Mar/13
Gravitates between 6'2.75 and 6'3. Either way, he's tall, but I wager he's a flat 6'3. He always looks noticeably taller than most 6'2 men.
Anonymous said on 23/Mar/13
Says 6' 2" in Men's Fitness ? Consider a change, Rob?
Lo sgozzatore said on 5/Feb/13
Sorry Silent, but you have an idea of how a real 6'4 guy looks? Just think about a Jeff Goldblum or a Alexander Skarsgard! This guy is probably 6'2 flat, doesnt look much taller than Gerard Butler, who's probably just a bit over 6'!
Silent d said on 31/Jan/13
He always looked 6 foot 4 to me. He was a couple of inches taller than supposedly 187cm jeffrey dean morgan. 6 foot 3.
ano said on 25/Jan/13
190cm is right for him!
He may never become a James Bond, but he's tall, dark and handsome - THREE things Daniel Craig is NOT!
Alex said on 16/Jan/13
What do you guys think a 190 cm guy should claim? 6ft2 or 6ft3?
Lo sgozzatore said on 2/Dec/12
Possible, but he's likely nearer 6'2 than 6'3! 6'2.25 is better maybe! Considering that you have Lance Reddick at only 6'2.25 and he looks very tall... This guy looks just tall to me and he's supposed to be about 6'3
Lo sgozzatore said on 2/Dec/12
Rob, could he be a 6'2 flat guy? He looks a bit taller than 185 max Gerard Butler...
[Editor Rob: I think between 6ft 2 and 3 might be fair for him.]
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Oct/12
He's a legit 188cm guy whose build and posture make him look 6ft3. I'd say 6ft2.25(189cm) could be spot on. At that height you could get away with claiming 6ft3.
Aragorn 5\'11 said on 20/Oct/12
He's 6'2. He's only 2 inches taller than Nicolas Cage (6'0). And he's barely an inch taller than Paul Walker (6'1) If Paul Walker is 6'2 then he would be 6'2.75. But still he's not more than 2 inches taller than Nicolas Cage (6'0). And he was with Chris Evans (6'0) in a movie and he didn't look more than 2 inches taller than him. He's definitely a very strong 6'2 but I don't quite buy more than that for him. However, anything less than 6'2 for him is crazy!
J-Dog said on 6/Oct/12
Hey guys, they have gone with 190cm Idris Elba to play 6'4" Nelson Mandela in the biopic moving coming out, and apparently "stature" was stated as a big factor.

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Nick NB said on 1/Oct/12
After having watched 'Luther' and '28 Weeks Later', believing the verity that he is 6'4" (1.93 m) is no trouble whatsoever.

His trademark tall, solid build with his undaunted gait contributes to his iconic style which gives him an outstanding presence and helps him to achieve his very high acting potential. He switches between Estuary English and American English so liberally, he can pass off as an American or a Brit.

He is most definitely a splendid actor!
Nick NB said on 30/Sep/12
After having watched 'Luther' and '28 Weeks Later', believing the verity that he is 6'4" (1.93 m) is no trouble whatsoever.

His trademark tall, solid build with his undaunted gait contributes to his iconic style which gives him an outstanding presence and helps him to achieve his very high acting potential. He switches between Estuary English and American English so liberally, he can pass off as an American or a Brit.

He is most definitely a splendid actor!
Johnny G said on 7/Aug/12
never met him but being a fan I say a legit 6'2.5" - one of the best young actors to hit the screen & TV in years
Ajax said on 27/Jan/12
The reason why he was probably listed as 6'2" is because he
said "6'2.75" and some one thought 6'2" because when you ad
any fraction to your height, someone will repeat it back with out the fraction.
joe joe said on 26/Jan/12
I have met bothe dominic west and Idris. Im 6'1, 1m 85 and Idris definately had about 2 or so inches on me I wouldnt say Dominic west is 1m 84 though as that would put him close to my hight and when we met which was in the cue of a london club FYI, he seemed a little shorter than me. I was in very flat plimsoles and he was in dress shoes with a slight heel. i would say max 183 but looked about 182, 181 to me but i would be fine with him claiming 6 ft he can pull it off
Anonymous said on 6/Sep/07
No, this guy is a legit 6'2 (without shoes) for sure.
Bobo said on 31/Aug/07
He is British, a native Londoner. He is best known for The Wire. He is the same height as Gerard Butler so I am thinking a little over 6 .05
J. said on 31/Jan/06
He's actually was born and bred in the UK.

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