Brian Blessed's Height
5ft 8 (172.7 cm)
Peak height was 5ft 9 ½ (176.5 cm)
English actor, best known for playing Prince Vultan in 1981's Flash Gordon, aswell as appearing in films like Hamlet and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Brian used to list his height on his resume as being 6ft, then he lowered it to 5ft 11, then eventually to 5ft 10.
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Average Guess (32 Votes)
Peak: 5ft 9.52in (176.6cm)
Current: 5ft 8.16in (173.1cm)
6'3 Julian said on 13/Sep/20
He looks compressed. 5’9 and like 18 stone
Vexacus said on 26/Apr/20
Considering Rob looks almost 5'8.5 , maybe he claims 5'9 currently.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 19/Feb/20
I caught Brian playing a part in 'The Sweeney' the other day. Just as I was wondering if he was a regular cast member, my question was answered. He was shot! 😭
Doubtless at his peak height then, Brian gets 5ft9.75. Nowadays, I'd say he's 5ft8.25.
Nik Ashton said on 3/Feb/20
I wonder what he would claim for his current height!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 25/Nov/19
Ooh! It's guessing time again, so today I'll give Big Brian with the Big Booming Voice* 5ft9.75 for his peak and 5ft8.25 for today's height. Yes, I've gone up for him by a quarter of an inch in each case.
* Big Booming Voice was used by Edmund Blackadder when he was trying to pump information out of a woman as regards the appearance of her executed husband. (Blackadder the Second, episode 'Head').
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 5/Nov/19
With a voice like Brian's, this actor will always be in demand. He's just taken the job as the voice-over on the entertaining dating show 'Take Me Out' with Paddy MacGuinness - and then he's always high on the priority list for adverts!
5ft9.5 peak and 5ft8 now. 😁👍
Caruso Victor said on 16/Jun/19
I met Brian in a train a couple of years ago. It was Summer and I was in a vest as it was scorching hot. I am a dedicated weight trainer, 6ft tall and a solid 16 stone. Well Brian was shorter than me but was huge in width. He was in a short sleeve shirt and his biceps were enormous. We talked about bodybuilding, boxing and we had a few arm wrestles. He was extremely strong and we shared a 2-2 draw, though in fairness I did let him win a couple of bouts haha!
Strong fella, booming voice and I would estimate around a comfortable 5’8.5. ,
said on 14/Jun/19
Brian Blessed looks taller than Rob: Oh he's 5ft 8.
I see John Hurt in the "You May Be Interested" section, at least an inch shorter than Rob: 5ft 8.5.
Well Hurt has passed on, and I met Blessed 12 years ago and he's still going, though has lost more height in the last decade.
K.A 188 said on 13/Apr/19
6 foot is really an absurd claim for a man of his height, he must have a larger than life ego.
said on 10/Mar/19
Ha ha Rob! You have met the original father of the first-ever 'Blackadder', the one whose plans weren't quite so cunning as Baldrick's! 😂👍📺🐍
Back then, I'd have given him 5ft9, but his stature always made him come over as more. Now that's cunning!
He could look a big 5ft 9 range back then.
Sandy Cowell said on 16/Feb/19
While I was trying to find out the height of a cast member of 'Z Cars' in order to compare him to Patsy Byrne, who was in an episode called 'Nuisance', I discovered that an extremely young-looking Brian Blessed was also in the series! Z Cars was from the 60's and early 70's.
What a surprise!
Sandy Cowell said on 12/Feb/19
Brian didn't look even remotely undersized in 'The Black Adder', in which he played Richard the FOURTH! His favourite son, played by Robert East, seemed that bit taller than Rowan Atkinson, the son he thought so little of that he could never get his name right! Brian himself, the great bellower, looked and indeed was, young enough to be his full 5ft9.5.
So that's what the fictitious king gets from me - 5ft9.5 peak, 5ft8 now.
Mark Harrison said on 22/Aug/18
Blessed was 5'8".
Sandy Cowell said on 3/Jul/18
@ Nik - But not as tall as his voice would suggest!
That bear in his recent advert! He can't REALLY be riding it... can he?
Certainly, many voices are smaller in shorter people and vice versa. If that wasn't the case, people wouldn't be so surprised when a short person has a deep voice and a tall woman squeaks like a child!
I vote for Brian being 5ft9.25 peak and 5ft8 now!
Nik said on 18/Jun/18
@ Sandy Cowell - Wouldn't it be interesting if there were found to be links between various aspects of people's voices and their heights?'
Your perception of his height wasn't bad though, Brian has always been pretty tall for his age group!
said on 17/Jun/18
Rob how much do you think he weighed with you?
Sandy Cowell said on 9/Jun/18
@ Nik - I always thought that he was taller, probably because of his voice and overall appearance!
Nik said on 8/Jun/18
@ Sandy Cowell - Hi!
He ain't the smallest though, is he? It is great to post on this page for the first and second time and I agree with both your height estimates for him! I have to admit that he has never been tall but when he was younger he was above average!
Christian-6'5 3/8" said on 7/Jun/18
6'0" is one crazy claim for a guy his height. I'd be pretty surprised if no one ever called him out on it.
Sandy Cowell said on 7/Jun/18
Brian is quite simply much bigger than his actual height! Although I am nowhere near as familiar with the first 'Blackadder' series as I am with the other three, and the 'specials', Brian stars in the first, and to look at him without the obstacle of having him stand alongside someone else, he does give the impression, voice-wise and stature-wise, of a much taller person. I had to come along to Celebheights before I found out the truth!
Brian gets 5ft8 for today's height and 5ft9.5 for his peak. He could have fooled me! What am I saying? He did!
Nik said on 6/Jun/18
Brian Blessed appears over 5'8" in the above picture but he is probably 5'8" flat now!
6ftMedium said on 4/Jun/18
6' is just ridiculous so are 5'10 and 5'11
Tunman said on 4/Jun/18
He looks near 5'9 on this pic but it's from 2006 so must have lost a good chunk the last decade
said on 6/Jan/18
Rob, Brian is 81 years old! I think it's time you gave him the peak of the height and the current height! Please give him a peak of 5'9.5" or 5'9.75" and a current height of around 5'8".
Editor Rob: I think 5ft 9.5 peak for Brian may well be reasonable...today he probably won't measure above 5ft 8. He once had 6ft down as his height, which was rather optimistic.
said on 3/Nov/17
70 years old at the time and looks like he could have been strong 174 guy maybe close t0 175 cm at the time. i really think he was 177 cm peak.
Editor Rob: 5ft 9.5 peak may well be possible for Brian
Adijos said on 2/Apr/17
Peak:5'9.75" (177 cm)
Today: 5'9" (175 cm)
said on 6/Jan/17
Rob, considering he would have been 70 in the above photo and still looks around 5'9" next to you, do you think 5'9.5" peak is possible?
Editor Rob: I really didn't think he was much taller than me that day on seeing him up close, though in his 40's you could argue he might have been in solid 5ft 9 range.
Christian-196.2cm (6ft5.25) said on 8/Nov/16
James said on 7/Nov/16
He was 5'8" at his peak.
Don't be silly. He's clearly taller than Rob.
James said on 7/Nov/16
He was 5'8" at his peak.
Rory said on 13/Aug/16
5'9.5 peak like his cv lists seems accurate.
Jakertini said on 7/Aug/16
looks 5'8 3/4" to me
Dan said on 28/Jul/16
AND YET HIS VOICE FILLS THE ROOM!
Satchy said on 29/Feb/16
He looks like a bigger version of brad dourif, I mean a huge one
Flemoid said on 24/Jun/15
Oh... I was estimating him at about 10 feet.
Ian C said on 21/Oct/14
Surprisingly short. He reminds me of Bud Spencer, who has the same powerful body, but is much taller. It's as if Blessed is Spencer's mini-me.
No Surprises said on 10/Apr/14
I always assumed he was well over 6ft because of that voice!
Giulio said on 7/Apr/14
he could be 177 standing straight
Theodore said on 24/Feb/14
I LOVE VULTAN! He came across as much taller in that role, through sheer force of personality.
Brian Blessed 4ever!
Lorne said on 2/Feb/14
I could've sworn he claimed "just under 6 feet"? Or I could be mistaking him with someone else, but a silly claim, it is/would be.
said on 31/Dec/13
"Peak height was 5ft 9.5in (177cm)"
Around the 5ft8 range today. Rob, do you think he'd still edge you out?
[Editor Rob: I seen him with a few friends and about 5ft 8 today is ok for him.]
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 19/Dec/13
Has the voice of a 6ft4+ man
Mathew said on 27/Nov/13
Maybe 176 cm peak, 174 cm today?
said on 6/Oct/13
Do you think he could have been 5'10 range in his prime if he looked 5'9 at the age of 70?
[Editor Rob: today he can look nearer 5ft 8 than 9 I believe.]
cd said on 12/Jun/13
He looks 174cm in that image. 7 years on he could have easily dropped another cm considering his age (he will be rapidly losing height now), so maybe closer to 5'8'' flat now. Could have been 176-177cm at peak though.
Emil said on 4/Jun/13
That beard makes him 6'5.
said on 31/Mar/13
Just saw him on TV next to Tony Robinson,who,apparently,is 5ft4,and he only looked a couple of inches taller at best
[Editor Rob: he has shrunk, last year I saw him up close and he looked shorter than 6 years ago.]
Alex said on 27/Jan/13
He always gave me the impression of a tall man when I was younger. Like 6'5''-6'6'' tall. I guess I must blame his larger-than-life personality for that. Great actor
Trent said on 21/Jan/13
"I'm naturally big -- my rib cage is 50 inches, and that's just the bones. I adore my physique -- I'm like a gorilla, an animal I've always admired. At just under 6 ft I weigh about 16 st, but there's no fat on me, I have very heavy muscles."
Trent said on 21/Jan/13
I think he must just have a huge bone structure. I remember him saying his chest is 50-something inches around. When you see him on those panel shows his shoulders are twice as broad as everyone else's.
said on 15/Nov/12
177cm peak looks accurate, 173cm today maybe. He's 76 years old now and would have lost 1.5- 2 inches on average by now.
[Editor Rob: today, well last year I saw him again and he walks about like a 5ft 7 man]
Arch Stanton said on 15/Nov/12
No kidding when I first saw this guy I thought he was at least 6'2". His face and beard is of somebody far bigger, But seeing him in some of the 60s TV series yeah he's average height. Yes 280-300 pounds looks about right.
tom said on 10/Sep/12
GORDONS ALIVE!? yep 5-8 mark ish.
said on 23/Aug/12
Looks 5'9" here. He is a big guy...maybe 280lbs?
[Editor Rob: I saw him this year again and he looks shorter than 6 years ago now.]
said on 1/Aug/12
Looks more like 5'9.75"-5'10"... his posture is quite bad here
[Editor Rob: he's barely 5ft 8 this year when I saw him]
fricanman said on 23/Dec/11
I encountered Brian at Waterloo train station a few years back. I would say a weak 5'9", the most imposing thing about him (and this has a big effect on judging his height)is that he appears almost as wide as he is tall!
Joe said on 23/Oct/11
I would say he's about 176cm. I think his posture is not so good and is more like 176cm when bolt upright.
the AMAZING Babushka said on 28/Sep/11
5'9" guy, but that beard makes him 6'1"
50 Cent said on 22/Sep/11
"Only 5'9" WTF?!! That's average height lol why is that an "only" I mean Rob isn't short either, maybe not tall but not short, short is like 170 and under. If you live in the Netherlands sure but here in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK 5'9-5'10 is the average. Jack Bauer is 5'9....do I have to say more?
Godred said on 8/Sep/11
10 foot tall voice.
short man syndrome said on 7/Aug/11
what he may lack in height he makes up for with his huge voice!
said on 2/Apr/11
Rob, what's the name of the tall guy on the right?
[Editor Rob: Sam J Jones, Flash Gordon]
mike said on 29/Mar/11
Id give him 5'9" 1/2
said on 23/Feb/11
How tall is that big guy on the right, he looks about 6ft2/6ft3.
[Editor Rob: that's the guy from Flash Gordon movie. In person he looked 6ft 3.]
BBQPlatypus said on 18/Nov/10
He may be only 5'9", but his voice is 50 stories high.
Doug said on 20/Jun/09
Yeah by head size you'd have expected this guy to be 6'8". I honestly thought he was about 6 foot flat actually. The enormous head/beard length is deceptive.
Anthony said on 15/Jul/07
175 looks right. He looks like he'd fall over if he was hanging on to Rob's shoulder.
Franco said on 6/Jul/07
big man, big body....lets say he is BLESSED :D
i think he was 177-178cm once upon a time.
looks 175cm indeed.
Assy McGee said on 16/Jun/07
I always thought he was a big boww
Pat said on 25/Feb/07
Actually Blessed was too big when he played his most famous role - Augustus in I Claudius. I presume everyone here realizes that Octavian the great nephew of Julius Caesar wore lifts. Julius Caesar was tall but Octaivian (later Augustus) was short - possibly 5'4" or even 5'2". He was Caesar's adopted son but in the power struggle after the assasination he had to campaign for public acceptance. He looked vaguely like Julius but was much shorter.
When you consider that Augustus was arguably the most significant political leader in world history this was maybe the first real Celebrity Height phenomenon.
ianjoshua said on 22/Feb/07
His on screen personality and voice is what makes him seem so much larger than he is in real life. The dude definately has a booming voice.
Middle-sized Cat said on 8/Feb/07
Wow. I thought Brian Blessed was ENORMOUS, vertically as well as the other.
Frank2 said on 5/Apr/06
I told you Patrick Stewart was only 5'8".
tgri said on 5/Apr/06
rob, how old are you ....and why do you cover your face ?
[Editor Rob: near 30 and for other work I do, simply don't want anybody knowing or finding out I run this site ;-)]
CelebHeights Editor said on 10/Oct/05
His CV does list him as 177cm and 100kg. Maybe in his 20's...