How tall is Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Ejiofor's Height

5ft 10 ¼ (178.4 cm)

English actor best known for films such as 12 Years a Slave, Serenity, Dirty Pretty Things, Children of Men, Kinky Boots, Four Brothers, Redbelt, Inside Man, American Gangster and Talk to Me. He said in the Times that "People think I'm 5ft 10in but I'm 5ft 10 1/2 in. I feel I need to correct that."

How tall is Chiwetel Ejiofor
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How tall is Chiwetel Ejiofor
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Average Guess (45 Votes)
5ft 9.89in (177.5cm)
ALEXIZ/180cm said on 12/Apr/21
177 cm
ItsOverAnakinIhaveTheHeightGround said on 22/Jan/21
Rob, look at Chiwetel in this picture with solid 5'10.75, Joel Edgerton
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I'd say Joels got about an inch on Chiwetel so either Joels the full 5'11 or Chiwetel is more 5'10-5'9.75
Dmeyer said on 13/Sep/19
wakes a 5'11 and goes to 5'10 , the way he looks with pitt who could be just 5'10,75 and kidman 179 177-78 is closer
MaskDeMasque said on 28/Apr/19
Just watched 12 years a slave. Good film, he looks 5'9.75-5'10 range in it.
Cudder said on 30/Jan/19
He is almost 5.10
179cm guy said on 23/Jan/19
Rob, I don't think that his 179cm claim is egregious when taking into consideration that he probably clocks in at that height around noon. In the evening I can see him dipping into the 178.4-.5cm range which makes it fair for him to claim 179cm in my opinion. I personally think that he would edge out someone like Guy Pearce or Daniel Craig who I believe to be 178.3cm tall and more in that 5'10-5'10.25 range (although to be fair they might have lost a fraction at fifty). In conclusion, I think that if you measure at 178.3 cm in the evening you should just round down to 178cm and claim 5'10, however, if you measure at 178.4-.5 cm then I think that a 179cm claim is alright even though it's the upper end of your solid 178-179cm range.
Editor Rob
Maybe he got that mark at 10am or was close to it.
Jtm said on 21/Jul/18
shorter than nicole kidman with a footwear advantage and not much taller than joaquin phoenix with a footwear advantage. no way in hell he's over 5'9 let alone 5'10.
Isaac Bakhturidze said on 1/Jun/18
Barely looks taller than Nicole Kidman in 'Secret In Their Eyes'. Nothing over 5ft 9.
Arthur! said on 2/Apr/18
Rob a year ago you were considering a 5'9 3/4 listing for this guy and now he gets an upgrade? Why?
Editor Rob
I think he sounds honest about the 5ft 10.5, just that it might be earlier in the day rather than afternoon height.
Ajay said on 1/Feb/18
Rob, I asked you again but it really makes me curious, how you went from thinking he was a weak 5'10 guy to a strong one? He doesn't look upper average in his movies that's for sure.
Ajay said on 24/Jan/18
Rob, why did this guy get an upgrade? I thought you said in the past he could be 5'9 3/4 or 5'10, and now he is getting 5'10 1/4? Look at this Click Here

He looks the same as Wong, though Wong is dropping height Click Here

Also looks over half an inch shorter than Fassbender Click Here

I think he was ok at a flat 5'10
Animus said on 21/Jan/18
This seems like a good upgrade based on how he looks next to Charlie Hunnam.
woody said on 19/Dec/17
Downgrade him to 5ft9.25-5ft9.5. Andrew Lincoln who’s also listed 5ft10 edged out Chiwetel in Love Actually
Junior said on 16/Oct/17
Anthony Mackie is half inch taller than Chiwetel Ejiofor. Mackie is 5'10.5-5'10.75" and Ejiofor 5'10-5'10.25".
BT said on 22/Feb/17
The 5'10.5 claim is probably his early morning height, mostly he looks 177-178 cm range.
Revisionist said on 15/Feb/17
Arthur, are you really that incensed by an actor who claims to be a mere 1-2cm taller than he actually is, while most actors add at least 4cm? Come on!

In that second photo that you posted, Cumberbatch has about 4cm on him, not 2 inches. You can't count Cumberbatch's hair top (Chitwetel has a shaved head).

You conveniently ignored Wong, who is 178cm and appears nearly identical to Chiwetel. If anything, Chiwetel might have a cm on Wong. Click Here
Their footwear is comparable, unlikely to vary by more than 1 cm: Click Here

That 3rd photo is useless, and we all know it. This listing is fair. He seems 178cm in everything that I've seen.
roy said on 19/Dec/16
5'10 must be his morning height. I believe he is a flat 5'9.
Arthur said on 5/Nov/16
This guy is a weak 5'10. He is definitely 177 cm. With Cumberbatch who is at most 5'11.5 always looks 2 inches shy. Click Here Click Here Click Here

The nerve of him claiming 5'10.5 when he isn't even 5'10
jtm said on 13/Oct/16
if he really is 5'10 then mads mikkelsen is 6'1 and nicole kidman is 6'0.
MD said on 8/Sep/16
I'm convinced, too, that he's 177cm. He's very close to being 5'10", but not quite.
Dmeyer said on 6/Sep/16
5 ft 9,5 almost 177cm is closer maybe
AJ said on 5/Sep/16
Here he is with Gal Gadot, Click Here, he is 177.
anon said on 11/Aug/16
Half an Inch isnt really much to exaggerate anyway priod, sure on this site we are to the points but iun the real world no one is basically, I mean unless you have been measured on a stadiometers at a doctors office, you could be out by 0.5 inches using a tape measure I Guess and even at doctors they can read out the wrong number, Its not always like people are telling blatant lies, I believe most people guess their height.

5'10 is fair for this man, could be 177 or 178
SomeGuy said on 23/Feb/16
Hey Rob I think Mackie edges out Ejiofor here: Click Here

What do you think?
Editor Rob
they look very similar in that photo...from that set, both can look a bit taller than the other, so it could be a case of them being quite close.
Johno said on 26/Jan/16
Near-enough 5'10, i'll give him 5'10.
Sam said on 20/Nov/15
It's a tad embarrassing when celebs go into quarter or half inched describing their heights that they clearly don't possess.
Len said on 25/Oct/15
5'9" or 5'9.5".
MD said on 9/Sep/15

I'll admit that these aren't the best angles. But, even with that, are you sure this is a whole 2.5" difference between the two? I really think it's slightly less than that. A full 5'10" seems just a bit too tall for this guy.

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Probably closer to 5'10" than 5'9", but I'm betting he wakes up around 5'10" as opposed to be that during mid-day. BTW, this is the same problem with the listing for Marvin Humes who is also just barely shorter than his current listing, but clearly shorter than it.
Editor Rob
5ft 9.75 is an arguable listing for him, at times I feel I cold go either 9.75 or stick with 10. He seems to think he really is 5ft 10.5.
MD said on 9/Jun/15
I actually think it's maybe only a quarter-inch off, but it's clear he's not a whole and full 5'10".
the shredder said on 7/Jun/15
Agree , he does not strike me as a legit 5'10 , 5'9 to 5'10 I bet on.
MD said on 5/Jun/15

These aren't the best pictures, but how tall do you think he looks with Eddie Redmayne here. In this first picture, he's standing closer to the camera, which seems to advantage him quite a bit:

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Here he is again with an angle that seems to be advantageous, but you can still see the height difference:

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And, just to show footwear, here is one with Eddie bent down quite a bit:

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I really think Chiwetel is just slightly shorter than listed. Again, maybe more of a 177cm than 178cm, and I think I maybe I'm being a bit generous since they aren't standing side-by-side.
Sam said on 2/Jan/15
Rob, could you add the following to his credits?: Children of Men, Kinky Boots, Four Brothers, Redbelt, Inside Man, American Gangster and Talk to Me.
Sam said on 29/Dec/14
I'd bet he has an afternoon average of around 5'9.75" like Matt Damon but 5'10" range he could be.
Could you add to his credits Children of Men, Kinky Boots, Four Brothers, Redbelt, Inside Man, American Gangster and Talk to Me? This guy is a tremendous actor, Redbelt is a film I recommend to everyone. I thought the whole dramatic part of Melinda and Melinda was annoying including his character. Don't know why he's not at the top of the cast list in all his upcoming films.
Jon said on 18/Dec/14
Would a 9.3 inch head and a weight of 175 be a good knock for him? Being the average head size for a 5'10 man, and the average size without the extra body fat people tend to get later in life? I'd like to think I'm getting good at guessing these things :)
Editor Rob
somewhere in 170 range is possible,9.2-9.4 size head looks about right.
Jon said on 17/Dec/14
What would you say his weight and head size is Rob?
Editor Rob
an average head and average weight for his height.
the shredder said on 16/Dec/14
For once I agree with MD , 5'9.5.
MD said on 15/Dec/14
He's 177cm. He's not short, but he's also not quite a full 5'10", either.
Mike said on 14/Dec/14
5ft 10.5 in the morning.
Editor Rob said on 13/Dec/14
He came up with a quote just recently on his 5ft 10.5.
cole said on 11/Nov/14
@Editor Rob: Yeah I wouldn't go under 5'9.75. The absolute lowest one could argue would be 5'9.5 - imo it's an equal, if not bigger chance he's a 5'10.25 guy. But 5'10 flat is perhaps the best shout for him, all things considered.
cole said on 8/Nov/14
@Editor Rob: Regarding that pic of him on stage with Cumberbatch, he does look near 5 cm shorter, but don't you think he could arguably benefit from stand a little better? His posture seems much more loose than Cumberbatch's if you ask me. Their shoulderlevels are quite equal in that shot, but maybe Chiwetel's pushing his shoulders up a bit... Here he is with 185 cm listed Paul Dano: Click Here I don't know quite what to make of it. He looks about 5 cm shorter, but Dano is maybe losing a little more to footwear, stance and camera angle?
Editor Rob
Chiwe typically looks very close to 5ft 10, at worst he might dip a little below, but I thin 5ft 10 for him is ok.
rockitbaby said on 2/Aug/14
Definitely 1,78! He looks to be 5cm shorter than 6'0 Brad Pitt.
Doug said on 26/Jun/14
Is Chiwetel a lift wearer I wonder
mike said on 25/Jun/14
Rob, would 5ft 9.75 be a better shout since you said he can look 5ft 9.5-5ft 10 range.
Editor Rob
there is a chance he could be that
Dmeyer said on 1/Jun/14
Brad has normal shoes be side him 177cm ejiofor 179cm fassbender 180cm pitt. Pitt can realy look légit 180cm
Mr. R said on 18/Mar/14
He is 5-9. Met him a few months ago.
MD said on 17/Mar/14
With Brad Pitt:

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Honestly, this current 178cm listing seems like quite a stretch.
cole said on 13/Mar/14
Agree with 177 cm.
Hypado said on 24/Jan/14
Chiwetel Ejifor - 177/178 cm
Michael Fassbender - 179/180 cm
MD said on 24/Jan/14
I'd be content with even just a 177 cm listing. He's not a solid 5'10" even mid-day.
MD said on 23/Jan/14

Does this picture do anything for you?

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I really think Chiwetel has to be anywhere from a quarter-inch to a half-inch off this listing. He's just not quite 5'10".
Editor Rob
he can look anywhere 5ft 9.5-10 range, 10 is quite possibly the top end
dmeyer said on 22/Jan/14
at that same event pitt looked 1 in taller than ejiofor while 5 ft 11 fassenberg looks barely 1cm taller , another proof brad is solid 5 ft 11 and he had normal shoes
Arch Stanton said on 15/Jan/14
MD he's a bit nearer the camera. Those sorts of comparisons can easily shave an inch off. In 12 years Fassbender really looked between 1 and 2 inches taller to me. I think he looks 5'11 and Ejiofor I think 177cm fits him better but he's close to the 5'10" mark I think as listed here.
MD said on 15/Jan/14
This is so weird, here he is looking around the same height as Michael Fassbender at the Golden Globes a few days ago:

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Does he wear lifts? If not, is it possible Fassbender is less than currently listed? This really threw me off, because Fassbender usually looks to have a good inch on him. Even if you were to get them to stand directly by each other and get everyone to properly straighten up in the pictures above, there is not an inch difference in those particular pictures between Michael and Chiwetel. It's either a lift or a difference in footwear if Michael is 5'11".
Mr. R said on 14/Jan/14
Chiwetel is 5-9. I saw him at a screening two nights ago.
Mr. R said on 13/Jan/14
Also, Chiwetel has a lot of hair which also makes him seem taller.
Mr. R said on 13/Jan/14
I saw Chiwetel Saturday nite at a screening of the film. He walked right past me as he left the theater. He is 5-9. He walked by me too fast for me to get a pic.
little sue said on 12/Jan/14
He looks a good inch or two shorter than Fassbender on the red carpet for 12 years a Slave
Arch Stanton said on 11/Jan/14
Rob can you add 12 Years a Slave (which may go down as his definitive role). Seeing him next to Fassbender in 12 years I'd guess 177.
thedude said on 10/Dec/13
great actor.. rob your right he is probably 5'9.5 maybe even strong 5'9.. that would mean fassbender is 5.10/5'10.5... wouldnt put it past them.
Sam said on 18/Oct/13
I think Ejiofor can look 1-1.5 inches shorter than Fassbender in general.
MD said on 17/Oct/13
With Michael Fassbender, who I think is a weak 5'11" at most:

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jtm said on 14/Oct/13
i doubt he is taller than 5'9.
Len said on 15/Mar/13
Looked 5-8 or 5-9 in Serenity. Not as tall as he says he is.

Did a very good job in the film, though, so who cares if he's short.
BigT said on 27/Jul/12
Chiwetel Ejifor - 177 cm
Joel Edgerton - 179 cm
Wide not tall said on 31/Aug/11
@ Bo

It could that many people in 2012 were in heels or lifts.
linke said on 1/May/11
he seemed 5'9 in 2012.I didnt like that movie.
James said on 24/Feb/11
I agree 177cm is closer. In Dirty Prettey things I thought he looked 5'8.
EB said on 11/Dec/10
Hey Rob, I think he is more like 5'9". You have Joel Edgerton listed as 5'11", and there are a couple of pictures where Joel has at least 1.5 inches on Chewy.
Anonymous said on 14/Oct/08
yup shorter than 5ft 10in
thekiddd said on 11/May/08
His Fighter Profile in the Movie "Redbelt" Says 5'10". And he was a smidge shorter than Tim Allen who is almost 5'11" as well.
Gago said on 6/Mar/08
Rob, I think he's 179, i see him all the time in santa monica, he wears 4cm heels, and looks 183, possible 178, but that's the lowest.
trueheight said on 3/Nov/07
looked up to 3in shorter than Denzel in Inside Man
Valeri said on 24/Oct/07
close to denzel. 5'10 is accurate enough,
MOF said on 2/Jul/06
I think 5'9.5" is more accurate.

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