How tall is David Neilson

David Neilson's Height

5ft 9 (175.3 cm)

Peak height was 5ft 10 ½ (179.1 cm)
English actor, best known for playing Roy Cropper on TV soap Coronation Street. In a 1979 Spotlight casting directory, he listed his height as being "5 feet 11½"

How tall is David Neilson
Julie Hesmondhalgh & David @ Bafta Awards, 2014
Photo © / Alexandra Glen / Featureflash

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Average Guess (14 Votes)
Peak: 5ft 10.54in (179.2cm)
Current: 5ft 9.2in (175.8cm)
Sandy Cowell said on 14/Apr/23
After taking the little dog to the pound, Roy has had a change of heart. Hooray - I had hoped he might!

That’s what I call a BIG HEARTED MAN!
Sandy Cowell said on 12/Apr/23
So Roy has a dog now, and a very sweet little thing he is too!
Sandy Cowell said on 1/Apr/23
“The cawfee he diagnosed as Italian is, in fact, from Costa Rica!”

Is there anything he doesn’t know? He might have an interest in bats, which is fine, but he makes room in his brain 🧠 for plenty more! 🦇
Sandy Cowell said on 17/Mar/23
Perhaps it will be Roy who catches Stephen. Hurry up Roy, and get round to her house!

Peak - 5ft10.75 and an inch less today.
Sandy Cowell said on 7/Jan/23
“….but please, no more passwords! Anymore passwords and I will feel compelled to destroy this blasted thing!” (Well, words to that effect, anyway!)

I have total empathy, Roy!

He looks considerably shorter than Peter Gunn.
Sandy Cowell said on 16/Nov/22
WELL DONE ROY for standing up to those racist bigots who were moaning about immigrants. (Tonight’s Coronation Street).

He knew all the statistics off by heart about the percentage of workers who contribute to the welfare of the UK.

A little later, the evil, warped Griff is pulled up for beating up a young immigrant - HARD WORKING - boy.

5ft11 peak and 5ft9.5 now.
Sandy Cowell said on 29/Sep/22
I don’t remember the awful to-do that resulted as a result of Roy and Hayley taking the 13-year-old boy to safety. Poor Hayley is in prison now. So unfair…..

Peak height - 5ft11;
Today - 5ft9.5.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 13/Jan/22
On Classic Coronation Street today, they're having a fancy dress party at the Rovers - to drink in the new century. Roy is dressed as a Dickensian man, and with his top hat, will easily clear 6ft. John Savident, who plays Fred Elliott, is dressed as the portly King Henry VIII, though he lacks a few inches in the height department. I put him at around 5ft11. Les Battersby is dressed as Elvis, and yes, he's near to 6ft, like Elvis was. What fun, so now I'm going to watch them celebrate the third millennium - cheers guys! 🍻🥂
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 27/Dec/21
So pleased that Roy came back! It would seem he turned up on the Christmas Day episode, which I haven't seen yet, but he couldn't have come at a better time for his young niece, Nina.

Hooray for Roy! 😆👍

Peak height: 5ft11; today: 5ft9.25.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 25/Nov/21
I can't believe that after over 20 years, David has 'decided' to leave Coronation Street, and insodoing, leaving a dent in the lives of so many of its residents, especially his bereaved niece.

I hope his character of Roy Cropper is written back in. 🤞

Mind you, he is stubborn! 🐴

5ft11 peak and 5ft9.25 now.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 30/Oct/21
Roy has been a tower of strength to everybody he knows and cares for during this hellish time in Coronation Street. I love him for that. 💗

Many years back, my Mum told me she read that some people actually think the Soaps are real. 🙊 Anyone reading my outbursts and rantings might believe that I am one of them, but I'm not!

....or am I? 🤫

No, seriously, watching the Soaps from the comfort of our settees, armchairs or even our cosy beds makes us realise how fortunate we are. The same applies to many a film. They're an excellent escapism method, that's for sure. 😁 Sussing people's heights out is a fairly new-found sideline for me inasmuch as I can now write comments about them, thanks to Celebheights; yup - there's always someone out there who's smaller than we are. Now, as Ian Drury would say, that's a reason to be cheerful!

Peak - 5ft11; today - 5ft9.25. I've decided to up David by a quarter of an inch after studying his stature in the Classic Coronation Street offerings.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 16/Sep/21
Never have I seen Roy lose his rag like he did when hearing the disgraceful outcome of the court case regarding the murder of young Sebastian Franklin.

How can he explain the corruptness of bribery within the law to a young girl (his niece) who's lost both her parents, her boyfriend to a violent crime and now doesn't even feel fairly treated in an English Court of Law? 😌😤

No wonder he smashed a plate. 😢

5ft10.75 peak; 5ft9.25 today.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 12/Aug/21
I wandered into my TV room several days ago with a cup of tea, 🍵 only to hear, "I'm used to having a little one!" coming out of Roy's mouth. 😳

He was talking to Hayley about the size of his Christmas tree when she suggested that they have an 'upgrade' in the festive decoration department!

Hayley won, and there was a stunning tree in the café for the customers to admire throughout Christmas 1998 - and admire it they did. 🎄😄👌

Peak - 5ft10.75; today - 5ft9.25
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 17/Jul/21
I had forgotten how argumentative the relationship between Roy and Hayley was at the beginning, especially at how Roy reacted when it became known that Hayley had undergone a sex change operation.

My, hasn't society become more tolerant, and NOT before time either. We should all be allowed to live our lives as whomever we please, and if that involves changing sex, then fine.

Roy has become a far nicer person as a result of this marriage. He found true love, and lost it, but Hayley's memory has stayed with him and enriched him as a person. Now he has his young niece, Nina, in his very capable care.

Peak - 5ft11, and today - 5ft9.25.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 14/Jun/21
I liked his rendition of his experience with art, and drawing a bowl of fruit with his late wife, Hayley. "It's a long time that either of us were able to go near a banana again!" Roy concluded in the conversation with his bereaved niece, Nina, who is using drawing as therapy to try, and I repeat try, to divert herself from thinking of that dreadful attack, which took the life of her boyfriend, Seb.

I do like the way Roy expresses himself and the verbiage he uses!

Having seen him in a 90s drama, playing a policeman, I can believe that David used to measure 5ft11.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 26/May/21
David's 'Coronation Street' character would have been squirming into his coffee machine if he had seen the quiz I saw yesterday. A contestant was asked: "Is a bat a mammal or a reptile?" 🦇

The reply was "A reptile!" 🤣🤣🤣

🦇..➡️..🥚🥚🥚..➡️ = Bat eggs! 😅

🍳.."Bat omelette anyone?" 😃😋

5ft11 peak height; 5ft9.25 now.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 5/May/21
What a shocking couple of episodes of Coronation Street we saw tonight. When Roy was talking to young Nina while she was lying, bruised and battered, in her hospital bed, it was beyond emotional.

She'd left him a little note saying, 'For Your Hangover', presumably having left him a couple of headache tablets, bless her thoughtful heart. 😢💓

5ft11 peak and 5ft9.25 for this fine actor. 🏆
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 19/Apr/21
Carla should have taken Roy's warning about Peter looking ill far more seriously and taken him straight to the hospital rather than go through with the wedding. Once you're married anyway, you have the rest of your lives together.

David's Roy Cropper has just met Hayley in Classic Coronation Street - and for them it really will be, "Till Death Us Do Part". Very romantic!

David looks nearly 5ft11 in the 90s showing. Now his posture isn't at all good, so he's shrunk more than most men in their 60s.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 9/Mar/21
I thought it really sweet when Roy overheard that Nick's brainy little son was keen on astronomy, and later offered the young fellow an astronomy book to read. 😁👌 Somehow, I think that if David Neilson's character, Roy Cropper, had been blessed with a son in Coronation Street, he'd have been similarly brainy to young Sam.

Roy looks taller than a mere inch above the average male height of 5ft9 in the Classic version so he can have 5ft10.75 for his peak and 5ft9.5 for today's height.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 15/Dec/20
Every endangered street needs someone with the all-round knowledge that Roy Cropper possesses.

It'll be considerably harder for the likes of Ray Crosby to get what he wants, insodoing uprooting so many people from their beloved homes, with people like Roy protesting against him.

I'm giving him 5ft11 for his peak and 5ft9.5 for today. He should follow some of Rob's stretching exercises to adjust his posture, but I'm immensely fond of him regardless!

David plays a very interesting and enlightened character. 😁👍🧠
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 2/Nov/20
I couldn't believe how tall David's Roy Cropper looked next to the 5ft1.5 Helen Worth in this morning's 'Classic Coronation Street'.

Consequently, he is getting 5ft11.25 for his peak today. Helen didn't even come up to his shoulder! For his height today, David gets 5ft9.5 - providing he stands up STRAIGHT! 😉👍
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 14/Oct/20
Having been in the Classic version for a few months now, David's character, Roy Cropper's brains are beginning to show through.

He admits being mocked and then joined a quiz team, getting all the questions right! It's Christmas time 1996, and Roy's been given a bottle of whiskey and he said, "I don't drink spirits, thanks. They dull the senses!"

Good on you Roy, good on you!


5ft10.5 peak, 5ft9 today. 😇📖🦇
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 29/Jun/20
Yes, there's a definite possibility that Roy well exceeded 5ft10 in his early days in the Street. It's a shame that he didn't cultivate a better posture, because stooping not only encourages height loss, it causes painful back problems as well. My Mum would correct me if she caught me slouched in a chair as a kid, so much so that, after around a year, I actually found sitting upright infinitely more comfortable. 😀

I find that as Roy has grown older and become that much more interesting, I far and away prefer today's version. He always lends a sympathetic ear to those in trouble too.

This time, he gets 5ft10.75 for his peak and....
Today's height? - 5ft9.25 😁👍
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 7/May/20
⭐ I feel that I really must add that 5ft10.5/75 or even more could have been David's peak morning height in his youth.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 7/May/20
Roy Cropper, otherwise known as actor David Neilson, has just joined the Classic Coronation Street cast. He makes his first appearance speaking to Deirdre, played by the late Anne Kirkbride, who I read was 5ft7, about a leak pouring through the ceiling from his flat. 💧😯

David's hair is fuller, his posture is more upright, but nobody can tell yet what a brain box he is. In fact, you'd think he was rather the opposite!

5ft10 peak and 5ft9 today.

Ooh! Deirdre has just said to Emily, "He gives me the creeps!" She DOES have to look up to him, I might add....😝

Well he doesn't give them to me, bats or no bats! 🦇🦇🦇

He's interesting and often unintentionally funny. 😁👍👍
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 15/Jan/20
I'm liking the friendship that's developing between David Neilson's Roy Cropper and his newly-found niece, goth Nina, played by Mollie Gallagher, 21, in her first TV role.

Tonight, she had him trying on a basque, so that she could mould it to perfection! The youngster is being targeted by cowardly bullies and knowing Roy, he will do his utmost to protect the girl, who looks tiny next to him.

This evening, hero David is getting 5ft10.75 for his peak and 5ft9.25 for today's height - on the strict proviso that he stands up STRAIGHT! 💂
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 19/Dec/19
Poor old Roy lost his newly-found half-brother last night. He doesn't have an easy time of it, does he? Just as well it isn't real.

I should think that the last thing on his mind as Roy is keeping an upright posture....😿 I did once see him playing the part of a policeman and he looked and acted completely different, not in any way condescending the way he is as Roy.

5ft11 peak;
5ft9 today.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 25/Nov/19
Those who reckon that David has a poor posture are, I'm afraid, absolutely correct. Does anyone know whether it's happened as he's grown older?

There was a girl in my class with a super funny laugh, and she needed an operation to straighten out her back. She was a tall girl anyway, I'd say around 5ft8 before the operation, so afterwards, she'll have been even taller. It must have been a terribly painful procedure because she was out of school for months and sat her exams a year later, excelling herself. Good luck to her! 😆👌
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 24/Nov/19
David sits comfortably next to David Bowie on the Davids' page!

Who's a lucky boy then? 😆

5ft10 peak
5ft9 today
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 14/Nov/19
Poor old Roy has just found that he has a half brother, but he
is dying. How tragic. 😿
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 7/Nov/19
Ha ha ha! Roy Cropper was having a game of Internet Scrabble! Great idea - at least it keeps the old brain cells busy....😁👌

5ft10 peak and 5ft9 now. I don't think his posture is as bad as is sometimes suggested. You have to lean over to play Internet games when your laptop is positioned at the café counter!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 23/Jun/19
Listening to David Neilson's Roy in 'Coronation Street' can be an education in itself!

I never knew that a white feather symbolised cowardice in the Second World War; I'd never even thought about it really, but it would have made more sense that it could have been construed as a peace offering, as Kathy thought! ☮️🕊️🏳️

5ft10 peak and an inch less today.
Sandy Cowell said on 31/Jan/19
The advice this guy just handed out to 'Coronation Street' character Tyrone made me think of a James Blunt song. This had me checking out his songs, but still I couldn't find it. Yet I found a great many other songs which contain lyrics which could be applicable to the part David plays. I'll start with 'You're a Star', and I sincerely hope that Tyrone takes the advice as regards his Mum's situation, David having just lost his Mum.

5ft10.25 peak. 5ft9.25 now. If he believed in himself, I'm sure he'd stand taller.
Sandy Cowell said on 4/Sep/18
Poor Roy nearly came a Cropper after a bee sting in one of yesterday's showings. It just goes to show how many people can be allergic to bee stings without knowing it.

I liked the way he thanked the guy who saved him. He would have been a sad loss to the programme.

5ft10 peak, 5ft9 now.
Nik said on 12/Jul/18
@ Sandy Cowell - Ansolutely! They are the two most important pieces of height information!
Sandy Cowell said on 10/Jul/18
@ Nik - It's always a bonus to know both the current and peak heights of a person! 😄👍
Nik said on 8/Jul/18
@ Sandy Cowell - Most definitely! He is a great actor in a great soap and now we know his current and peak height!
Sandy Cowell said on 8/Jul/18
@ Nik - Yes, fantastic to see him here, isn't it? 😉
Nik said on 3/Jul/18
@ Sandy Cowell - Look who's here! Having seen his current height and his peak height I have to say that David is above average for his age group! Welcome aboard David Neilson!
Sandy Cowell said on 3/Jul/18
Thank you Rob - very, very much indeed! David has been such a regular on our TV's, dating right back to the 1970's, that he SO deserves a page of his own. You've given him what seems to be a spot-on estimate, which I have great pleasure in agreeing with. 5ft9 is fine for him, but I will go for 5ft10.5 for his peak.

To think - he was in an episode of the series 'Survivors', which I watched with my Mum and brother back in the Seventies. It was very exciting, but I'm afraid I don't remember him as a young fellow, which is a shame. I did once see him playing a police officer and he looked quite tall to be absolutely honest. Also, he was as different from his character of Roy Cropper as you can imagine!

One final word: I wonder, does David remember all those fascinating facts that Roy comes out with? I'd like to think that he does! Some of them are utterly amazing!
Editor Rob
Always a chance he added just an inch to his claim in the 70's and 80's, 5ft 10.5 and 11.5 in shoes isn't impossible.
CD said on 3/Jul/18
This guy stands out as having poor posture, a good inch of height loss by nearly 70 seems likely. This listing is exactly what I thought for him too!

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