Derek Jacobi's Height
5ft 8 (172.7 cm)
Peak height was 5ft 9 ½ (176.5 cm)
English actor, best known for starring in Cadfael and for roles in The Kings Speech, Gladiator, Dead Again and Underworld: Evolution. His agency CV lists him 5ft 10 and 77kg (170 pounds).
5ft 8 Rob and Derek @ LFCC 2011
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Average Guess (17 Votes)
Peak: 5ft 9.65in (176.9cm)
Current: 5ft 8.51in (174cm)
Nik said on 9/Jun/19
5'7.5" is possible!
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 23/Feb/19
Colberto said on 15/Dec/18
Looks 2cm shorter than rob so 171.5cm now 176.5cm prime
Nik said on 26/May/18
I reckon sub 5'8" for his nowadays height!
Nik said on 24/May/18
I would say sub 5'8"!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 23/May/18
Looks below 5ft8 w/h you, Rob
MAD SAM said on 15/Dec/17
He’s 173 cm now though he might have peaked at 178 cm at his prime
World Citizen said on 26/May/17
He looks between 5 ft 7 ,8 in this photo.
said on 21/Dec/16
Rob, Have you ever Watched Last Tango in Halifax, What do you think about Josh Bolt who plays Raff on the show?
Editor Rob: could be 5ft 10 now.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 12/Dec/16
Rob, he looks 1in shorter than you...
Johno said on 23/Aug/16
0.75-inches shorter than Rob.
Sam said on 21/Aug/16
He looks a weak 5'8 in that photo. Rob has a good edge of height on him.
said on 17/Mar/16
Rob, what kind of footwear did you and he have on? He never looked 5' 8" in "The Last Tango in Halifax" and he looks to be at least an inch shorter than you in that photo. On the assumption you are wearing sneakers I would say he is 5' 7" max.
Editor Rob: I think he had near to an inch basic shoe and I had a good inch sneaker.
said on 19/Feb/16
5'7.5 there with Rob and i suspect Sir Ian Mckellan would measure a weak-5'10.
Editor Rob: I don't think he was any less than me when I shook his hand. I thought he was still 5ft 8 range...
said on 7/Feb/16
How much can height shrink with age?
Editor Rob: By 70, many men on average would lose near an inch...by 80 about 2 inch on average.
I'd say if you reached age 70 with half inch loss you've done well, 1 inch by 80 is very good too.
Vibram said on 30/Oct/14
I doubt he's lost 4cm.
Arch Stanton said on 16/Jun/14
Odd thing is that he looked a bit taller than Daniel Craig in Love is the Devil which was 1998!!
PLB said on 1/Jul/13
I like Jacoby but his height isn't what makes him interesting. I'm shocked to see that there is no entry for Edd China who is also interesting and very damn tall.
said on 29/Jun/13
Looks more 171,5-172 with you, Rob.
[Editor Rob: I really thought he was identical height, but sometimes a camera lense can add/take a little height from someone, that might be the case here.]
lelman said on 12/Jun/13
He does not look happy, rob! Haha! If you're just over 5'8" then he looks about 5'8" maybe ever so slightly under.
Butcher said on 8/Jun/13
jtm said on 31/May/13
looks shorter than rob. not sure about the peak height either.
Big T said on 29/May/13
I made a comment about Jacobi and Burt Reynolds in the film "A Bunch of Amateurs" many years ago on this page, but it has been deleted....but my vague recollection is Jacobi was taller than Reynolds! Now that's food for thought...
little sue said on 25/May/13
In the film Love is the Devil made in 1998 he looks almost the same as Daniel Craig when they are standing facing each other in a naked shot. That would make him a bit under Craig at 5ft 9.5, he has obviously lost weight in older age.
cd said on 25/May/13
I believe 172 cm now and 176 cm peak.
RoelC said on 22/May/13
I think he's best known for his starring role in "I Claudius". That show is regarded a classic and Jacobi won a BAFTA award for his portrayal of Claudius.
He looks shorter than you in above pic. He's 74 now, but I don't think he was ever 5'10". He never really struck me as a tall person. He was always one of the shortest actors in every movie/tv-show I've seen him in.
little one said on 25/Aug/08
i met him on the set of Pinochet's Progress, a BBC docudrama. 5'10 is about right. he was a very congenial gentleman. very friendly and warm.
jainadru said on 16/Apr/07
Met him in Chichester and spent a lovely 1/2 hour in conversation. He has the most amazing ability of making you believe you're the most important person on the planet while he's speaking with you.
said on 4/Aug/06
He is just a tad under The Prince Of Wales who is a good 5'10"...Click Here
With Frances Barber who is 5'4" but 5'7" with heels...So Derek may be about 5'9" now...Click Here
Derek wore normal shoes while Frances had high heels...Whoa! wotta boogie!Click Here
This was at the 60th birthday party of Sir Ian McKellen...
CelebHeights Editor said on 11/Oct/05
His agency CV lists him 5ft 10 and 77kg.