How tall was Ian Bannen

Ian Bannen's Height

5ft 11 (180.3 cm)

Scottish actor, best remembered for roles in films like Waking Ned, The Flight of the Phoenix, Braveheart, Penelope, The Hill, Gorky Park, Doomwatch and TV series Doctor Finlay and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

How tall is Ian Bannen
Ian in Penelope

You May Be Interested

Height of James Cosmo
James Cosmo
6ft ½ in (184 cm)
Height of Sean Connery
Sean Connery
6ft 2 (188 cm)
Height of Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood
5ft 1 (155 cm)
Height of Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
5ft 9 ¼ (176 cm)

Add a Comment12 comments

Average Guess (14 Votes)
5ft 11.52in (181.7cm)
Gerald S said on 7/Jun/23
Rob, would you agree with 5’9.5” peak for Mario Adorf?

I thought Bannen had close to two inches on Adorf in Station Six Sahara.
Rory said on 13/Apr/23
Definitely didn't look over 5ft11 in Sweeney film. Arguably didn't have more than 3 inches on Barry Foster and looked around an inch shorter than Michael Latimer who I always felt looked weak six foot.
Sinclair said on 10/Dec/22
Rob, why the downgrade from 5’11.25” to 5’11”?
Editor Rob
From seeing a bit more of him in different things, I decided about 5ft 11, like his claim.
Quis said on 15/Apr/22
He seems 6ft.
Sinclair said on 7/Apr/22
Rob, you were right and I was wrong, Bannen’s self-listing proves it, I made a miscalculation. Bannen must have been more 5’11” than 6’0” range at peak. What you’ve got him on is perfect here. Funny how Ian Hendry claimed 5’11” too! A downgrade is probably needed for Hendry then?
Editor Rob
A strong 5ft 11 does seem to suit him.
Jug said on 7/Apr/22
Rob, you should add Tinker Tailor Solider Spy to his CV. Seeing him now in Gorky Park I would say 5'11 compared to William Hurt and Lee Marvin, both solid 6'2 guys. Alec Guinness must have been less than 5'8 by the time he did Tinker Tailor because Bannen really towers over him in that classic television film.
Editor Rob
I went back to a 1970's spotlight directory and in fact Bannen did have 5 feet 11 listed as his height!
Mvk said on 1/Apr/22
At my extreme low, my height twin on this site.
Jug said on 1/Apr/22
He really looked close to 6'1 in Tinker Tailor beside Guinness. I would say a pretty strong 6.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Mar/22
Cannot believe this is the same dude who played The Leper in Braveheart
5'11 1/4 guy said on 29/Mar/22
Good measure, he's listed as 5'11.5 on IMBD, 1/4 of an increase, I think we can agree that for a celebrity it's pretty good.

Nothing unusual, a solid 5'11 can look like 6'0, because if he's 5'11.25 nothing prevents him from actually being around 5'11.5 in some shots.
Editor Rob
Well one of 3 possible visitors on this page updated Ian from 6ft to 5ft 11.5 the other day 😀
Sinclair said on 29/Mar/22
Rob, are you sure that Bannen was not a tad taller than currently listed?

I would have thought more 6ft than 5’11”. Having watched The Hill again, 6’2” Harry Andrews only had two inches on Bannen or maybe a touch more. Thus, I can now see the 6’1” listing for Bannen as definitely too high but he did have at least an inch on 5’10.5” Ian Hendry in The Hill, I thought. William Hurt also had Bannen by no more than 2.5 inches in Gorky Park, I thought. The lowest I could therefore put peak Bannen at is 5’11.5”. Anywhere from 5’11.5”-6’0” peak is arguable.
Editor Rob
I did watch some clips of him, including Gorky and thought overall strong 5ft 11 was more believable than 6ft.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 28/Mar/22
Oh, I remember Doomwatch - good programme! My Mum liked Doctor Finlay, but it bored me rigid, so I don’t recall Ian from that.

He gets 5ft11.25.

Heights are barefeet estimates, derived from quotations, official websites, agency resumes, in person encounters with actors at conventions and pictures/films.

Other vital statistics like weight or shoe size measurements have been sourced from newspapers, books, resumes or social media.

Celebrity Fan Photos and Agency Pictures of stars are © to their respective owners.