How tall is Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder's Height

5ft 9 ¼ (175.9 cm)

American actor best known for playing Damon Salvatore on TV series The Vampire Diaries and Boone Carlyle on Lost. In film he can be seen in Rules of Attraction and Pulse. In the Insurgence photo he had 1/3rd inch more footwear than me.

How tall is Ian Somerhalder
5ft 8 Rob, Ian (age 35), 5ft 8 Jenny @ 2013 Insurgence

How tall is Ian Somerhalder
5ft 8 Rob & Ian (age 27) @ 2006 Collectormania

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Average Guess (194 Votes)
5ft 9.13in (175.6cm)
ItalianChad said on 2/May/23
He claims (or at least his agency or whatever) 5'9.75'', so I knew you'd downgrade him by a cm. Sounds about right. Wonder if them wimmin (and especially the Mrkan ones) would reject such a drool-worthy face just for being under 6' (never mind how tall they themselves are lol)
shoelifts said on 22/Mar/23
looks no more than 5ft9
Filip33 said on 21/Mar/23
I feel like he's one of those guys whose height is extremely difficult to pinpoint. I myself believed I was 5'9 (175.3cm), every time I measured myself (or someone else did) it was around 175cm. Yesterday, however, I was at my doctors' and stood on a stadiometer - the nurse said 173cm! I came home afterwards, marked 173cm on a wall with a measuring tape, stood next to it and was clearly above it (looking at myself in the mirror). Rob, is it possible that stadiometer measures you incorrectly sometimes?
Editor Rob
Never rule out the chance that a hospital or doctor measurement is erroneous. If you are able to measure yourself confidently at home using a tape measure, then go with that figure.
James B 172cm said on 17/Nov/22
Rob he looks a bit like you around the eyes
Malcolm Oliver said on 12/Oct/22
Average height, handsome guy.
Dude Height said on 11/Oct/22
same height as aaron paul
Dude Height said on 9/Oct/22
Rob, I believe he is the same height as Aaron Paul as shown in this photo.
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He also looks shorter in older pictures of him.

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Editor Rob
Whilst I think he's sometimes worn a decent heeled boot, I'm not so sure he's a guy like Colton Haynes, who admitted to sometimes wearing lifts.
Chris Wallace said on 30/Aug/22
173cm max
Classic 5'10er said on 22/Jun/22
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Knowing that Nina Dobrev is listed at 5'5 1/4, in this picture it looks like she's got about 3 inch heels on which would bring her well up to 5'8 1/4, though just take a look at Ian's boots, any thoughts on them Rob? I wouldn't be surprised if they boosted him up a good 2 inches. 5'10 Paul is looking taller in a standard dress shoe than Ian with his big boots. Before I thought Ian was in the 5'9 range but this picture has made me think again, taking my guess down to 5'8 1/2.
Ian Momoshiki said on 12/Jun/22
@Chris91 i think it's just a misperception, if anything he's like weak 5'9 at worst on the bottom pic with rob, but no less, rob is a super solid 5'8 himself
Chris91 said on 30/Apr/22
Sorry Rob, but this guy was wearing lifts in his shoes when he met you. He isn't more than 171. I saw him in real life and I was taller than him even though I am 5'9
MaximusCrime said on 15/Apr/22
I’d say he is 5’9 1/2 tbh
classic 5'1 lady said on 7/Apr/22
@classic 5'10er, i really said 5'11 in boots with a hat on :(
Classic 5'10er said on 13/Mar/22
Looks 5'9, maybe 5'10 with some boots on but wouldn't go to 5'11 as @classic 5'1 lady suggests! He's usually wearing boots in the vampire diaries and there's clearly more than a 1 difference between him and Matthew Davis who's 6'ft. Still a good height.
classic 5'1 lady said on 12/Mar/22
5'11 in boots with a hat on.
Mohammed 170cm said on 24/Feb/22
A weak 176 type of guy, maybe he is 175.5
Roberto N said on 19/Feb/22
He looks the basically the same height as Paul Westley. 5’9.75
KTS said on 12/Jan/22
Hey rob,
I feel we should put him in a rare category of 5 '9 1/8.
What do you think?
Editor Rob
A chance, though I think a decent 176m is fair for him.
6'4" Leprechaun said on 31/Dec/21
5'8" same height as Rob though wearing Kurt Russell lifts in 2013.
Aliana said on 7/Dec/21
Same height as Paul Wesley (who is listed as 5'10 on here)
Malcolm Oliver said on 15/Nov/21
A weak 176 guy, will fall into 175 range. Though that second photo with Rob makes the distinction a lot more interesting.
Elene said on 2/Sep/21
He has a very good height
177cm said on 17/Aug/21
He’s definitely seems like someone who’s a bit insecure about his height. With a handsome face like his it’s hard to believe he’d be insecure about anything
Elene said on 9/Aug/21
WILLY98 said on 20/May/21
Not yet met him, but nearly in every picture he seems to wear big boots,i think he is wearing lifts,even in the beach he weared shoes.What do you think about it Rob?
Editor Rob
I think sometimes a larger heel on his boot, whether he has anything in them is debatable...
cupcake said on 13/May/21
5'9 1/8
Somerhalder said on 24/Mar/21
Hey Rob, how much do you think Ian drops below 175,9cm at night/evening, or is it already his low height?
Editor Rob
he might still hold onto that 176 mark through to dinner.
Tunman said on 9/Feb/21
Rob,actually the more I look,if you flatten his hair which is worth 2cm advantage minimum here,he won't be more than 3cm taller at best.Once taking away the 1/3"sneaker advantage,he won't be more than 5'9 tops.MD mentioned some time ago that he claimed 5'9 once,it could be interesting if we could find the source because he might very well be that
Tys da 5'10 7/8 said on 4/Feb/21
Ian ain't 5'11 but I think Rob has it spot on
slim 6'1 said on 18/Jan/21
In 176 territory
slim 6'1 said on 8/Jan/21
178cm out of bed
Jkiller said on 4/Jan/21
Soda machine said on 7/Dec/20
He claimed 5-11 at one point. Lol 5-9
FriedChicken said on 26/Nov/20
I wouldn't consider 5'9" below average. At least IMO it's perfectly average. 5'8" - 5'11" to me is average.
Vsquad said on 6/Nov/20
Rob, did Ian's footwear look sketchy or was it just a regular boot and you were wearing flats?
Editor Rob
nothing dodgy, just a fraction more sneaker.
Slim 6'1" said on 26/Oct/20
Robs listing is close enough, below average but definitely not short!
Slim 6'1" said on 30/Sep/20
Below 5’10” for sure but he’s not short
Slim 6'1" said on 30/Sep/20
Robs listing is fine no need for a change
THomas b said on 24/Sep/20
He looks like Rob Lowe
Slim 6'1" said on 20/Sep/20
178.5cm out of bed
Five Eye said on 10/Aug/20
He was listed on the top 10 most succesful models. He deserves the tag
Alanna said on 30/Jul/20
He looks like Zac Efron
Nik said on 20/May/20
@ JohnMoore-162cm - For an American man, yes!

Rob may have got this one spot on, like he often does!
Justin Zechariah Yip said on 20/May/20
Rob, is Ian wearing shoe lifts in this scene? His walking gait seems bit off at the 0:18 mark with Claire Holt
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Editor Rob
Tricky to tell, but he can use boots to look taller than you'd expect.
5.9 legit guy said on 4/May/20
Honestly he looks no more than my height
Kurzzawa said on 25/Apr/20
Hey rob, what is the absolute maximum height you would give to Ian. Because i am not going to lie but he looks 5’10 most of the time.
Editor Rob
5ft 9.5 would be the most I'd estimate.
JohnMoore-162cm said on 24/Apr/20
@Rob- With you in the photo above he looks 3 cm taller , if you subtracts the 1/3" (thicker shoes), then he is no more than 175 cm , so why the 176 cm listing ??
Editor Rob
In person the last time I seen him he looked near 5ft 9.5 I felt, but with more boot I think 9.25 is a fair listing.

With many other actors he has managed to look near 177 at times.
JohnMoore-162cm said on 5/Apr/20
175 cm spot on ,, very average
TheBat said on 17/Mar/20
5'9.25" does look to be a spot on listing for Ian.
Jkiller said on 12/Mar/20
176cm is about right
Nik Ashton said on 26/Sep/19
At least 5’9.25”!
Yang (5 footer 8, 172-173) said on 10/Sep/19
He looks like 5ft 9 quarter range you listed in those pics.....
Jacky Huynh said on 2/Sep/19
Looks 177cm
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 20/Aug/19
What funtastic pictures!

5ft9.5. 😁
TheBat said on 26/Jun/19
5'9.25" I can definitely see. Sometimes looks 5'10" in The Vampire Diaries.
khaled taban said on 24/May/19
I am 5'9" and he is my height!
I'd rule out 176cm.
Psycholacan said on 12/May/19
He looks average height guy. 174-175 cm
Rob, do you think you are around the same height? He is known for wearing lifts all the time.
#FiveElevenSquad said on 19/Apr/19
175 cm is too low for him, he should be closer to 5'10 than 5'9.
berta said on 9/Mar/19
Rob could he have lifts on when you meet him? He always looks like he is in a heel in recent years.
Editor Rob
I think it is too hard to spot half inch lifts, especially if a jean/trouser is covering a lot of the boot.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 24/Dec/18
An inch taller than Rob so 5'9 1/8"
PAN BERRY said on 23/Dec/18
Idk Rob, maybe 5’9.5” at 176.5 cm ?
Editor Rob
5ft 9.25 or 9.5 is arguable for him
berta said on 21/Oct/18
in all photos of him it looks like he have a 2 cm lift in the shoes. it looks in some way like he is on tip toes in the shoe. The question is , was he in lifts in the photo if not, then 176 is good listing. If he was then he can be 174 guy.
Nik said on 22/Jul/18
Ian Somerhalder looks full value for this listing!
Zineddine said on 29/Jun/18
hey rob how much tall does this guy ( car racing driver ) austin dillon look next to ian somerhalder ?

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Editor Rob
He could seem over 2 inches smaller, but then I don't know footwear or whether Ian might gain a better posture.
cmillzz said on 5/May/18
Seems like he's wearing lifts in the top photo.
Mercury said on 26/Apr/18
@MD Here you go: Click Here a rare Ian wearing converse-style sneakers
Tomm said on 10/Apr/18
Did he look he was balding? His hair looks like a wig or that underwent a procedure to hide thinning
Editor Rob
I think back in 2002 - Click Here - he had early signs of slow recession.

I'm sure like many actors he has little tricks to enhance his appearance - a buzz cutt would be the worst hairstyle Ian could wear!

But whether he enhances his height with a small lift...I wouldn't discount the idea entirely, though I think he also worked on his physique since his Lost days, so he can walk/stand comfortably near measured height without straining...
JamieLannister said on 18/Mar/18
Rob how tall do u think his head is? I assume around 9.5 inches
Editor Rob
Close to that, although a chance of between 9.2-9.4 range too.
MD said on 29/Jan/18
Just browing through photos on Getty, and it's crazy that I have yet to see this guy in flat shoes. Even when he's casual he's in a significantly heeled shoe at the very least.
Legit 5'11er said on 27/Jan/18
Rob, do these celebs know what they're getting themselves into when they take a pic with you? I doubt a lot of them would want their "true" stature exposed.
Editor Rob
Of course, it's a great honour to share a brief moment with me 🤗
Tunman said on 23/Jan/18
He looks near 177 so 5'9.25" assuming footwear advantage.We don't know if Ian is wearing some lifts here but as Rob said it won't be more than 0.5".The only thing is that Rob thought he was taller the second time they met which could be due to a small lift but even then he will be close to 5'9 not under 5'8.75.But the dude has really good looks and it's definitely more important than being 6'2.That said 5'9 range isn't that bad,within average.
Psychedelic Earth 187 said on 16/Jan/18
Editorrob, after showing concrete proof. Can you please add to the title of the page “how tall is Ian without lifts?” 😂
Don Julio said on 14/Jan/18
Exactly 176 cm
Isaac Hamilton said on 11/Jan/18
Clear lift wearer and nothing over 5"9
Psychedelic Earth 187 said on 28/Dec/17
@NickNate, Click Here
Psychedelic Earth 187 said on 19/Dec/17
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I told you he was a lift wearer!

175 is is fine, just nothing above it.
Cameron said on 7/Dec/17
5'9" flat. Looks an inch taller with a footwear advantage.
Michael said on 1/Dec/17
At least he's taller than Tom Cruise. 1.75m is average and not that short.
Linus said on 30/Nov/17
My guess is 5'9", 175cm
NickNate said on 24/Nov/17
@Slim 184
Not sure why you keep pressing this notion about him having plastic surgery. No amount of plastic surgery/implants/whatever else you're saying is going to get you a face like Ian's. He was just genetically blessed in the face department. And, for the record, I'd rather have his face and height than be 6'4+ with an average face. Some people get so caught up in height they forget the power and rarity of a 10/10 face
c-mo said on 23/Nov/17
Rich said on 31/Oct/17
He is so handsome... Height becomes irrelevant when you have the perfect face


as if he is short ...
Slim 184 said on 4/Nov/17
Plastic surgery+ Elevator shoes = biggest sex symbol of the past decade.
Rich said on 31/Oct/17
He is so handsome... Height becomes irrelevant when you have the perfect face
Slim 6' said on 29/Oct/17
174 CM, that’s how tall he looked throughout LOST.
Editor Rob
unless he wears lifts, he's got to be taller than that...
Edimar1.84 said on 29/Oct/17
176cm is a good list, agree with you Rob.
Slim said on 27/Sep/17
Rob, I've examined his proportions, hes 174 area, he wore his lifts when you saw him.

5'8.5"(174 with a chance of 5'8.75".(174.5) There's no way he's 5'9"(175)+
Editor Rob
well, it's not impossible for actors to wear lifts.

If I ever wore elevator shoes, you would know, I'd be looking 5ft 10!
oliver said on 25/Sep/17
Rob,is he similar in height to Taylor Swift? How would they look next to each other?
Editor Rob
Ian I think has at times worn a little thick heel which makes him look near 5ft 10...he has worked on his physique and posture, and holds himself near his 'measured height', so I think if you put him next to Swift - both barefeet - you might think 'Hold on a a minute, this guy looks taller than Taylor!'
Bronc said on 23/Sep/17
Rob how tall were you're parents
Editor Rob
well my Dad used to be 5ft 10, actually he claims 5ft 9.75 the few times height came up because that was one of his army measurements. I measured him once near 5ft 10 See him here. That's usually how he looked in his prime.

Compared to Somerhalder, my 'peak height' Father was comfortably taller than Ian, but now is comfortably shorter at about 5ft 8.5 aged 81.
Slim 182 cm said on 11/Aug/17
, I was under the illusion that everyone wanted to downgrade for whatever reason, and I believed the lost cast being tall(180+)made him look like a shrimp, but actually he was barefoot in that show, with no lifts he's 174 absolutely max. I think he wears lifts to look five ten guy. And he's jaw implants don't look good either.... with plastic surgery and lifts is why he became a sex symbol, that should say something....
Rising - 174 cm said on 8/Aug/17
If he definitely claimed 5'9" then I wouldn't give him any taller, but those boots don't stand out so much to me. He does seem to favor boots, though. I have to amend my previous comment, though. I think Florek was about 5'11" as he really didn't seem much different than 5'10"-5'10.5" J.K. Simmons a few years earlier. He's probably 5'9", but just gave a shorter impression on that episode for whatever reason. The Law & Order cast is pretty tall and Frank Langella played his father so that may have added to it.
Slim 182 cm said on 6/Aug/17
He's a lift, thick shoe wearer like brad pitt, somorhalddr is 174 max, google btw

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Slim 182 cm said on 2/Aug/17
I agree with Even. 5'9 max for Somerhalder. Fan girls with rig the votes to 180 all the time.
even said on 28/Jul/17
half an inch taller than rob . rob = 5'8.5" , him = 5'9"
Sarah said on 21/Jul/17
What does he claim?
Editor Rob
a visitor had said Ian claimed 5ft 9 over 10 years ago, but I don't know if he has upped his claim.
Slim 182 cm said on 20/Jul/17
Yes well, his footwear surely bolstered up his height, I agree Ian looks 5'9 in the photo!
Rising - 174 cm said on 19/Jul/17
Thought he was shorter seeing him on Law & Order SVU. Seemed more on the short side in that episode. Here's a still with Dann Florek: Click Here I figure Florek was somewhere in the 5'11" range at this time, maybe a weak 6'.
even said on 17/Jul/17
a legit 5 foot 9
Slim 181 cm said on 8/Jul/17
5'9.25- 5'9.5, since the male lost cast were mostly 179.5 and over, he was dwarfed even looking as short as 5'7, but he really is a 176, 177 cm guy.
And at best but hyper unlikely, 178. Seriously this guys got the ability to look " five nine to five ten". Tho I haven't seen smallville or vampire diaries. Interesting one this guy is.
Christian-196.5cm (6ft5 3/8) said on 8/Jul/17
175cm. Depending on whether he wears lifts or not, he might even be shorter.
Johan said on 8/Jul/17
Well I would have thought less than this, he can look 3 inches shorter than 6' listed Matthew Davis and Davis looks only 5'11.5" with Rob. I would say 5'9" flat would be a better listing.
Sepanta said on 8/Jul/17
He shows taller in Vampire Diaries. I say he's at least 177 cm or 5'9.5".
insomniak said on 7/Jul/17
He doesn't even look 5'10. Rob goes above his hairline.
Bobby said on 3/Jul/17
He's leaning in the bottom photo but in the top photo, looks 5'10ish.
Slim 181 cm said on 13/Jun/17
176.5, hey may have appeared much smaller cause the LOST male cast were tall.
delancey said on 2/Jun/17
Just from doing a quick google image search you can definitely tell he's an off and on lift wearer. His height varies next to Paul Wesley from photo to photo.
However I honestly don't think this listing is that crazy unlike some of the posters below. Wouldn't go anything under 175 cm in any case, definitely don't think he's as low as 5'8 range.
Eric said on 29/Apr/17
I always agree with this site's listing, so much that I've lever left a comment but this one... it's obvious that he wears lifts in his boots! Giant one! Just look at his photo and look at him next to Paul Wesley. I could post a lot of photos. He's 5'8'', between 172 and 174, no more. And that's still average
dracula said on 26/Apr/17
Bottom photo 5'8.25
Top photo 5'9.5
John said on 25/Mar/17
Looks 5'9 in the bottom photo, but looks 5'9.75-5'10 in upper photo. Did he wear lifts, or different footwear?
Editor Rob
he has a fraction more footwear than me, but looked about 5ft 9.5 hence I give him 9.25 range.

There's a posture swing, he is dropping a bit in old photo and I'm not as tall in the top.
Damon said on 14/Mar/17
Ian was recently on Jimmy Kimmel. He looked at least 3 inches shorter than Jimmy. Maybe a weak 5'9". Either that or Jimmy is 6'-6'1", which is highly unlikely. Anyway, he's a great guy.

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lasla said on 22/Feb/17
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One picture of ian and nina barefeet.

If nina dobrev is 5'5, ian looks about 5'8. If nina is 5'7, ian looks about 5'10
lasla said on 22/Feb/17
rob, do you think that ian somerhalder could drop to 174cm at night?

In first picture he looks a strong 178cm, in second he looks 173cm.
Editor Rob
unless he wears lifts, he can pull off looking over 5ft 9...

it's easy though to wear a half inch insert and nobody can tell, only when it's 1-1.5 inch lift, will the lace section look more 'bulging'. Under an inch, it can be trickier to spot.
berta said on 19/Feb/17
for som reason it alwys looks like this guy have about 1,5 cm lifts in his shoes just by looking at him. i think he is no taller than 175 and have lifts that make him look 176-177
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Feb/17
Could pass for 5ft10 in the upper photo
Matt179 said on 28/Jan/17
Looks like a typical 5foot9 Guy, Its the average height. The guy must weight 150 pounds. He look average.
Ren said on 7/Jan/17
Rob, Who is taller at least 176? Ian Somerhalder, Tom Hardy, or Shia LaBeouf
Editor Rob
Hardy can look taller than Ian...but I think both Ian/Tom are possibly going to measure taller than Shia.
Gary said on 24/Dec/16
No more than 5'9" for him
Editor Rob
unless he has a wee lift Gary, I think he's got to be 176 range, I wouldn't go lower.
Tiago said on 21/Dec/16
5,9 ft (1,75 CM)max...
Dmeyer said on 10/Dec/16
Even if hé is solid 176cm And wears 1cm lifts its hard to see more than 3cm between him And Arnold , so arnie can look 5 ft 10,5-11 at times
Ben 5'11 said on 12/Oct/16
Google seems to have upgraded him to 5'10
Gio Gio said on 25/Sep/16
Rob, honestly Im really disappointed in your judgment considering you were standing in front of him. Did you even ask hi to take his shoes off for the shot man?. and then you give michael trevino 173cm? hahah. Boy fans saying hes 6ft, Jesus Christ people stop being so gullible. If Ians 176cm than increase evry celebs height on this page. No offence rob but your just another guy with an opinion and not the exact meassurement
Editor Rob
Trevino is very near 5ft 8, Ian in person looks a bit more than 5ft 9.
Of course knowing if Ian has lifts is trickier - it didn't seem the case, but a half inch or 3/4 inch lift is very hard to detect.
Mark said on 21/Sep/16
Rob, would this guy and I look reasonably close to even in height since my range? My hair in the morning would sometimes be at the 5'10" barefoot, confusing everyone.
Editor Rob
he might look a bit taller as he likes to wear hats! But if you have thick hairstyle that is near an inch, you might appear a bit taller in a photo with similar shoes.

actually, I am not a fan of hats in photoshoots with fans. At least we're not in an era in which top hats were in fashion!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Jul/16
Looks near 5ft10 with the shoe advantage
brad said on 6/Jul/16
first pic he looks 5'10
second pic 5'8,5

can you explain which footwear difference applies to which photograph?
Editor Rob
in the double shot a fraction more than me.
Nick said on 11/Jun/16
5'9,5 is spot on. He wears high boots most of the time which make him look taller. Anyway, he's a great actor
Francis said on 9/Jun/16
he looks so short on the scenes he is on his barefeet on vampire diaries
not short, he is average, but i mean much shorter than when he is with shoes on
I'd go with 5'8.75~5'9

and he has a thicker shoe than you on the solo pic with you or in the one with jenny?
because if he is a 1/3 inch taller in shoes than you on the pic below he really is 5'9 at best
ajax said on 27/May/16
do you think he can be 175cm before bed?
Editor Rob
I would be surprised if he dropped under 5ft 9.

I mentioned in a comment recently about sneaky lifts, these are the kind that are only 1cm but give people a boost that suddenly makes them just that bit higher. Is Ian one of those guys, I don't know!
mark said on 24/May/16
if i am 176cm late night am I equal or slightly taller than ian?
Editor Rob
probably very similar.
Tony said on 21/May/16
NO WAY IN HELL IS HE 176cm. 174cm max!!! Look at his barefoot scenes in Vampire Diaries. He looks short in all of them! Then suddenly looks tall in his lift boots! HAHAHAHAHA hilarious
lalili said on 10/Apr/16
Rob, you give a 176cm for him in what part of the day, morning, afternoon or evening?

Do you think that he could drop to 175cm or below in late evening?
Editor Rob
assuming the guy has no small lift then 176 afternoon-evening I'd give him.
Andrea said on 4/Apr/16
You really don't want to add his claim, huh?
Editor Rob
if I could have seen the email it would have been great.
Andrea said on 2/Apr/16
Rob, could you add his claim of 5'9??? He seems pretty honest...
Maybe, now that he is much more famous he'd claim 5'10 or 5'11, who knows?
"MD said on 21/Jun/05
I wrote him an email awhile back and he claimed to be 5'9" "
He can certainly pull off taller than 5'9 and near 5'10 at times but i really wouldn't be surprised if this guy wore lifts at times!
Ian said on 24/Mar/16
In the bottom pic both of you look same. So, Rob, If you are 5'8'' he would be the same as you. Also he's having very thick hairs that is adding atleast 0.5 cm in his height.
Editor Rob
no he was still 5ft 9 that day, the other time more recently he did look over 5ft 9, but a slightly thicker boot. I really wouldn't go under 176cm for him
Annon said on 17/Mar/16
Rob, is this measurement in shoes or without any footwear. Are you 5 8' in footwear or 5 8' flat? Is Ian 5 9' in footwear or flat?
Editor Rob
all heights are barefeet.
Heyyooo said on 14/Mar/16
Rob, how tall do you think Nick Bateman is? He's listed at 6'2.5 but I think he's closer to 6'1-1.5

Here's a photo of Ian with Nick

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Editor Rob
with Ian at times he can pull off looking nearer 5ft 10...bateman I doubt is under 6ft 2 himself though.
Tunman said on 2/Feb/16
@Borats chicken
losing only 3mm from morning to night?either you meant 175,7 at night or you meant 178 in the morning,am I wrong?
Depends of your height,if you're 5'5-6 then it's like average,however if you're like 5'9-10 it's a little small though not very small.
bjnklklkn said on 21/Jan/16
i am just curious, random and unrelated but i saw your video on how to measure head length, i measured mine at about 8.8'' length and my head circumference at 54 cm, is my face too small since urs was 9.5'' ? i am indian btw, i really need to know, has me worried as ****
Editor Rob
the average is only a bit over 9 inches.

8.8 is about 1/3rd inch under average, so not much.
Borats chicken said on 8/Jan/16
Rob, I measured myself in the morning and got 177cm and then at night i got 176.7cm
so what would I be? a strong 5'9.75 or 5'9.25?

P.S I am a late bloomer
Toni said on 2/Dec/15
When 5'8 Cassidy Freeman was on the Vampire Diaries and she and Ian had that shower scene where they were both barefoot, she was exactly the same height as Ian. He is clearly wearing lifts to cover his height insecurity.

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Andrea said on 8/Oct/15
So, he claims (or at least did claim) 5'9, MD? Honest guy! Rob, maybe you should the claim up here... MD is a legit visitor, i doubt he'd lie about that!
amaterasu said on 3/Oct/15
In the first pic he is for sure having thicker shoes a looks about 5'10" with you, but in the second one he doesn't even look taller than you Rob. Doubt this guy is anything over 175cm...
Balrog said on 28/Aug/15
Rob, when you say 'thicker hair' you mean he might got hair transplants? I think you had him at great listing. He looks legit 5'9", could buy 176cm, but he often looks 5'10", especially since 2009 when he became famous.
Editor Rob
compared to 10-11 years ago his hair appears thicker in last few years. I've no idea about HT, but I do think a lot of actors will be on Finasteride...heck, I could be doing with it myself as I'm thinning slowly!
Alex said on 15/Aug/15
Looks 5'9.5 in the top photo
Height183 said on 24/Jun/15
I thought he looked more 5'10'' - 5'11'' on TV. Looks like I was very wrong.
Mike said on 2/Jun/15
i'm positive he's a constant lift wearer, 1-3 inches every time, no disputing that.
Clumsy said on 19/May/15
Click Here He looks much taller in some pics and in vampire diaries. Looks 5'11" in this picture with 6'1" Stephen Amell (middle) and 6'0" Grant Gustin (right). Is he probably wearing big lifts here Rob? Or may he be slightly taller than the listing?
Editor Rob
ian has good posture. He may well have at times worn small lift
Shawn said on 28/Apr/15
I agree Rob, very well said. I think in Hollywood, the pressure on men to look good is almost as strong as it is for women. Ian has always been a very handsome guy, and now at age 36, probably has to put in a little more effort to maintain his heartthrob status. And yes, his lifts fall into the more 'subtle' category than say, Downey or Stallone.
Shawn said on 24/Apr/15
2002 w/ James Van Der Beek(listed here at 6'):
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2012 w/ James:
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Rob, would you agree he's likely been getting some 'help' in the footwear department in more recent years?
Editor Rob
I think he's been getting some help in a few departments, but he's an actor and image is huge for a guy like him, I think he has managed to improve his look from when he was about 20 to his 30's. Better physique, 'thicker hair' and can at times pull off nearly 5ft 10 with people. I looked at his footwear just this year at events and to me he might fall into that less obvious category...just a small boost, a half inch lift in boots which really are hard to spot but suddenly help your posture and make you look a bit taller.
joe 193cm night said on 8/Apr/15
twocb said on 16/Mar/15
In "lost" he looked 174_176 range .average not tall or short.
Andrea said on 11/Mar/15
I recently "caught" him on tv in Smallville, like 10 years ago and i was surprised because he kinda looked shortish against other people! But he doesn't look under 5'9 with Rob (at least in the more recent picture)... I'm wondering if he really is a guy who would wear lifts, at this point! Is it possible, Rob?
Editor Rob
I think he has a good posture from seeing him a few times, he certainly could have a little lift at times.
chris141 said on 4/Mar/15
he looked 5'9 flat on csi miami
Salman said on 28/Dec/14
Rob, is 5ft 9 flat possible?
Editor Rob
well unless he had a lift in his boot I would say he was more a fraction over 5ft 9.
Joe said on 27/Dec/14
@lol93: he looks shorter in bottom pic because his stature isn't straight. He's leaning in a bit which could bring his height down.
lol93 said on 17/Oct/14
In the bottom picture he looks about the same height as Rob,he is wearing a hat also so that can add some height,I really think he is a weak 5'9 somewhere around there
Danny said on 16/Sep/14
In the top picture he looks a solid 5'9.25, whereas the bottom picture he looks closer to 5'8. I would guess that he's about 5'8 without shoes. said on 17/Aug/14
haha his boots are literally about to burst open..he is never without lifts
Nice Try said on 15/Aug/14
Not sure who is wearing bigger heels at 2014 Teen Choice Awards... Ian Somerhalder or Ariana Grande lol

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Nice Try said on 15/Aug/14
May be a bigger lift wearer than Robert Downey jr...
new guy said on 1/Aug/14
Rob I have thick hair like him making people think I look taller. How much height do you think his hair adds
Editor Rob
I think he always has a bit of volume, like about 0.75in worth of hair.
Tyler said on 29/Jul/14
5'9 flat !
Dan said on 16/Jul/14
That's about right 5'9. By the way he looks like smallville Tom welling.
James Crowley Maximus Meridius said on 13/May/14
Rob this guy looks like he is 5ft 10.5in in this picture is he wearing timberlands boots to make himself look taller.
Editor Rob
He looked around 5ft 9.5 range to me, but a bit thicker footwear...of course he has thicker hairstyle than me which adds another fraction!

Natasha said on 11/May/14
Rob, out of curiosity what was he like when you met him? I've seem him in interviews and he seems like a really nice guy.
Editor Rob
he is a nice guy, kind of relaxed
Natasha said on 11/May/14
Actually he could possibly be 5'10" flat. Looks pretty much the same height as Paul Wesley.
James Crowley Maximus Meridius said on 26/Mar/14
Rob is there a chance he is a 5ft 9in flat he is clearly a strong 5ft 9in guy he doesn't drop below that.
Editor Rob
it depends whether he is a guy who puts a little lift in his footwear, but 176 is probably a fair shout.
chrissss said on 8/Mar/14
every guy on tvd wears some serious lifts
Freddy said on 15/Feb/14
considering the boots ian usually wears, I'd say he is barely 5'9....and a weak 5'10 for paul wesley

average height for americans I guess
Mr. R said on 15/Feb/14
Bran says on 7/Feb/14
Maybe Latifah changed because she was going to be dancing, not so easy in 3 inch heels,?

Actually Latifah danced in heels with Cameron Diaz. After Cameron's segment, Latifah had changed into the sneakers she had on to dance with Ian. CLEARLY, Latifah had to switch shoes so that she did not dwarf Ian.
richkid123 said on 14/Feb/14
I saw him at Wb last year. I remember thinking he was REALLY goodlooking. He looked 5'9"-5'10"
James said on 10/Feb/14
Oh so you recognized me hahaha
Editor Rob
it's simpler for me to talk to one name. Ultimately it isn't a big deal, because if I have time to answer I will, but I like to speak to the same moniker ;)
Bran said on 7/Feb/14
Maybe Latifah changed because she was going to be dancing, not so easy in 3 inch heels,?
dmeyer said on 5/Feb/14
Looks legit 177cm minus 1cm footwear 176cm maybe He had no lifts
Mr. R said on 26/Jan/14
Mr. R says on 23/Jan/14
Rob, can you add the video from The Queen Latifah Show the other day that shows QL wearing heels with Cameron Diaz, but switching to sneakers later when Ian comes on? He is wearing thick boots. My guess is Ian is closer to 5-8.
[Editor Rob: he'd only be 5ft 8 if he was wearing a noticeable 3cm lift in his boots...I didn't think they looked bulging

Clip of Latifah show]

Thanks Rob. I will try to get the Cameron Diaz video up for that same show. Latifah changed from her 3 inch heels to these sneakers when Ian came on.
Mr. R said on 23/Jan/14
Rob, can you add the video from The Queen Latifah Show the other day that shows QL wearing heels with Cameron Diaz, but switching to sneakers later when Ian comes on? He is wearing thick boots. My guess is Ian is closer to 5-8.
Editor Rob
he'd only be 5ft 8 if he was wearing a noticeable 3cm lift in his boots...I didn't think they looked bulging

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Adamz said on 23/Jan/14
I am 173cm afternoon height. o gawd i wish i was 176/7 so i could appear average! Rob, do you think being 176cm instead of 173cm makes the difference of a typical american white guy appearing avg versus short?? Please reply!
Editor Rob
an extra 3cm might not seem as much, but if you think about it - from your eyes you are now nearly looking eye to eye with 177-8 guys. At 176 you also then feel 3cm taller than all those 172/3 guys and now 5-6cm taller than the 170-1 guys
Mr. R said on 22/Jan/14
The other day, Ian was on Queen Latifah's talk show. But first, she had on Cameron Diaz, listed here as 5-8. When QL and Cameron did a dance skit, they both had on huge heels which were at least two inches. When Ian came on, I noticed that QL had changed into sneakers, and Ian came out with big heeled boots/shoes. When they did the dance skit, they were almost the same height.

THIS is why you cannot trust what you see when comparing heights. QL changed her shoes to accommodate Ian's relative shortness. If you cannot see the shoes or the floor, your perspective will be altered.

Comments Rob?
Editor Rob
I always look at shoes myself when I see a celebrity as what's an estimate without knowing if there's any footwear difference (especially women)'s rare I don't have a decent idea.

Ian definitely can look taller at times...he looked a bit taller than I remembered from 2006, but then maybe all that working out and toning himself helped make him a fraction taller, either that or his boots help at times!
SAMMY DERRICK said on 16/Jan/14
truth said on 5/Jan/14
he is 35???? would have guessed 25-30
Mike said on 3/Jan/14
Hi Rob, what is your and Jenny's morning height?
Editor Rob
last time I checked mine I was in the 5ft 8.75 zone, but have been nearly 5ft 9 aswell - Jenny used to be 5ft 9 out of bed but I've not checked hers for a long time.
Joe said on 29/Dec/13
Hi Rob, I have a question : do you think that weight training can stop growth?
PS : I'm 17 and 5'8 (173,1 cm ~).
Editor Rob
doing some weights can certainly improve your physique and posture, but making you stop growth? I doubt that, exercise can help with growth hormone's when you start overdoing weights and trying to lift big using back that might end up doing some damage to your discs.
Sarah said on 25/Dec/13
He seems to be about 5'9", but why does he look so much taller in the top pic?
Editor Rob
bigger boots
Gambit said on 16/Dec/13
Great pictures, Rob. Seems like a nice guy, for his fans too. Or am I mistaken?
Editor Rob
yeah he's a cool guy
Sam said on 7/Dec/13
Rob, did he recognize you when he saw you in 2013? =)
Editor Rob
nah, you need to leave a lasting impression for someone to remember you, I don't think I would! said on 5/Dec/13
Josh,thats exactly how i see it..the lifts are in his boots obviously
Josh said on 29/Nov/13
5'8 without lifts 5'10 with lifts
Balrog said on 19/Nov/13
Yeah and Wesley appears 177cm next to Rob and also Welling did towered him.
MD said on 23/Oct/13
What I don't get is how Paul Wesley is listed nearly an inch taller than Ian, when the height difference between the two is negigible.
Randy said on 22/Oct/13
Rob dont you think that ian's wearing lifts all the time to look taller?
Editor Rob
it's hard to say, but certainly not big ones, putting 1/2 or 3/4 inch lift into boots and making it seem natural is easier than trying to put 1.25-1.5 inch lifts
Nick said on 21/Oct/13
Ian somerhalder is a great looking guy we all know this. with regards to his height, he is no more than 5'7 to a strong 5'8. he wears lifts, this much is obvious, if I were 5'9 and standing next to a 5'5 nina dobrev then I would tower over her by 4 inches. However judging from some of the pictures on this site, he clearly doesn't.
SAM1010 said on 12/Oct/13
Hi Rob. I'm 5 ft 8 and I'm 17. My doctor said I'm gonna be 5 ft 9/5 ft 9.25. Do you think it's possible?
Editor Rob
there's still a chance, best just getting on with life, not measuring for a year, eating well, sleeping and doing a bit of exercise - that's my advice to most youngsters.
Samuel said on 9/Oct/13
rob(irrelevant) is it possible for a man to grow taller after 18 years old ?
Editor Rob
still possible for a proportion to grow noticeabley (half inch or more) between 18 and 21, but it's a smaller amount
Tim said on 14/Aug/13
Zac Efron?
Balrog said on 13/Aug/13
Well, I didn't considered that, you might be right but still think he could be a guy who wants a boost (a small one) on his shoes.
Pinocchio said on 13/Aug/13
Some of you write that he was a model so he should have been taller but he was modelling only when he was a child.
Balrog said on 13/Aug/13
Rob, was he listed under this? To me he looks like a solid 5'9" who wears boots a lot but after your comment below now I'm sure he's a lift wearer. I mean he didn't grown in the last seven years so why in 2006 he gave you a 175-6cm impression and now he looks closer to 5'10"?
Editor Rob
he's been on 176 for a while and was 175 for a few years. He naturally looked a bit taller as he had a bit thicker footwear and maybe workouts over the years have helped his posture/height a little?.

It's easy to have a small lift in a boot and not be able to tell, just a wee 1cm boost. said on 1/Aug/13
i think even a 5'8 guy could appear in the 5'9-5'10 range.. and his boots are usually big
lol93 said on 31/Jul/13
Its not only posture that makes him taller than this listing,but also lifts
Bran said on 27/Jul/13
He does appear to look around his 177cm listing, its weird after watching the Vampire Diaries I assumed Ian was close to 6ft, it just shows how big apart posture plays in the image we portray of people's heights.
Step92 said on 26/Jul/13
1,76-1,77 no more.
truth179cm said on 1/Jul/13
Rob (off topic, but still have to insist) what about Cerina Vincent?
Editor Rob
yes, very fit!
Linebacker28 said on 1/Jul/13
Yeah, a good 5'9"er is on the target for this fellow. Looked it in comparison to Welling in Smallville and in these pics, especially the recent one.

Just a side note, if he were 3-5" taller, he'd make a great Bruce Wayne/Batman. No doubt he's got the looks for it!
jim said on 25/Jun/13
rob i think 5'9.5(177cm) is fine
matheuscore said on 25/Jun/13
People here still doubt that ian wear lifts ?

In the second pic he is wearing a lift, no doubt, see the first pic.


Rob, is a off topic question but, which is the most beautiful men/woman that you have seen ? you would met so many models and actors...

Ian is very good looking too personaly ?
Editor Rob
ian (when not wearing a hat) and jensen are very good looking men, women off top of head I think karen gillan, elyse levesque, christina hendricks, maggie grace are some I thought looked very attractive.
cole said on 24/Jun/13
175-176 is right.
matheuscore said on 20/Jun/13
In new pic he looks 5'10.
I think that ian is wearing a small lift

I think that he is 174 or 175.
KJK said on 19/Jun/13
Ian easily look at least 5-9 in the new pic with Rob. The current listing seems good.
Milo said on 18/Jun/13
Take away his hair and shoe advantage and he doesn't look over 1.76m.
Balrog said on 17/Jun/13
Rob I'd say he's for sure wearing a small lift because he's approaching 5'10'' on the recent pic.
satchy said on 17/Jun/13
maybe he had some hidden insoles as well, on the first photo he does looks close to your height, but on the recent one he looks exactly 2 inches taller, which is weird, he couldn't have grown an inch since then, could he. btw its good to see you together again and you look kinda sad Rob, probably starstruck :)
Editor Rob
photographer was very fast so before I think 'smile' it snapped :)
Lo sgozzatore said on 17/Jun/13
He actually look closer to 5'10 than 5'9 in the new pic. You met pther celebs, Rob?
lol93 said on 17/Jun/13
Ok I never thought I would say this but think Ian Somerhalder might be wearing some small lifts
Kyle said on 15/Jun/13
Rob he looks same height as you
Editor Rob
really no chance.

I saw him again literally this week and he appeared no shorter than 177cm range, got another photo to show this! I had a good look at him and with thicker footwear than me (about 1/3rd inch, but no more than that) Ian managed to pull off looking nearer to 5ft 10 than any case, he definitely looked taller to me than he did 7 years ago and was still - according to ladies who were with me of course - as good looking in person.

Is he a kind of guy who might wear a small lift? Hard to tell, slipping a half inch lift is easy to do without giving it away to people...

If he had no small lift I'd say he could be nearer to 5ft 9.5 than you'd think. said on 8/Jun/13
its so obvious...
superman said on 6/Jun/13
if your 5'8 rob he looks .5 to 1 inch shorter than you so how can he be 5'9 when he doesnt look as tall as you, or maybe just the same height as you 5'8.
Nety W said on 27/May/13
That is a really handsome white guy, and I still think he is taller than you Rob. He is at a leaning level and he is still of pretty good height over you. I say he is 5' 11 or 5'11 and a half.
Ash said on 15/Apr/13
Crazy how much his height can seemingly fluctuate! Pictured here with 5'10" Paul Wesley Click Here
Matheuscore said on 1/Apr/13
He wears lift.

This pic reveals this fact

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Obama is 6'1 and ian is in exact height as him.

He use lifts and big heels
Matheuscore said on 31/Mar/13
If you are 173 rob, no way that ian is pure 5'9.

He could be 174 but no way 175.
Matheuscore said on 29/Mar/13
Rob, are you 173 or 174cm ?
Editor Rob
173, I'm only 174 much earlier in the day and drop to 173 by lunchtime
Matheuscore said on 24/Mar/13
I doesn't look 5'9 and doesn't look 5'8.

I think he is 174 (5'8.5)
Craig 176 said on 21/Mar/13
Ian's 176, quality! Same height as me, maybe I can become a hunk afterall.
lol93 said on 21/Mar/13
He is not under 174 cm for sure said on 16/Mar/13
5'6 no way. but i bet he is about 5'8.
I met Ian said on 8/Feb/13
He is around 5'6. I was shocked when I met him because he looks 6 foot on tv! If Rob is 5'8, look at where Ians head would come to under the hat. And who cares how tall he is. He is so amazingly gorgeous, height is WAY OVER RATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!
being real said on 6/Feb/13
Matheuscore said on 27/Jan/13
Rob, you seen the footwear of him ? him appeared using lifts ?
Editor Rob
hard to tell when jeans cover a lot of shoe, but that day he had normal looking heels.
Balrog said on 27/Jan/13
Rob you think Ian could be 5'8'' range? The pic next to you isn't the best way to tell because he's leaning but if you said he's a good 5'9er I believe you.
Editor Rob
he didn't look 5ft 8, he looked 5ft 9 range...
anthony watts said on 26/Jan/13
great analysis vendetta an average 173cm (5'8) fits perfect for such an average guy. if people think thats short well then obviously we have some very judgemental jealous human beings here, the average man worldwide reaches 172cm and with this mans high physical attraction i would say he's a 6 footer in the eyes of many women and tv/film casters. Thank you rob for a great picture.
vendetta said on 25/Jan/13
Not to sound weird or anything but if you look ar where ians chest height ends and get a slight idea of where robs would then we're looking at about the same level if we drop robs shoulders thus giving robs right and ians left shoulders the same height and obviously as you all can see ians right is on a slight angle and robs is raised so we cant determine them, now move onto ians chin and nose level, if rob gets in line with them we have the same if not a higher rob. A legit good 173 barefoot and 175 public height fits perfectly for mr somerhalder. Good on you for being modest though mr paul.
Matheuscore said on 25/Jan/13

Its because him was using big heels (own rob say it) and lifts.

Ian is 5'8.
Balrog said on 24/Jan/13
I doubt the guy is shorter than 174 cm, I mean if Rob met him I don't think he would be that wrong. said on 19/Jan/13
a picture with ian and zac efron would be really useful here...that would explain whether he is 5'8 or 5'9.
MrX said on 14/Jan/13
I Think he is 176 out of bed, in the afternoon 174.6-7. what do you think Rob?
Editor Rob
i think 5ft 9 range is what he looks, I don't think he'd drop below it.
Balrog said on 14/Jan/13
Well he wears heeled boots but lifts I'm not sure. The shredder could you post some pics of him next to Sandler?
Hew said on 14/Jan/13
5'8.25 - 5'8.75 range.
lol93 said on 12/Jan/13
176 out of bed
Matheuscore said on 11/Jan/13
Jared (175cm [5'9] ) is taller than him too.

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Ian is a true 5'8. Every height over and down 5'8 is a joke for him.

Him almost always use big heel and lifts as you can see in the picture below.

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Matheuscore said on 10/Jan/13
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With 5'5 nina dobrev.

He use lifts and big boots.

Ian is max 5'8.
Balrog said on 7/Jan/13
Agree with the listing, a proper 5'9'' guy. I don't think he wears lifts, he does wears boots a lot so he could pass for 5'10''-5'11''
No way again! said on 6/Jan/13
@ B Well, some smaller model agencies tend to lower their standards when they're short (:-D) on people.
B said on 10/Dec/12
@No way..i thought male models had to be a minimum of 180cm/5'11 ? At least the ones here in Australia require it
Yaspaa said on 4/Dec/12
The picture proves nothing, it's just one shot with the guy leaning in, Rob says he looks a good 5'9er. I seem to remember mark Wahlberg being a model for Calvin Klein, and that guy ain't 6'1. And who said he was a supermodel? said on 24/Nov/12
I am sure Ian needs a downgrade... even the picture proves he is not his listed height. He is an average guy but definitely not 176. Anyone else agree?
No way said on 23/Nov/12
@ jase: Theres no way he can be a proffesional model. Maybe a commercial model, but male supermodels have to be at least 185cm. If you don't believe me go check the website of any big model company. You won't find anyone below 185cm. Cheers!
Matheuscore said on 21/Nov/12
He have 173cm. said on 28/Oct/12
he is clearly shorter than jared. 175 with shoes on,173 on foot.
balrog said on 22/Oct/12
He does look a legit 5'9'' guy.
satchy said on 14/Sep/12
176 lol...174on the nose
Silent d said on 14/Sep/12
I was surprised how short he was. When i saw him at the kids choice award, he looked barely 5 foot 9. I always thought he was a 6 footer. 5 foot 9.
Larc-186.7cm-188.6cm said on 6/Sep/12
Seriously Rob, he looks shorter than you in this pic, it's his hat that adds quite a bit of height.

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