How tall is Jim Broadbent

Jim Broadbent's Height

6ft 1 (185.4 cm)

Peak height was 6ft 2 (188 cm)
British actor best known for roles in films like Iris, Moulin Rouge, Cloud Atlas and tv show Only Fools and Horses. In 2002 (Baltimore Sun) he says, "Hugh [Bonneville] and I are both 6-foot-2 and Bayley is only 5-foot-4" and also quoted in 2010 saying "I'm 6 foot".

How tall is Jim Broadbent
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Average Guess (40 Votes)
Peak: 6ft 2.43in (189cm)
Current: 6ft 1.43in (186.5cm)
5'7 and a fraction said on 14/May/23
He could pass for 6'3 in "Birth of a nation" and "Just an ordinary man".
Nothing less than a strong 6'2 peak. I would say 6'2 1/4 personally.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 19/Feb/23
Yeah 188-189cm zone looks believable for his prime.
5'7 and a fraction said on 20/Sep/22
Yeah, definitely taller than Firth and Firth is no 6'2er.
Prime example of a towering 6'2er at peak. 80s and 90s and early 2000s, could pass for 6'3 at times. Rarely seen with anyone taller. Nothing less than 188cm prime. Can most certainly still pass for 186 today, I'm sure, rather than just 185cm flat.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 22/Aug/22
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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/May/22
Looking at Only Fools, I’d have said a solid 6ft2 range over weak.
Edged out Challis, Lyndhurst and Lloyd Pack who were all 6ft1+ guys. Also taller than Daniel Day Lewis in Gangs of New York.

Could have been a John Cusack/Lance Reddick-type 6ft2er in his day (190.5cm out of bed/188.5cm evening) and still a solid 6ft1 today at least, sometimes looking 6ft1½
5'7 and a bit said on 3/May/22
Still looked around 6'2 in HBP beside Alan Rickman.
5'7 and a bit said on 23/Apr/22
I'll accept that. Btw, please ignore the comment I wrote on the FAQ. I can understand now how hard it must be having to approve every comment on a day to day basis.
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5'7 and a bit said on 17/Apr/22
Rob, is 6'2.25 possible for Jim Broadbent peak? You look at some of the stuff he did in the 80s and 90s and he could definitely give a 6'2- 6'3 vibe at times. Towers over everyone.
I can't see him being any less than 6'2 at a peak.
Editor Rob
I stuck with about 6ft 2 for Jim. You could maybe make the case he was a strong 6ft 2 in the same way Peter Bowles could have been.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 11/Feb/22
@ Jordan - I can't see Jim fiddling his height!

I'd like to give him 6ft2.5 for his peak and an inch less for today's height. He still looks tall.

⭐ Next to Miriam Margolyes ('Blackadder's Christmas Carol'), who can't even have been 5ft at that time, the effect was positively comical! She played Queen Victoria and Jim her beloved Albert.
Jordan87 said on 23/Dec/21
Strange he would report only 6 foot. He usually looks a bit taller than this.

@ Sandy,

If he was 6'2.5", He would say he was 6'3 silly goose!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 10/Nov/21
I haven’t seen him in anything’d be interesting to see if he still holds 6ft1. In the 80’s-90’s looked at least 6ft2
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 5/May/21
I loved Jim's barman role in 'The Crying Game'.

Jim can turn his acting ability to play ANYTHING, from his part in the 'Inspector Morse' episode 'Absolute Conviction' to Queen Victoria's Prince Consort, Albert, in 'Blackadder'.

6ft2.5 peak; 6ft1.25 today. 😉
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 27/Jan/21
Edged Lyndhurst, Lloyd Pack and Challis in Only less than 6ft2
Rory said on 22/Nov/20
In the film King of Thieves the police profile on Broadbents character describes his height as 6ft1.5. You'd think that would have come from Broadbent himself. Question is was that claim about the height he was then,in 2017,or is that a peak claim? Quite rare for celebs to claim their current height in old age. So could he gave been 6ft1.5 peak?
Editor Rob
an interesting seems quite specific, maybe it did come from him!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 12/Oct/20
Solid 188cm peak, suppose 189cm isn’t entirely impossible...but 191cm is pushing it. Pretty sure he was edged out by 6ft3 guys
VitoCheng said on 1/Oct/20
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Jun/20
I’m starting to think this guy might’ve actually been a little over 6ft2 in his prime. On Only Fools he looks a little taller than Lyndhurst, Challis and RLP

Amazing how he started off as only 6ft1 flat
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 24/May/20
🎈🎂💝🌞 Happy Birthday Jim! 🌞💝🎂🎈

A Very Happy 71st Birthday to the wonderful Jim Broadbent, who partakes in comedy and serious acting alike. Have a sensation time, Jim! XX

6ft2 peak and 6ft1 today. 😉😁👍

Miss Sandy Cowell said on 21/May/20
It's not often that we see Jim Broadbent with a serious face but the actor has made a TV recording to request that we donate to help lonely elderly people, who are housebound.

What a thoughtful thing to do.

6ft2 peak and 6ft0.75 for Jim's height today.
Nik said on 27/Apr/20
5'4" is no less average than 6'2"!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Apr/20
A solid 6ft2 peak looks probable
Nik Ashton said on 20/Apr/20
His 6 foot claim is amazing!
stiggles said on 19/Apr/20
Maybe 6ft 1 in his prime.. barely 6ft today..

check OFAH episode To Hull And Back..

when he is alongside actor Christopher Mitchell ( Inspector Hoskins )he looks an inch shorter.. & Mitchell is registered at 6ft 1..
Martin 6'1" said on 19/Dec/19
He's one man I've definitely notice shrink over the years, or certainly seems to have shrunk.
You see him now in things like Harry Potter, and he looks 6'0" at the very most, but as Slater in Only Fools & Horses, he looked a good 6'3" as he walked through the Trotters doorway and said, "in all my glory" lol.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 21/Nov/19
I was pleasantly surprised to spot Jim starring in a comedy sketch in 'Not The Nine O'Clock News' yesterday, on a DVD, so 'Blackadder' wasn't the first time he'd worked with Rowan Atkinson.

He's a very tall fellow to this day. How he towered over John Thaw in 'Inspector Morse', but 'Blackadder' does tend to consist of tall actors, with the one odd exception - Baldrick! The only other shorties are women.

Jim gets 6ft2.75 peak and 6ft1.5 for today's height.
Jordan87 said on 7/Jun/19
Guy reported he was 6'0. Hard to believe he is taller than that though is one of the rare guys that actually looks taller than his reported height. He is not as insecure as 99 percent of men. Good For him.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 24/May/19
🎂🎁🎈 Happy 70th Birthday Jim! 🎈🎁🎂

A fantastic Birthday is wished for one of our greatest British actors.

6ft1.5 now; 6ft2.5 peak.
HonestSlovene said on 23/Mar/19
Maybe I'm wrong, but wasn't he also in the movie The Iron Lady? Probably worth adding.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 15/Mar/19
⭐️ The other day when I was looking at Jim Broadbent's page, I was interrupted by an advert.....

It was for BROADBAND!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 23/Feb/19
Looked 6ft3 in Only Fools!

You know what? I think today there’s a chance he may still clear 6ft1 by a fraction.
Sandy Cowell said on 21/Feb/19
@ Rob - That's news to me that Jim has played Santa in a film. He does give every part his all, and will make a good part brilliant and even a mundane part something well worth watching.

And another thing: he can use his voice to great comical effect, as he does in 'Blackadder'!

I have never seen Jim look any shorter than 6ft1.5/2! Have you seen him in 'The Street'? He is in episode 1 of series 1, I mean that is HIS particular story, and he stars with Sue Johnson, who plays his wife. It is sad, funny and very moving. 😩😂😫
Editor Rob
Especially in the 80's he looked quite a tall guy in anything he appeared in.
Sandy Cowell said on 10/Feb/19
Jim seems to like following Miriam about in his 'Blackadder' parts! He followed behind her as she was being introduced to her potential new husband, Blackadder, all happy, as indeed was she! Jim was bending down to talk to her much of the time, but he didn't have to all the time and looks in access of 6ft2 without a doubt!

Blackadder wasn't quite so enthusiastic about the prospect of marrying Miriam, it has to be said! She's as amorous as she was with her 'Albie', as she called Prince Albert, when the two were paired together in 'Blackadder's Christmas Carol', as Victoria and Albert!

I've been to the Victoria and Albert museum, and I don't remember them looking like that! The 'Blackadder' coupling was FAR more fetching! 😉😋
Sandy Cowell said on 6/Feb/19
@ Rob - Thanks for adding Jim to the 'Blackadder' page! 😁👍

Miriam Margolyes looked tiny compared to him when they played Victoria and Albert in 'Blackadder's Christmas Carol'!
Editor Rob
The last film I seen Jim in was where he played Santa. Even in films that aren't that great, he always turns in dependable performances, and always looked well over 6ft, even today he can still look quite tall.
Sandy Cowell said on 5/Feb/19
Please, Rob, could you add Jim to the 'Blackadder' page? He played Prince Albert in 'Blackadder's Christmas Carol' and was SOOOO funny!

He was also a gas in Jimmy McGovern's 'The Street', and although the story was a sad one, he portrayed his character beautifully.

He towered over John Thaw in his 'Inspector Morse' episode, which was called 'Absolute Conviction' and also starred Sean Bean. Jim was the tallest cast member.

I can give one of my favourite fellows 6ft3 peak and 6ft1.75 for his height today?
Sandy Cowell said on 7/Jan/19
"I'm from Glasgow!"

My boyfriend had to investigate as to why I was laughing so much one night. It's a snippet from 'Blackadder's Christmas Carol'! Just watch the shape of his mouth!
Michael 5'10", 178 cm said on 12/Dec/18
He was definitely 6'2" at peak, he looks tall in all of his movies. This guy looked tall in Cloud Atlas, Eddie the Eagle, and Hot Fuzz. Jim towered over Simon Pegg and Nick Frost who played his son in the movie, you could tell that he was at least 6'1" by the way he looked next to them. He also looked taller than Timothy Dalton to me. Jim was a legit 6'2" at peak, 6'1" nowadays.
Sandy Cowell said on 3/Sep/18
Jim looks pretty much his full height in this 'Inspector Morse' episode, called 'Absolute Conviction'. No way is he less than 6ft2, and this must date back to 1990 at the latest, I'd say.

I love all his work and his ability to act as anybody, using all manner of accents, from classic English to Cockney! He was even in 'Gangs of New York', so what else has he been in that I haven't discovered? Worth Googling? You bet!

I shall settle for 6ft2 peak and 6ft1 for today's height.
Lenad 5ft9.75in said on 8/Aug/18
I think he was a very strong 188cm peak. Rob, do you think 189cm peak is possible but?
Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 16/Jul/18
Jim is def taller than Tom Wilkinson.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 8/Jan/18
He seems like the reclusive type though...
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 29/Oct/17
Rob, what are the chances of you meeting this guy?
Editor Rob
never say never, remember Terence did his first (and likely only) con at age 79 after years of being asked...
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 23/Aug/16
I think the 6ft claim is generalised...
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Jul/16
Yeah every bit of 6ft2 peak
Lenad 5ft9.75in said on 11/Jul/16
solid 6'2 man peak
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 10/Apr/16
Rob, which peak range would you choose for Jim?

A) 190.5cm/188.5cm
B) 190cm/188cm
C) 189.5cm/187.5cm
D) 189cm/187cm
E) 188.5cm/186.5cm
Editor Rob
maybe C-B
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Mar/16
Click Here odd angle but in other scenes he does look roughly the same as John Cusack
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Feb/16
He was still easily 186-187cm range about 8-10 years ago and 188cm in Iris beside Judi Dench.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Feb/16
Rob, what are the chances of him measuring under 6ft1 today?
Editor Rob
it is quite possible now
Anonymous said on 13/Dec/15
Looked very tall next to Rowan Atkinson in Blackadders Christmas Carol (1988) as Prince Albert.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 16/Feb/15
Rob, maybe he's still 186cm?
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 11/Jan/15
Rob, I found an interview where he claimed 6ft. You may have to scroll down a bit. He's describing his character in Iris who was 5ft7.

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Editor Rob
does he look that short today, I think he's lost height from his peak though, that was 2010 quote, I'll mention it at top though.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Oct/14
He looked near 6ft3 in Only Fools and Horses.
Arch Stanton said on 16/Jul/14
Looks 6 ft 3 in Iris next to Judi Dench!
FilMaker said on 23/Jun/14
I think he was 6ft 1.75 on his prime, and today 6ft 1in-1.25.
In 2002 he was 0,5in taller than Daniel D.Lewis (6ft 1) and, being 53, i don't think he lost much at times.
Today he appears sometimes 6ft 1 and others 6ft 1.5:

Jim Broadbent height is 6ft 1.25in (186 cm)
Peak height was 6ft 1.75in (187 cm)
Sam said on 25/Mar/14
I think 6'1.75" edged him out actually in 2002. There's probably about a half inch between them.
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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 5/Mar/14
I agree Lenad.
Lenad said on 31/Dec/13
today bare min 186cm
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 23/Dec/13
Could he be heading towards 6ft1 flat today, Rob?
Editor Rob
yeah he could be near that soon
Lenad said on 14/Dec/13
solid 189cm out of bed in prime
Scott five eleven said on 13/Oct/13
Was one of the tallest in only fools. Him and 'Boycie' looked a strong 6'2 in their prime.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 10/Oct/13
Rob, Only Fools and Horses needs to be included in that bar. It's what got him noticed.

Watching Cloud Atlas right now. Easily 2in on Tom Hanks. So, even if Hanks is a little under 6ft, Broadbent is still 6ft1.5 at least.
Editor Rob
I'll add it yeah
avi said on 29/Jul/13
this guy is weird he can appear 6'1 flat and 6'2 next to Liam Neeson. i think 6'1 and change is fair. he probably lost .25 inch. Maio could be right with 6'1 flat because he had maybe 2 inches tops on Michael Gambon who is barely 5'11.
cole said on 1/Jul/13
I think he could be 186 cm, 6'1.25.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 19/Jan/13
No Rob has this guy nailed. He still looks 6ft1-6ft2 aged 63
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 4/Jul/11
188cm morning
187cm afternoon
186cm evening
James said on 29/Jun/11
Looked 188cm in Hot Fuzz and Indiana Jones
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 19/Jun/11
Looks 188-189cm in Perrier's Bounty with Cillian Murphy
Lenad said on 17/Jun/11
I think measured during normal part of day he was solid 188cm. Today solid 187cm
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 12/Jun/11
So Lenad basically implying he was a shade over 6ft2 at his peak and is now a shade under?
Lenad said on 11/Jun/11
floated between 188 and 189cm at peak. Today he floats between 187 and 188cm
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 11/Jun/11
James I think about 6ft2 in Hot least the same height if not taller than Timothy Dalton
James said on 8/Jun/11
rob would you agree he looked 6'2 in Hot Fuzz which was filmed in 2006?

seems like a big guy though who is well over 6ft.

Editor Rob
maybe still near it
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 28/May/11
Rob is there a possibility that he is still 6ft2?

Editor Rob
I think today he has dropped a little under
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 13/May/11
He's listed on every other site as 185cm or 187cm which is strange...
Lenad said on 13/May/11
I think hes 188cm max today. Peak he was 189cm max peak thats what Im saying! I think 188cm is a better bet than 189cm peak anyway. Hes still plenty tall
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 11/May/11
Is he without a doubt a tall man, but 6"2.5?

hmmm 189cm does look a bit of a stretch. Out of bed at peak he was most likely that
Lenad said on 7/May/11
I wouldnt rule out 6'2.5 in his prime. No more than that though and 6'2 on the dot looks more probably. He even claimed 6ft2 and I think that sounds pretty honest
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 4/May/11
If he's still 6"2 then he would have been 6"2.5 at his peak
Lenad said on 4/May/11
He could look 6'3ish on only fools and horses but he more to reality he was around 6'2. Still plenty tall. The 6ft1 listing here earlier was bunk though
Lenad said on 2/May/11
MY parents used to think he was 6'3-6'4 back when they watched only fools and horses. But he obviously wasnt that tall
Lenad said on 2/May/11
Might still even be a full 6'2. No more than that but. But in his prime a solid 188cm looks accurate. The lowest I could buy today is 6'1.25
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 27/Apr/11
Rob's estimates are spot on
Lenad said on 26/Apr/11
No way was he under 187cm in his younger days
Lenad said on 25/Apr/11
6 ft 1.25 in now 6 ft 1.75 in peak?
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Apr/11
I actually thought Daniel Day Lewis looked taller?

Nevertheless, he looked a solid 6"2 in comparison to Liam Neeson and on Only Fools and Horses he looked 6"3....there is no way he's under 187cm
Lenad said on 22/Apr/11
In gangs of new york he looked like 1-2cm taller than Daniel Day Lewis. If Lewis is Robs listed height, i'd say Broadbent is 187-188cm
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 11/Apr/11
I disagree Jeremy...looking at recent pics, this guy still looks pretty close to 6"2.

He's a solid 187cm
Jeremy said on 3/Apr/11
I belive in his youth he was 6'1.5" (1.87m) out of bed, and now he's around 6'1" (1.85 m), while i belive Harrison Ford was 6'0.5"-6'1" max (1.84 m - 1.85 m) out of bed in his youth and now 5'11.5" (1.82 m).
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 22/Mar/11
Broadbent actually looks 6ft2+ in those pics
avi said on 13/Mar/11
Ok take a gander at this. Liam Neeson is barely 6'4 next to almost 6'2 Broadbent. Only 1.5 difference. odd. Click Here
ali said on 11/Feb/11
if you watch a 1983 episode of only fools and horses you can clearly see that jim broadbent is 1 or 2 inches taller than nicholas lyndhurst. so if nicholas lyndhurst is 6'2 which i doubt he ever was jim broadbent at his peak must have been 6'3 or 6'4. but most likely jim broadbents peak height was 6'2 and nicholas lyndhurst was between 6' or 6'1.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Feb/11
That would be about right James
James said on 5/Feb/11
186-187cm today
Lenad said on 21/Jan/11
Probably 189cm out of bed in his youth
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 19/Jan/11
Possibly 189cm out of bed in his youth
Lenad said on 18/Jan/11
Probably a solid 188cm out of bed now
Lenad said on 11/Jan/11
186cm min now. 187cm min peak. He looks tall
Lenad said on 11/Jan/11
yeah i'd say 6'2-ish in his youth
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Dec/10
Could he still be 188cm out of bed now Rob?

Editor Rob
with great probablity
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Nov/10 you agree with this Rob?

I hope your not just giving into what I think

Editor Rob
I think there's a good chance he has lost height and seems a guy who is honest
Editor Rob said on 19/Nov/10
I found a quote by Jim where he did give 6ft 2.
Shanks said on 27/Oct/10
Jesus christ RampageClover calm down! 187 and 188 is not a big difference is it?!
Anonymous said on 7/Jun/09
he taller than 6 ft 2 nicholas lyndhurst in only fools and horses,i have to say i thought he was about 6ft 4 from what i seen in that show
George said on 2/Jan/09
Funny, I thought he was 6'3 from only fools.
D-Lurker said on 11/Oct/08
he was a tower in HOT FUZZ, i thought they were insinuating 6ft3 if you were to listen to the commentary..but easy 6ft1, based on same movie
Hugh said on 28/Aug/08
6ft1 - 6ft2.
Daii said on 15/Aug/08
He looks tall in Only Fools And Horses, near Rodneys height (6'2")

Perhaps 6'1", i would say 6'1.5"
tubbs said on 11/Oct/07
Looks around 6'3" in early episodes of Only Fools and Horses, maybe a touch taller than the 6'1" listing here.
Anonymous said on 11/Aug/06
Why would anything think this guy small? Everything I've seen him in he's looked tall. I thought he was a little taller than this in fact.
sam said on 29/Jun/06
I've seen him in a number of films and I can't think of one where he looked small, so I find this listing realistic. He's made actors like Anthony Hopkins or Ewan McGregor certainly look a couple of inches shorter. The only Broadbent movie I can think of where he is with other tall actors is Gangs of New York. In that one, he almost the exact same height as Daniel Day-Lewis.
ize said on 5/Jun/06
Daam! I didnt know he was that tall. He looks quite short or average height in the movies. Has anyone got proof of his actual height because i really cant believe him being 6ft 1.

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