How tall is Martin Shaw

Martin Shaw's Height

5ft 8 ½ (174 cm)

English actor, best known for starring in TV series The Professionals and Judge John Deed. He claimed to be 5ft 10.

How tall is Martin Shaw
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Average Guess (14 Votes)
5ft 8.25in (173.4cm)
Vibram said on 27/Jun/22
Peak 5'8¾ (174cm).
Today 5'7.9 (172cm).
Tech noir said on 19/May/22
I think a weak 5-8.25 seems right. A touch higher over Gordon in the series.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 22/Jan/22
@ Rob - I used to watch The Professionals from time to time in my teens and I quite enjoyed it, but Apparitions was better, and incredibly chilling. 😟

There's quite a lot to be learnt from it as well.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 21/Jan/22
@ V for 1984 - That's an interesting comment.

When I saw Apparitions last week, I was thinking along the very same lines. There was a little guy of 5ft5 (Rick Warden) who played a powerful part in the drama, but the only person who was noticeably taller than Martin was Shaun Dooley, who is 6ft exactly.

Had I not remembered Mr Shaw's height, I'd have gone for 5ft10.

Cheers V!
Editor Rob
I did rewatch the Professionals a while ago and really at times he was looking near 5ft 9, albeit footwear wasn't exactly standard shoes. Sometimes a decent thick heel was being worn by Shaw.
V for 1984 said on 21/Jan/22
I doubt over 5-9. Lewis who imo was a 5-10 looked 2” taller.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 13/Jan/22
Martin, like many men, has become better looking with age.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 13/Jan/22
Martin is FANTASTIC as the exorcist Jacob in the series Apparitions. I watched it yesterday and now I'm starting it all over again.

He has such a friendly, trusting face; they say the closer you get to God, the more temptation is put in your way, as can be seen in Apparitions, but Jacob's faith is too strong for him to be corrupted.

Martin has a great physique and can pass for taller than 5ft8.5; I did remember his height!

I feel it's by far his best work.

5ft8.5. 🤗💐
Hotspots said on 30/Apr/21
5-8.5 imo.
Soda machine said on 3/Dec/20
5-11 is just utterly silly. 5-8 imo.
Editor Rob
I think Shaw was the one who sometimes had the bigger footwear, at times he could look 5ft 9 after rewatching that show.
Caldoni said on 8/Nov/19
5-11? 5-8.5 max.
Rory said on 18/Aug/19
I saw a video of him with Richard Madeley from the 1980s and he wasn't towered by him. I really think 5ft8.5-8.75 was his range back then and today an inch loss. There was only 2 inches at most between him and Collins who usually looked around the 5ft10.5 mark.
Jimhopper said on 14/Feb/19
5-8.5 max imo
Rory said on 10/Feb/19
5ft8.5 is a fair shout Imo. With big hair, big heels and good posture he could even look upper average at times in the professionals.
Timson said on 12/Jan/19
Doubtful he was much over 5-8 prime.
Editor Rob
I think in his prime he could pull off looking 5ft 9 range comfortably at times on Professionals due to thicker heels.
W E Mole said on 29/Jan/18
That much shorter actor in Apparitions is, I believe, the excellent Rick Warden, who I have worked with a couple of times and is around 5'4 - I'm 5'8" and he certainly made me feel tall. Mr Shaw, I'd guess, is similar.
Anjello said on 29/Jan/18
That much shorter actor in Apparitions is, I believe, the excellent Rick Warden, who I have worked with a couple of times and is around 5'4 - I'm 5'8" and he certainly made me feel tall. Mr Shaw, I'd guess, is similar.
Rory said on 29/Dec/17
Lewis Collins-5'10.5
Martin Shaw-5'8.75 (5'8 today)
Gordon Jackson-5'8.5
Rory said on 19/Dec/17
Nice to see a mini upgrade but I think peak I'd go with 5'8.5-8.75 range and today around 5'7.75-8.
Sandy Cowell said on 23/Apr/17
This is a tough one!
I started watching a 2008 BBC TV series yesterday called 'Apparitions', and my ideas on Martin's height have been chopping and changing throughout.
I am now on the 4th episode and I think I have seen enough to agree with the 5ft8 (or a tad more) as written here. That is, in fact, the height I started off with, but as there was a much shorter actor, possessed by a demon and displaying the strength of an ambidextrous lion, it did make Martin look above average in height! At that time, I was even considering 5ft10 for Martin.
This excellent and interesting series was made 9 years ago and I can assure you that there was nothing wrong with his posture at the time of its making, but the actor is definitely old enough to have experienced a bit of shrinkage. As I was no avid follower of 'The Professionals', I don't feel qualified, for want of a better word, to judge how much this shrinkage might be. I do believe though that Martin could well have been near to the 5ft10 mark in those days - absolutely! I did see and enjoy a few episodes at least! In 'Apparitions', I think he does top 5ft8, so I will give the guy 5ft8.25. I don't ever watch 'Judge John Deed', his latest show, so I can't say how tall he is at this stage of his life.
What I can and will say is that he is fantastic as the priest, the grey-haired look is totally him AND he is bilingual, which always curries favour with me, but unfortunately doesn't increase his height, though it does increase my respect for him! He gets 5ft8.25 after an awful lot of deliberation!
Rory said on 16/Apr/17
5'8.75 peak
5'7.75-5'8 today
Rory said on 9/Jan/17
In recent times he looks 5'8ish aged 70 odd. I don't think he's a guy who'd have lost much I think a 1970s Shaw was a solid 5'8.5 which is what he's listed on his I m d b profile actually. Seems fair. 178cm claim is probably a shoe height in the first half of the day.
Rory said on 22/Jul/15
Looked about 5'10 in the professionals, however, typically in the show he wore chunky heels whereas L.Collins didn't so much..worth noting too i remember a scene in the show where he was walking alongside billy Murray with similar footwear and he only just edged him out..i think he was 5'8.75 maximum peak, today even though hes 70 he looks in good nick and probably hasn't lost say 5'8.75 peak and 5'8.25 today.
Middle-sized Man said on 22/May/15
I'm sure he's taller than 5'8". In The Professionals, he was a little taller than Gordon Jackson (5'9"), and a little shorter than Lewis Collins (5'11"). 5'10" seems right!
Rory said on 4/May/15
Tbh in George Gently now with his heavier frame he looks a bigger and taller man than he did in the professionals where he looked distinctly average in height and slim. Peak 5'8.5 and about 5'8 now seems sound.
nothim said on 14/Feb/11
Martin is definitely taller than 1.73, saw him live in the street less than a month ago and I'd definitely aim for more than 1.75
Angela said on 8/Jan/11
Martin Shaw - has a 'high' opinion of himself...
Paul said on 19/May/07
How does he rate in height against Amita Dhiri in her initial episode of "Judge John Deed" playing the role of Rachel Crawcheck? Amita seems to be wearing heels and Martin seems only 2-3 inches taller than her.
Ryan said on 12/Apr/07
Errr, he shops in my local Waitrose. Defo no more than 5-8, possibly more like a 5-7.5.
And more than 10 stone. Unless he's hollow.
Hugh said on 28/Dec/06
I saw Mr Shaw at a polo match and would estimate he was about 5-8, 5-9 maximum.
Middle-sized Cat said on 23/Sep/06
Sorry, I'm sure he IS 5'10". Lewis Collins appears to be exactly an inch taller; Gordon Jackson exactly an inch shorter; and those tally.
JonB said on 14/Jan/06
If you see him in Judge John Deed alongside Jenny Seagrove wearing only small heals they appear to be the same height. Her recorded height is 168cm (5'6")so alowing for the fact that he is wearing some form of heal I cannot see him being more than 5'8"

Editor Rob
yep, I caught some of an episode the other day and in the corridor shots, actually he was walking along the grass aswell and most shots he didn't appear like a 5ft 10 guy, so maybe he's shrunk a bit or wasn't quite full 5f 10 - not sure which. Yeah, seagrove, who I'll add, does get listed this height and has usually looked a strong 168 ;)

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