Nikolaj Coster Waldau's Height
6ft 1 ½ (186.7 cm)
Danish actor best known for his role as Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones. In film he can be seen in Kingdom of Heaven, HeadHunters and Nightwatch. In a MensFitness article his height/weight were given as 6ft 2 and 194 lbs although at his own European talent agency he is listed as 187cm tall and he himself said "Six One and a half"
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6ft 1.33in (186.3cm)
Vsquad said on 23/May/20
Shot Caller was the first time Nikolaj truly looked 6'1 to me. In all of his other roles and modelling gigs, he keeps getting paired with really tall women and 6'4 - 6'5 guys.
But yeah in Shot Caller he looked huge.
Animus said on 4/May/20
I see your point. That would mean he's about one 'standard deviation' above the mean, which is a sensible operational definiton of 'tallness'. Anecdotally, though, 183-184cm guys (i.e. strong six-footers) are also occasionally described as tall in Denmark.
Andy5'91/2 said on 4/May/20
I think he could pull of 6’1.75 in a wired interview he claimed “just under 6 foot 2” i more see him as a 6’1 and 3/4
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 2/May/20
I'd say he's on the lowest cusp of "tall". (assuming he's 6'1.5" and the Danish average's 5'10.75")
said on 1/May/20
That's debatable. The Danish military compiles statistics on the height and BMI of young Danish men: Click Here
In the period 2005-2015 the mean height of young Danish men (18-25-year-olds, the overwhelming majority of which are from the lower end of that range) is 180.25cm, which is essentially 5'11. Now, this is by no means their evening height. I've been through the process myself and as I recall people where measured anywhere from 9.30 AM up until 1-2 PM. So the mean height might be more like 5'10¾. From having lived in Denmark I can't imagine the mean height being much lower than that.
Anyway, that means Coster-Waldau is nearly 3 inches taller than the average Danish man, so he definitely qualifies as 'tall' in Denmark.
Jkiller said on 18/Feb/20
Don't see more than 186cm for him.
TheBat said on 15/Dec/19
Solid 6'1.5", very honest for claiming under 6'2". One of my favorite actors as well.
Setsh said on 6/Nov/19
This guy sure knows how to dress, look at the shoes,a good choice indeed.
pov said on 26/Sep/19
186/7cm is spot on, some of you with these “6 foot max” claims are just being ridiculous. He is not really tall in Denmark, only slightly above average in Denmark, 5th tallest nation in the world.
berta said on 3/Sep/19
This Guy 186,5 and Arnold 185,5-186
said on 17/Jun/19
Also @Rob who was the most charming GoT actor you met in person as in left a longer lasting positive impression? Who was you "favorite"?
Well the last time I saw Liam Cunningham and Mark Addy, both were lovely guys with fans.
bremium paccount said on 17/Jun/19
Sorry but he looked too many times atleast 2 inches shorter than Gwen. He shouldn't look that small next to her if he was a true 187/188.
K.A 188 said on 4/Jun/19
Lol... his footwear choice
Myself said on 18/May/19
Imo Arnold was this height, or 1/4" higher, only out of bed, while Nikolaj should hold this mark for maybe 5-6 hours after waking up.
Stanger danger said on 30/Apr/19
He claimed he is just under 6 ft 2 Honest man ..you can see the video where he claimed on YouTube Tittle nikolaj coster answer web's most searched question time stamp 2.50..i can't provide link sorry
said on 24/Apr/19
@Logan M Barringer
Lol Charles Dance is at least 6'2" in that pic. Here is Nikolaj with 6'4" Jason Momoa, almost a three inch distance.
Logan M Barringer said on 23/Apr/19
@The Bat wrong! Either she needs an upgrade or he needs a downgrade. Charles Dance is more like 6'1" and a half. He looks a little more than an inch taller than Nikolaj in the photo.
said on 23/Apr/19
Rob, who do you think would measure taller in their prime Nikolaj or Arnold Schwarzenegger?
Well many would probably give Nikolaj the edge...and he might indeed have a better chance of measuring slightly taller, though I wouldn't say there is much in it really.
said on 18/Apr/19
@Logan M Barringer
If you think Nikolaj is 6'0", go get your eyes checked ASAP. With 6'2.25" Charles Dance, Nikolaj is easily 6'1.5" on average.
said on 13/Apr/19
He mentions his height in this video Click Here
said on 12/Apr/19
He mentions that he is "just under 6 foot 2" in his WIRED Autocomplete interview at the 2:47 mark.
Logan M Barringer said on 1/Apr/19
Horrible listing. Gwendolyn Christie towered over him on GOT. If your listing for her is accurate than he is 6'0" at most. If he is this tall then she needs an upgrade.
TheBat said on 3/Nov/18
Rob do you think that Nikolaj could be 6'2" in the morning?
Animus said on 8/Oct/18
You can see clear as day that he is bending his knee and his back is relaxed and he still looks roughly the same as Butler, if you look at the top of their heads.
He is a more solid 6'1½ than Nikolaj Lie Kaas, that's for sure.
Jason25th said on 20/Sep/18
Alex65, he doesn't look shorter than Gerard... also his posture is poorer than Gerard on the photo, If both were straight side by side, they would be the same or Nikolaj would be taller. BTW if you compare they shoulders, i could say all day he is taller than Butler
Myself said on 19/Sep/18
I think he really looked much closer to 186 than to 187 in GoT...6'1.25 imo
said on 8/Sep/18
Strong 6ft1. Next to 186cm Gerard Butlerhe looks a bit shorter:
So Nikolaj is about 185.8 for me (6.1'1)
MAD SAM said on 13/Aug/18
6’1.5” at 186.5 cm
asoiaf said on 27/Jul/18
Tall and handsome guy, but he doesn't act like he is, very low profile
said on 8/Jul/18
Rob, one of my friends (who claims he’s a 5’7) met Nikolaj at an event and took a pic with him. How tall do you think my friend is next to 6’1.5 Nikolaj?
Click here : Click Here
At least 6ft 1. I think in photos he is a guy who might stand looser half the time.
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said on 2/Jul/18
Rob, European talent agency listed Nikolaj at 187cm perhaps you might want to change it to 6'1 5/8?
I'm ok with the 1.5, I think there's more chance 186.5-187 range than 187-187.5
5ft7Accountant said on 14/May/18
Rob, does he ever go to conventions?
Animus said on 13/Apr/18
He appears closer to 6ft1 than 6ft2.
Tomm said on 10/Apr/18
handsome guy, very tall, at the very least he is 185cm
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Apr/18
Awkward photo for Nikolaj but the guy standing between him and Routh looks a good 6ft3...
said on 3/Apr/18
[Editor Rob: even standing with 2 taller guys in a photo like Routh Click Here, he's still not standing at his best.
I still hope they try to get him to a uk event]
Is that Cary Elwes with them?
Elwes is several inches shorter than Routh, that could be a taller distant cousin :)
AVeryTallPerson said on 31/Mar/18
6'1.5", I'd say
Jafars said on 18/Mar/18
There's so many times where I think Nikolaj is tall, but doesn't look it on Game of Thrones because he's just surrounded by way taller actors-- And then I realise how wrong I am in saying that haha. He was just stuck with Gwendoline Christie for so long/an entire season and a bit, and even had a lot of scenes around the Hound's actor that my perception of him got absolutely messed up. Even with his poor posture.
Adnan said on 14/Feb/18
6'1.5" 1,87 m
Jason25th said on 20/Jan/18
He always gave me a 6'1 feeling, but he never seems to me smaller than Gerard Butler in their photos. In fact with a proper posture, he seems to be at least 0.25 inch taller
Monkey knees said on 15/Dec/17
Bit of a height chameleon. Always thought he was just above 6ft. In person 6'1 is accurate.
said on 4/Nov/17
"Editor Rob: there's no fractions for any, so I don't know...but 6ft 1 flat? I'm not sure he is just that low, but at least when he stands tall looks over it. Not the best postured guy."
I agree. I mean, on his own he doesn't strike me as a 6'1-6'2 guy and I myself thought he could look barely 6'1 when I took a look at him a few years ago, but when you see him on GoT with people you have met (like Pilou, Finn Jones, Ian McElhinney), I think he looks over 6'1 flat and right around his 6'1.5 claim! Even in the last movie with him I have seen the other week... He had a few scenes with Jon Bernthal and if Jon is near 5'11, I certainly wouldn't have guessed him any less than this listing as well: Click Here
(Bear in mind that they had similar footwear in that scene)
even standing with 2 taller guys in a photo like Routh Click Here
, he's still not standing at his best.
I still hope they try to get him to a uk event
Slim 6' said on 31/Oct/17
LMFAO, in pic above he’s wearing runners with a suit!!! 😂.
Slim 6' said on 30/Oct/17
McLovin said on 12/Oct/17
I think he is a solid 6"1.5' but he have a bad posture usually so he can look around 6'05-6'075 in television.
Meson777 said on 1/Oct/17
same as James Hetfield
said on 29/Sep/17
How accurate do you think the heights are?
Editor Rob: there's no fractions for any, so I don't know...but 6ft 1 flat? I'm not sure he is just that low, but at least when he stands tall looks over it. Not the best postured guy.
ANTHONY P. said on 10/Sep/17
Great actor. Really impressed me in "SHOT CALLER". Being " DUCTH" he amazingly adapted to AMERICAN PRISON LIFE.
said on 6/Sep/17
He can look a lot shorter than 6'2 sometimes, maybe its the camera angle but he definitely looks shorther than 1,75 inches to Gwendolne here
Powerhouse said on 23/Aug/17
Looked real tall in shot caller. They used camera angels to make him look taller though. I'd say 6'1-6'1.5 range is correct.
Lewis said on 20/Aug/17
6'2" in GoT
the Slav said on 12/Aug/17
I saw him in a Danish super market once.
Looked 6'1 range for sure but I'm not quite sure about 6'1.5. I think it's stretching it a bit
said on 6/Aug/17Click Here
Ignoring the fact that an edited Kit Harrington is photoshopped into the picture, doesn't Nikolaj look more than a half inch shorter than David Benioff, who claims to be 6'2"? In all pictures I've seen where the two of them are close, the difference is always noticeable even if not huge and more than a half inch, so something feels off here to me. What do you think Rob?
jack said on 5/Aug/17
in the morning just over 6ft1.5inch but I wouldnt say goes below 186.7 cm
Balrog said on 2/Aug/17
He has a large head, which I think makes him look shorter, but 186-187 is his range. Honest guy.
Animus said on 2/Aug/17
I'm from Denmark, and a guy his height is certainly considered tall. He's got +2 inches on the average man, so he's a bit like a six-footer in the US (or possibly a strong six-footer).
He's model-like in his facial features and built, although I would say he is more masculine-looking than most models. He's quite well-built; 195lb is a good weight for a 6'1"-6'2" guy with a decent but not extraordinary frame.
said on 29/Jul/17
Rob what do you make of this? it list several heights of Black Hawk Down actors with Waldau at 6'1
Editor Rob: it might be they asked the actors the information...because there are 2 people with no height, but other information...
Balrog said on 4/Jul/17
I think average height for a man in Denmark is 5'11'' or a smidge over. So even there, he'd still be considered tall or at least tallish.
I think this is the perfect listing for him.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Jun/17
Men that height may be more frequent in Denmark but it is certainly not the country's average...
Christian-196.5cm (6ft5 3/8) said on 9/May/17
Not that it has anything to do with his height, but wearing running shoes with a suit isn't the best combination. If you wanna wear runners with a suit, at least wear an all black one, not with red soles and shoelaces.
Victor Surratt said on 11/Mar/17
This guy is tall, i think 6ft 1.5in is okay for him.
msn187 said on 18/Feb/17
This was always my guess even though he was listed as 6'2.5 on sites for years.
187 cm is a pretty common height in Denmark it seems. I run into people quite often who seem to be on my eye level, or higher. I'd say this is what would be considered normal/tallish height for males.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Jan/17
He goes with the 6ft1½ rather than round up to 6ft2 like 90% of guys that height
said on 1/Jan/17
He has claimed this height as well in a GoT DVD commentary.
At the 5:22 mark:
Editor Rob: I'll slip that onto the end of the description, thanks.
berta said on 10/Oct/16
is this guy really 2 cm taller than a guy like josh holloway i can se them at the same height
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 5/Oct/16
Anywhere between 6ft1-6ft2 is fair
said on 3/Oct/16
Rob, how likely is 6ft2?
Editor Rob: I think the fact he had 187 on his agency is enough to say he isn't over that mark, whether you think 6ft 1.5 or 1.75, either I think is arguable.
said on 6/Jun/16Click Here
doesnt look this height with olly murs
Lendal said on 5/May/16
Looks more like 6'0" to 6'1" range. Gets a bit towered by 6'3" Gwen Christie on AGOT all the time.
mincer said on 28/Apr/16
How do i link an image. On the BHD uniform it has him at
Waldau at 6ft 1in,
Orlando Bloom at 5ft 11in,
Jeremy Piven at 5ft 9in
Ben Foster 5ft 9in
Brendan Sexton at 6ft 2in
mincer said on 5/Apr/16
Should of mentioned this before I ask because measurement for the uniform in Black Hawk Down lists his height as 6ft 1in
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Mar/16
Those photosGwendoline are no use at all.
said on 25/Feb/16
Here Wendoline is not using heels Click Here
and it looks like a 2 in difference, at least to me Click Here
Mr. Kenobi said on 25/Feb/16
The guy looks tall, but how come he manages to seem almost 3 inches shorter than Gwendoline Christie ( in GOT season 3 ), if she is listed here at 6ft 3.25 in ?
Emil 182 cm said on 10/May/15
He walked past me the other day and he held a very good posture. 6'1.5 seems pretty accurate.. He might be a fraction below that though
Chuckie Cheese 2 said on 16/Apr/15
187 cm He is! I would have guessed him at a solid 6'2" or 6'3" in ASOIF Game of Thrones.
said on 13/Oct/14
Never understand this behavior....We can't judge somebody's height in fully without seeing the footwear and the ground what he/she stands.
And I don't belive that every man can here 100% sure to establish 1 or 2cm height difference from a photo. Sorry, this is my opinion.
Here we can't see either the ground nor the footwear but Momoa has a little bit hair advantage but I don't see 8-10cm height advantage for Momoa. The list is spot on. 187-188cm.
Jake: 1.84 m- 1.85 m said on 12/Oct/14
This listing is spot on.
Concerned 181 cm said on 10/Sep/14
His website lists him at 6'2.5.
TJE said on 22/Jul/14
More than 1.5 inches shorter than Gwendoline Christie, but she might have had thicker footwear.
Andrea said on 16/May/14
He doesn't look anything taller than 6'1 to me... Yeah, he does look a bit shorter than Bettany but hey, Bettany himself makes Russel Crowe look over 6', if he's really 6'3.5. He can look 2.5-3 inches shorter than Jason Momoa and i don't think Momoa is a full 6'4...
Banshee said on 24/Apr/14
There is a reason why the majority of the world uses a metric scale, just like the official system used by the scientists worldwise is the metric one. It's simpler and much more precise.
Looks 186/7 cm on screen next to 191-cm-tall Brienne.
SaveUsY2J said on 14/Apr/14
I think the original 6'1.75 was good for him, in the most recent episode he looked 2.5 inches taller than Finn Jones, whom Rob met.
Sam said on 25/Mar/14
I bet if Rob gets a picture with this guy, he'd get a slight downgrade to 6'1" or 6'1.25".
Balrog said on 14/Jan/14
Can't be a flat 6'1'', if he's that, then Bettany is under 6'3'' and Sean Bean under 5'10''.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 13/Oct/13
He's near 6ft2.
But, Rob isn't 187cm closer to 6ft1.75?
Balrog said on 22/Sep/13
I believe this listing is perfect, but Bettany at 192cm doesn't match if Waldau is 187cm.
Jax said on 29/Aug/13
more like a strong 6'1
Phantom said on 24/Aug/13
Charles Dance and Nikolaj are both not over 6'1".
cole said on 18/Aug/13
Think he's more 185-186 cm.
Balrog said on 3/Jul/13
I think Bettany is a legit 6'3'' guy. Possibly a little bit over. He claimed to be closer to 6'4'' and he probably is at some point of the day.
Lo sgozzatore said on 24/Jun/13
Is Bettany really 6'3.5?
Balrog said on 23/Jun/13
Rob I always thought he was under 6'2'' but in Wimbledon he didn't look 2in under Paul Bettany who is listed at 6'3.5''. He was only 1-1.5'' shorter.
Lo sgozzatore said on 21/Jun/13
Ok, then maybe about 6'1 is possible. I'm not so sure on 6'1.5 though...
said on 20/Jun/13
Even 6'1 seems too high actually. Just see him with Kit Harington, he's listed at 5'7.5 and can look just 4 inches shorter max in some pics. I think there are 5 inches at best between them. If this guy is 6'1.5, Kit must be at least 5'8.5. You think it's possible?
[Editor Rob: in some photos with Kit, he's got I think nearly 2cm less footwear as kit has thick boots I'm sure]
said on 18/Jun/13
Rob, considering that Jason Momoa is 6'4 max and here he also probably has shoe advantage, does he really look 6'1.75? It's not only this pic. See also the guy on the left, that you listed at 5'7.5 if i'm not wrong. If this guy is 187, that guy looks a good 5'9 range
[Editor Rob: 6ft 1.5 on the nose might be ok, I think in GOT he can look anywhere 185-7cm. I know one organiser has been trying to get him to an event but so far no success...he went and got the 6ft 3 girl (who can make him look 6ft 1) and by time I tried to get a photo with her they sold out tickets...]
ju boy said on 24/May/13
Is it just me or did anyone else wonder why the hell he was wearing those shoes to a red carpet event
Xior said on 21/May/13
Glad you changed this listing, Rob. I'd personally would bet my money on 6ft1.25 or 6ft1.5. Looks noticeably shorter than Morgan Freeman or Gwendoline Christie in Game of Thrones.
me said on 15/May/13
definitely needs a down grade to 185cm, freeman consistently towers him
said on 7/May/13
It is bizarre how much shorter he looks than Morgan Freeman, there might be an angle thing going on in the photo from the movie but at the premiere photos, Morgan still towers over Nikolaj. Is Freeman standing on a step? Having seen Freeman in person about 15 years ago, I know he was at peak a very strong 6'2" guy who could pass for 6'3".
Anyway, based on the photos, Nikolaj looks more like a weak six footer. He looks more like a strong 6'1" next to Paul Bettany, however:
Charles said on 2/May/13
Flat 6'0.5" - 6'1". With morgan freeman looks at least 2 inches shorter and looks 2 inches shorter than that woman he is with on game of thrones. And also he looks hardly 2 inches taller than sean Bean. I really can't see how he is 6'1.75"/ 187cm doesn't make sense to me.
Balrog said on 13/Apr/13
I think the listing is spot on, he always looked just under 6'2''.
said on 27/Feb/13
Take into account that he's legs are wide apart, I think 6' 2" is exaggerated. Strikes me more as the 6' 1", maybe 1.5" on a good day, type a guy.
balrog said on 26/Dec/12
Well now Paul Bettany claims to be close to 6'4'' then I'm sure that Waldau is a legit 6'2'' guy or pretty close to it.
balrog said on 15/Oct/12
Agree with your comment there, Rob.
balrog said on 14/Oct/12
Brienne had him by an inch at most.
said on 12/Oct/12
No, he was around an inch shorter than Gwendoline Christie. This guy is around 6'2'', maybe slightly under.
[Editor Rob: i would have got a photo with gwendoline but unfortunately it sold out. I saw her in any case and in a 2-inch type heel she certainly looked like a 6ft 4 person would, so minus an inch of extra heel her 6ft 3 claims seems pretty reasonable.]
Damon said on 25/Sep/12
the chick who plays Brienne in GOT is 6'3 and appears at least 2 inches taller than him.
Chickadelic said on 22/Sep/12
He has a big, wide head so he might appear shorter. 6'2 seem accurate.
Chris said on 4/Jun/12
He give me an impression of a 6'1 guy. I'd put him at 6'1.5, 6'3 Paul Bettany was taller by a little more than an inch on Wimbledon.