Paul McGann's Height
5ft 8 ½ (174 cm)
British Actor best known for his roles in Withnail and I, the 1990's Doctor Who tv movie and Queen of the Damned. In the 1990's, he had his height officially listed in Spotlight as being at Height 5 feet 10 inches
On his fan site, though he said he was "Five feet nine. Quite little, really. From a squat tribe, you see. My brothers (and sister) are all taller than me, as are most of the actresses I'm required to smootch. At such times they usually stand me on a box. Sort of keeps your feet on the ground, paradoxically."
and also in 1998 "I'm only 5ft 9in"
. With jenny, she had maybe 0.4-0.5 inch less sneaker than him, I had similar footwear the day I saw him.
5ft 8 Rob, 5ft 8 Jenny and Paul
I'm 5ft 7in. When people meet me, they say: “I thought you were taller.” People think I'm 6ft 5in!
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Average Guess (22 Votes)
5ft 9.1in (175.5cm)
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 17/Aug/19
Well, Paul, I didn't think you were 6ft5! I never have it much thought really, but taller than 5ft7 you definitely ARE!
HERE GOES FIVE NINE! 😉
movieguy12 said on 24/Aug/18
The comments above quoted by McGann are jokey in spirit not defensive. He does look about 5'9'' as well. Maybe he's technically 5'8.5'' but that's about 5'9'' anyway. Some guys and McGann seems to be one don't care about their height and that's really the best way to be.
said on 13/Aug/18
What's with the quote at the bottom? Is it a typo, on the wrong page, or did he actually claim 5'7"??? :O
It was how the quote originated, but that's not to say the person transcribing typed 7 instead of 9...I would be surprised if it wasn't a mistake!
heightaddict said on 27/May/18
A possible theory as to why guys in the 5’8-9 range are the most height conscious is usually they have fathers who may be 6ft for example or sibilings taller than them , people who are my height around that mark 170-165cm for example often come from small families anyway so it isn’t much of an issue & know they are shorter then most people anyway
Christian-6'5 3/8 said on 23/Nov/17
The most insecure guys are in the 5'8"-5'9" range based on my personal experience, they lie about their height more than anyone else. I've seen crazy stuff like some 5'8" claiming 5'11" and some 5'9" claiming 6'0". Ironically, even most shorter guys tend to be more honest than them.
Ed Kline said on 22/Nov/17
randomuser said on 11/Oct/17
Notice how it's usually 5'8-5'9 guys like McGann who constantly whine about their height.
I'ts not the height specifically, it's the context. I am pretty much exactly his ( McGann's) height (a weak 5'9, a strong 5'8.5, typically at least 5'8.75 mid-day) and I am very height conscious.
I always assumed I am this way because my father was 6'1.5, and my younger sister made it to 5'8.25. The thing was, when I was 12 and she was 10 and a half, I was 4'7, and she was 5'1. I was the shortest kid in my 6th grade class including every girl. That can be hard on a kid who just wants to be like his dad. I'm not even that short for an adult man, but I've always felt short. I have a buddy who is about a half inch shorter than I but he comes from shorter people, and he was also full grown at 15. He's actually a bit tall in his own family, and he is the first to say he doesn't feel short, he feels average.
said on 16/Nov/17
how tall is daphne ashbrook
Editor Rob: anywhere in 5ft 6 to 7 range.
randomuser said on 11/Oct/17
Notice how it's usually 5'8-5'9 guys like McGann who constantly whine about their height
World Citizen said on 29/May/17
Looks more 5 ft 7.75 above
rob said on 19/May/17
he was 5ft 9 at least in doctor who he looks at least a inch taller than Daphne Ashbrook who is 5ft 8
Cameron said on 25/Mar/17
I guess he's just in the unfortunate situation of being the "small guy" in a tall world. A shame to because he isn't really that short. 5'8" to 5'9" is pretty normal.
Blake said on 12/Feb/17
I sometimes see this as a similarity between some actors who have tall family members who are shorter than them is they have long heads like Paul McGann and Kiefer Sutherland who's father is listed 6 ft 3.5 on here.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 3/May/15
I'd go w/h 6ft2 range for Joe McGann
said on 29/Sep/14
Rob any chance you could add Joe McGann? I think he'd be worth it and help dispel the 6'4" myth. Joe McGann is looking 6'1" range here with Gary Lineker but small pic and can't see footwear Click Here
[Editor Rob: it's clear in early 90's he could look quite tall, getting to late 50's soon maybe he's lost height. Of course he wasn't 6ft 4.]
Berek said on 29/Sep/14
This comment doesn't relate to Paul, but since there's no page for his brother Joe this seems the most appropriate place to put it.
I saw Joe McGann at King's Cross station in London some weeks ago. His film database entry claims 6'4", which is one of the fruitier exaggerations I've come across in claimed height. He was no more than 6' flat, in wooden heeled dress shoes.
Gonzalo said on 1/Sep/14
I honestly don't get his height complex, he's a perfectly average height and would only feel short if he stood up with really tall people like 6'4"-6'5" guys.
I am 5'9" and live in Norway which apparently is considered a 'tall' average heighted nation but I ALMOST never feel short there.
Emmett said on 18/Mar/14
His comments on his height would be more appropriate if he was 5'5 or 5'6. Ridiculous to act like he's a tiny man when he's obviously not.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Dec/13
Struggles with 5ft8 even with Rob but looks 5ft8.5-5ft9 with Jenny.
thorterr said on 15/Jul/13
just over the 5ft 8 mark ,,and so has to be in the 50th!!!!!!
said on 3/Dec/12
He clearly looks shorter than Rob if you factor in his hair. I am don't know why Rob listed him as being taller than 5'8" considering he's shorter than him. I say a downgrade to 5'7.5" or 5'8" is in order.
[Editor Rob: I do think from times I've saw him he is a bit taller than me, I know he had more shoes than when he stood with jenny, but 5ft 8.5 range I feel is on th emoney.]
LauraSki said on 13/Oct/12
Looks about 5'8 to me. His hair is giving him more height.
mofo said on 11/Oct/12
Cool, thanks Rob!
And I can see difference in height with Jenny.
So I would say about 5ft8.4!
said on 10/Oct/12
He was awesome in Withnail & I, especially that notorious scene with Uncle Monty... ;)
Robby Rob what about your footwear? And Jenny is not in the pic, only you are? Who had the shoe advantage between you and Paul?
Well he looks about 5ft8, but he could be a little taller I guess (based on footwear advantage/disadvantage).
[Editor Rob: I had similar footwear the day I met him, refresh the page as the other photo is uploaded now.]
Shaun said on 25/Aug/12
He sounds like he has a bit of a height complex, I doubt most actresses he encounters are above 5'9". Maybe in heels they're taller than him.
Wide not tall said on 5/Sep/11
I would say that this guy is no more than 5'8 at his tallest. 5'8.5 is a bit too much, probably with shoes. The actresses he claimed to stand on a box to smooch, I'm pretty sure that they wear heels, most women do.
Toby said on 27/Aug/11
People are just idiots about height. There are 5'10 guys who probably consider themselves little
Andrew1995 said on 8/Jun/11
i don't think he's lying when saying he's 5'9''.Rob is 5'9'' as well in the morning
avi said on 27/Mar/11
5'8 if that...
Dean said on 16/Jan/11
@ fact machine - no below average is under 176cm. above average is over 180. anything in between is average. 174cm yes can feel small so not suprised this guy feels small to a degree.
INDIAN FACT MACHINE said on 3/Jan/11
by people do you mean yourself , bcoz in general i mean in the normal world where 'ppl' dont really minutely notice height , there r three outcomes
1 u r below avg at < 5 ft 7.5
2 u r avg bw 5 ft 7.5 - 5 ft 11 and then onwards u r tall ...end of..
Dean said on 2/Jan/11
The reason people call 5'9 short for a guy is because its the highest that you can look "shortish" so it can be considered "short" but not technically noticably short.
When you hit 176.5(5'9.5) these guys can feel alot "safer" than the 173-175 range And for me average starts at 5'9.5-5'10.5 anything out of this range <<< is starting to feel smallish or starting to feel tallish.
LT` said on 28/Nov/10
is 174cm short? i think he's over-modest here!
Matt said on 26/Nov/10
thats a massive head for a 5 foot 8 er, looks 10.5 inches
said on 14/Nov/10
ROB, where did you get the quote above where he says he is "little"? I went on his fanclub site and could not find it. Where is it exactly on his fan club site?
[Editor Rob: The Paul McGann estrogen brigade, a bizarre name Here
Lenad said on 25/Jun/09
I think it could be Rob is a strong 5ft8 guy while McGann is a weak 5ft9
said on 25/Jun/09
What was the footwear difference, here? Something's not adding up...
[Editor Rob: I don't think there was much difference, I felt he was very close to my height.]
Hugh 190cm said on 3/Jun/09
Rob I'd say your a strong 5ft8 guy. The lowest you've measured at is bang on 5ft8.
1.59 said on 30/May/09
Rob, you look taller than him.
dude said on 16/Dec/08
this guy looks like bruce parry from ;tribe' am i right? 5 foot 8
donny darko said on 19/Feb/07
are you kidding? haha, i met this guy in new york and he was 2 inches taller than me. im 6 ft 10 :D
Editor Rob said on 12/May/06
Ah, listed on his cv as 5ft 8!
Bill said on 22/Mar/06
when he took over as Dr Who from Sylvester McCoy, Sylvester said that the picture of them standing together had to be tipped to one side in the Radio Times(BBC TV magazine) to make Paul look taller than him.
CelebHeights Editor said on 6/Oct/05
Brother Mark McGann lists his height as 5ft 11 on his CV.