How tall is Peter Capaldi

Peter Capaldi's Height

5ft 11 ½ (181.6 cm)

Scottish Actor best known for playing The Twelfth Doctor in Doctor Who and Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It. In film he appeared in Soft Top Hard Shoulder and In the Loop. In the Spotlight directory, he listed himself as 5 feet 11 ½ inches.

How tall is Peter Capaldi
5ft 8 Rob and Peter @ LFCC 2018

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Average Guess (58 Votes)
5ft 11.87in (182.6cm)
Kyuss101 said on 13/Oct/18
Id say more a 6-0 guy imo
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 1/Oct/18
@Paul NS

Yeah, a solid 6'0" is pushing it
Andrea said on 1/Oct/18
Agreed, Paul. While the top of his hair looks comfortably in the 6' zone, the thing is that he has a good amount of hair, so, once you take that into account, he really doesn't look over his 5'11.5 claim here.
Paul NS (6ft 0.5) said on 1/Oct/18
If I'm judging correctly based on other height charts, he's probably grazing the 6ft mark with the top of his hair. I'm not a hair expert but maybe if he was bald he wouldn't look as tall since it appears a bit fluffed.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 28/Sep/18
@QM

I'm certainly not ruling out 5'11.5" for him. I just believe that he has a better chance of measuring 5'11.75".
Andrea said on 27/Sep/18
Still no height chart, Rob? 😗
How do you think Michael Rosenbaum would stack up against Capaldi? I bet they would be very close, certainly more than their pics might suggest...
Editor Rob
I've not done any for 6 days, I had other maintenance tasks that jumped up in priority.

In person I don't think there's much between Rosenbaum/Capaldi.
QM6'1QM said on 26/Sep/18
Christian 6'5 3/8 said on 23/Sep/18
@Andrea

I agree with your first paragraph about the pics and the listings of most celebs. However, I think 5'11.75" is more accurate for Capaldi.

Usually, I agree with your guesses in most cases, but not now.
The top of Rob's head looks 3-3.5 cm (1.25 inches) above the eye level of Peter Capaldi. We turn on the math: 173 cm - 3 cm = 170 cm. 11.4-6 cm it's definitely the normal eye level = height of Peter Capaldi is 181.4-6 cm / 5'11.5 ".
Christian 6'5 3/8 said on 23/Sep/18
@Andrea

I agree with your first paragraph about the pics and the listings of most celebs. However, I think 5'11.75" is more accurate for Capaldi.
Andrea said on 22/Sep/18
The reason why this guy can "look" taller than his listing is because the majority of celebrities that Rob takes a picture with look shorter than what they are listed at, which can throw things off and makes people think that that is how x'y.z tall celebrities should look next to Rob (even if, most of the time, it's not really the case).
Unless I'm overestimating Capaldi's hair, I still wouldn't say he looks over his listing here...
Zampo said on 21/Sep/18
If we are basing Capaldi's height estimate solely on the photo. He is clearly nothing less than 5'11.75. Whilst, he is standing impeccably, I just don't see Rob losing much, if any height in this shot that would enhance the visual height differential. As I said in a previous post he looks a better six footer than a good proportion of other 6'0 listed celebs with Rob. Alas, this may be another Benedict Wong situation....who despite looking 5'11 range with Rob. Even a 5'10.5 (listed at 5'10.25) would be pushing it if you compare him with others.
Editor Rob
You can never be quite sure how somebody might stand with a back-to-back, so sometimes it could throw up a few interesting shots, especially with little variations like posture, distances or camera positions.
Abhay said on 19/Sep/18
He looks 6ft to me. Btw the beard is coming great Rob.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 18/Sep/18
Not under 182cm
Andrea said on 18/Sep/18
I see, though didn't you say that they had "kindly agreed to stop" copying them (which, btw, I still don't understand... why would someone do something like that)?
Editor Rob
I'm paying 45 quid for a photo with Tom Welling. It's meant for this site and visitors to it, not to have it uploaded within a few hours to some random forum with 3 adsense ads on the page - the motivation to me looks like using (hotlinking/embedding) other people's content to earn money.

Anyway, since I changed how the mugshot was saved, I will be able to add a lot back and if anybody ever wants to use the mugshot version, at least they won't be able to hotlink them, as on their own they look like This.
Andrea said on 16/Sep/18
Maybe add a height chart, Rob?
It looks like many people think he is (or looks) taller than his listing (and claim), when he actually doesn't really look over 5'11.5 here, unless you include his hair.
Editor Rob
I have intended to redo the idea of the height-chart for a while, as people were copying/hotlinking them, and really they were only meant for here.

So I will create transparent overlay so that the chart is separate, the mugshot filesize is smaller and the image quality won't change when showing any chart on top.

Only problem with that approach is I know some older browsers won't show it properly.
Agent Orange said on 16/Sep/18
He looks 6ft tbh in the pic . Rob was he busting a gut when standing with you? This is the tallest I can see him @ 6ft.
Editor Rob
He certainly stood quite well
JB - 5'9 said on 13/Sep/18
Am I missing something? I would of guessed 6’0-6’1 if there wasn’t a height disclosed. He looks taller than every other celeb listed at this height? His eyes nearly reach the top of Rob’s head!
Editor Rob
I am glad he managed to stand great this moment, at least he will be one actor who won't be underestimated on here. 😺
Sandy Cowell said on 13/Sep/18
Peter keeps staring out at me!

I used to have a boyfriend who stared at me a bit like this because he knew it would make me go all silly and schoolgirlish!

I go for 5ft11.75, as he looks taller than the last fellow I commented on who was also up as 5ft11.5. Lying about his height doesn't seem to be on the top of Peter's priority list, 'cos I'd have believed 6ft!
Connor Simpson said on 12/Sep/18
I still wouldn't rule out 5'11.75 completely, I agree with Christian he does virtually look 6'0.
Rising - 174 cm said on 11/Sep/18
Wow, an honest 5'11.5" man. Don't see many of those!
Kyuss101 said on 10/Sep/18
Almost 6-0 imo
BT said on 10/Sep/18
Capaldi looks taller than Cumberbatch with Rob, but he is tilting his eyelevel up a bit, 5'11.5 is probably right.
Editor Rob
I couldn't tell them apart really in person, you'd probably really need to measure to see. Both over 5ft 11 and under 6ft.
Andrea said on 10/Sep/18
"Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 8/Sep/18
Peter Capaldi is shorter than Justin Chatwin."
Based on? I haven't seen them next to each other, but I doubt Justin would be taller than a 5'11.5 guy...
Alex B said on 10/Sep/18
he is billed at exactly 6 ft tell. Looking at this picture he looks a good 5.11 ft to 6 ft tall. My guess is around 5.11ft and 3/4 (just under 6 feet without shoes).
Editor Rob
Peter claims 5ft 11.5. When spotlight did away with half inches, people rounded listings up or down...mostly upwards.
Jordan87 said on 10/Sep/18
with Rob he is no more than 5'11"
miko said on 10/Sep/18
Given he still looks very close to 6 foot, it's surely possible that he may have hit it in his prime.

5'11.5 still looks his maximum low even today.
Zampo said on 10/Sep/18
@Junior,

To be honest, Justin Chatwin I think is a 5'11 guy. 180-181 cm range possibly (never got the feeling he was over this, at the most 5'11 3/8 but I think 5'11 1/8 is more likely for him at a low). He could look taller but not sure he would measure it.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 9/Sep/18
Looks nearly 6'0". 5'11.75" is very possible.
Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 8/Sep/18
Peter Capaldi is shorter than Justin Chatwin.
Hypado said on 7/Sep/18
Peter Calpadi, I love this actor, one of the best actors. My guess is this in the page. 181.5 cm.
Bobby said on 7/Sep/18
This is an odd listing, he looks a solid 6ft in this picture.
Greg said on 7/Sep/18
For Peter Capaldi he could be a guy who measures 5'11.5" at lunch time. So he definetly wakes at least at 6'0" if not over the mark. Like say 6'0.25-6'0.5" morning and 5'11.5 at his low.
Animus said on 7/Sep/18
Very honest with his self-listing. 90% of men at this height would claim 6'0 or taller, some of them even claiming 6'1 and 6'2.
QM6'1QM said on 7/Sep/18
Wow! Absolutley incredible photo, Rob.
He's 1.5 inches shorter than Mark Gatiss.
5'11.5" it's a great listing.
Zampo said on 7/Sep/18
Rob, I find your response to Connor quite interesting. Usually sometimes you could say "it's possible he may measure that mark". Does this mean you think there is a greater chance of him measuring below 5'11.5 than over?
Editor Rob
Less chance of being 11.75 than his own claim of 11.5 or very near it. There may be more chance of Matt Smith 11.75, I think that is a better chance.
RE said on 6/Sep/18
In the past, I would've guessed Peter at flat 5'11 but since Rob met the guy, I'm more convinced he's close to his 5'11.5 claim.
Rory said on 6/Sep/18
Rob, how much height do you think peters lost by 60 ? Doesn't seem much at all.
Editor Rob
I think he's held onto his height through to 60.
Connor Simpson said on 6/Sep/18
Is 5'11.75 possible Rob? To me he looks taller than 5'11.5
Editor Rob
I wouldn't have guessed him that tall.
RutgerKoresh said on 6/Sep/18
Yep, can't argue with that. He's no shorter than that.
HonestSlovene said on 6/Sep/18
Spot on, exactly what I've guessed him at.
184guy2 said on 5/Sep/18
nice beard Rob
Editor Rob
It comes and goes, about 3 times a year.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 5/Sep/18
Rob, did you meet Eccleston aswell?
Editor Rob
They are quite similar in person.
Andrea said on 5/Sep/18
I don't know him, but he looks easily around his 5'11.5 claim here. No less than 181.
Editor Rob
Capaldi is a guy who was measured 5ft 11.5 and claimed it. Most actors would round to 6ft.
VelikiSrbin said on 5/Sep/18
Seems an accurate listing
Nik said on 5/Sep/18
It's good that he has not overlisted himself! 5'11.5" - 6'0"!
Zampo said on 5/Sep/18
Capaldi is someone who measures between 181.6cm-182 cm at a low. I think his usual low is probably 181.7-8. The issue I see is the conflict with other listings, surely this puts to question many 6'0 listings (off the top of my head, Keith David, Corey Michael Smith etc, talk less of some 5'11.5 ones).

In this photo, Capaldi is looking taller than 5'11.5. His head seems slightly raised though. Anyway would have guessed 5'11.75-6'0 solely based on the picture.
LFCC said on 30/Jul/18
But I’m 5ft 11.5 and both edged me by half a inch
Editor Rob
Well I'd have said his sneaker was nearer 1 than 0.5, but I'd be surprised if he was six foot.
LFCC said on 29/Jul/18
I was at London Comic Con and both Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi who was wearing 0.5 inch heeled shoes are exactly the same height but a inch taller than Eccleston who was wearing shoes that add a inch and Tennant was taller by half a inch of Matt Smith and Capaldi.

I give Matt Smith and Capaldi 6ft
Tennant 6ft 0.5 and
Eccleston 5ft 11
Editor Rob
Peter is 5ft 11.5 as he claims...smith and eccleston all seem around that range too with David comfortably over six feet
Benjod23 said on 30/Apr/18
Looks 6ft here Click Here
Benjod21 said on 30/Mar/18
Look so 6ft here against David Tennant
Rory said on 5/Dec/17
It's commendable really to see someone like him claim 5ft11.5, considering he'd be a solid one it must be very tempting just to round to that 6ft milestone on your Cv.
Editor Rob said on 5/Oct/17
Capaldi has been pretty honest, there's a reason he was being listed on here at 5ft 11.5 for a long time...because it was what he claimed 😎
Jani said on 23/Sep/17
This seem to be fairly accurate but maybe a bit lower like 180-181cm. Gandolfini looked about 3cm taller than Capaldi in In The Loop with little bit of hunching so if Gandolfini would've stood completely straight the difference probably would've been more like 5cm.
Killed62 said on 5/Sep/17
Considering Pearl is 5ft 6 and if you take away the 1 inch that his shoes adds, he most Deffo looks 6 inches taller , so yes I think his height is 6ft and with those docs he looks nearly 6ft 1 nearly Tennants height in the show, And considering Clara reaches the bottom of his ear and with Matt she was on the top of his ear shows that there is a whole inch difference between their heights.
Richard said on 29/Jul/17
Has to be in 6ft range. I would think atleast 182.5 cm by 5 o clock.
Scarlett Rose said on 21/May/17
Has anyone noticed Peter Capaldi is wearing a TARDIS blue suit in the above picture? Peter, a life long fan of Doctor Who, was worthy of the role and got to live his dream. No one can love the character better than the ultimate fan who played him. Peter's Doctor was a better suited partner to Alex Kingston's River Song than Matt's. The Doctor v. 12 was a great sparing partner to Missy, too. Peter was surprisingly light on his feet, for a man of his age. I think he's more than a little reluctant to hand over the keys to the TARDIS to the next incumbent, though. It cannot get better than the Doctor's lifelong fan playing him. The Doctor should be a man, who looks like a scientist or professor for the character to be believable. The Doctor should be average height or tall. I will be sad to see Peter leave, but most actors don't stay in the part for longer than three series/seasons. It's a physically demanding role and I think the actors leave out of sheer exhaustion. Good luck, Peter. 🎥🎬
Daniel said on 15/May/17
Looks like a guy that's just short of 6ft
Albany Community Radio said on 16/Apr/17
Nar, he's around the 5' 11" mark no taller. Compare his height with David Tennant and the with Matt Smith and DT. Smith is 1/2" taller than Capaldi.
truth said on 16/Jun/16
I agree with Cole, 5'11.75 would be my estimate for him and 5'11.5 bare minimum. He can look just as much 6'0 as 5'11.5.
E said on 7/May/16
He's precisely 183cm tall, not one cm less.
Rory said on 28/Feb/16
I think 182cm is fair, never a legit 6'.
fox said on 5/Feb/16
Must be right
One of those where at 180cm my shoulders would be there but I'd be beaten by the size of his head.
Fruit said on 1/Feb/16
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Looks a little taller than (6'0" listed) Jane Lynch who was wearing low heels to his dress shoes. One of these listings is wrong.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Jan/16
May have been 6ft in his 30's and is now still very close to it
cole said on 31/Oct/15
I said it back in 2013 and I'll say it again - he looks like a 6 footer. Could be 5'11.75 but 181-182 cm range is too low.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 29/Oct/15
"Peter Capaldi's height is 5ft 11¾in (182cm)"

About 1in shorter than James Gandolfini (6ft0¾-1) in In The Loop
BT said on 19/Oct/15
@Editor Rob: Yeah, he hasn't lost anything noteworthy. I'm not for a second buying him under 5'11.5. Look at him next to Conan: Click Here he looks near enough 6 foot there. I'd bet on Peter being the more solid 182 cm guy out of himself, Smith and Cumberbatch, if not the full 183 cm. A 5'11.75 listing could be fair, 5'11.5 just seems a tad low.
L said on 15/Sep/15
Says 5'9 in Sunday Times interview.
[Editor Rob: that was the interviewer describing him: "He is a will-o'-the wisp, gentle and soft-spoken, small for his 5ft 9in"

look at him with samuel anderson and then anderson with me...he's nearly 6ft.]
Benji said on 30/Aug/15
I was measured by a nurse and was measure 6'1 and I start Capaldi was the same height, hold on no, he was about a inch shorter sorry is say he's about 6ft taller than what Matt is because Matt is quite short when I met Matt he looked 5'10.5 5'11
MD said on 27/Aug/15
Guess you're not 6'1", then.
Benji said on 26/Aug/15
Now this guy is taller than Matt I met him with my converses on and he was my height and I'm 6'1 and he was wearing converses too
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 24/Jun/15
Rob, will you be able to meet him in the future?
[Editor Rob: not sure really...I'd hope he does another event in the future.]
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 13/Apr/15
6ft peak, Rob?
[Editor Rob: it is possible he hasn't really lost much at all, he can still pull off almost 6ft.]
Lorne said on 21/Mar/15
Mike says on 10/Jan/15
Can look 5ft 11 and 6ft so 11.5 seems right.
[Editor Rob: in Dr Who he can pull of nearer 6ft at times, but does have a pretty thick style of boot, maybe 1.3-1.4 inch types.]

I'd also point out that he seems to hold good posture, compared to a guy like Smith, who had terrible posture, and could look between 5'11 and 6ft.

Accounting for posture and footwear, I think Smith could edge him out, though it could be to close to call.

But hopefully Rob will get to meet him soon! :) $$$
[Editor Rob: he did an event a few months ago, smaller one and enjoyed it from what I heard, but it was charity kind of based, I saw a few photos with friends who got one...Peter actually can pull off 6ft with them, I was surprised!
No idea when he'll do one I go to...]
Adam said on 24/Jan/15
Wow, I say certainly a lot in my comments. I better dial back on that.
Adam said on 21/Jan/15
Also, there's these:
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Click Here the best or most even photos, I grant you, but he certainly seems to measure up to confirmed 6'0 Benedict Cumberbatch in what appears to be equal footwear.
Adam said on 21/Jan/15
Spike
The only scene Capaldi shared with James Gandolfini in In The Loop had them both leaning over a table, making it a pretty bad shot for judging height. Compare to 6'0 David Rasche in the same movie, and he certainly looks 6'0, possibly 5'11.75. I don't know if he's lost any height these days, but I would certainly say he was 6'0 in most of his performances.
Mastro said on 14/Jan/15
If you watch Local Hero he towers over everyone (admittedly short cast) until Burt Lancaster shows up and looks about 2-3 inches taller than Capaldi in the beach scene.
Mike said on 10/Jan/15
Can look 5ft 11 and 6ft so 11.5 seems right.
[Editor Rob: in Dr Who he can pull of nearer 6ft at times, but does have a pretty thick style of boot, maybe 1.3-1.4 inch types.]
Hypado said on 11/Oct/14
For me, Peter Capaldi is 181/182cm
Triplescrew said on 10/Sep/14
Doesn't come off as being as tall as Matt. I'd give Matt 6'0" and Peter something like 5'11.25".
salvo said on 15/Aug/14
Major recent Sunday Times interview says he is only 5ft 9, and that's been repeated since in another interview, but this has to be wrong. Jenna Coleman is 5ft 2 and even with massive heels on she only comes up to his chin; he is definitely more than 7 inches taller than she is.
mike said on 29/Jun/14
Mark reply: wow it took a long time for another comment to be posted here but YES HE LOOKS AMAZING! i saw the teaser! can't wait!.
Mark said on 28/Jun/14
The NEW Doctor!
truth said on 6/Feb/14
5ft11.5 is bang on Rob, thanks.
spike said on 11/Jan/14
Looks two inches shorter than weak 6'1 Gandolfini in "In the Loop".
cole said on 30/Dec/13
6ft seems accurate.
Anon said on 8/Aug/13
6 foot, maybe a bit more of an inch by looks of it.
Anon said on 1/Sep/12
I would have said he's possibly about 6ft from memory, and looking back at videos of him next to me and my friend. In the photo I have with him, he's about an inch taller than me I'd say (I'm 5'10), but I recall him crouching down a bit.
Anon said on 17/Jan/12
Paul O'Grady is around 6 and Peter is much much taller than him, Id say hes around 6'2
Ash said on 3/Aug/11
I'd say he's def 6' if not more...in this vid he and Craig Ferguson are eye to eye and Craig is every bit of 6'2" (I've met Craig, I'm 5'5" and my head didn't clear his shoulder) Click Here
TheVerve180 said on 13/Jan/11
"In the loop" he does look at least tallish so 5ft10 min and 5ft11.5 max.
Katherine Crouch said on 19/Nov/08
Definately six foot, I was at art school with him
artz28 said on 23/Aug/06
I don´t think he´s that tall. In WireImage you can see pics of him next to Alicia Witt( 5'8.5 according to all sources)in an event. I think he´s no more than 5'9.5- 5'10. Witt is wearing heels and isn´t standing straight and she looks a bit taller. Click Here

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