How tall is Peter Purves

Peter Purves Height

5ft 11 ½ (181.6 cm)

English television presenter best known as a presenter on the BBC children's show Blue Peter. He also worked as an actor, most notably during the William Hartnell era of Dr Who, in which he played companion Steven Taylor. In an interview on he said of his stature, "I'm six feet." I met him at a Collectormania in 2012.

5ft 8 Rob with Peter

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Average Guess (25 Votes)
5ft 11.81in (182.4cm)
Abdul-177DK said on 29/Sep/22
6ft fits.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 10/Feb/21
Ha ha ha! I've just read through my previous Peter Purves comments and learnt something! I really MUST check through what I've written before - eek! 🐀

How many times did I mention my surprise at finding out that Pete was an actor? 😆 I think that fact should long have been established the first time I wrote about it, but my awe at this news has simply gone on and on! I wonder if he still dabbles in the art, perhaps signing up for the odd Christmas pantomime? He still looked fit enough 8-9 years ago, that's for sure...

I talked about a Blue Peter episode from 1969 in my last comment. 🐘 My word, my Daddy was only 40-41 then - younger than Rob.

How I wish I could climb into a time machine and give my Dad a big hug, little girl style...


Pete can have 5ft11.75 - peak height. He was never less than that, and probably a strong 6ft when he got up.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 5/Feb/21
I've just found online a clip of the famous incident when Lulu the baby elephant embarrassed herself on live TV on the children's teatime television magazine programme, 'Blue Peter'. Hailing from 1969, the following day at school it was the topic of much discussion.

Watching it again after all these years, I couldn't believe how little the piece of 💩 actually was; the kids who hadn't seen it were told by those who had that it was a steaming great pile, but it was so insignificant that it could easily have been missed by anyone other than the most eagle-eyed. 🦅 The clip does, however, show how much taller than John Noakes and Valerie Singleton, formerly a newsreader, Peter Purves actually was and why we kids referred to the presenter as 'The Tall One'.

My guess for Pete's peak shall be 5ft11.75. 🐘

⭐ You can find it by typing into Google: Blue Peter elephant Lulu.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Nov/20
Might still stretch to 5ft11
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 26/May/20
Looks around a weak 5'11". His current height should be updated.
Dr Stupid said on 17/May/20
would you say Peter Purves has lost any height?
Editor Rob
In recent years he looks under 5ft 11
Mr B said on 19/Mar/20
i met him he looked alot shorter then i was expecting im 5ft 9 and i had a photo woth him we lood the same height in the photo he was leaning into me in the photo so he might of been droping a bit of height and he might of lost some height with age
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 2/Dec/19
Ha ha! I wrote about discovering that Pete's an actor just over 2 and a half years ago, but I'd forgotten!

Miss Sandy Cowell said on 2/Dec/19
I had no idea Peter was an actor - until just now, when I found him on the 'Doctor Who' page!

He was always the tallest and burliest out of his co-presenters on 'Blue Peter', but then, one of them, Valerie Singleton, was a woman. John Noakes was the other male presenter and notably shorter than Pete.

Pete gets 5ft11.5. 😃👍
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 15/Mar/19
⚓️ Good times, good pets, including the two Big Dogs, including Shep, and a Siamese Cat!

Peter hasn't aged much at all! 😄
Sandy Cowell said on 5/Mar/19
Peter is doing well for his age! He did Blue Peter when I was a kid....📺

He can have 5ft11.5 exactly.
MAD SAM said on 21/Sep/18
Might as well be a clean 6 foot guy back in the day at 183 cm
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 3/Nov/17
I think 5ft10-11 zone today, maybe close to 5ft11 with a bust gut
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Oct/17
Rob, did he look this in person or is this a peak?

He's definitely losing a fair bit in the photo though so kinda hard to figure out...
Editor Rob
peak, I think he was near 6ft, though of course didn't look it at the age he was there.
World Citizen said on 19/May/17
His height today will be near 5 ft 11 I think.
Sandy Cowell said on 7/Apr/17
It's amazing what you can pick up on celebheights! I never knew Peter Purves acted! I just remembered him as a 'Blue Peter' presenter - when I was a kid! He was always the tallest of the 3 (Val, John and Pete), by quite some inches. 6ft or a bit more sounds fine for his prime but here he looks at the very most 5ft11, so that is what I'm going to give him.
jay said on 16/Aug/15
met him at comic con in sheffield was 1.5inches shorter than me and im 6ft.

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