How tall is Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais Height

5ft 7 ½ (171.5 cm)

British actor best known for TV shows The Office and Extras. In film he can be seen in Ghost Town, The Invention of Lying and in 2014's Muppets Most Wanted. He said in a 2009 Inside the Actor's Studio interview, "I'm 5 foot 8" and in another interview joked "I'm a lot taller than I look on television and younger, and for the role of David Brent I wore a fat suit under my shirt and trousers. Really I'm about 25 and about 6ft 1in tall. So that's probably why you don't recognise me in the street."
I am 5ft 8in, not 5ft 7in. That makes me furious at the time. But I don't give a f**k unless they say I shag tortoises.

How tall is Ricky Gervais
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No, I'm six-four. I'm wearing nine-inch lifts, though ... Like Tom Cruise.

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Average Guess (33 Votes)
5ft 6.98in (170.1cm)
Rick C said on 8/Nov/19
Watching episodes of Louie with Louis CK, Gervais looks a lot shorter next to Louis than Matthew Broderick (also 5'7 and a half) does in scenes on the show.
Nik Ashton said on 19/Sep/19
It would be great to see him pictured with Tom Cruise (🚢!)!
avi said on 4/Jul/19
He seems to be 5'6 zone.
Yang (5ft 8 Chinese men) said on 12/Dec/18
Similar height with Tom Cruise imo.....
Declan Mclean said on 4/Oct/18
He looks 5 foot 8 but that would make sense since shoes make him 5 foot 8 and on tv, he is always wearing shoes. I thought he was 5,9 once because on tv the angles can make you look 2 or more inches taller than you are, but in this photo it shows his true angle of height i believe.
Rourke said on 6/Aug/18
@monkey knees no way is Karl 5’11.5” he is definitely a strong 6 footer. Ricky is probably 5’7 because he’s not far off 60 but was definitely 5’8 range younger
Monkey knees said on 15/Jul/18
Gervais - 5.7
Merchant - 6'6.5
Pilkington - 5'11.5
Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 27/Jun/18
People who think he was 5'6 makes Stephen Merchant max 6'5.5", they're at worst 1/2 shorter.
JD said on 13/Mar/18
I'm guessing 5'7 but probably an above average tortoise.
Monkey knees said on 5/Mar/18
Have worked post production on a lot of his live shows. He is a small man. 5'7 is spot on. But, he's done so much for comedy, he's allowed to be short ;)
John said on 26/Dec/17
Hard for me to see him anywhere over 5'7.
MJKoP said on 30/Oct/17
He's 5'7.5" and shags lobsters. :D
Konan said on 17/Sep/17
5'6-5'7, sometimes does look 5'7-ish but that's probably with certain footwear. I'd say morning height - 171 cm afternoon - 170-169 cm and night 168 cm.
John Davis said on 6/Jul/17
He's got to be like 5ft 6 he was so small compared to the other actors on the Office and Ricky Gervais was wearing Cuban heels! Downgrade needed.
@Andy said on 13/Feb/17
That looks like an 8-9 inch difference, which adds up. Conan is about 6'4 and Gervais is 5'7-5'7.5 range.
Hello said on 8/Feb/17
Obviously he is strong 5'6" or 168-169 cm.
Clint said on 28/Dec/16
While I agree with Rob's verdict for mean stature throughout the day, mathematically he can claim 5'8", nobody goes by half inches, if you're at .5 and above you round up, below that mark you round down. He can claim 5'8" with integrity imo
Andy said on 12/Dec/16
5'5, no more. Pause at 0:53 Click Here
Chris Robinson said on 20/Nov/16
At the 2003 British comedy awards he received his award from Noel Gallagher - and was at least an inch to two inches shorter. Check it out on Youtube. Ricky is no more than 5ft 6 at best. Unless Noel is surprisingly tall. He just keeps talking himself up out of insecurity.
Dr. Strangelove said on 14/Nov/16
I strongly believe this is his morning height. He then goes down to a weak 5'7 at best.
S.J.H said on 14/Oct/16
At most 5'7 and look an easy full foot shorter than stephen merchant
Editor Rob said on 29/Aug/16
Seeing this quote, he reminds of Pegg:
"I am 5ft 8in, not 5ft 7in. That makes me furious at the time. But I don't give a f**k unless they say I shag tortoises"
Nev said on 6/Jun/16
On the Ellen show it looked like Ricky was 1/2 inch shorter than Ellen DeGeneres, so he should be downgraded to 169cm.
ShortRussianDude said on 31/Mar/16
He was Slighty taller than Jon Stewart If you Measured him In Stocking & Suspenders At Night he would measure around 170cm - 170.5cm
gorky said on 10/Nov/15
nailed it again Rob
MaskDeMasque said on 25/Oct/15
5'6 is rubbish. He's somewhere in the 5'7 to 5'7.5 region.
Sam said on 21/Sep/15
I find it rather hard to believe that Gervais is 1.5 inches taller than Ben Stiller, he also look a pretty solid 2 inches under Steve Carell when Gervais cameod on the American Office. I think Ricky is very much Big G size, maybe as much as 5'7.25" out of bed but really not more than 5'6.75" most of the time.
MrPink said on 12/Apr/15
If Conan is 6'4 and Andy is 6'2, then Ricky is no more than 5'6 - 5'6.5 max!
Here is the proof at 0:45 : Click Here
CD said on 2/Jan/15
I saw the new Night at the Museum today and he manages to pull off looking a good 2 inches taller than Stiller, so probably was wearing lifts.
Steve said on 23/Aug/14
He always looked taller to me, about 172-173 I imagine.
Sam said on 28/May/14
Was Ben Stiller wearing lifts in A Night at the Museum, because if anything he appeared to be edging out Gervais? Based on that alone, I would see Gervais as at least an inch under his listing.
cole said on 26/May/14
Looks closer to 5'6 with Larry David, certainly nothing over 5'7.
TJ said on 19/Mar/14
Looked maximum 2 inches shorter than Queen Latifah in a recent promo and Rob has her at 5'9.75. I don't think he's shorter than what Rob has him at.
TJ said on 17/Mar/14
Don't know how you are seeing a 2.5-3 inch difference between Depp and Gervais. Looks like 1 inch.
fsd said on 12/Mar/14
ricky is clearly 5'5.5 -5'6 ft check out his 2012 glden globes with johny depp 5'8 -5'8.5 ft max there a 2.5 -3 inch diffrence Click Here
ian said on 9/Mar/14
Shorter. Proof is easily here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmxk5ksh3Bo
truth said on 17/Jan/14
5,6 .. 5.7.5 is an absolute joke
jo said on 1/Jan/14
**** off, at least two inches shorter.
James said on 31/Oct/13
Pilkington was on Alan Carr Chatty Man the other night, looked 5ft 10 max with 5ft 9 Alan Carr, difficult to say if Carr had a footwear advantage, clear views of his footwear when sat down but I couldn't decide. Either way Pilkington is an absolute max 5ft 11 flat. On that basis Ricky Gervais is 5ft 7 max for me. Rob could you make a page for Karl Pilkington? He deserves it!
jim said on 30/Oct/13
Pilkington looks pretty damn tall in Derek. 6'0"-6'1" sounds reasonable for Karl.
James said on 20/Oct/13
Seems 5ft 7 to me. Difficult to compare with Pilkington, somehow gets listed at 6ft 1, however on his recent tv program the moaning of life, he listed himself as 6 feet, looks around the 5ft 11/6ft range.

On a sidenote Rob, how about a page for Karl Pilkington?
avi said on 18/Sep/13
strong 5'6
shamrock said on 25/Aug/13
Flight attendant alert : same height as me - around 5'7/1m 70. Carried him on a flight.
wow said on 15/Aug/13
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtlzVG8p3_U
same height as Ben stiller
AverageJoe said on 6/Aug/13
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Definitely over a foot shorter than 6'7" Merchant. His shoes look a little bigger too.

Click Here (3:15)
Significantly shorter than 5'11"~ Karl Pilkington.

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Same height as 5'6.5" Freeman.

He's 5'6.5".
Keltoi said on 28/Jun/13
Rob, Dizzee Rascal posted a photo on Facebook of him and Ricky Gervais standing together.

He wasn't even standing straight and still had a good 1.5 inches on him. You've got Dizzee listed as 174cm (5'8.5") on here, which means Gervais is at the absolute most 170cm (5'7"). I think there would be a good 2 inch difference though with both standing straight.

Ricky's 5'8" claim is a little optimistic, he's a 169cm (5'6.5") guy for me.
SD said on 18/Apr/13
If you watch him on The Daily Show (specifically 4/17/13) he looks to be the same height as Jon Stewart, a pretty honest 5'7.
lelman said on 7/Apr/13
met him at a book signing a few years ago, my girlfriend is 5'9" and she was slightly taller than him. I'd say solid 5'7".
theboss said on 21/Jan/13
5'5 girlfriend stood next to him in London, she said he was the same height as her.. 5'6 no more for ricky
Arch Stanton said on 19/Dec/12
Noel Gallagher has always been a questionable 5 ft 8, but Gervais surely looks no more than 5 ft 7 in comparison.
Arch Stanton said on 19/Dec/12
Click Here

Rob, check out the height difference between Noel Gallagher and Gervais.
Awesomimous said on 19/Oct/12
something tells me @lan-jiao doesn't get ironic humor...

171cm is good for this guy.
MaskDeMasque said on 6/Oct/12
5'7. I cant see as low as 5'6 or as high as 5'8.
platypus said on 21/Sep/12
No way RIcky Gervais is 5'8", more like 5'6".
jake, 1.82 m/ 1.83 m said on 16/Jan/12
5" 7.25, 170-171 cm.
Silent d said on 29/Dec/11
He looked small next to tea leoni and greg kinnear. No way he is 5 foot 8. At least 7cm difference between him and kinnear. 170cm.
Silent d said on 21/Dec/11
He was shorter than johnny depp by a bit. 171cm.
Woot said on 3/Dec/11
he has terrible posture
LAN Jiao said on 29/Sep/11
ricky is every bite 168^169cm. pull no lie. swear.
lan jiao said on 6/Sep/11
6ft1 at 25? 5ft8 now. he think he is 200year old immortal oldmen.. lol he is always 5ft6.5 and look 5ft6 nowadays. elevator shoe and big sneakers took a big part for his role in film. every bite of 5ft6 proportion he look in tv and out.
Legend said on 12/Jul/11
How tall is Louis CK?
James said on 25/Jun/11
170cm. no taller.
Mathew said on 5/May/11
Godred says on 13/Apr/11
Anyone know how tall Karl Pilkington is? Rob? Anyone?

I'm not sure but I get the feeling he's somewhere around 6' give or take a bit one way or another.
Godred said on 13/Apr/11
Anyone know how tall Karl Pilkington is? Rob? Anyone?
thorterr said on 15/Mar/11
he said in extras,episode with daniel radcliffe,that he was 5ft 8
Mathew said on 11/Mar/11
He looked shorter than 5'7" Ryan Seacrest, but has inferior posture (and possibly footware). If Seacrest has big shoes on I can maybe buy Gervais at 5'7.5", if there is no footware advantage he's looking more 5'6.5" - 5'6.75" there.
Adamz said on 16/Feb/11
Gervais is the same height as Glenn in my opinion. The height listed here is generous for this actor.
JKL said on 28/Jan/11
Maybe he's shrunk, but on the US Office last night he looked at least 2 inches shorter than Carell, who is definitely no more than 5'9.
Anonymous said on 23/Jan/11
He appears 5'9".....he looks totally average height.
Shaun said on 17/Jan/11
Mmm if you view Gervais and Seacrest when the camera pans out at a difference its difficult to see Gervais as anything above 5'7 but up close there is barely anything in it. I have Seacrest at 5'7.5"-5'7.75" (weak 5'8" range) like Tom Cruise. Certainly a very weak 5'8" Rob.. out of observation with Seacrest I would say Gervais is as much 5 ft 8 as dear old Glenn is...
Shaun said on 17/Jan/11
Na I got the wrong impression that Seacrest was at leats an inch taller because of his hair.

Click Here

If you reduce Seacrests hair then they are very similar in height. What do you think Rob?

[Editor Rob: seacrest looks the taller of them, although I'm not sure how good/bad gervais posture is]
Shaun said on 17/Jan/11
If Seacrest really is 5'7.75 then Gervais is more 5'6.5". See it on youtube.
Shaun said on 17/Jan/11
Actually Rob, he needs a slight downgrade to 5'7". Gervais was standing right next to weak 5'8" Ryan Seacrest and looked over an inch shorter. The is footage on youtube of it. No way are Gervais and Seacrest very similar in height. Seacrest had an easy inch on him.
Shaun said on 17/Jan/11
This guy has giant cajones. Imagine how much it would take to not only be successful in America but to stand in front of Hollywood's elite and actually have the audacity to take swipes at them!!! At least Alec Baldwin and Robert De Niro enjoyed his presenting. Rumour has it Gervais was yelled at behind the scenes during the show for his gay scientologist joke. I wondered why Downey Junior seemed to have lost his sense of humour, when I saw what Gervais said I can completely understand why he was angry... Gervais does look betwene 5'7" and 5'8".
Ejel Khan said on 24/Jun/09
Jervais is 5'6.5", max. He regularly lies about his height, claiming 5'8".
Big T said on 19/May/09
shorter than Cruise, Seacrest, Stiller and Hill. He's gotta be more 5'6", or perhaps he's just the only short guy in Hollywood not wearing lifts?
Dr. Steve Brule said on 1/May/09
Watch this vid - Click Here

Here he is with 5'6 jonah hill who actually appears to be the exact same height as ricky (if not taller?)

Although at 5'6 jonah might be wearing lifts, although every time i see him he's wearing converse. I'll let you guys decide.
Clay said on 22/Apr/09
He made his 6'3 Office co star Oliver Chris look about 7 foot.
k said on 9/Apr/09
I'm exactly 5'8" in flats and stood eye to eye with him when I bumped into him on Tottenham court road last year
Austrian said on 26/Mar/09
"Really I'm about 25 and about 6ft 1in tall. So that's probably why you don't recognise me in the street."

hahaha oh god u just gotta love Ricky Gervais
Anonymous said on 14/Mar/09
I saw an interview of Youtube where Russell Brand (6' 1.5")and Gervais were standing beside one another and Gervais came up to his chin. I think he's 5' 7" flat.
Lmeister said on 14/Jan/09
Cheers Leung :)
Leung said on 13/Jan/09
Lmeister says on 26/Apr/07
Young Ricky or is it Boy George = )
Click Here

This classic Lmeister contribution is worth reposting.
Big T said on 12/Jan/09
An inch shorter than Ryan Seacrest at the Golden Globes.
Anonymous said on 9/Jan/09
Just saw him on Conan last night...if Conan is 6'4", then there's no way Gervais is anywhere near 5'8". He looked more than a foot shorter! Unless Conan is actually about 6'8"...
Annoyed said on 21/Dec/08
claims 5'8 after a minute or two in this clip ! Click Here
Annoyed said on 1/Dec/08
My friend who works in the airport met him barefoot. He said about 5'8" so this is actually accurate
Daii said on 29/Oct/08
Just seen him in his new movie "Ghost Town" (which is brilliant) and he was 2 inches shorter than 5'10 Greg Kinnear. Above height sounds spot on
Annoyed said on 29/Oct/08
gervais is 5'7.5" to 5'8"
Anonymous said on 25/Oct/08
I think most people would look diminutive standing next to someone who is 6'7
Anonymous -15 said on 20/Oct/08
5'7.5 seems pretty accurate , he's definetely a bit over 5,7 , but doesn't really seem to round up to a full 5,8. He looks quite diminutive standing next to 6'7 Stephen Merchant in Extras though.
GUK said on 18/Oct/08
Said 5ft 8 on Jonathan Ross 17-oct 08. Doesn't look that tall though
ozzy osborne said on 7/Oct/08
he was about an inch taller than ben stiller on night at the museum
ted h in nyc said on 21/Sep/08
I just saw Ghost Movie and Ricky's a good 2 " shorter than Greg Kinnear who looks about 5'9
So 5'7 seems right
Alexandra said on 6/Aug/08
In the Extras with Danniel Radcliffe he says he's 5'8
AnnoyeD said on 5/Jul/08
Mackenzie Crook is actually 5'9! He overcuts hits height so he can play the nerdish and weasley roles more effectively, he is 5'9. Gervais is 5'8 out of bed and drops to about 5'7.5 throughout the day.
brad said on 20/May/08
i think about 5'7" because he appears to be same height as ben stiller in night at the museum.
Anonymous said on 9/May/08
Mackenzie Crook's site has his height at 1.72m. In the Office he clearly has a couple of inches on Gervais therefore Gervais is 1.67m or 1.68m.
Benny said on 10/Jan/08
"I'm a lot taller than I look on television and younger, and for the role of David Brent I wore a fat suit under my shirt and trousers. Really I'm about 25 and about 6ft 1in tall. So that's probably why you don't recognise me in the street."

Classic Ricky Gervais. Hilarious.
Helen said on 15/Jul/07
He's definitely 5 8. I'm 5' 7.5", and I've stood next to him. He was slightly taller. Only slightly though!
Anonymous said on 2/Jul/07
how much of difference is between him and john simm here;
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Rachel said on 26/Apr/07
Sometimes he reminds me of david bowie, especially when he smiles.
Lmeister said on 26/Apr/07
Young Ricky or is it Boy George = )
Click Here
Leung said on 25/Apr/07
Saw the Ricky Gervias biography in the book store so I had a quick browse. There are a couple of photos from his younger days, he was once in a boy band which apparently didn’t have much commercial success but Ricky was a lot thinner and looked like a totally different person. It’s really astonishing.
Rachel said on 24/Apr/07
He looks quite short in The Office and he is, plus he has a slouch that makes him appear 5'7 with shoes but 171 barefoot seems very exact.

Ricky man, stand up straight!

anyway he is funny as hell and extremly talented and has great hair.
Editor Rob said on 2/Oct/06
See he's still claiming "5ft 8" in that little 'short man complex' scene in Extras radcliffe episode...
rushy said on 21/Sep/06
all that matters is he is hilarious!

if he was 5"1 or 6"1...wud he be less or more funny?

end of debate

[Editor Rob: are you having a laugh?]
Polska said on 4/Sep/06
I'm a big fan of the British version of The Office and he's always looked shorter than this to me. Stephen Merchent has described himself as 6 ft 7 and looks over a foot taller than Gervais.

Also, when Gervais was on the daily show he looked exactly the same height as Stewart who you have listed at 5'6.5". You can see the clip here Click Here

Finally, I agree with the poster below that Gervais may have taken to wearing bigger heals. If you watch series one of the office you'll notice that he and Martin Freemen seem to be the exact same height (especially apparent at the end of episode five when they're leaving the club). And in series two Patrick Baladi, who plays his new boss Neil, looks significantly taller. Yet in the Christmas special Gervais looks to be an inch taller than Freemen and doesn't appear as short next to Patrick Baladi as he did previously (especially noticable in the group photo at the very end of the special).

Considering all this I'd say he's much closer to 5'6".

[Editor Rob: the funny thing, all three of the main office main cast have 'claimed' 5ft 8...]
Geezer said on 30/Aug/06
Brent wears 2" heels.
MM said on 14/May/06
Me and a friend saw him in the strand recently and we both towered over him - I'd say 5'7" would be very generous.

[Editor Rob: yes, a few folk have been saying that...]
Steve Rose said on 28/Mar/06
I saw Ricky Gervais on stage last night. I was near the front and I would say he is 5ft 6inches and very funny. Also have you ever see him standing next to Stephen Merchent, hed have to be quite short unless Stephen is about 10 feet high.
Damon said on 28/Jan/06
Well your opinion is appreciated, but he's 5'8. That's well established.
TheMan said on 19/Jan/06
5,7 seems to high for gervais even but thats as much as i can give him.
Tubbs said on 19/Jan/06
Ricky was measured at 5'8 for that celebrity boxing a few years ago against Grant Bovey, Bovey was 5'10.
Damon said on 18/Jan/06
Ben Stiller is 5'6 max, I thought this site covered that pretty well. But regardless, Gervais is not shorter than Stiller. Gervais has verified many times, in his radio show and whatnot, that he's 5'8. Comparing him to all the other celebrities and whatnot that he's stood next to, I believe it. Plus, at the very end of The Office when the gang is getting their picture taken, he's standing next to the character Tim, who CAN'T be shorter than 5'6 (I think he's 5'8), and Brent looked a couple inches taller than him.

Gervais isn't the kind of guy who'd give a damn about his height, and he wouldn't lie about it, multiple times. He says he's 5'8, so he's 5'8.
starky said on 21/Dec/05
Gervais is shorter than Ben Stiller in extras... so if Stiller is 5ft 8, Gervais would be nearer the 5ft 6 range

[Editor Rob: I made the comment on stiller's page about their scene together back 22nd july and though inconclusive. But anybody can actually watch this scene here. Gervais does have trainers, I forget exactly what stiller wearing...]
jer cross said on 22/Nov/05
i saw ricky in london today and he looked tiny. i am 5 10
Rico said on 7/May/05
According to IMDB, Stephen Merchant, who Ricky Gervais co-wrote The Office, with is 6' 7".

(He's the lanky dude with Ricky and Noel Gallagher)

[Editor Rob: yeah he does look a very tall guy...]
Dmn said on 7/Apr/05
Noel isn't standing up that straight though. Noel's feet are spread farther apart. His shoes look almost like socks compared to Gervais'. Gervais looks to have great posture in this series of pics. Noel is 1 inch taller, I think, maybe 1.5. Gervais = 5'7.

In this pic Noel is leaning a bit, his head isn't straight, but he still looks taller.
http://editorial.gettyimages.com/source/search/details_pop.aspx?iid=51888858&cdi=0

Love the site, by the way.
Anonymous said on 7/Apr/05
Gervais says he's 173 cm but that's probably with his shoes on. A lot of short people give their height when they're wearing shoes to save face. i'd say he's about 171 cm max as he is about the same height as Freeman. Plus have a read of what this person said about Gervais's height: http://www.angelfire.com/tv/11Show/Ricky/Information.html
Lmeister said on 30/Mar/05
At least U can see from the second pic that Ewan ain't 5'10.25''. One might say that he is slouching, but Gervais isn't standing tall either. Every pic of Martin Freeman shows that he is exactly 170 cm and I am pretty damn sure that so is Gervais. Sometimes in the Office Gervais appears taller than Freeman 'cause David Brent is such a cheeky bastard character who stands tall all the time...My estimation is that Martin Freeman is 5'6.5'', Ricky Gervais 5'7'' and Ewan McGregor 5'8.5''.
Anonymous said on 29/Mar/05
i think Gervais is smaller than this. Look at Season 1 episode 5 of the Office when Martin Freeman and Gervais are coming out of Chasers nightclub and walking down the street. There's practically no difference in height between the two and if there is its negligible. You have Martin Freeman at 5ft 7 therefore Gervais is probably only about 5'7.

[Editor Rob: Noel 5ft 8 Gallagher and Gervais, Gervais and Ewan McGregor. A tricky one as yeah there isn't really a great noticeable difference between gervais/freeman...maybe I'm under/over estimating one of them...hmm]

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