Shauna Macdonald's Height
5ft 5 ¾ (167 cm)
Scottish Actress best known for playing Sarah in The Descent and its sequel. On tv she played Sam Buxton in Spooks. Once described as a 'tiny 5ft 2' by one newspaper, she listed her height as "5 feet 7 inches" on her Spotlight page. In this convention photo, she had a good 2 inches more footwear than me.
5ft 8 Rob and Shauna @ Collectormania 2011
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Average Guess (8 Votes)
5ft 5.56in (166.5cm)
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 26/Jul/19
I've just watched Shauna in a very tense little movie called 'Nails'.
This isn't exactly the ideal film from which to judge her height, as she is knocked over and admitted to a revolting, haunted hospital, where she's bed-ridden following some near fatal injuries to her head and legs. Having said that, do make the most of the opening scenes where she goes jogging. She does look kind of petite, though that's due to her shape more than her height, but even a 6ft2 woman - or man! - would be helpless in her situation. She has to talk through a machine and she is tied to her bed for safety reasons.
The fact that Shauna's character of Dana actually died for a few minutes makes her extra vulnerable to supernatural forces, a topic I have seen tackled in many a film's storyline. She has a lovely, supportive daughter, played by Leah McNamara, but a rat of a husband, so her only real hope is a hospital worker/nurse, who takes the form of the 5ft9 Ross Noble, who looks big and strong next to Shauna. At least he doesn't totally dismiss her claims, confessing that he has 'sensed a presence' in that hospital room.
I found this film more enjoyable than 'The Descent', as there was so much more mystery to it. Having seen it advertised on my copy of the unbeatable occult thriller 'A Dark Song', I took that as recommendation enough! And I wasn't disappointed....
Shauna can have 5ft5.75. I've had the opportunity to compare her to the other actresses who star in 'The Descent', after all!
Nik said on 7/Jun/19
What a lovely picture of two great Scots!
said on 24/Mar/19
How about her descent co star Natalie mendoza Rob? She's been listed 5ft 7 and 5ft 6 the latter seems the most she can be
A weak 5ft 6 is more likely than 5ft 7 from what I've seen.
Sandy Cowell said on 12/Mar/18
💡 I wonder how many people have noticed how realistic the opening scenes of 'The Descent'
are? First you see Shauna enjoying a day out with her family and then - wham! There is a dreadful car accident wiping out all members of the family, accept for Shauna! Not perhaps, what one expects until the end of a film, but this is, after all, an unsettling horror film.
You see Shauna gaunt of face and with beautifully overgrown hair, waking up in a hospital after many months in a coma. It is the details of her hair and weight-loss that draw our attention to this fact, which speaks highly for the film.
Now Shauna, happy and smiling again at least on the surface, is going to embark on an adventure, a 'descent' into another kind of terror, with a bunch of girlfriends, but just how much can one girl stand? I think she's been through enough already!
Well, I am going to have my memory refreshed now, as I haven't seen this for a while, but my one last thought is, "I wonder if, after being for months or even years in a coma, is it likely to contribute to the hastening in later life of a person's height shrinkage?"
Well, I think she'd have to eat very sensibly after such a horrendous ordeal to minimalise this possibility, don't you? It goes to show that the healing properties of good food can step in at harsh times in one's life to restore good health physically and, of course, mentally!
Now I'll continue with the film....!
(Today I am giving Shauna MacDonald 5ft5.75!)
Sandy Cowell said on 10/Dec/17
I mentioned in my last comment about Shauna, from 2nd April, that she appears at the end of a film about an unfortunate bunch of young women who are trying to enjoy some time out together. Well, I saw that film this week; it is called 'The Hike' and the last surviving girl knocks at a household where she is attended to by Shauna's character, Helen. It turns out that Helen is the other half of one of the murdering scumbags and she takes great exception when the traumatised girl kills her fella in self-defence - and in true horror-film queen style, she takes a golf club and kills her in an act of revenge!
I think she was in on it all along!
Shauna can have 5ft5.5 today! She is pictured in 'The Hike' with her bloke, who is almost a whole head taller than her, but he is big and strong and highly likely to be over 6ft, but uses it for all the worst things he can whereas a decent guy with that amount of brawn might want to become a fireman!
Sandy Cowell said on 2/Apr/17
@ Rob - That MK Stadium sounds very drafty, a bit like going to see an open-air rock concert on a windy day!
It does rather impair the enjoyment!
anyonmious said on 27/Jan/17
I say around a weak 5'5" max for her. 5'4" is more like it.
Ted said on 6/Mar/14
5'6" or 5' 5.5" does seem right. Shauna's head tilt makes her seem shorter than she really is.
richkid123 said on 24/Jan/14
Sam said on 11/Oct/13
She's quite good in The Descent and I think a valid 5'6".
Elijah said on 26/Jan/13
@J.Lee: she's tilting her head remember. With her head straight they look like they would be same height.
hello1234 said on 22/Oct/12
5'5 looks more like it
said on 16/Oct/12
rob, how come you're taller than her if she has a 2 inch advantage?
[Editor Rob: she was a little smaller when I met her, but maybe 5ft 5.5 would be bang on.]
nyczaces said on 12/Aug/12
If she had 2 inch advantage, at 5'6, then shouldn't she be the same height as you, rob? I think she's probably closer to 5'4 barefoot.