Tony Robinson's Height
5ft 4 (162.6 cm)
English actor, best known for playing Baldrick in TV series Blackadder. He also presented the show Time Team. In the Metro Newspaper in 2002, he commented on his height, saying: "I'm 5ft 4in, but I'm fairly philosophical about that...there is the other option of being unhappy and bitter, but why bother?"
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Average Guess (13 Votes)
5ft 3.81in (162.1cm)
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 17/Apr/19
There have been two women a bit smaller than Tony and one, an actress with a twin sister, who was about four inches shorter! So ner! 👥
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 16/Apr/19
This funny sausage is discussing a really serious subject in his DVD 'Gods and Monsters', yet he still has me in hysterics!
While detailing the reasons as to why it was at one time believed that corpses were dangerous, Tony and some historian helpers go to the grave of a recently deceased pig because their bodies deteriorate in much the same way as ours do if we're unlucky enough to be dead. On digging up the pig, they find he is remarkably bloated, and hard to the touch. A woman (taller than Tony!) says that this is caused by the gasses that accumulate most mortem, and there are only two ways a corpse or carcass can rid itself of them: one is through the mouth and the other is 'out of the other end', as she puts it.
Tony smiles, adding "THAT would be rather creepy, wouldn't it, if you dug up a body and it farted? My oh my!"
Yes, I did turn it back a few times...
Bravo Tony! 😊👌
⭐️ He is always so happy to meet the people with his shared interests. So far, I haven't seen him speak with anyone his height or smaller, and this includes both men and women. If it happens, I'll be sure to report back!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 31/Mar/19
I respect this fellow so much. I am currently watching his rendition of The Battle of the Somme, and let me tell you, my eyes aren't very dry.
He has the confidence to pull it off.
Rory said on 18/Mar/19
I like his quote, it's a good positive outlook.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 18/Mar/19
There's so much more than meets the eye to this guy!
I just tried to see whether his series 'Catastrophe' was available to buy on Amazon or eBay, but eBay didn't have it and Amazon had exhausted its supplies. As Melchett would say, "Baaaahhhhh!"
To make up for the disappointment, I bought 4 hour's worth of Tony's excellent 'Crime and Punishment' series, which will be full of facts about the nastier side of history. What I've so far seen on TV has had me gripped, and all his offerings are beautifully narrated by him as well. It will arrive later in the week. 📀
It's great that Tony has a genuine fascination for all things historical and starred in the hysterical take on history that came in the form of 'Blackadder'.
If I taught at a school, I'd have the kids watch it, and then we would discuss each episode afterwards and examine how true to the facts it was. It would teach them good English as well, which seems to be a forgotten art. 😊👍
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 18/Mar/19
I have just ordered a DVD of Tony's called 'The Real Da Vinci Code'. It is from the mid-noughties so it'll show Tony smaller than in his 'Blackadder' days. Yes, it's a sad fact of life that even the short have the ability to shrink!
I was knocked sideways by the Tom Cruise/Audrey Tautou 'The Da Vinci Code' that I have bought the two follow-ups and then I noticed that Tony Robinson had made his own version - and whether he acts in it or simply explains it, I know it'll be well worth seeing!
Sandy Cowell said on 9/Feb/19
😭😭😭😭😭😭😭....it was only a piece of straw! But one can dream, can't one?
Sandy Cowell said on 9/Feb/19
Ha ha ha! I'm watching the very first episode, which is really rather new to me, and Blackadder and Baldrick are snoring away in a castle. I'm sure I just noticed a bogey fly out of Baldrick's nose! I've turned it back three times and, yes, that'd definitely what it is!
Now, take four:- 🎬😴🥁😴👃🍪👈
Sandy Cowell said on 9/Feb/19
Baldrick and Percy giggling away at the 'thingy shaped turnip'! 😂😂😂
Their laughter is so infectious, and then it gets served up to Miriam Margolyes, who is playing Blackadder's Puritan Aunt, Lady Whiteadder!
Her response to her husband, after picking up the offending item, is "This takes me right back to our wedding night! We had raw turnip that night too...!"
My favourite Tony, for so many, many reasons, gets 5ft4!
Sandy Cowell said on 30/Jun/18
Look! Tony Robinson is no longer the shortest Tony on the site! There is one 10 whole inches shorter than his original height!
Today, Baldrick, I mean Tony Robinson, gets 5ft3.75 and that's only because he can't be given 5ft3 and 7 eighths! All that running around Tony R does for his archeology programme, coupled with his tireless charity work, keeps him as fit as a fiddle!
Sandy Cowell said on 31/Dec/17
@ Nik - Of course Tony (Baldrick) Robinson won't have minded losing out to Lucy Fallon, Coronation Street's Bethany, in the singing competition, the Contest run by Michael Crawford on Christmas Eve. Anyone, especially when they're as experienced in show business as Tony, will take part on that sort of thing for the sheer fun of it!
If Tony had been a taller individual, I doubt whether he'd have made as convincing a 'Baldrick' in 'Blackadder'! The writers of the series, which did originally include Rowan Atkinson, (in the first series), must have had some idea of they wanted each player to look like, and 'Baldrick' will have been a short character. There are enough references to his size in the conversations!
Cheers, Nik! 👍🔔🎇
Nik said on 26/Dec/17
@ Sandy Cowell - Hi!
Yes, Tony Robinson is a fine example of a flexible individual who is passionate about what he does and he is someone who is happy with the way god made him. He is honest about being of a fairly small 5'4" and he doesn't try to pull the wool over people's eyes by claiming a higher height!
Tony and Michael can be proud about being in this singing competition and even though he didn't win it is the taking part that matters, I am sure he acquitted himself well but you can't always win at everything!
Sandy Cowell said on 24/Dec/17
@ Nik - My, oh my! There's a comment from late April from you!
Yes, it's great to have all the 'Blackadder' episodes in a boxset! As you will have noticed, I am a devoted fan and have just pounced on the opportunity of singing Mr (Baldrick!) Robinson's praises after seeing him in a singing competition introduced by another of our favourites, Michael Crawford! ⛄🎄😁❄🍗
Sandy Cowell said on 24/Dec/17
Is there anything this guy can't do? He acts, write books, has an ongoing interest in history and archeology, and now I've just seen Michael Crawford introduce this talented little powerhouse in his Musical Competition, singing 'Sit Down You're Rocking The Boat'!
He, like all the other contenders, trained like mad for weeks. He didn't win (Lucy Fallon from 'Coronation Street'
triumphed over the others), but he was as good as any professional!
Tony looked fit, upright and far younger than his years and for that he is going back up to 5ft4!
Merry Christmas Tony Robinson OBE! Now I am going to watch another 'Blackadder' actor, Rowan Atkinson, star as French detective 'Maigret'! So we only have Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Tim MacInnerny and Miranda Richardson to star on TV this Christmas 🎄 and we have the entire cast! As 'Prince George', from 'Blackadder III' would say, "Bravo!" to that...
Nik said on 29/Apr/17
It must be good for you to have all the "Blackadders" in a single box set, I was kindly given a box set of all the episodes of "Fawlty Towers" for a Christmas present one year. Unfortunately there were never many episodes of "Fawlty Towers" ever produced, however 27 episodes of "Blackadder" plus Baldrick's diaries will have given "Blackadder" fans plenty to get their teeth into. I found it interesting that you told me that Peter Cook appeared in "Blackadder"! We had some interesting conversations on the "Peter Cook" page!
Sandy Cowell said on 26/Apr/17
@ Nik - The last series of 'Blackadder', 'Blackadder Goes Forth', went out in 1989 I believe. 'Blackadder II' went out in 1986, starting in early January which means it was recorded in 1985. I have to check with 'Blackadder III'; it might have been 1988, but I'm not 100% on that! The very first series was made in 1983, and included Peter Cook as King Richard III!
There were 6 episodes per series, making 24 in all, and then there were 3 specials, plus Baldrick's diaries, which is worth seeing as it doesn't disappoint on the laughter front!
I hope this helps! I have all the 'Blackadders' in a boxset. I think you can purchase a copy at quite a reasonable price!
I don't actually have Sky TV Nik! I have so many DVD's that I feel spoilt for choice anyway! I even find it quite arduous to decide what to watch in the evenings, what with all the Freeview Channels! 👍📺😋
Nik said on 24/Apr/17
I saw your comment on the 20th April and I am now wondering how many episodes have there ever been of "Blackadder". Do you know when they stopped showing new episodes on tv? It's good when one of the Sky channels shows a lot or all of the episodes of a comedy over a week or a few weeks, I know this has been done before on a few occasions, I think that this has been done with "Only Fools And Horses" and perhaps with "Last Of The Summer Wine".
Sandy Cowell said on 22/Apr/17
@ Nik - My Dad is absolutely crazy about it himself! In fact, it was when I was staying round his place in 2005 that I seriously got into it myself - by watching his videos, over and over again! Now I know them all pretty much by heart and yet I still enjoy them! 'Blackadder' is something I'll never tire of and neither will my Dad! It understandably has a very large and devoted following!
Nik said on 21/Apr/17
My Dad used to absolutely love "Blackadder"!
Sandy Cowell said on 20/Apr/17
This week, I have been thoroughly enjoying the 'Yesterday' channel's showings of all the 'Blackadder' episodes ever! You could say it was a much-appreciated Easter treat!
Tony has introduced the episodes and also some special historical programmes of the periods 'Blackadder' covers, including the end of the War of the Roses period in the 15th century, the Tudor era with Elizabeth I (1558-1603), 18th century England's extravagant and portly Prince Regent, from whom Regent's Park is named, and finally the First World War (1914-18), up to the final poignant episode which, I believe, is based on events from 1917. We also had a couple of fun episodes! A send-up of 'A Christmas Carol' (Victorian 19th century) and Blackadder's time-travel special 'Blackadder Back and Forth', based, and indeed originally shown, in 1999!
Of course, as I was anticipating, it's been possible to take in Tony's height during this 'Blackadder' spectacular and I think it's fair to say that he is nearer the 5ft3 mark now rather than the 5ft4 one! He keeps himself pretty fit with all the running around he does with his 'Time Team' programme, and in order to have that energy, Tony must be eating well!
I'll give him 5ft3 and a quarter. I think he's great, and what a splendid and fun way to get kids interested in the fascinating subject of history!
The English grammar is good as well!
Mark said on 7/Apr/17
Now aged 70, i'd be inclined to guess that he'll now be somewhere around 5'3 maybe?
Sandy Cowell said on 12/Nov/16
...and as you only possess one pair, they should be a lot smellier now! Seventeen years' worth of flatulence and skid marks! Excellent!
Sandy Cowell said on 11/Nov/16
Good old Baldrick!
He says today in the Daily Mail as regards the Trump victory: "For the very first time, I have no cunning plan!"
Well how about this one: You can try to scare him away from the Brown House by waving the same pair of underpants you used to scare away that nasty dinosaur in 'Blackadder Back and Forth!'
His rant was among a continuing list of 'Twitter Tantrums!'
Sandy Cowell said on 14/Oct/16
I have as much affection for the 'Blackadder' character 'Baldrick' as I do Blackadder himself! Self-deprecating and ridiculous, I never tire of the little fellow!
But there is so much more to this man! I can think of worse ways of whiling away my spare time than watching his archeology programmes, but the one that really knocked me for six was his series 'Catastrophe!' It was beyond interesting, fascinating even, and so well explained that it was easy to understand what would normally be a tricky subject: it was about how scientific catastrophes brought about life on this planet and a lot more besides!
Tony Robinson, I take my hat off to you! You're one in a million!
T said on 18/Sep/13
Met Tony - I'm a solid 6'4", and I was head and shoulders over him, so 5'4" sounds about bang on. Nice bloke too.
said on 23/Jul/13
Rob could he have been 5ft 4 at peak and maybe 5ft 3 range now? He looks tiny on Time Team
[Editor Rob: certainly all that time spent rummaging around digs could have knocked a bit of height from him in last 10 years...or more, time team seems to have gone on forever.]
said on 31/Dec/12
Hey Rob is there a chance he was 5ft 5in when he was younger he could have easily been taller in his younger days.
[Editor Rob: I doubt it, I don't think he looked more than 5ft 4 in the 80's]
Robbie H said on 20/Jan/08
how tall is his son?
Adam Brennon said on 1/Dec/07
If anything shorter, considering Baldrick in relation to Blackadder (Rowan).
Leon said on 30/Sep/07
That's smaller than I thought, actually. I was expecting 5'6". Seems like a really nice guy.
Steven said on 29/Jun/07
I still stand by my comment posted exactly 1 year and 1 day ago :P
Steven said on 29/Jun/06
Seems about right, not as tiny as I'd imagine though!