How tall is William Hartnell

William Hartnell's Height

5ft 8 (172.7 cm)

English actor best remembered for playing the first incarnation of The Doctor in BBC's long-running TV series Doctor Who. In film he appeared in Brighton Rock, Carry on Sergeant and This Sporting Life.

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Average Guess (13 Votes)
5ft 8.54in (174.1cm)
NileQT87 said on 15/Aug/21
5'7" Jacqueline Hill consistently had an inch on William Hartnell at all times in ballet flats. He was only 5'6" by the '60s when he was already in very poor health. He might have been 5'8" in his youth, but he wasn't anything over 5'6" by the time of the role he's most famous for. He looked so tiny and frail next to William Russell and Jacqueline, and didn't even manage to tower Carole Ann Ford as much as he should have if he were as claimed. I think this is a severe case of him losing height, combined with 5'8"/5'8.5"-listed Patrick Troughton being mistakenly thought of as smaller, despite being clearly taller.

Just compare both of them against 5'6" Anneke Wills. Bill is bang-on the same, while Pat has a couple of inches on her. Frazer Hines had an inch on Anneke, too, so his peak height, while not the peak 5'8" claim he makes, was probably 5'7". An inch below Pat and an inch above Anneke is what the episodes show for Frazer. Watch the actual episodes, because these heights are a mess.
Editor Rob
I believe Jacqueline was more 5ft 8 range. As I mentioned on this site, she used to get listed in Spotlight at 5ft 7 earlier in her career, but then changed it to 5ft 8. Maybe she downplayed her height a bit.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 8/Jan/21
William Hartnell was born 113 years ago today. He appeared in over 75 movies, but was best remembered as the first Doctor Who, a part which he played from 1963-1966. πŸ‘ΎπŸ™„

William suffered a series of strokes and passed away aged 67. 😒

5ft8.75. πŸ˜πŸ‘Œ

RIP William Hartnell πŸ•―οΈπŸ’ XX
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 20/Jan/20
Funnily enough, I remember fairly well watching him in 'Doctor Who', sometimes from behind a chair, when I was an ankle biter!

5ft8. πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘
Jeffski said on 11/Jun/16
Both Billy and Jon Pertwee feature in the film "Will any gentlemen? And when standing together the top of Billy's head just reaches Jon's eyeline, so I think 5' 8" is accurate.
Jake said on 22/May/16
Hartnell was only 1.71 m(5'7 1/2") or 1.68 m(5'6"). He's considerably small next to some of his co-stars in DW.
Hypado said on 8/Mar/15
William Hartnell height is 5ft 8in (173 cm)

Maybe a litle this mark in the series.

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