20 Tallest Hollywood Actresses Ranked by Height (Warning: They’re All Taller Than Tom Cruise)
Actresses in Hollywood have long left their pedestal of being the damsel in distress and have taken more central roles.
They have transcended from making lovey-dovey eyes at the male leads to intimidating passersby with their stone-old gaze. One cannot deny that being an exceptionally gorgeous individual might increase your chances of getting a job while being too tall or short might work against your favor.
Regardless, height always plays a role in the type of performer one becomes, but none one can reject their inherent talent. Here we have compiled a list of 20 such actresses, arranged according to their height.
20 Tallest Hollywood Actresses Ranked by Height
|20. Cameron Diaz||5’8” (172.7 cm)|
|19. Maggie Gyllenhaal||5’9” (175.3 cm)|
|18. Gwyneth Paltrow||5’9” (175.3 cm)|
|17. Mandy Moore||5’9 ¾” (177.2 cm)|
|16. Charlize Theron||5’9 ¾” (177.2 cm)|
|15. Blake Lively||5’10” (178 cm)|
|14. Brooke Shields||5’10 ½” (179.1 cm)|
|13. Nicole Kidman||5’10 ½” (179.1 cm)|
|12. Tilda Swinton||5’10 ½” (179.1 cm)|
|11. Sigourney Weaver||5’10 ½” (179.1 cm)|
|10. Hannah Waddingham||5’11” (180.3 cm)|
|9. Uma Thurman||5’11 ¼” (181 cm)|
|8. Famke Janssen||5’11 ½” (181.6 cm)|
|7. Aisha Tyler||5’11 ½” (181.6 cm)|
|6. Jane Lynch||6’0” (183 cm)|
|5. Geena Davis||6’0” (183 cm)|
|4. Kristen Johnston||6’0” (182.9 cm)|
|3. Allison Janney||6’0” (183 cm)|
|2. Leslie Jones||6’0” (183 cm)|
|1. Gwendoline Christie||6’3” (191 cm)|
20. Cameron Diaz – 5’8” (172.7 cm)
Starting off our list, we have 50-year-old Cameron Diaz, a darling of the 90s, as she stands tall at five feet eight inches.
In 2013, she got named the highest-paid Hollywood actress after getting notable accolades like four Golden Globe Awards and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. Do not mistake her innocent looks and charming smiles, as she has been a part of some of the highest-grossing movies in Hollywood.
Before all the fame and riches, she was a teenager raised in Long Beach, where she got discovered as a model. Soon after, she signed a contract with Elite Model Management, but her ultimate dream was to become a zoologist and study lions on safaris in Africa.
At seventeen, she told Seventeen magazine that all she wanted was to model till she would be old and grey, but her management company secured her a role for her first movie, The Mask, with Jim Carry. There was no going back after catching the acting bug, as her modeling career remains long forgotten.
19. Maggie Gyllenhaal – 5’9” (175.3 cm)
Standing at a formidable five feet nine inches, Margalit Ruth Gyllenhaal falls on the shorter side of our list of ladies.
The 45-year-old from Manhattan, New York City, is the sister to Hollywood elite Jake Gyllenhaal but has outgrown the darkness of his shadow. Coming from a family of directors and screenwriters, she was destined for the big screen as she got her degree from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Her beginning was humble, with brief appearances in movies during her teenage years. Her father was the primary employer until she broke away from his umbrella to get critical acclaim for her leading performances in the comedy-drama Secretary.
She got taken sincerely after securing a Golden Globe Award nomination, as she gained widespread appreciation for her time as a single mother in Crazy Heart, in the action-thriller White House Down, the drama Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, to name a few.
18. Gwyneth Paltrow – 5’9” (175.3 cm)
As much as we dislike nepotism, we cannot come to loathe five feet nine inches tall, Gwyneth Kate Paltrow.
Born to actress Blythe Danner and film producer-director Bruce Paltrow, she had one foot on the television screen since she was a child.
Given her golden locks and inherent gifts, she had her destiny in the palm of her hands. Even so, she started humbly while earning some side cash by modeling for advertisements. Money was never an issue because her acting debut came in 1989 in High, a TV film her father directed.
It took a decade for her to sharpen her skills, getting noticed by her viewers around the mid-1900s in Emma, Sliding Doors, and A Perfect Murder, and many more. By 1998, she had an Academy Award for Best Actress on her hands as her portrayal of Viola de Lesseps in the romantic historical fiction film Shakespeare in Love got her nationwide applause.
After becoming a mother, she kept her workforce to a minimum while doing a few show-stopping arrivals in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She prefers working from home, operating as the mastermind behind the lifestyle company Goop.
17. Mandy Moore – 5’9 ¾” (177.2 cm)
Starting as a pop singer Mandy Moore has successfully transitioned into a primetime actress. The Nashua, New Hampshire native has always known she was made for the cinema as she begged her parents for drama classes.
After working on a few projects, she began self-producing until she got connected to Epic Records. A FedEx delivery man overhead her beautiful tunes and sent her tape to the institution, where she got her first deal. No one could have imagined what came next as she received a platinum certification from the RIAA. With over 2.7 million albums sold in the US, she was an unchallengeable force.
Meanwhile, she ventured into acting with a minor voice role in the comedy film Dr. Dolittle 2, receiving recognition as Jamie Sullivan in the romantic film, A Walk to Remember. She acted in more projects like The Darkest Minds, Chasing Liberty, Love, Wedding, and Marriage before voicing Princess Rapunzel in the Disney fantasy film Tangled.
16. Charlize Theron – 5’9 ¾” (177.2 cm)
As one of the few South African A-listers in Hollywood, 47-year-old Charlize Theron stands with a different attitude. Coming from an Afrikaner family, she was a child of a road constructionist who had no connection to the performing arts.
Her alcoholic father did not improve matters, screaming and hitting her mother when intoxicated. The physical altercations led to his passing, but the court ruled in the favour of the mother-daughter.
In an area of no computers or games, she grew to love the arts as she got entangled in dancing. After winning a modeling contract in Salerno, she got the offer of a lifetime to move to Milan, Italy. Her contract took her to New York, where she had a year to be the best at her craft.
But it was too soon to smile as her aspirations fell when a career-ending injury made her stay in a basement for one winter. But she was not ready to give up on her life, taking a one-way ticket to Los Angeles, where she worked from paycheck to paycheck.
Now she is an owner of an Academy Award for Best Actress and one of the most notable faces in the world.
15. Blake Lively – 5’10” (178 cm)
Although five feet ten inches Blake Lively is rather tall, we expected her to be much taller! The 35-year-old is the force of nature and daughter to actor Ernie Lively. Some of her early work included starred as Bridget Vreeland in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Serena in the CW teen drama television series Gossip Girl.
In addition to her charming performance on the big screen, she is a fashion icon, choosing not to have a wardrobe stylist and dressing by herself. She never fails to miss the mark, always lading in the best-dressed list.
Her sense of style came to the forefront when she wore Zuhair Murad Gown at the Time 100 Gala as she looked dazzling in the ombré seafoam chiffon. All cameras turned towards her when she showed up at the 2018 versions of the Met Gala in a custom Versace gown and halo-Esque headpiece.
Since giving birth, she has taken a liking to the pantsuit attire but still styles them to keep them up to trend.
14. Brooke Shields – 5’10 ½” (179.1 cm)
57-year-old Brooke Christa Shields was known for modeling as she had it in her blood. She was born to actress and model Teri Shields and her husband, businessman Frank Shields.
The performer began her career in modeling when she was only 11 months old, with her first job for Ivory Soap. Her employment thrived with model agent Eileen Ford until she caught the eyes of director Woody Allen. By 1977, she had acted in her first movie at 11 years old but got cut from the final edit.
While her acting was going nowhere, she became the youngest fashion model ever to appear on the cover of Vogue, setting TV ads for Calvin Klein jeans and many more.
After controversies over her pictures, she became one of the most recognizable faces in the United States, appearing on the cover of Paris Vogue, American Vogue, and Italian Vogue.
13. Nicole Kidman – 5’10 ½” (179.1 cm)
Nicole Mary Kidman's acting skills are not the only thing that inspires us, as her height of five feet ten inches is just as commendable. The Australian actress and producer is at the top of the game with the international success of the action film Days of Thunder.
Initially, people only called her a pretty face, with her pale skin and flaming red hair characterizing her as a damsel in distress. She proved everyone wrong when she physically transformed into writer Virginia Woolf in the drama The Hours, granting her the Academy Award for Best Actress.
She was more than a one-hit wonder with more nominations with the musical Moulin Rouge, the dramas Rabbit Hole, Lion, and Being the Ricardos. The Goodwill Ambassador had a turbulent married life with actor Tom Cruise until she met the love of her life, country music singer Keith Urban.
With his blessing, she founded the production company Blossom Films and got named among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2020.
12. Tilda Swinton – 5’10 ½” (179.1 cm)
The witch from Chronicles of Narnia, Katherine Matilda Swinton, has crossed into her 60s, but her skin still holds the magical glow. The artist from London was the daughter of a retired major general, and she initiated her career in the Royal Shakespeare Company.
She always found herself getting attracted to more unconventional roles, getting inaugurated as a member of the jury at the 38th Berlin International Film Festival. With her preference for the androgynous style, she explored the subgenre citing French artist Claude Cahun as her inspiration. She found mainstream success in her work in The Deep End, with Michael Clayton winning her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She has also partaken in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the Ancient One, appearing in Wes Anderson films the Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and The French Dispatch.
11. Sigourney Weaver – 5’10 ½” (179.1 cm)
Sigourney Weaver has been an icon, being a part of chart-topping projects that cemented her in the Hollywood Hall of Fame. Her rise to notoriety came when she got cast as Ellen Ripley in the Ridley Scott-directed science fiction film, Alien. She became a well-known face in the science fiction genre, before becoming a female protagonist in Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters Franchise. Cameron called her back to star as Dr. Grace Augustine in Avatar, the highest-grossing film of all time, and is in the lineup for its next installment.
Born to an English actress and an American television executive, she comes from an entertainer family. Her interest in art developed at a young age, experiencing numerous theatrical productions in her early days. But her height was not always a blessing, as her growth spurt hurt her self-esteem.
10. Hannah Waddingham – 5’11” (180.3 cm)
Primetime Emmy Award winner Hannah Waddingham is a British actress and singer born to an opera singer. With her grandparents involved in classical music, she got raised around the theater as she graduated from the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts with a four-octave vocal range.
Her impressive abilities made her a regular at London's West End and New York's Broadway, performing many renditions with ease. By 2011, she was on the screen of television with Season 4 of the hit BBC sitcom, Not Going Out. But her time at the Apple TV+ comedy series Ted Lasso has been the most rewarding, with numerous wins falling in her lap.
9. Uma Thurman – 5’11 ¼” (181 cm)
Standing at just under five feet eleven inches, Uma Thurman was always an introverted girl who was teased for her build, as her peculiar name did not aid her case.
At ten years old, her aunt recommended her a nose job, as the young girl suffered from bouts of body dysmorphic disorder. She found her happy place only during the acting classes as she attended Northfield Mount Hermon School and got scouted during her performance as Abigail in a production of The Crucible.
At 15, she had dived into her modeling career and even had a contract with the agency Click Models. Some of her early work included Glamour and British Vogue until it was time to grace the silver screen.
Then came the 1994 film Pulp Fiction with Quentin Tarantino which launched her at the top, cementing her as an A-lister. They reunited for Kill Bill: Volume 1 and 2, bringing her two additional Golden Globe Award nominations.
8. Famke Janssen – 5’11 ½” (181.6 cm)
Actress Famke Janssen is no joke as she can thank her Nordic genes by getting credit for her stellar career as Jean Grey or Phoenix in the X-Men film series.
When starting her career in 1980, her dutch background inspired her to join fashion modeling. After signing a contract with Elite Model Management, there was no looking back, strutting down the runway for powerhouses like Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Chanel, and Victoria's Secret.
Her distinctive feature booked for a few commercials until she ventured into action with the starring role in the 1992 Star Trek: The Next Generation. She reunited with her co-star Patrick Stewart, with whom she later starred in the X-Men film series.
By the time the 2010s hit, her career had declined until she got a recurring role in ABC's How to Get Away with Murder.
7. Aisha Tyler – 5’11 ½” (181.6 cm)
Bonafide comedy powerhouse Aisha Tyler is a name for the history book as the five feet eleven actress has elevated her standing to a director and a talk show host.
Coming from a divorced household, she looked for happiness elsewhere, taking a liking to comedy during her time at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts. Her craft only leveled up in college, co-founding and singing in the Dartmouth Rockapellas.
By the 2000s, her television career skyrocketed, working as the host of The Fifth Wheel. She took a more central role as Dr. Charlie Wheeler, Joey's and then Ross's girlfriend in Friends, scoring guest spots on CSI: Miami and Nip/Tuck. But her roots in hosting never dwindled, with Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host for her time on CBS's The Talk.
6. Jane Lynch – 6’0” (183 cm)
Jane Lynch, best known as Sue Sylvester in the musical comedy series Glee, should thank her Irish and Swedish ancestry for triumphantly crossing the six feet threshold.
For the initial fifteen years of her career, she struggled in Chicago, acting in the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. She was a master at comedy and improvising before starting with lesser roles in the 1990s. She made a name in the commercials world until getting a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Two and a Half Men.
She continues her days in the hit period comedy series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
5. Geena Davis – 6’0” (183 cm)
Wareham, Massachusetts native, Geena Davis is the name we cannot miss when counting the tallest ladies in the game. Coming from a family of teachers and engineers, she was a small-town girl interested in music. Her aspirations went past the four walls of the small town as she accepted an exchange student offer from Sandviken, Sweden.
By the time she went to college, she had left behind piano and organ to get invested in the drama while modeling until her path took shape.
Her time as Wendy Killian in the television series Buffalo Bill made her a celebrity overnight before she guest-starred in Knight Rider, Riptide, Family Ties, and Remington Steele.
Some of her career-defining hits include the fantasy comedy Beetlejuice, the drama The Accidental Tourist, and mother in the Stuart Little franchise.
4. Kristen Johnston – 6’0” (182.9 cm)
55-year-old Kristen Angela Johnston was a darling of the theatre before transitioning to the silver screens.
The graduate of New York University had her professional stage debut with New York's Atlantic Theater Company, including performances in As You Like It and Stage Door. Next, she joined Naked Angels Theater Company, collaborating to produce The Stand-In and Hot Keys.
Indeed, she has always been on the scene with enactments at the New York Stage and Lincoln Center Theater before making her feature debut in 1993. It was a smashing entry as the feature won Best Short at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.
That was only the beginning, as she has made a name on the small screen with minor roles in Chicago Hope, Hearts Afire, and The 5 Mrs. Buchanans.
3. Allison Janney – 6’0” (183 cm)
Allison Brooks Janney is one of those unsung Hollywood heroes you can always count on for a wonderful time. She began entertaining people in 1989, receiving critical recognition as White House Press Secretary C. J. Cregg in the NBC political drama The West Wing.
Her six feet of height pushed her forward into a career in figure skating until a freak accident ended her dreams. Her backup plan was acting and studying theatre at Kenyon College.
Her colleagues Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward took her under their wing during her early days till she enrolled in the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre for her formal training.
2. Leslie Jones – 6’0” (183 cm)
6-foot-tall comedic genius Leslie Jones entered Hollywood as a performer at Just for Laughs before signing as a cast member and writer on Saturday Night Live. During her time in SNL, she was a part of many unforgettable sketches, securing her a role in the reboot Ghostbusters as Patty Tolan.
Jones was a Memphis, Tennessee local headed towards a career in basketball with the encouragement of her father. She achieved a free ride to Chapman University, as she chose a pre-law degree on a whim. She was unsure of her future, bouncing from accounting to computer science, before getting her degree in communications.
Meanwhile, she kept pursuing standup on the sidelines as she found validation from the continuous laughs. She used to end up at comedy clubs after her day job as she finally found her passion.
1. Gwendoline Christie – 6’3” (191 cm)
Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie found fame as the figure of affection of Tormund Giantsbane.
Growing up in South Downs, East Sussex, she had reached her height of six foot three at just fourteen.
Although most people would shy away because of their exceptionally tall features, she became more confident after girls would walk up to her and compliment her height.
She had a knack for gymnastics before a career-ending spinal injury forced her out of the game. She opted to get a degree at Drama Centre London, but the professionals were not kind about her physical attributes.
Just when she was ready to quit, she got inspired by Tilda Swinton's performance in Orlando, realizing there was a place for her.
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