Saturday 21 July 2012

Size does matter!

…Especially when you’re playing a dwarf, apparently.

In the below interview, Richard is asked how tall he is and he answers:
“I’m 6 feet 2inches…and a half”

Nothing out of the ordinary if it wasn’t the very first time that the ‘half an inch’ was mentioned (as far as I know, that is). Could it be that playing a 5’2” dwarf has made our favourite man more concious and even slightly anxious about his height?

For someone who’s not used to measuring things in feet and inches, it might seem silly to worry about only half an inch. But once you realise that it’s the equivalent of almost a centimeter and a half, you can see why it would be important.

I do seem to remember reading in a previous interview that they gave Richard extra high boots, just to make sure that he was taller than Graham McTavish who plays Dwalin. Of course, Thorin, The King Under The Mountain, has to be the tallest dwarf.

Richard Armitage with Thorin at San Diego Comic Con 2012
Picture courtesy of

Don’t worry, dear Richard, size doesn’t matter, it’s what you do with it that’s important!


Just to make sure we all know what we're talking about:
0.5 inches = 1.27 cm
2.5 inches = 6.35 cm
6 feet = 182.88 cm
6 feet + 2.5 inches = 189.23 cm

6 feet + 2 inches = 182.88 + 5.08 = 187.96 cm


  1. *giggle* I noticed the extra half inch mentioned too. I thought it was so a little boy who wants his whole height counted!

    1. I know, it was so cute it made me giggle as well... and I couldn't resist writing about it!

  2. The extra half an inch reminded me of being a child and wanting people to know that I wasn't just 5 years old...I was 5 and 3 quarters! The extra half an inch just makes him more attractive to me! :)

    1. Yes, and it meant I was actually almost 6! :-)
      Well, he was already tall, dark and handsome, but now even more so!

  3. There was no way that Richard Armitage is only 2"/5 cm taller than Jonas Armstrong. I always suspected that RA is at least 6'2 1/2" and JA more like 5'11 1/2.

    1. That's what I thought - JA is barely taller than Lucy Griffiths!