Henry Cavill's Height Makes Sense, But is he The Tallest Superman?


I first watched Henry Cavill when he starred alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the 2007-10 series The Tudors. Since then he has gone on to be a hugely successful actor, playing roles as both Superman (2013-) and also starring as Geralt of Rivia in the Netflix series The Witcher (2019-). 


Regarding his height, he always looked taller than average, but in recent years has equally backed this up with sheer bulk, at one point eating 5,000 calories per day when preparing to play the DC character of Superman, which is one reason he sometimes looks so big! 


But how tall is he really, and is how does he stack up against past actors who have played the Superman. Well, let's investigate these questions and find the answers! 

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What's His Real Height

Henry Cavill wakes up a little over 6'1" tall. Then his height sits somewhere in between 6'0.5" (185.4 cm) and 6'0.75" (184.9 cm) for the majority of the day, and his lowest measurement is 6'0.5" (184.2 cm) at night. Therefore on this page, I will list his height as 6'0.75" (184.9 cm) tall. 


Listing

Henry is listed at 185cm which is roughly 6'0.75" tall on Google and IMDB. His weight is listed at "around 200 pounds", most likely because it fluctuates up and down depending on a movie role. 


Height Claim

1: Throughout his earlier career, he was listed at 6'1" on his acting profile, which was most likely his own estimate.


2: Also, quoting Henry, he once described himself as over 6 feet tall, in regards to plane flight, saying: 


"I mean, traveling to New Zealand in economy, it sucks. Especially if you’re over six feet. But first class? I’m not going to ever pretend to be coy about that. I love it." (1)


What Others Say

In reference to a face-to-face interview from 2018, Henry's height and overall size in the flesh was mentioned: 


"really famous people, tend to appear smaller in the flesh, scaled down from the billboards and big screens. Cavill is bigger: north of 6ft, and with a build to make a wardrobe search for the nearest brick ****house to cower behind." (2)


So, Henry being over 6 feet tall is something that both he and others seem to agree on, but by how much exactly is up for debate. 


Compared to Other Celebs

Let's compare Henry's height to some other celebs, further narrowing down the height range he falls into!


Ben Affleck 6'2" (188 cm)

Starring together in the film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), at the New York premiere for the film, when standing side by side Henry looks to be 1.5-75 inches shorter than Ben. Also, at the red carpet event for the film in Mexico, the height difference appears to be a comfortable 1.75 inches. 


Finally, at a photoshoot promotion for the film, there is around a 1.5 inch difference in height between the pair.


Therefore next to Ben, Henry appears between 6'0.25"-6'0.5" tall. 


Jimmy Kimmel 5'11.25 (181 cm) 

When Henry appeared as a guest on Jimmy's 'The Tonight Show' in 2018, when standing together Henry looks a clear 1.25 inches taller than Jimmy. In another appearance on the show in 2019, the difference appears greater, at a comfortable 1.5 inches. 


Therefore, compared to Jimmy Kimmel, Henry appears 6'0.5"-6'0.75" tall. 


Chris Evans 5’11.75” (182.2 cm)

Presenting an award together at the Bafta Awards in 2015, there is a comfortable 1 inch difference between them in height, with Henry being the taller man. Again, at the W Mag pre-Golden Globes Party in 2015, the difference is a comfortable inch of height. 


So, when comparing Henry's height with Chris Evans, he appears 6'0.75" tall. 


The results - when compared to other celebs, Henry appears from 6'0.25"-6'0.75" tall. 


Superman Actor Heights

Marvel and DC characters differ in size and Superman's listed height is 6'3". This is the height you will see him in comics, etc. Let's see how closely the actors playing him on screen over the years represent his height! 


  1. Christopher Reeve (1978-1987) 6'3.5" (191.8 cm)
  2. Tom Welling (2001-2011) 6'2.5" (189.2 cm)
  3. Brandon Routh (2006) 6'2.5" (189.2 cm)
  4. Kirk Alyn (1948-1950) 6'1'' (185.4 cm)
  5. George Reeves (1951-1958)  6'1.5"(186.7 cm)
  6. Henry Cavill (2013-) 6'0.5" (184.2 cm)
  7. John Haymes Newton (1988) 6'0" (182.9 cm)
  8. Gerard Christopher (1989-1991) 6'0" (182.9 cm)
  9. Tyler Hoechlin (2016-2018) (1988) 5'11.75" (182.2 cm)
  10. Dean Cain (1993-1997) 5'11.75" (182.2 cm)

Henry comes in at 6th tallest out of the 10 actors. The average height of a superman is (185.67 cm), which is around 6'1", and half an inch taller than Henry. 


For those interested, there are life-sized versions of Henry's Superman, available here


Geralt of Rivia (The Witcher) Height

The character Geralt of Rivia (a mutated monster hunter) who is the main character in The Witcher TV series (2019-), is listed at 6'2" (188 cm) tall. 


Henry plays Geralt in the TV series and stands 1.5 inches shorter than the fictional character, but with some camera tricks, the minimal height difference is easily disguised! 


Potential James Bond

As of 2022, Henry is a favorite to play The Character James Bond, with British actor Tom Hardy also in the running for the role.


Henry's height would fit handsomely with the character, with him being 0.75 inches taller than the character description of James Bond. 


The Bottom Line

After investigating Henry's height, I believe that he wakes up comfortably 6'1" (185.4 cm) tall and stands close to 6'0.75" (184.9 cm) during the day, falling to 6'0.5" (184.2 cm) by bedtime. 


Associated Heights

  1. Natalie Viscuso, Girlfriend (2021-), 5'7" (170.8 cm)
  2. Millie Bobby Brown, Co-star Enola Holmes (2020), 5'3" (160 cm)
  3. Jason Momoa, Close Friend, 6'4" (193 cm)
  4. Anya Chalotra, Co-star: The Witcher (2019-), 5'6" (167.6 cm)
  5. Freya Allan, Co-star: The Witcher (2019-), 5'3.75" (161.9 cm)

References

1: THEFASHIONISTO: Henry Cavill Covers Man of the World, Talks Perks of Doing Hollywood Movies, PUBLISHED ON MARCH 28, 2016

2: Square Mile: Superman at the Shard: Henry Cavill shares his Gentleman's Code

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