Does Nicole Kidman’s Height Affect Her Movie Roles? How Tall is She Really?

When Nicole Kidman landed her first acting role at the age of sixteen, she would not have been able to guess how much she would go on to achieve as an actress. Almost four decades later, the Hawaii-born actress has become a stellar figure in Hollywood. She has racked up appearances in over 85 films, TV shows, and theater productions, winning a total of 106 awards that includes an Academy Award, two Emmys, and four Golden Globe Awards.

Nicole Kidman has proven time and time again that she is cut from a different cloth. It has been a topic of discussion as to what exactly makes her stand out among other women in an industry that has in recent times faced backlash over women not getting their fair piece of the pie. Other than her obvious talent, her physique (particularly her height) has been said to be one of the things that makes her very suitable for different roles. Find out more details about how tall she is and what roles she has appeared in over the years.

How It All Started

Nicole Kidman was inspired to become an actress after watching The Wizard of Oz where she was enthralled by actress Margaret Hamilton’s portrayal of the Wicked Witch of the West. In the years that followed, she would go on to hone her talent in her primary and high school years before launching her career at the age of sixteen in 1983.

Kidman’s first role was in the remake of the Australian holiday season film, Bush Christmas. Later on in the year, she appeared in the TV series Five Mile Creek before going on a brief hiatus for personal reasons. Upon return, she gained plaudits for her performance in films like BMX Bandits (1983), Watch the Shadows Dance (1986), and Windrider (1986). Her role in the latter brought her unprecedented attention due to her ver racy scenes.

Other notable projects in the 1980s she had a role in include the Aussie soap opera A Country Practice, Aussie miniseries Vietnam, and the films Emerald City (1988) and Dead Calm (1989) where her performance brought her international recognition.

At the turn of the new decade, she made her Hollywood acting debut alongside Tom Cruise in Days of Thunder (1990) which was one of the highest-grossing films of the year. Things subsequently began to move very fast for the actress as she soon bagged her first Golden Globe Award nomination for her work in the film, Billy Bathgate (1991). She further received rave reviews for her performances in films like Far and Away (1992) and Malice (1993) before winning her first Golden Globe award for her performance in the critically acclaimed dark comedy film, To Die For (1995), as the rest became history.

Has Her Height Influenced Her Career in Any Way?

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Nicole Kidman on set The Hours

Among other obvious physical traits and her outstanding talent as an actress, Nicole Kidman’s height has been pointed out as one of the major things that attract filmmakers to her. It placed her in front of other women in the industry especially when it came to roles that had to do with some form of power and dominance. Her sensational portrayal of the 20th-century writer Virginia Wolf in the movie, The Hours, would not have been possible in the first place if she was not at least as tall as the character she was portraying.

Another way through which her height has been of some help to her career is the fact that it is always being talked about on the news, hence keeping her relevant in a world where one can lose relevance very easily. What made her feature heavily in the news was her relationship and subsequent marriage to actor Tom Cruise who is visibly shorter than she is.

How Tall is Nicole Kidman?

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Nicole Kidman’s Height.

You tend to be in a class of your own when you stand a whopping 7 inches taller than the average woman. Nicole Kidman’s height is reported to be 5 feet 11 inches (1.8 meters) which makes her taller than most women in Hollywood aside from the likes of Uma Thurman, Allison Janney, and Famke Janssen who are as tall or taller than she is.

As a result of her height, Kidman has on numerous occasions been taller than her co-stars. Starting with her now ex-husband Tom Cruise who she has appeared with in a number of movies like Eyes Wide Shut, or Jude Law who she featured with in Cold Mountain, and then Ewan McGregor in Moulin Rouge. The actors stand at 5 feet 7 inches, 5 feet 10 inches, and 5 feet 9 inches respectively, making them obviously shorter than she is.

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Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman

But while there are those that are shorter than her, there are also a few others that have either been her height or taller. One actor who stands out is Hugh Jackman whose height is 6 feet 3 inches (1.88 meters). He appeared alongside her in the movie Australia (2009).


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