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How Tall is Idris Elba? Elba is 6 feet, 2.75 inches tall—an impressive height, given that in his native England, the average male over the age of 16 stands a mere 5 feet, 9 inches tall, according to the BBC. Best known as Russell “Stringer” Bell on “The Wire,” as well as the title character on the U.K. series “Luther,” the 39-year-old actor and sometime musician certainly justifies the “tall, dark, and handsome” tag that ladies love to throw around.

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Elba’s above-average height might have something to do with his family background. His father is from Sierra Leon, while his mother hails from Ghana. Whether heritage is to thank for that 6-foot, 2.75-inch frame, Idris has certainly become a giant in his field. Since the mid-1990s, when he began auditioning for acting parts, he’s built an impressive film and TV career. He’s appeared in such movies as “American Gangster,” “Thor,” and “Prometheus,” and his small-screen credits include “The Office,” “The Big C,” and “Dangerfield.”

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Elba is among the taller black leading men in the acting game, and his 6-foot, 2.75-inch height means he’s taller than Eddie Murphy (5 feet, 9 inches) Taye Diggs and Jamie Foxx (both 5 feet, 10 inches), Terrence Howard (6 feet), and even Denzel Washington (6 feet, .5 inches). Idris has also has a slight edge on Will Smith, who stands 6 feet, 2 inches tall. Still, the Fresh Prince might be someone worth looking up to, since he’s a double-threat actor-musician who went from being a TV star to a Hollywood A-lister.

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