Interactive: The 25 shortest celebrities in Hollywood

By Cindy Kabiru


Hayden Panettiere, in the center, is among the shortest celebrities in American show business.
Hayden Panettiere, in the center, is among the shortest celebrities in American show business. Invision/AP

Hollywood’s elite are thought to be among the most beautiful in the world. With blindingly white teeth and hardly a hair out of place, it’s nearly impossible to catch a celebrity looking less than perfect. However, no matter how famous or wealthy, celebrities can't do anything about their stature — save for wearing platform shoes. Despite all of society’s medical advances, there is no surgical quick fix.

While maintaining a lower center of gravity can have its setbacks, some use their diminutive height to their benefit. Such luminaries as Martin Scorsese and Prince prove over and over again that height does not portend one’s success. For further proof, take a look at our list of the 25 shortest celebrities in Hollywood. Data was provided by Freebase and celebs are listed from tallest to shortest.

#25. Seth Green

Height: 5’4”

He may be short in stature, but Seth Green does not lack in comic abilities. Having starred in all three “Austin Powers” films and lent his voice to such hits as “Family Guy,” Seth is a comedic powerhouse that shows no signs of slowing down.

#24. Mila Kunis

Height: 5’3”

Despite voicing the often derided character Meg Griffin on “Family Guy,” Kunis has won over fans across the globe through her diverse body of work. Among her most celebrated roles is that of Jackie Burkhart on “That ’70’s Show,” where she starred alongside her now husband, Ashton Kutcher.

#23. Ashanti

Height: 5’3”

The Ramp;B hitmaker reached her stride in the early 2000s with such chart toppers as “Foolish” and “Ain’t It Funny.” While she no longer dominates the airwaves, Ashanti proved that great talent can come in small packages.

#22. Kelly Clarkson

Height: 5’3”

Since taking home the grand title of “American Idol” in the show’s first season, Kelly Clarkson went on to release multiple albums that turned platinum. As a testament to her success, Billboard ranked Clarkson as the 14th-best-selling artist of the 2000s, with over 25 million albums sold over the millennium’s first decade.

#21. Hilary Duff

Height: 5’2”

The former Disney starlet captured the imagination of tween girls across the world as the titular character in the show “Lizzie McGuire.” Alongside her acting accolades, Duff is also a New York Times best-selling author and successful recording artist with over 15 million sold albums.

#20. Salma Hayek

Height: 5’2”

She came on to the scene as a telenovela actress and fashioned an illustrious career that saw her play Frida Kahlo in the Academy-Award nominated film “Frida.” Leveraging her successful career, Hayek uses her platform and position in Amnesty International to fight for women’s rights in Afghanistan.

#19. Kevin Hart

Height: 5’2”

Hart’s comedic reputation precedes him thanks to his large body of work, which includes “Soul Plane,” “Little Fockers” and “Ride Along.” His jocular talents have shined most when hosting “Saturday Night Live,” the 2011 BET Awards and the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.

#18. Martin Scorsese

Height: 5’2”

The decorated film director is the man behind “Taxi Driver,” “Goodfellas” and “Shutter Island.” So, it should come as no surprise that he has taken home 42 awards for his works.

#17. Shakira

Height: 5’2”

The Columbian performer solidified her place among other musical greats with such hits as “Whenever, Wherever” and “Hips Don’t Lie.” In addition to reaching international stardom, Shakira further capitalized on her fame by becoming the highest-selling Columbian artist of all time.

#16. Prince

Height: 5’2”

Born Prince Rogers Nelson, the “Purple Rain” performer has never been a stranger to greatness, especially after signing to Warner Brother Records as a teenager. He cemented his superstar status with the release and international success of more than 15 albums and a controversial name change in the early ‘90s.

#15. Eva Longoria

Height: 5’2”

Longoria became the talk of tinseltown with her portrayal of the saucy Gabrielle Solis on the hit ABC drama “Desperate Housewives.” Since the series’ end, the petite star has gone on to work as an executive producer for Lifetime’s “Devious Maids.”

#14. Alyssa Milano

Height: 5’2”

Best known for her starring role on the WB drama “Charmed,” Milano was introduced to fame at just 12 years old when she landed a role on the sitcom “Who’s the Boss?” in the early ‘80s. Today, she uses her far-reaching influence on social media to drive support for the international charitable work.

#13. Ariana Grande

Height: 5’1”

Grande’s breakthrough role was on Nickelodeon’s sitcom “Victorious” as Cat Valentine, a budding singer-actress. Mirroring her character’s story, Grande went on to become a bona fide music sensation with multiple chart topping hits like “Problem” and “Bang Bang.”

#12. Carrie Fisher

Height: 5’1”

Her iconic role as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” series forever placed her among the big screen’s most memorable characters. Besides her work in “Star Wars,” Fisher also appeared in “When Harry Met Sally…” and “The Blues Brothers.”

#11. Cher Lloyd

Height: 5’1”

After the English star appeared on the singing competition show “X Factor,” Lloyd went on to release her first single “Swagger Jagger,” which debuted at the top of the UK singles chart. Showing international appeal, her first U.S. single “Want U Back” was a summer hit that peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

#10. Vanessa Hudgens

Height: 5’1”

The petite starlet delighted audiences with her portrayal of an aspiring singer in the smash-hit Disney movie “High School Musical.” Following the movie’s success, Hudgens released the album “V,” which was later certified gold, and acted in the dramedy “Spring Breakers.”

#9. Ellen Page

Height: 5’1”

Page initially scored fans with her portrayal of a pregnant teenager in “Juno,” but she continued to impress with her work in several popular films, including “Inception” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” After publicly coming out as gay, Page has been tireless in her work to promote equality for those in the LGBTQ community.

#8. Paula Abdul

Height: 5’0”

Before judging Hollywood hopefuls on “American Idol,” Abdul was topping charts herself with the release of two No. 1 albums. Her choreography work for such stars as Janet Jackson and George Michael also played a large part in her rise to stardom.

#7. Kylie Minogue

Height: 5’0”

The international pop star dominated dance charts with her smash single “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head.” Apart from her successful musical career, Minogue has also dabbled in acting, most notably appearing in 2000’s “Moulin Rouge.”

#6. Jada Pinkett Smith

Height: 5’0”

Before landing a role on “The Fresh Prince of the Bel-Air,” the show’s producers thought that she was too short to play Will Smith’s love interest in the sitcom. Well, she not only clinched the role, but Pinkett Smith also went on to marry Will Smith in 1997.

#5. Hayden Panettiere

Height: 5’0”

The petite blonde is known for her spunky roles in such shows as “Heroes” and “Nashville,” for which she received two Golden Globe nominations. Nowadays, Panettiere is raising her daughter Kaya with her fiancé Wladimir Klitschko — a 6’6” heavyweight boxing champion.

#4. Anna Kendrick

Height: 5’0”

Kendrick got a taste for the big time when she won a Tony Award for her work in the Broadway play “High Society,” but she rose to cultural prominence with her lead role in the “Pitch Perfect” movie series.

#3. Chandra Wilson

Height: 5’0”

Though vertically challenged, Wilson has nary a difficulty when it comes to acting. She played the headstrong Dr. Miranda Bailey in the long-running television drama “Grey’s Anatomy.” For her stellar performance in the show, she won two Screen Actors Guild Awards and a People’s Choice Award to boot.

#2. Lil’ Kim

Height: 4’11”

Never been one to let her height deter her, Lil’ Kim’s tiny frame inspired her stage name that is now internationally known. The provocative star first hit airwaves as the only female member of Biggie Smalls’ rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A. Her success paved the way for female rap artists that would later follow in her footsteps.

#1. Nicole Polizzi

Height: 4’8”

Better known as Snooki, Polizzi made headlines with her drunken shenanigans on MTV’s “Jersey Shore.” She capitalized on her new-found fame by signing on to star in a spinoff reality show with Jennifer “Jwoww" Farley and by penning three books.

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