How tall is Nia Long? Nia Long stands 5 feet, 2 inches tall, according to her official IMDB bio, and while that’s not especially tall — the average American woman is a few inches taller — it’s further proof that height isn’t an indicator of success. Born Nitara Carlynn Long on October 30, 1970, in Brooklyn, New York, Nia Long has forged an impressive acting career that includes numerous hit TV shows — chief among them “Third Watch” and “House of Lies” — and countless blockbuster films, including “Boyz N the Hood” and “The Best Man Holiday.” She’s a showbiz giant, even if she can’t ride certain roller coasters.
Fans wondering about Nia Long’s height might be interested to learn that her 5-foot, 2-inch frame was considered tall by producers of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” who cast her in the role of Beulah “Lisa” Wilkes after their first choice, Jada Pinkett, was deemed too short. Jada stands a mere 5 feet tall, and opposite future husband Will Smith — who’s 6 feet, 2 inches tall — she simply wasn’t a good fit. That might have been the only time in Nia Long’s life that she was considered tall, but it doesn’t matter. Over the years, she’s certainly earned the right to hold her head high. Her work on “Third Watch” earned her a pair of NAACP awards, and she picked up another for “The Best Man.” She’s proven herself as a dramatic and comedic actress, and her filmography runs the gamut from “Boiler Room” to “Big Momma’s House.”
How tall is Nia Long compared to other famous black actresses? At 5 feet, 2 inches, Nia Long is slightly shorter than “Scandal” star Kerry Washington, who’s 5 feet, 4 inches. Both women, meanwhile, look up to Halle Berry — at least literally speaking. Berry checks in at 5 feet, 5 inches tall, and that height measurement puts her eye-to-eye with both Lupita Nyongo and Meagan Good.