How tall is Percy Hynes White? Height and age of Wednesday actor

Bruno Cooke November 25, 2022
How tall is Percy Hynes White? Height and age of Wednesday actor
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Coming-of-age supernatural comedy horror series Wednesday arrived on Netflix on November 23, 2022, elevating the popularity of some of its younger cast members – including Percy Hynes White – to new heights.

White plays Xavier “resident tortured artist” Thorpe in the series. He’s a student of Nevermore Academy who takes a liking, shall we say, to Wednesday.

Some people may have noticed the way Percy Hynes White seems to tower over co-star Jenna Ortega, whose height is a mere 5ft 1in (1.55m).

Their ages, meanwhile, are similar. White is just under a year older than Ortega.

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What is Percy Hynes White’s height? Xavier Thorpe actor stands a foot taller than Wednesday

IMDB lists Percy Hynes White’s height as 6ft 2in, or 1.88m.

Incidentally, that makes him about the same height as Cristiano Ronaldo, Barack Obama and Ryan Reynolds. Quite the peers list.

His co-star Jenna Ortega, meanwhile, is a whole foot (plus an inch) shorter than him. She stands at 5ft 1in (1.55m). Seeing them stand next to each other, you get an idea of their height difference, although high heels certainly take the edge off. 

For what it’s worth, the woman who played Wednesday Addams in the 1991 movie The Addams Family, Christina Ricci, is the same height as Ortega – and therefore also 13 inches shorter than Percy Hynes White.

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What other movies and TV shows has he been in?

Percy Hynes White’s list of screen acting credits is considerable, given his young age.

Born October 8, 2001, he is just 21 years old – and only recently turned 21 – and has 33 unique onscreen acting credits to his name. 

Take into account the fact that several of those are TV series, in which White has been in as many as 29 episodes, and a picture forms as to how busy he’s been these last few years.

He made his debut in Down To The Dirt in 2008, as a child actor. One of his earlier substantial roles was as Simon Brooks in Murdoch Mysteries. He was in eight episodes. 

He also played Harrison in Between (seven episodes in 2015 and 2016); Andy Strucker in 29 episodes of The Gifted (from 2017 to 2019); and Elliot Wazowski in 14 episodes of Pretty Hard Cases (over 2021 and 2022).

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What do we know about his family?

Hynes White is the son of Joel Thomas Hynes. He’s a novelist, director, musician and actor from Calvert, Newfoundland and Labrador. 

He wrote We’ll All Be Burnt In Our Beds Some Night, published in 2017. It won the Governor General’s Award for English-language fiction and the Winterset Award

Percy’s mother, meanwhile, is Sherry White. She’s an actor, screenwriter and producer. You might have seen her name in the credits of MVP, Rookie Blue and/or Saving Hope, or as the director of feature film Crackie

Both of Percy Hynes White’s parents are Canadian. He studied at a theater school in his hometown of St John’s for two years. He doesn’t appear to have any siblings.

How have fans reacted to seeing Hynes White as Xavier Thorpe?

People like him. Numerous Twitter users have taken to the platform in recent days to voice their approval of Percy’s casting.

“I think I would die for Percy Hynes White,” one user wrote, while another suggested he could play an on-screen younger brother of Harris Dickinson (their age difference is about five years).

One user who saw him as Andy Strucker before he landed the role of Xavier Thorpe was practically bursting with excitement – see below.

And finally another, who has been “obsessed with him for years,” was “so excited” to learn that he had a substantial role in the series, rather than a peripheral one. “He’s beautiful.”

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.