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Top 25 Famous Redheads

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Gentlemen prefer blondes (or so the saying goes) but from time to time they prefer brunettes (take the 90s for example). In earlier history they preferred redheads. These days redheads get a bad wrap – being referred to as “gingers” and other unpleasant names. This list is their redemption! A focus entirely on redheads. So, here are the 25 most significant redheads in history. This list is in no particular order.

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Redheads 1 – 5

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1. Carol Burnett (b. 1933) – American comedienne and actress most famous for her own variety show, The Carol Burnett Show (1967-1978). She also appeared on Mama’s Family in a few episodes reprising the role of Eunice that she created with co-star Vickie Lawrence, and as Jamie’s mother on Mad About You. In addition, she’s done several films and voice-overs. However, she will most likely be remembered most for her ear-tugging salute to her grandmother, her hilarious Tarzan call, and her parody of Gone with the Wind called Went with the Wind.

2. Lucille Ball (1911 – 1989) – American comedienne and actress most famous for the historic early sitcom she created with real-life husband Desi Arnaz called I Love Lucy (1951-1957). I Love Lucy was memorable for being the first American TV show to star a female and one of the first American TV shows to present a pregnant woman, although they weren’t allowed to say the word “pregnant.” The most watched episode in American TV history during that time was when Lucy gave birth to Little Ricky during the show’s second season. Many of the famous situations on the show are old vaudeville routines, and one of the most memorable is the Chocolate Factory. [Pictured above]

3. Margaret Sanger (1879 – 1966) – She ushered in the modern age of women’s liberation by fostering birth control. She successfully mobilized American women to take an active role in the decision to have or not have children. One of her organizations would eventually become Planned Parenthood, and she lived long enough to actively campaign for the legalization of the birth control pill.

4. Judas Iscariot (d. 29-33) – One of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ who betrayed Him and identified Christ for Roman soldiers with a kiss in the Garden of Gethsemane for 30 pieces of silver. According to most biblical accounts, Judas was later overcome with guilt and returned the silver and hanged himself, although some accounts have him living several years longer before dying.

5. Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme (b. 1948) – One of Charles Manson’s family members who had a passive role in the Tate-LaBianca murders in 1969 and an active role in the attempted assassination of US President Gerald Ford in 1975. For the latter, she received a life sentence which she is serving in Texas despite a two-day escape in 1987.

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Redheads 6 – 10

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6. Geri Halliwell (b. 1972) – Otherwise known as Ginger Spice, she is the most musically successful of all the former members of the Spice Girls, releasing three acclaimed solo albums and participating in the Spice Girls Reunion Tour of 2007.

7. L. Ron Hubbard (1911 – 1986) – Science fiction writer and founder of the Church of Scientology. An exceptional con artist who hooked up with Jack Parsons and Aleister Crowley after WWII, Hubbard switched from writing science fiction to publishing his definitive work, Dianetics, which would eventually lead directly to the creation of Scientology. [Pictured above]

8. Bernadette Peters (b. 1948) – American actress, singer, and Broadway star, probably best known for her role as Marie in Steve Martin’s 1979 film The Jerk, and as Annie Oakley in the 1999 Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun.

9. Napoleon Bonaparte (1761 – 1829) – French military and political figure who had a significant hand in the French Revolution, then turned around and declared himself Emperor of France in 1804. Napoleon was despised by both Beethoven, who originally dedicated his Third Symphony in Eb Major (Eroica) to Napoleon and then changed his mind, and Tchaikovsky, who depicted the French defeat in Moscow with the 1812 Overture. He was exiled twice and eventually died on the island of St. Helena.

10. Lizzie Borden (1860 – 1927) – Famous accused American hatchet murderess of her father and step-mother in Massachusetts in 1892. She was tried and acquitted of the murders although public scorn punished her for the rest of her life. She remains immortalized in American folklore with an infamous jump-rope rhyme about the murders, as well as a humorous folk song.

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Redheads 11 – 15

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11. Cleopatra (69BC – 30BC) – Female Egyptian ruler who formed political liaisons and romantic relationships with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. After being defeated by Augustus, she famously committed suicide by allowing herself to be bitten by an asp.

12. Oliver Cromwell (1599 – 1658) – Here’s a touchy one. He’s known as either an English military and political genius, or the scourge of Ireland. He helped create the English Commonwealth in 1649 after the execution of Charles I and then mounted a brutal campaign to subdue the Irish the next year. He died of natural causes in 1658 and was then exhumed and posthumously executed in 1661. [Pictured above]

13. Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886) – American poet known for her reclusive behavior as well as her quietly prolific poetry. Although she had some of her writings published during her lifetime, it was not until after she died that the bulk of her massive output was finally made available to the public by her family.

14. Willie Nelson (b. 1933) – Texas native Willie Nelson began his career as a country singer/songwriter trying to break into the standardized world of Nashville country and western, and he wrote several hits for other artists including Patsy Cline’s immortal Crazy. However, after being unable to break into the Nashville inner circle for himself, Nelson returned to his native Texas and helped create the outlaw country movement with fellow Texan Waylon Jennings in the 1970’s.

15. Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741) – Vivaldi was an Italian composer of the late Baroque era. Although he was originally trained for the priesthood, he is probably best known for his brilliant concerti (and concerti grosso) including The Four Seasons.

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Redheads 16 – 20

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16. Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826) – Third U.S. President from 1801 to 1809. A native Virginian, Jefferson was the chief author of the Declaration of Independence. He was primarily an agrarian-minded president, and would serve as an inspiration to a generation of secessionist Southerners. He negotiated the Louisiana Purchase with fellow redhead Naplolean Bonaparte, and died on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

17. Vincent Van Gogh (1853 – 1890) – Dutch post-Impressionist painter who lived in relative obscurity, yet, his paintings routinely fetch the largest sums at auctions. Probably best known for Starry Night, he was beset by a myriad of mental disturbances, and famously cut off the lobe of his ear in 1888.

18. James Joyce (1882 – 1941) – Irish 20th Century writer, best known for Ulysses and Finnegan’s Wake. Joyce was an expatriate, living in Paris and fleeing the Nazi invasion in 1940 to find safety and death in Switzerland.

19. Mark Twain (1835 – 1910) – Pen name of American humorist and author Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Many of his stories are about the 19th century American riverboat culture (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn), and his pen name was taken from a common call by a riverboat leadsman.

20. Galileo Galilei (1564 – 1642) – Italian astronomer and physicist, perhaps best known for advancing the use of the telescope to verify the theories of Copernicus and describing the laws of motion for falling bodies and projectiles. Galileo was forced to recant his astronomical findings by the Church, and lived the remainder of his life under house arrest. [Pictured above]

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Redheads 21 – 25

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21. Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) – British politician who served as the indomitable bulldog Prime Minister during World War II. His inspiration and tenacity served to solidify British willpower during the German bombings of 1940.

22. Vladimir Lenin (1870 – 1924) – Russian revolutionary politician and statesman, born Vladimir Ilrich Ulyanov. Lenin was the architect of the Soviet Union following the Russian Revolution of 1917, and he was the first Soviet premier until his early death. His preserved body is still on display at his mausoleum in Red Square in Moscow.

23. Malcolm X (1925 – 1965) – African American spiritual leader of the Nation of Islam during the American Civil Rights movement. Born Malcolm Little, he converted to Islam while in prison and became a powerful activist for black Americans until his unsolved assassination in 1965.

24. Elizabeth I (1533 – 1603) – English queen and daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. She was the last Tudor queen, and her reign included the contributions of William Shakespeare and Francis Drake. [Pictured above]

25. King David (1037 BC – 967 BC) – King of Israel who succeeded Saul, and slayer of the Philistine giant Goliath. David was an accomplished lyre player and is credited with composing the majority of the Book of Psalms.

Contributor: warrrreagl



  • Malcolm X? Cleopatra? Really…?

    • Jocelyn G

      Cleo is actually possible since she wasn't actually Egyptian (she was of European descent). But unless Malcolm X had albinism, I DON'T think he was a ginge.

      • Matt

        He actually was. His mother was half white, and very pale. Even in adulthood, he retained a red tinge to his hair

        • Reeses

          You don’t always have to be mixed to have red hair. It’s a recessive gene that can manifest whenever…It’s possible for black people to have red hair (it may not be bright red), but it happens..

          • jakoball

            There is a huge contradiction: On one hand gingers have no soul. On the other, nigga’ got soul.
            I’m confused… Which one was Malcolm X?

    • Hello, I am a black, I’m not biracial. Both of my parents are blk and I have natural bright redhair, with feckles, my eyes are dark brown. Growing up as a child people always questioned my backround, they would stare. Even as an adult people still question me, not as often though, must people just assume I dyed my hair, until they ask.

      • K

        That’s really interesting, redhead13860. The thing is, someone of African-American descent doesn’t need to be biracial (ie have parents of different racial backgrounds) to have some European genes. If I remember correctly from my studies in genetics, when they were looking into the genes for Sickle Cell disease, and therefore comparing the genetics of African Americans and Africans, they discovered that most African-Americans have somewhere between 20-80% European genetic material, which is borne out by the huge diversity in appearance in the black community. Yes, they were all black, and this fact doesn’t give anyone less right to identify as black. It just means that history being what it was,things mixed more than people might realise. I would love to see the research done on the other side, and I wonder if it would have an impact on bigoted white folk to find out they actually have genetic material from diverse groups in them.

        This is not to say that the redheaded mutation might not arise naturally in ‘African genes’, I don’t know the frequency for that.

  • rshady

    I did a double take over a few of them, Napolean? I swear he had black hair in his portrait?

    • jerry

      but it depends on which napoleon they are talking about there were several

  • 8bithero

    Malcolm X is wrong. He's black. Plain and simple.

    Also, those that existed before photography are suspect. It seems like you just threw some in there for no good reason.

    • you can be black and be a red head to be correct with you…. i actually have two black guys friends who are red heads…… so know you facts…. you can be black, purple, yellow, orange, or red to be a ginger…

      • Spudx

        To quote George Carlin, “You never see a Chinese guy named Rusty.”

    • Daws

      There’s also paintings. In fact that’s one of the ways they determined carrots didn’t get to be orange until around the 16th century. Before then no carrots in paintings were that color. And of course there’s also written records.

    • Noni

      You are tired today? Maybe take a nap…

    • Will be goode

      Just about every black man who “conked” his head with lye had red hair if they left the lye in too long but Malcolm didn’t conk his hair after going to prison.

      Strange things happen. We can’t all be the same. Sometimes one of us slip through the cracks. My maternal grand mother was half cherokee and I have been told over and over that I resemble a cherokee more than my grandmother and her mother for that fact. The only difference is that I’m a lot darker than great grandmother (cappaccino).

      It doesnt mean anything. It is what it is.

  • romerozombie

    Red hair is a genetic mutation – fact. Eww.

    • jexd

      Every phenotype is the result of genetic mutation. Learn genetics – luckily for you, stupidity is curable.

      • robopanda

        That was epic, I now worship you.

      • Kock

        Yes very epic. I was about to set that biatch straight but your comment was amazin.

      • Liz

        i too warship your epicness, well said.

      • EpicPraiser

        Epicccccc

    • RedheadedScientist

      Its NOT a genetic mutataion, it is the process; in which pigment is not fully destributed throughout the body, ad is collected in the scalp. Thus producing Red hair, and Pale skin.

  • Sgt. Batguano

    I am still trying to reconcile how a list that includes Squeaky Fromme, L. Ron Hubbard, Judas Iscariot, Lizzie Borden, and a Spice Girl helps with the issue that "redheads get a bad rap".

    I'm surprised the intro didn't include Q: How do you get a redhead's mood to change? A: Wait 10 seconds.

    Dump Geri, add Rita Hayworth, and will overlook the assassin, the cultist, the traitor, and murderer.

    • Prosper

      What is the issue "redheads get a bad rap?" I honestly haven't heard of it. And what the hell is that supposed to mean : "How do you get a redhead's mood to change? Wait 10seconds"? And why would you overlook the people with bad reputations? Not inluding them doesn't mean they don't exist.

    • Volta

      Rita Hayworth was actually Hispanic. Her hair color naturally was VERY dark brown, if not black.

      • Lola

        I’m Hispanic and I have red hair but I will admit that my great granmother was French so maybe that changes things? Idk but I will say I am a Hispanic redhead:)

    • Mr. Reality

      This guy is right. Look at all these assassins, cultists, traitors, and murderers. Sickening – just sickening. Sure glad none of us blonde, brown, and/or black haired people ever did anything like that.

  • jhm

    How are Cleopatra and Malcom X redheaded? Im pretty sure redheadedness is a European trait.

    • todd

      well all euro peopsl come from the middleast and iran and then down to africa/izrael. over thousands of years. in homers illiad menalus of sparta is said to have red hair and so is achilles. his nickname ment red head or redhair. course greece is europe but the stereotype for greeks is tan with dark hair.

      • Prof, Benjamin

        Actually todd, the first evidence of human life as we know it originates from Africa, so your wrong there.
        We also believe that a second, larger form of human like beings from the far north.
        These days many scientists believe that the Chinese and their surrounding area are also a different strand of humanity.

        Just thought i’d point that out.

        • Chocta

          Wasn’t Achilles decribed by Herodotus and other contemporaries as of having “golden locks of hair”? As in blond?

  • somerandomguy

    Dang, I never knew there were so many red-heads! Pretty cool people, too.

  • akino

    nice list!

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  • ryan

    Yeah, Malcom X. If I recall correctly his nickname, before joining the Nation of Islam, was “red”.

    Cleopatra… no idea.

  • MT

    Why is Lucy #2? She should be #1 right under her photo.

  • rshady: it may just be bad quality reproductions of paintings that makes it seem that way – I have definitely seen a portrait of Napoleon that has red hair.

    MT: “in no particular order” :)

  • ScottyBGood

    Cool list. It’s nice to see us “rangas” getting some love on Listverse. :)

    I have a few suggestions for honourable mentions: Ron Howard, Nicole Kidman, Simon Pegg, Julianne Moore and Seth Green.

    Just my $0.02

  • MT

    7.jf

    I always read the instructions after I can’t get it to work.

  • Stizzy

    Y’know, would be nice to see some of the sources for how some of these people are known to be red heads cos some are a bit hard to believe. Malcom X? King David? Cleopatra? Judas Iscariot?

    • Malcolm x was a ginger hun…. there are lots of sources to prove it…

      • golem3000

        any chance you could give us a few og those sources? i find it difficult to understasnd an africaa americasn being a natural ginger

  • carpe_noctem

    # 26: Warrrreagl

  • Jessy

    Being slightly ginger myself, the list is quite enjoyable…but ‘readheds’? Maybe take a second look at that….

  • Jessy

    *readheads- can’t even make the spelling mistake the right way….

  • Che

    “…a bad wrap…”.

    Don’t you proofread these things anymore, Jamie ?

  • mandysparky

    … defiantly not well done. You should had put pictures off all the people

  • astraya

    Maybe I’ve been sleeping through decades of Sunday school, church and bible study, but I can’t remember anything about the colour of Judas’ hair. I googled “judas red”. Found “There is nothing in the Christian Bible that indicates anything distinctive about the physical appearance of Judas” then a discussion as to why he is often depicted as redhead in art – basically, to set him apart from the other apostles. Other techniques are showing him without a halo, or with a different coloured halo, or only showing him in profile, or showing him with caricatured “Jewish” features. (or any combination of the above) (http://jhom.com/topics/color/judas.htm)

    • Excellent point!

    • nkj

      Also, at the time when many of the paintings were created, having red hair would deem you as a witch, demon, or vampyre.

  • Horror

    Good list, but Geri Halliwell is actually a natural blonde, like Gillian Anderson (Scully from the X Files).

  • stevenh

    warrrreagl: Excellent list – Great Research.

    You will probably get lots of flack regarding Malcolm X being a red-head.
    This is from the “official web site of Maloclm X”: http://www.cmgww.com/historic/malcolm/about/facts.htm
    “Hair color: Reddish brown”
    Acording to “The Redhead Encyclopedia” he makes the list!

    ps you left out my personal favorite: Gillian Anderson ;)

  • ryan

    Also, in The Autobiography of MalcomX, doesn’t he describe his own hair color as being reddish?

  • a3minutewonder

    Surely the famous Red head list is missing Jessica Rabbit

    • teresafreeman

      she is my all time favorite redhead too!

  • warrrreagl

    a3minutewonder: there is a follow-up list in the works of fictional redheads that will definitely include Jessica Rabbit (my heart is already pounding).

    carpe: infamous, perhaps…

  • jkcanewton

    What happened to Ron Howard. I thought he would at least be in the top 5. Also I think with the nickname “America’s Most Famous Redhead”, Lucille Ball should have been number 1.

  • ryan

    Warrreagle:

    Yosemite Sam is going to be on that list? Right?

  • FifthSonata

    Hmm. As a redhead myself I see good and bad associations on this list. Unfortunately, it’s amazing how many people can generalize a whole population (a small one) because of just a few people.

    Though Lucy was out of my generation I still grew up with her on Nick At Nite – I remember seeing her in color for the first time and instantly wanting to don an apron and mow down a box of bon bons.

    I definitely agree with those who mention Jessica Rabbit – she’s smokin’ for a cartoon character. I wonder if they base her off of a real-life inspiration?

  • warrrreagl

    stevenh: Thanks. As for Gillian Anderson, I had to draw the line somewhere, so I’m sorry she’s not here. At any rate, my wife is mad at me that I didn’t include Rhubarb the Cat.

  • Randall

    warrrr:

    Classic “Book of Lists” type list. Nice work.

  • JwJwBean

    Interesting picks there, Warrr. I understand about not putting up 25 pictures. I couldn’t even imagine how long that would make the page. It still would have been interesting to see all the redheads. I guess that is what google is for. :)

  • Cheeshygirl

    Great job warrrr! I was wondering when we’d see this list. And I’d have to say warrrreagl for honorable (dishonorable?) mention. ;) I kid.

  • DamienKarras

    Where else but listverse would you see a comparison of Judas Escariot and L. Ron Hubbard? It boggles the senses.

  • DamienKarras

    Actually not a “comparison”… my bad

  • Somebody

    Where’s Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, and Ann Margret?

    I had no idea all these people were redheads!

  • Sara

    DUDE. Where is Carrottop on this list?

  • Callie

    All these people have ginger-vitis :)

    I think the Spice Girl dyes her hair..and I don’t know about the really really old ones (Judas, Galileo..) but why not? I suppose they could have been redheads.

  • Scaramouche

    I had no idea Judas was a ginger! Interesting.

    I wonder how many people on this list are true redheads, I know at least Lucille Ball died her hair to be red…

  • MT

    102. Randall

    She was not a beauty which is why I compared her to Whoopi instead of Liz. But there were descriptions of Egyptians during that time that prove me right and you wrong. A reconstructed skull may show features but not skin color or hair color. Calling her Greek is like calling an African American "African" because her great-great-great grandfather was African. She was an Egyptian and had the hair and skin, if not the culture, to prove it. Keep it coming, I'm here all night.

  • carp

    Malcolm X????
    How in the world was he red-headed?

    • Rod Xeryus

      did you actually look at him, or have you only seen the black n white photo. Guess you didnt see the movie either, IN WHICH HIS NICKNAME WAS…. you guessed it

  • Sedulous

    This might not be a popular thing to say but…..red headed woman are crazy. I have not had more frustrating experiences with anyone than I have with red headed woman. And it’s not just some of them or most of them…..ALL red headed woman are completely psychotic. If you are a red headed woman don’t bother disagreeing with me, most of them don’t know they are crazy. I work in IT and one of the sales managers is a red head and she literally is one of the craziest most obnoxious people I’ve ever met. It never fails, I’m waiting for the day that I mean a red headed female that I can stand having a conversation with. I think this list confirms my opinion in a lot of way.

    • pete

      I've been saying this for years. Im a redheaded guy and for some reason readheaded girls seem to go after me. Ive had my fair share and every one of them was batshit insane.

      • MissDea

        But you men can’t get enough of us in bed…

        We aren’t insane….we’re on a higher playing field.

    • Red-haired Lady

      Wow. I really hope this comment was a joke. All red-haired women are crazy? You have simultaneously uttered two manifestations of my least favorite thing ever: essentialism. The assumption that anyone can be judged based on any physical characteristic is depressingly narrow-minded. A person is fat, therefore he is of a sanguine disposition; a person is a blonde, therefore she lacks intelligence; a person is male, therefore he is a sexist pig. None of these SEEMS reasonable, right? That’s because none of them is.

      And, yes, Sedulous, a red-haired woman did just correct you calmly and reasonably. And, for the record, your use of ellipses is not quite correct. You should use only three periods (…) when the pause or supressed text does not end a sentence and four when it does. You also typed “woman” where you meant “women” and “mean” where you meant “meet.” And “in a lot of way” makes much less sense than “in a lot of ways.” Your comma splice in the fourth sentence is pretty glaring too. This is why proofreading is so important, you see. I’m sorry if it hurts you too badly to be corrected by a completely psychotic, crazy person such as I, but life’s hard. I expect you’ll recover somehow. In the future, I do hope you will keep such prejudiced comments to yourself. Would you have said this to me if we were face to face? No? Then don’t say it online either. And just because you preface something with, “This might not be a popular thing to say…” does not mean that you can just say whatever you like. If you had followed that disclaimer with a series of racial slurs or anti-Muslim epithets, there would have been a firestorm of comments shot back at you. Please, next time, think before you type.

      On an unrelated note, Catherine Tate should be on this list. She’s phenomenal. Everyone should look her up.

  • Kreachure

    Very nice list, warrr!

    I found it pretty hard to find sources for the hair color of several of those listed which I had no idea were actually red haired, like Cleopatra, Judas Iscariot, and Napoleon. (Malcolm X I didn’t know either; but his Official Site clearly states his hair was reddish brown, which is considered red.)

    What I did find out is that Christopher Columbus had red hair too. Wikipedia mentions this fact and provides sources for that claim:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_columbus#Physical_appearance

    I would consider this a pretty notable omission, but I can’t blame you. Sources for hair color, especially for figures of ancient times, is hard to come by.

    Either way, thanks for such a thorough list!

  • Photophore

    Cleopatra? Really? I mean I know movies and paintings don’t always get it right, but you think people would know that! hmmmm….interesting if it is true. Awesome list man!

  • Imperialdramon Paladin Mode

    what, no carrot top?!

    • Cowcharge

      He said famous.

  • skykissedsea

    How often does anyone see a list with Judas, Lucille Ball and Winston Churchill together? I had no idea about some of these. But regarding Malcom X and the people who seem to be having trouble wrapping their minds around it: red hair in (or on, really) black people, while not common, is certainly not unseen, particularly in those who have some European ancestry and, as I recall, his mother was biracial.

  • Emily

    This list needs more Danny Elfman.

  • Ghidoran

    Waaa

  • Go redheads!

  • Stuck in DC

    Have friends from the middle east who tell me Mohammed was a red head, you just never realize it since graphic depictions of him are forbidden.

  • jajdude

    From the beginning I expected only entertainers. I guess not. Otherwise we might have seen Conan O’Brien there.

  • Angryfeet

    Just curious where you found that Cleopatra was a redhead – googling it, I only found uncited blogs that claimed Cleopatra was a redhead, but no support or research supporting the claim. There was only one actual news article that said she was redheaded, also uncited. ( I also found an uncited claim that she was thought to be a redhead because she added henna to her hair. ) As someone interested in history, I would like to know what evidence you have to back up the claim, because if it’s true it’s a great bit of trivia, but I just can’t believe it’s true without seeing some evidence.

  • G Note

    Why’s Manute Bol not on that list?

  • billyshears

    Malcolm X?

  • Sam

    Napoleon was a 132!!!

  • Callie

    ermm…whoa renee.

    I think, maybe, we’re taking “redhead” really seriously. The term conjurs something like that Lucy picture up at the top, but in reality, every hair color runs the spectrum:

    blonde goes from platnum Marilyn to dirty Drew Barrymore (not dirty dirty…y’all know what I mean :) )

    Brunettes go from very light Jessica Biel to an espresso Audrey Hepburn

    And redheads, Renee…they run the gamut from bright, wacky, Lucille Ball to deep auburn a la Lindsay Lohan (the good years)

    Now then…isn’t it the least little bit possbile that Malcom X could have had dark auburn hair? His grandfather was Scottish and his mother, according to him, “looked like a white woman”

    also, directly from his Wikipedia page (not the best source, I know, but I’m sure it’s quoted elsewhere)

    “One of Little’s nicknames, “Red”, derived from the tinge of his hair. According to one biographer, at birth he had “ash-blonde hair … tinged with cinnamon”, and at four “reddish-blonde hair”.[15] His hair darkened as he aged but he also resembled his paternal grandmother, whose hair “turned reddish in the summer sun”.[8]

    Please do research before you come on here calling everyone retarded.

    Now Cleopatra, I can’t find evidence on, but maybe she was auburn haired too.

  • Kreachure

    Okay. I’m waiting for another comment to pass moderation, but I need to say this too:

    Any race can have red hair.

    First of all, only 4% of people worldwide have red hair, so it’s quite rare on its own.

    Second, red hair is caused by production of the Phaeomelanin pigment, which every human being naturally produces, but in different concentrations, along with the eumelanin pigment which gives a dark color. So, every single human being of any race could be red haired if he or she were genetically predisposed to producing high concentrations of Phaeomelanin.

    Third, being red haired is more common in fair skinned people (read: white people) because having fair skin also means that you have a predisposition to produce low concentrations of eumelanin (which makes hair dark), so phaeomelanin is able to stand out and make your hair lighter and red. So, people with darker skin will be more prone to produce high concentrations of eumelanin, and thus make their hair usually dark. But sometimes, this won’t happen, and they will have blond or red hair.

    So please stop saying “black people can’t have red hair” like it’s some sort of fact, when the fact is it’s just a made up belief out of ignorance.

  • HexenBexen

    Being a redhead myself, I found this list quite enjoyable. Good job!

  • Kreachure

    BTW, I sent my first comment (which has two links) out over two hours ago, and it still hasn’t shown up. Should I be worried?

  • HexenBexen

    12. romerozombie – October 13th, 2008 at 4:01 am

    Well, if anyone would know what THAT’S like…

  • Mom424

    Warrreagl: Great list, lots of these are new to me. You missed mentioning that not only was Lucille Ball the first person to show pregnancy on TV, I’m pretty sure that it was the first portrayal of a mixed marriage in popular culture. It was a big deal back in the day.

    Renee Pusman: Good nic. Yes black people can have red hair, never hear of mixed race? I worked with a black fella from Jamaica; Nelson, and he had red hair, not strawberry, but brown-red. Ginger tips kinda. It was definitely red.

  • FifthSonata

    Sedulous:

    Yikes. Sounds like you’re generalizing a whole population off of your own experiences – that’s equivalent to calling ALL blondes dumb or calling all men pigs.
    I’ll be the first to tell you I’m a little crazy, but not because I’m a redhead, but because I willingly chose to be a music teacher.
    It’s unjust to generalize a whole culture from your bad day.

    • Red-haired Lady

      Thank you, Fifth Sonata (although I have no idea if you’ll ever read this). That is just what I think. There simply isn’t any excuse for comments such as the one Sedulous made.

  • tobbytoy

    More pictures! I am sure there are a lot more pictures out there that would have made this list a lot better. Good info, bad imagery.

  • Saint Splattergut

    Laurie Piper. She played Carrie White’s psychotic mother and Catherine Martell in Twin Peaks. She was also a guest star on Dead Like Me.

  • Kate

    Sanger? Sanger and woman’s liberation?

    Ha. Ha.

    She was a supporter of Eugenics. No wonder Planned Parenthood tries to separate itself from her.

  • Mom424

    Kate: Read this entire article and then go read her essays in their entirety. If you understand them you will see that you are very mistaken. Sanger wished to better the lot of the poor by giving them control over the number of children they produced. Actually read it, don’t believe the sound bites.

    http://fundamentalistdeceit.blogspot.com/2008_01_01_archive.html

  • K.Inez

    Sanger’s eugenics was very different from the scary eugenics we all think of. She did not condone the practice in the same way the Nazi’s did, as an outside force.

    “The campaign for birth control is not merely of eugenic value, but is practically identical with the final aims of eugenics…. We are convinced that racial regeneration, like individual regeneration, must come ‘from within.’ That is, it must be autonomous, self-directive, and not imposed from without. We maintain that a woman possessing an adequate knowledge of her reproductive functions is the best judge of the time and conditions under which her child should be brought into the world. We further maintain that it is her right, regardless of all other considerations, to determine whether she shall bear children or not, and how many children she shall bear if she chooses to become a mother… Only upon a free, self-determining motherhood can rest any unshakable structure of racial betterment.”

    She did believe that the “feeble minded” should be prevented from breeding {and frankly I’m not sure that was a bad idea lol}, but like most things, it’s complicated and deserves an adult level of thoughtfulness, because it’s not a black-and-white issue, and the discussion of it does not automatically make someone evil.

    Gonna have to agree with FifthSonata about not generalizing a whole population off of your own experiences. All redheads are crazy? Come on now… *rolling my eyes*

  • Sammaji

    YES Malcolm X. Why is that so hard to believe? There are plenty of black people with red hair and freckles.

    Now as for Judas I don’t get that one either. Someone please explain that one to me!

  • smurff

    A redhead on the beach in a bikini – with a nice tan and freckles, used to be a sight for sore eyes.

  • PhineusQButterfat

    I would have liked to have seen Maureen O’Hara on the list!

  • MzFly

    I’m confused about the Judas entry as well. How are we to know?

  • Lily

    Macedonians are from the northern area of Greece, and most of them at the time had blonde or red hair and very pale skins, not having been heavily mixed with Mediterranean stock. Ethnically they are–or were, in Cleopatra’s time–more Slavic than Mediterranean, and a lot of them still are. She probably looked more like a Romanian or Bulgarian than like a person from southern Greece.
    Cleopatra is believed to have been a redhead, and at least one stone profile alleged to be a portrait of her shows her having what’s known as a ‘tomato nose’–a rather prominent nose with a very large bulb on the end.

  • psychosurfer
  • psychosurfer
  • W

    I’m a redhead and I am HIGHLY offended at your implication that L. Ron Hubbard somehow helps to redeem our bad reputation (we had a bad reputation?)…

    …No, but seriously, this list is crap and you didn’t include the most important redhead of them all: Joachim Nielsen

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joachim_Nielsen
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WeEnoYEoPc

  • Sedulous

    FifthSonata,

    Surely, it’s only anecdotal evidence but it’s something that I can’t help but think has some truth. I don’t go around looking for it either. And perhaps it’s not so much that they are crazy as it is they are extreme. I’ve never met, seen, or heard of an even tempered redheaded female. They are either extremely happy, extremely angry, sad, moody, shy what have you but it’s always an extreme. And perhaps I notice this so much because I’m very even-tempered and unemotional.

    So obviously it’s just my opinion. Sorry my first comment was so negative, I’m always so angry in the morning.

  • Just because the bible doesn’t say what color hair Judas had doesn’t mean that there aren’t historical accounts of a red head named Judas who killed himself shortly after the death of Yeshua [Jesus for those of you not up on historical translations] who claimed to be the messiah.
    Great list. I was born a red head then it all felt out and grew back brown. 90% of the time I color my hair red. =)

  • Mac

    No Rita Hayworth? Surely the most beautiful redhead ever. Also the reason why I dye my hair red (which is a total bitch to do, by the way, because dyed red hair fades faster than any other colour, ho-hum…)

  • warningdontreadthis

    I demand proof!

  • StinkyTheCat

    hello!?!? Ginger Rogers

  • kiwiboi

    warrrreagl – great list :)

  • A person

    Haha! Wow! Half the people on that list I had no idea were redheads. I was quite surprised to see people on here like Malcolm X, Cleopatra, and Lenin.

  • warrrreagl

    kiwiboi, thanks! It was a labor of love. I’m digging on the fact that some are finding it hard to believe that certain historical figures were redheaded, as if they were perhaps too important to be mere redheads. If Judas were described with brown, black, or even blonde hair, no one would blink. But to list him with red hair is apparently outrageous. I don’t think it serves any purpose to divulge my sources, although Randall nailed one of them (what’s new?). I will, however, say that everyone on this list is referenced by at least three sources as being redheaded.

    Jamie: The death date for Napoleon should be 1821 instead of 1861. It was a typo in my submission.

  • Boogie

    She’s an absolute cow, but Thatcher should be there.

  • Steve

    Wow Napoleon was OLD!!! Napoleon Bonaparte (1729 – 1861)……132!!

    Of course this was joke!

  • josh116

    Maybe I missed someone else saying it but I don’t think so, but can we get an honorable mention for Molly Ringwald?? That girl was super hot back in the 80’s and I think she still is. I guess her historical impact wasn’t really enough to get her on the list but whenever I think “redhead” she’s the first one in mind..

  • JayArr

    I can’t believe you excluded Rupert Glint…

    ;)

  • Recluse

    Allison Hannigan will always be my number one redhead. But speaking about Conan and Carrot Top, how about Woody Woodpecker?

    I’m with smurff, could you do a list for freckles?

  • mellafe

    No Tori Amos?! Come on. No Julianne Moore?

    And it’s Rupert GRINT.

  • Pita Bread

    I always said that if I were caucasian I would want to be a red head w/ green eyes…sooo purty! Great List!

  • Kreachure

    (I’m gonna try again, seeing as it’s been like 5 hours since I sent this comment:)

    Very nice list, warrr!

    I found it pretty hard to find sources for the hair color of several of those listed which I had no idea were actually red haired, like Cleopatra, Judas Iscariot, and Napoleon. (Malcolm X I didn’t know either; but his Official Site clearly states his hair was reddish brown, which is considered red.)

    What I did find out is that Christopher Columbus had red hair too. Wikipedia mentions this fact and provides sources for that claim:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_columbus#Physical_appearance

    I would consider this a pretty notable omission, but I can’t blame you. Sources for hair color, especially for figures of ancient times, is hard to come by.

    Either way, thanks for such a thorough list!

  • MJ

    No Danny Bonaduce? Ha ha….

  • Iamaginger

    Ginger….is a negative term? Really? I guess it depends on how you look at it. My BF calls me ginger all the time and it does not bother me…has everyone forgotten about the HOTT redhead on Gilligan’s Island. Ginger? I rest my case. I think this list was odd. About of the people listed are negative so I don’t know that is is doing for us. But I think so of the characteristics are true. I mean I am generally a REALLY mellow person but when I am pushed to the edge oh man watch out crazy redhead alert. LOL!!!

  • Renee Pussman: your ignorance is astonishing. Black people CAN have black hair, brown hair, blonde hair, red hair. Furthermore, your comment on Egyptians (presumably as a reference to Cleopatra VII) is also wrong – but for a different reason: Cleopatra was not Egyptian, she was Hellenistic.

  • shaner5000

    Mary Jane Watson-Parker. Face it tiger, you just hit the jackpot.

  • Imaginer: in England it is often said to rhyme with minger which is a derogatory term – to imply that ginger headed people are mingers+ – I hope that explains :)

  • Oh – Imaginer, this may help to understand: Catherine Tate Ginger Episode.

  • Vera Lynn

    I think Malcolm X used lye to straighten his hair. That would lighten already reddish hair as well.

  • Cedestra

    50. Renee Pussman: Chill the f out. Damn. YES, black people can have naturally red and blonde hair. All hair has melanin, which is a reddish-brown color. The amount of melanin determines what color your hair/skin/eyes will be.

    In general, I do have to call in question the hair color of Judas Iscariot. I would like the see the source on that. I can believe in Malcolm X and Cleopatra (although she may have dyed her hair).

  • Brickhouse

    Nice list – but with unverifiable people (such as Cleopatra & Judas) I would’ve limited to people we have pictures of or well-knowns. And I personally would’ve kept Ginger Spice off the list – there are so many more redheads that would’ve been better (like Marcia Cross from Desperate Housewives or Gillian Anderson from the X-Files).

    It was a fun list to read though! :)

  • HollyTamale

    What a horrid list… I doubt all of these are true redheads, and what is with the lack of pictures? (perhaps there is a correlation between the two issues)

  • MT

    I love this list because it gets people debating history and the facts. By the way, Cleopatra was an African (from Egypt in N. Africa) and probably dyed her hair from it’s original red color or wore a wig which was a popular thing to do at the time. She did not look like Liz Taylor but probably more like Whoopie Goldberg. The same for Brother Malcolm. He tried to hide his red, kinky hair at first then embraced his true heritage as he became self aware.

  • Randall

    MT:

    Sorry MT, but Cleopatra was NOT an African. She was a GREEK, and as such looked like neither Whoopie Goldberg NOR like Elizabeth Taylor. (She was, in fact, by all contemporary accounts, no great beauty–she worked all her magic with me via her overwhelming personal charm and innate confidence–the original homely girl with a “great personality.”)

    The reason Cleo was Greek? She was the last of the Greek dynasty, the Ptolemys, who had ruled Egypt since it had been “liberated” by Alexander the Great from the tyranny of the Persians. She was therefore, like her ancestors before her, a Greek, not an Egyptian (though we can’t rule out that she wasn’t part Egyptian).

    But Egyptians of the day, in any case, did not look like many modern Egyptians (who have intermingled, over the centuries, with Arabic invaders) and even less like Whoopie Goldberg or other people we consider “black.” Ancient Egyptians looked, for the most part, like a combination of caucasoid and semitic (though they were neither) with narrow, sharp features, narrow-but-long, hooked noses, high foreheads and cheekbones, and distinct-shaped eyes. This is known from reconstructions of many Egyptian skulls taken from tombs.

    • Raven

      Hi, Randall–i know that u posted this quite a long time ago, but u might be interested to know that genetic testing was actually done on the skeletal remains of Arsinoé Ptolemy, Cleopatra's sister, and model of her face was also computer-generated. The resultant findings bear out your ideas very well, with regard to her appearance.
      Cheers!

  • Randall

    OOPS… sorry, that line should read “she worked all her magic with MEN via her overwhelming personal charm…” NOT “she worked all her magic with ME…” Cleo and I were just good friends.

  • Recluse

    Anyone remember Robey from Friday the 13th: the Series or Laura Prepon from That 70s Show? How about Eric the Red, the Viking? Besides Ginger, there must be some famous people nicknamed Rusty or Red.

  • maximuz04

    Yeah as soon as i read the title I ctrl F’ed carrot top and nothing :(….
    maybe hes not a natural red?

  • FifthSonata

    @75. Sedulous:
    At least you apologized for the negative comment, which is a step above the cyber-bullies you might see around here.

    Actually, I see your rationale there – many redheads I know are extreme in terms of emotions – so much so that you could classify them as bipolar. I have met more emotionally extreme males than females, but seeing as how I’m female, I’m probably going to notice the extreme more with men.

    I actually had to tame down my quick temper because of my profession as a teacher, enough so I can react without saying something I’ll regret. I partially think it’s because as a redhead, many of us are subject to people treating us in an intense way – what redhead here can honestly say they weren’t teased or bullied because of their hair?

    I definitely know since that South Park episode came out, my students began taunting their redheaded classmates in a negative way.

  • islanderbst

    hey hey warrrr, your list finally made it :) (i remember it from the forums long time ago)
    and any list that mentions the hilarious carol burnett automatically gets a thumbs up from me!

  • mexmark

    how would anyone even know that judas escariot was a red head? or cleopatra?

    i read in national geographic that red-heads are going to be extinct in 90 years

  • JayArr

    Mellafe(88) Sorry, my Japanese is not as good as it used to be. ;)

  • Taranis

    Wow, there are some really closed minded racist people in this list. Malcolm X was definitly a red head. Though his hair was a darker red, it was still there. It’s a mutation in genes that carries over just like a regular hair colour. I love how one asshole actually said “eww” about it. Never knew idiots come to this site too just to piss around. I thought it was a cool list Jamie if it makes you feel any better.

  • Taranis: thanks :) I appreciate the positive feedback!

  • dionysos2012

    Umm…what about Katherine Hepburn? One of the best American actresses of all time – The Philadelphia Story anyone?

    To all those who argue that black people CAN’T have red hair – you’re merely demonstrating your ignorance. “Black” people can have blue eyes, light skin, red hair, blonde hair, freckles – these traits are just less common amongst black people than they are in “white” people.

  • lizzypop82

    Great list

  • Kreachure

    dionysos2012 (and others, actually): I guess you didn’t read my first post (#56), which says exactly what you just said about dark skin and red hair. (But explained in detail.)

    I sometimes wonder why I even bother…

  • krchuk

    Great list, wish there were pictures. I am sure redheads warrant at least another two lists as there are so many more wonderful “gingers” to add. Love the Catherine Tate Show’s “ginger” sketches. Very funny and very tongue in cheek.

  • MM

    I love how it actually says here that Jesus Christ was betrayed by twelve disciples… lol

  • WinstonB

    warrrreagl… are you color blind by an chance? :P

    Seriously, Malcolm X? And most descriptions and portraits see Napoleon as having light brown, almost blond, hair.

  • WinstonB

    Well, most of the portraits of a young Napoleon show him with light brown, but older ones show him with jet black.

  • jackit

    And to those who keep insisting black people can’t have anything other than black hair: there ARE albinos in every race, y’know.

    I know a Chinese girl who had bright red hair when she was young, now it’s more brown. But it was actually ginger-red!

  • good list

  • Vera Lynn

    Elizabeth from “The Waltons”

  • lizze

    what, no carrot top?

  • CurtShmurt

    I like that Julianne Moore suggestion.

  • CurtShmurt

    What about Tina Louise?

  • SarahJ

    jamie it still says Readheads not redheads haha

    great list!

  • jhoyce07

    there should’ve been pictures posted along with their statements above..for a better picture/view cos your list is about red-heads..i can’t see all of them as red-heads,only some of them..makes me think..

    would anybody agree with me?

  • jhoyce07

    no nicole kidman?? for being the priciest celeb / highest paid celeb in hollywood?? (she’s a redhead,right?)

    shucks..
    haha!

  • jajdude

    Mad guns on the list, but no Groundkeeper Willie from The Simpsons, G?

  • Cyn

    @SarahJ
    :)
    now it doesn’t.

  • VikingBerserker

    DAM, Lucille Ball was a hottie!

  • anthony p

    Wow, this may just be the most controvesial list you have put up Jfrater but the worst thing is.

    Where the Hell is Carrot Top!

  • Hillery

    I’m always late on these things, hope I’m not repeating another’s comments, but- the Judas with red hair thing: Since it’s not mentioned in the bible, but is perhaps mentioned in some historical accounts, I have to wonder whether Judas really did have red hair (if he even existed at all….), or whether he was given red hair because he was the bad guy. After all red hair has been considered by superstitious people to be a bad thing for basically ever. Isn’t it possible Judas was said to have red hair as more proof of him being a bad guy instead anyone actually knowing what color his hair was? If that’s the case, isn’t that just exacerbating the myth of the red head to include him in this list? Until I see the source, I can only assume, and I assume it’s a rumor passed off as fact.

  • Brian B

    Winston Churchill was a ginger kid. Crazy..

  • Sam

    Actually Lucille Ball wasn’t a natural redhead. She dyed it. You could substitute King Arthur instead.

  • k1w1taxi

    Scott Dixon
    Danny Kaye

    WinstonB Try reading the comments before posting Huh? There are at least 4 comments citing references for Malcolm’s hair colour.

    Cheers
    Lee

  • suzi

    Judas was portrayed historically as having red hair because there was a negative connotation in the superstitions of people about red hair. Some even called it “the mark of the devil”.
    There is no mention in the Bible of Judas’ hair color.

  • downhighway61

    Warrrr, great list!

  • Lizzie

    Great list Warrrr, I didn’t know about some of these. But some of the comments here have staggered me. Who would have thought a list based on hair colour could bring out so many narrow-minded people. Unbelievable.

    I can’t wait to see the list of fictional characters Warrrr. Don’t forget the Weasleys. ;)

  • ligeia

    Sedulous: you obviously haven’t met my cousin Tara.

  • Brosiusjb

    Is it possible for Malcolm X to be a red head? Not sure I believe that one.

  • Scientologist

    How dare you call the great L. Ron Hubbard a “con artist”. I, representative of the Church of Scientology, demand you take down the wild accusation now or you will soon see defamation charges from our top lawyers. If you do not heed this first warning, you, the atrocious ‘listverse’ and your family will be prosecuted for this outrage.

  • Randall

    MT:

    “…But there were descriptions of Egyptians during that time that prove me right and you wrong.”

    Name just two. The appearance of the ancient Egyptians is pretty well established, MT. Where are you getting your information from?

    “A reconstructed skull may show features but not skin color or hair color.”

    This is a stilly statement. Anthropologists can perfectly well match ethnicity with a clear delineation of bone structure, within a margin of error that’s pretty damn acceptable. You’re grasping at straws here. Anthropology has established that the ancient Egyptians were as I described them. And Cleopatra, as a Greek, would have looked more different still from what we might vaguely call “African.”

    “Calling her Greek is like calling an African American “African” because her great-great-great grandfather was African.”

    Hardly. To make this statement it becomes clear that you have little grasp of the dynastic history of the Ptolemies.

    “She was an Egyptian and had the hair and skin, if not the culture, to prove it.”

    Uh, no, MT… YOU need to *prove* that statement. How do you know what her hair and skin actually looked like?

  • warrrreagl

    Everybody, I’ve had a grand time with this list. Thank you for receiving my first list submission with such meaty discussion. I have been dismayed but not surprised at the people who refuse to believe that Malcolm X had red hair. I have been entertained by the alternative suggestions (I can’t believe the Aussies and English didn’t throw more cricket and footballers at me for inclusion). I have been encouraged by the number of people who obviously took this list and started Googling for more info, which is never a bad thing.

    And to all those who are somehow upset that Judas is on the list, I ask you this – how can you accept Lucille Ball and not Judas Iscariot? In Lucy’s case, she is someone we KNOW to not be a natural redhead, yet we are accepting of her place in culture depicted as an historical redhead. Why can’t Judas be extended the same consent? If history portrays Judas as a redhead, then that’s good enough for me and good enough for this list.

  • MT

    143. Randall

    How can anyone know what she really looked like. I prefer my version of her.

  • PT

    Only just read the list very late in in the day. Just wanted to say that I have the good fortune to be married to a “Red” (28 Years) and have 2 children that are both red and you know what? There can be nothing finer in the world. (OK so my wife was watching whilst I did the first bit but still they are the best)They Are.

  • JayArr

    Scientologist(142) Hahahahahaaaaaa…. you funny guy! The cult of scientology pales in the face of the righteous ListVerse redheads of perfection, greatness and splendor!

  • Phillies

    Bout time I saw a list honoring my fellow redheads. We’ve been getting a bad rap for too long

  • Angryfeet

    Whoa, I have a real issue with warrrreagl’s comment, # 82 – “I don’t think it serves any purpose to divulge my sources… I will, however, say that everyone on this list is referenced by at least three sources as being redheaded.”

    You refuse to reveal any of the sources you found your information on, and yet you expect us to believe you? As the comments say, sure it’s possible, maybe even probable that Cleopatra and Judas had red hair. But frankly, I am deeply suspicious of anyone who, upon being challenged, refuses to submit their sources. How about the purpose that it shows you did thoughtful research and the readers can trust what you say?

    I have always liked this site because I felt I could believe the information given to me. I could either verify facts I wasn’t sure about with a quick google, or in the comments section facts were verified with a quick link. In this case, I cannot verify your claim about Cleopatra with a google search, and you are refusing to back up your claim.

    To clarify, my issue is NOT with whether or not Cleopatra had red hair. I don’t really care all that much. My issue is with the auther flat out refusing to back up something that is claimed to be a fact. Frankly, now I feel stupid for trusting anything I read on this site, if this is the quality of facts that are posted.

  • astraya

    Getting onto fictional characters – the character “Red” in Stephen King’s novella “The Shawshank Redemption” was specified to be an Irishman. Morgan Freeman was cast in the movie, and the only reference is when Andy (Tim Robbins) asks Red how he got his nickname. Red replies “Maybe because it’s because I’m Irish”.

  • gezzanater

    Good list Warr, although I would have include “our Nicole”.

  • warrrreagl

    Angryfeet, lighten up. It’s not that big of a deal. Really.

  • Gomez

    Cromwell: “He died of natural causes in 1658 and was then exhumed and posthumously executed in 1661.”

    Remind me to never piss off so many people so badly that dying once isn’t enough.

  • i love lucy

    lucy should never be #2!!!! she is the most famous red head on the planet!! the list needs to be revised!!!!

  • bigski

    As old as good Queen Bess is she`s still kind of hot !

  • robneiderman

    Most of what I wanted to say has been said already (like asking about evidence for Judas and some others). I’d just like to add that I have a weakness for redheaded girls.
    I should add, though that in all the pictures I’ve seen, Mark Twain had white hair, Willie Nelson and Galileo had grey hair, Thomas Jefferson’s hair is green on the $2 bill, Geri Halliwell has spicy hair, and Van Gogh only had red hair because of the ear thing.
    Also, Julianne Moore is hot, and apparently a natural redhead.

  • Walter Stucchi

    I feel bewildered! you haven’t included OUR Carmen ‘Colorada’ Pinzas.

  • loop

    Conspicuous in their absence:

    Stan Laurel and Harpo Marx

  • loop

    And Thomas Jefferson

  • emc

    In Australia a character named Jonah on a series called “Summer Heights High” made the term ‘Ranga’ as in orang-utans part of the Aussie vocabulary (see comment #8), in reference to redheads. It caught on so quickly that this year the 10th of August was national ‘Sorry Ranga’ day.

  • Ernmas

    Interesting list. I will have to google these people to see pictures.

    I am the daughter of a redhead of Irish decent and have a large amount of red in my hair. She had no redheaded kids, but her two redheaded brothers both did.

    And I agree with #55 Callie about hair color. I swear up and down to everyone my hair is blond, but they tell me it is brown. And yes, I have had it tested for coloring purposes to know!

  • Cedestra

    152. warrrreagl: Okay, in the grand scheme of things, no, it’s not important. But it is if you want to stay credible. Say I write a list about the Top 10 Influencial War Heroines and list Alexander the Great as one. I say, “Well, he was rumored to be a woman- no, I have no proof, but that’s good enough for me”. Of course there will be people contradicting me and expecting me to put up or shut up. If you nor anyone else has proof that Judas Iscariot was a redhead, then your list is wrong.
    145. MT: There are coins printed with her profile on them. She was a dog, but a Greek-looking dog none-the-less.

  • therealist

    Follow the link to see a picture of Malcolm x with obvious red tinged hair. Now shut the F*&^ Up.
    http://www.marxist.com/History/malcolmx_revolutionary.htm

  • Jade

    A little disappointed there are not pictures for every redhead. Still a fun list, but if their were pictures I would have forwarded it to some people.

  • JayArr

    LOL… silly therealist… Malcolm X is not a NATURAL redhead – hair dye works wonders.

  • chris

    Malcolm X WAS a natural redhead, and Cleopatra wasn’t Greek, she came from Macedonian descent.

  • jbjr

    Laura Prepon – That 70’s show
    Red Buttons
    Danny Bondacue
    Carrottop

  • Cedestra

    163. therealist: All in black and white. Nice.

  • Cedestra
  • Angryfeet

    Well, maybe it’s not important to you warrrreagl, but since you’re constantly refusing to back up your claims the only conclusion I can draw is that you cannot back up your claims, and your information cannot be believed.

    JFrater, this is the very first time your site has ever dissapointed me in its content, which all in all is an excellent record! I hope you will continue to keep the standards of this site high by making sure your list contributers actually do their research, instead of just claiming to.

  • As has been mentioned before: where’s Rita Hayworth?? ^_~

  • Lula

    I find it interesting you call L. Ron “An exceptional con artist”, yet allow Scientology ads on your blog.

    Ethical much?

  • Baxter

    Gotta admit… I find red hair rather attractive. Brings out a girl’s eyes.

  • warrrreagl

    Ok, ok angryfeet, you got me. I must confess that I used The Book of Miss Clairol, The Joy of Sex, and De Vermis Mysteriis. “Tibi, magnum Innominandum, signa stellarum nigrarum et bufaniformis Sadoquae sigilim.”

  • bigski

    Who cares what whos color whos freaking hair is !! Arguements should stick to more important things like eye color,nose hair color,butt hair color, and skin color.Man a few people here need to get a life !

  • lanternchikk

    Where’s Luke Kelly? This list is incomplete without the Ginger Dubliner.

  • missed out

    Yes, they say a redhead woman puts fire between a man’s legs!!!!!

  • therealist

    168. Cedestra – His hair is neither black nor white in the picture, hmmmmmmmmm, food for thought.

  • Jael

    I think you missed out on some other redheads; Ron Howard, Nicole Kidman, Rupert Grinto (from the Harry Potter movies), Lily Cole, Karen Elson.

  • Stormie

    How the heck is Ginger Spice on this list and not Debra Messing who was on a very popular ground breaking show.

  • cymplyirziztbl

    I’d like to see a top 20 list of famous gay or lesbian people. With some shockers in it. Anybody up for it?

  • cymplyirziztbl

    Heres a list of celebrity scientologists , i was surprised that there were so many! http://movies.msn.com/movies/galleryfeature/celebrity-scientologists/

  • Holdmetight9

    King Hen-ery the 8th (he is he is) missing from zis list

  • astraya

    On Korean television on the weekend there was an item about a musical based on the life of Cleopatra. She quite clearly has black hair, and quite clearly looks Korean.

    On Saturday night I was browsing through a book of great paintings. Redheads of various shades are common in Mediaeval and Renaissance painting.

  • Muttley

    Again: Are you serious???

    11 of the 25 are Americans. There ARE other nationalities on this planet – you DO realise that don’t you?

    As for the list – Malcolm X was an African American – his hair appears red only due to lighting in SOME photo’s; other than that, his hair was black – Australian Aboriginals are the ONLY “black” racial group who can be born with (and retain) reddish hair.

    Kleopatra (NOT Cleopatra) was an Egyptian Greek – Olive skin and naturally black hair – Caesar called her ‘his Midnight Beauty’

    Napoloen Bonaparte – check his official portraits in France (I have seen them there) He had black hair.

    Where was Boudicca (Boadicea) on the list? She was undoubtedly THE most famous redhead of all time as being the only ruler who almost single-handedly destroyed the Roman Presence in ANY province at the height of its power.

    What about Margaret Thatcher – the second most poerful person (and the most powerful woman) on the planet for 10 years as Prime Minister of Great Britain.

    Get your mind out of your own country and look for GENUINELY famous people – Lynette Fromme, Bernadette Peters and Margaret Sanger are virtually unknown outside of the US or their time-frame!

  • Miss Destiny

    Lucille Ball and Vincent Van Gogh both on the list, I am satisfied! (Though I’d have put Van Gogh way higher, hehe!)

    When it comes time to do the fictional redheads list I put forth my nomination of Ron Weasley (the whole Weasley family, actually) from the Harry Potter series. I also totally agree with the inclusion of Jessica Rabbit on that list. She rules.

  • Miss Destiny

    Lucille Ball and Vincent Van Gogh both on the list, I am satisfied! (Though I’d have put Van Gogh way higher, hehe!)

    When it comes time to do the fictional redheads list I put forth my nomination of Ron Weasley (the whole Weasley family, actually) from the Harry Potter series. I believe Dumbledore was a redhead in his youth as well! I also totally agree with the inclusion of Jessica Rabbit on that list. She rules.

  • lanternchikk

    I said it once and I’ll say it again: LUKE KELLY.

  • arianna4113

    King David wasn’t a red head…that was Saul. Look it up.

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  • Tafari

    black people can have red hair.Please move on.

  • Mad For What It’s Worth

    What about the cute redhead in harry potter …
    ron weasley .. R.G

  • Redheaded Pirate Queen

    At least two of the people on your list are not natural redheads: Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball. I think Carol Burnett is a brunett. Lucille Ball was actually a blond.

  • GingergirlNC

    It is a fact that Cleopatra was not of Egyptian descent, but rather Greek. I do not believe that she had red hair, but probably dyed her hair with henna. As a redhead, I find the list quite interesting. But I do think some listed are not natural redheads; Lucille Ball is quoted as saying she didn’t even know what color her hair was naturally because she had dyed it so much.

  • gben82

    Where do they get the idea that Judas Iscariot or that Cleopatra were redheads? Where’s their evidence?

  • k1w1taxi

    gben82 (195) Have you read anything on this list?

    Cleopatra is the second most commented on person after Malcolm X. Answers are provided to both people.

    Cheers
    Lee

  • Kyle Rogers

    Cleopatra was said to have red hair. HOWEVER! Many Greek women, and Cleopatra was Greek, used Henna to redden their hair. Natural red hair was really rare among Greek women. In fact it is so rare, that in Greek mythology redheads turn into vampires when they die!

    Cleopatra fits the classic redhead profile though. ;)

    Malcolm X may have have hair that appeared red, but it is not the same kind of redheadedness at all. It is what is called “mulatto redheadedness.” It appears in Mulattoes, ie people who are part Caucasian and part Negro. It is not caused by the Caucasian gene for redheadedness. It is caused by a mixture of Caucasian and Negro genes that occurs in Mulattoes. There are articles about Mulattoes with reddish looking hair dating back 200 years. Often times it is barely noticable. Chances are you’ve seen mixed race people with this type of hair and didn’t even notice anything unusual. I think it looks more red when they are very young and then darkens as they grow up.

    Judas, King David, Mary Magdalene, Esau, Lilith were commonly depicted as redheads in European art. Esau, according some sources means hairy redhead in Hebrew. Other sources say it means reddish complexion. (Similar to Adam, which means ruddy complexion in Hebrew).

    I believe there is a line in the Bible that some take as evidence that King David had red hair.

    However, the depiction of Judas, Magdalene, Lilith, Salome, and others as redheads is European art is do largely based on redhead Archtypes, or what we today call “sterotypes.:

    There is even a famous cathedral in England that depicts scenes from the Old Testaments. In one frame Eve is shown as a blond in the garden. In the next frame she has been cast out of the garden and now has red hair!

  • Em Collins

    I have checked with some color pictures and Malcom X was not a redhead. He had pale brown hairs with maybe some auburn reflects but I do not think that his hairs were red. His scottish grandfather were maybe redhead and it could explain his auburn reflects. I have never seen a black person with that kind of color.

  • lacemychucks527

    What? No Johnny Rotten? >:[

  • Jayslay

    Why aren’t Isabella of Castile, Katherine of Arragon, and Joan the mad not on this list?

  • BeatleMorgan

    Um, hello?
    Rita Hayworth my friends.
    come on now.
    and Lucille Ball should have been #1.
    I mean, Carol Burnett was funny, but Lucy was epic.

  • whatever

    Lucille Ball was not a redhead, she dyed her hair that color.

  • Sean

    oh yes!

    napoleon my fecking hero!

  • Jen

    what about Danny Bonaduce?!!?!?!

    and Nicole Kidman?

    Jesus you guys just….. skipped so many people! D:

  • Jen – do you really think Danny Bonaduce rates up there with Queen Elizabeth I, Galileo, and Napoleon? :)

  • sunshine

    First, just let me say I really enjoyed this list of RED-HEADS. I was shocked to see some of them, but to those who questioned Malcolm X because he’s black. Please show me were it is written that blacks can not have red hair. I’m a naturally fiery red haired female and I’m BLACK!!! So, If anyone can locate where it is written that blacks are not red-headed please e-mail me that information.

  • jussayin

    Cosigned. I am also Black and I also have natural red hair since birth. In fact I have 4 different color strands of hair-black, light brown, red, and blonde. No I do NOT have freckles, nor am I “high yeller”. Also many members of my family have natural green, gray, hazel, and blue eyes. They are Black!

    Malcolm X was called Detroit Red because of his red hair…which probably inherited from his Scottish mother (omigod, easily verifiable info). My mom is not Scottish, or Irish, just so you know. Every picture you see of the man shows him with red hair. LOL at pale brown with auburn highlights…like what’s the big deal anyway? Is it soooo hard to just say Black people can have red hair too?

    Anyway some of the Caucasians on this list are “unnatural”…for the record. And Molly Ringwald should definitely be on any redhead list!

  • Lizziie

    Nicola Roberts!!
    She’s Stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lizziie

    Seriously Us Red-heads should be respected more, were not fake and we are unique so don’t let anyone get you down!

  • sophia

    sedulous-
    hey, i have red hair, and, just to play the devils advocate for a minute, maybe you’re just annoying and red heads call you on it. think about it, though you might be right, because i am definitely psychotic and would probably drive you insane( i got voted most annoying, controlling bitch in 8th grade, nominated by myself of course, and I’m still proud), but as i know very well, some guys like that, more than you would think, and this is a very long sentence…
    -bye bye!

  • RED

    Ok… Just hoping to help clear a few misconceptions up here… I haven’t read this ridiculously long conversation – so my apologies if some of this has already been brought to light! :)

    Red hair is a mutation – FACT. But for whoever said ‘eww’ to that fact earlier… I hope you’re able to grow up sometime soon.

    Now that I have that off my chest… ;)

    For those of you questioning Malcolm X as a redhead… The gene that causes red hair (MC1R) emerged IN AFRICA, about 50 000 years ago.

    And now…

    Some fun facts for all you redheads and redhead lovers :)

    – Adams first wife (no, Eve was not his first, Lilith was) is regularly depicted with red hair, as is Eve, Mary Magdalene, and of course Judas

    – In Greek mythology, redheads were thought to rise from the dead as vampires

    – During the Spanish Inquisition, redheads were burned, their hair being the evidence held against them, said to be hell’s fire

    – Phrenology suggests redheads make the best waitresses

    – Hundreds of years ago, the fat of a red headed man was a key ingredient in deadly poisons

    – Redheads are harder to sedate, needing about 20% more anesthesia

    – Less than 4% of the worlds population has red hair

    – The most popular ‘at-home-hair-dye’ colour is red

    If you guys are interested in red hair and its origins and stereotypes and such… I’d recommend reading “The Roots of Desire: The Myth, Meaning, and Sexual Power of Red Hair”. It written by Marion Roach, and its great.

  • JX

    This is a very interesting list, though I wish it had been composed of natural and verifiable “redheads”. I am very surprised that no one has mentioned George Washington. I figured being the first President of the United States would make him pretty famous and all…

  • megpenn

    yep, Danny Elfman should definitely be on this list!

  • to_sam_ja

    Cleopatra wasn’t greek. She was macedonian. If you recall Alexander the Great, who was also macedonian, he was blonde. Macedonians are not greek (well, they didn’t used to be) and they tended to have pale skin and fair hair. So, it is possible that Cleopatra was a redhead.

  • Jemma

    Umm, what about Henry VIII???

    Cleopatra???

  • madie

    you should have ronald mcdonald on here?

  • bassbait

    Needs Erik the red.

    Yay for us redheads!!!

  • Ingrid

    Hi, what about Marilyn Monroe, she was a natural redhead, as Stan Laurel, and Nicole Kidman

  • Stevie C

    All these people are scumbags

  • hangel

    How is this list redeeming for redheads??!! And what a crock!! Yeah I’m sure there are so many people who believe Cleopatra was a red and Macolm X??? Are u friggin kidding?? C’mon Nicole Kidman, Alicia Witt, Norma Jean, Kate Winslet are all better redheads…

  • ceerjaeb

    No Elton John??

  • Troy McClure

    groundkeeper Willie from “the Simpsons”

    David Caruso

  • milkboy

    me

  • Red Bush

    Well, he lives in Heatherdale. He’s a red haired guy. Called Redbush. My friend wants his butt. He’s a red bush. Like the bush outside the methodist church in Larne. He’s also keen on swimming pools :D

  • milkboy

    aww toucheZZZZZZ red bush. im away 2 hav some milk ;)

    btw AYE IS THE COLLEST WORD IN THE DICTIONARY

  • milkboy

    *coolest :L

  • Linio

    youd be raging……..tehe
    touche
    aye whatever you say

  • scootch

    as a redhead, i dont get offended by being calle a ginger… maybe thats just me but idk!

  • Aquarius74

    Napoleon definitly not. But Ramses II yes ! Ramses II was so more powerful than Cleopatra…. he should not be forgotten.

  • Lance

    Let’s add the Weasleys of Harry Potter Series and of course Archie Andrews!

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  • Redhead

    This list is crap.

  • Lorcz

    Cleopatra?! And I’m almost certain Joyce wasn’t either.

  • Kiera

    @romerozombie [12]: News flash: every trait any human being has is a genetic mutation. What do you think evolution is, genius? I’m not going to even comment on the ‘eww’ remark.

  • barrykil1980

    joyce and napoleon are news to me too.redheads are definetely different.
    tempremental,determined,vicous,fun loving……randy.
    a different species if you ask me

  • ahab

    Lucy was a blonde that dyed her hair red – according to another web site.

  • Nim

    @romerozombie [12]:
    Umm… human traits in general are all mutations so…

  • Lorna

    As a redhead Ive always HATED the word ginger. It even makes me cringe reference to food lol.

    Can I just say…Christina Hendricks

  • Henry

    they forgot TIFFANY who sings "i think we're alone now" she is a famous redhead!

  • Daniel

    None of these people were actually smart. That's what is funny.

  • Cowcharge

    Rene Russo!

  • colorado

    Prince Harry! A Hottie redhead!

  • Bubbles

    wow i hate to say this but some white ppl are ignorant. any race can have any color hair. malcom x had red hair. yes he was black but not completely, his grandfather was scottish. so he got the red hair from him

  • Barry from watford

    no lizzie siddal the most famous red head natural of all time.

    The Pre Raphaelite Muse and artist,poet 1829-1862

    find that amazing

  • Doris

    Maureen O'Hara should definitely be on the list.

  • Boudica/Boudicea

    You forgot Boudica of the Iceni Celts (mentioned by both Tacitus and Cassius Dio in Classical Roman texts as a redhead). She is pretty darn important since she managed to butcher nearly a quarter of a million Romans and their allies in an extremely short amount of time around 61 AD. she also had a pretty valid reason to do so.

  • Ajaza

    Big bang theory agayn!

  • ROHO

    If you're going to make a cartoon list you have to add Daphne from scooby doo hahaha! Harry Houdini was a dark red I believe as well. Not many know that Neanderthals were actually a majority redheaded. Also, a good point to bring up is our pain tolerance is for some reason much higher and some sedatives do not work on us reds. I myself am immune to Nitrous Oxide and THC (yep, weed). I can speak on the chemical and stimulant tolerance myself, I've been a neurologist for a few years now.

  • Ashley

    This is not very well researched.

  • Nuri Madina

    You incorrectly identify Malcolm X as the spiritual leader of the Nation of Islam. Honorable Elijah Muhammad, was the undisputed leader of the Nation of Islam until his death in 1975. Malcolm was the Minister in New York and national spokesman for Muhammad and gained prominence in that capacity. It was only after his break from the Nation of Islam that he led his own organization which never gained any prominence, prior to his assasination.

  • mwmj

    Margaret Sanger was a raving racist who wrote books about exterminating minority babies through abortion. Look it up.

  • Doc Neeson

    Love it. A worthless list, a worthless blog. Full of inaccuracies and irrelevant information, and punctuated with nothing but drivel. As well, it is obviously authored by a moron that doesn't proofread the material, or more likely simply cannot spell. The internet has become such an utterly WORTHLESS SHIT PILE.

  • Kev

    What about King Henry VIII? He’s definitely one of the most famous (or notorious) redheads in history, and thus a notable omission indeed. Other notable redheads not listed include Axl Rose, Roger Daltrey (singer from The Who) and Ginger Baker (drummer for Cream, among others), and depending how far you want to draw the bow the gingers might even be able to claim John Lennon as one of their own.

  • Fun

    Remeber one basic thing- girl=redhead, guy= ginger. I feel cheated.

  • Jackie

    Is Oliver Theess a red head?

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  • CHURRO

    Archie Andrews and Hayley Williams :D

  • Nuvasoo

    When I think of a redhead I immediately think of Peggy Bundy.

  • ruthann

    Actually, Lucille Ball was not a natural redhead. But we’ll accept her as one!

  • KrissyAllyMuffinPebbles

    I’m the only red head in my world history class and it gets weird whenever we talk about ”flaming red droughts” caused by Seth and everyone looks at me. anyways, nice list, and I have personally checked. they’re all legit. just remember, there are a lot more, like Thor (Thursday is named after him), Aphrodite (caused the collapse of Troy), Ramses II (The ancient egyptian ‘King of Kings’), and Seth (ancient Egyptian god of wars and reason for the droughts)

  • Mitch87

    What about mufasa or simba from the lion king? Lol

  • WDC

    Sadly Lucille Ball was not a natural red head.

  • Wow. This just proves that redheads shouldn’t be treated with discrimination. It’s really bad to know about the rising discrimination against redheads. Though they don’t deserve it, redheads are often given a bad reputation for no purpose at all. Just recently, Danish sperm bank no longer takes donations from redheads. Red-haired contributors were recently told they were no longer accepted at the world’s biggest sperm bank, and red head discrimination could be an actual phenomenon. Sad to admit but that’s the truth. I just hope for fairness between all individuals because we are all created equal so let’s treat everyone fairly.

  • Jack

    Where in the hell is George Washington?

  • ered

    David actually preceded Solomon. Solomon was the son of David and Bath-sheba. 2 Samuel 12:24

    1 Samuel 16:12 is where it says Davis was “ruddy”.

  • lesa

    Sorry but Malcolm X was a natural redhead. His nickname was Detroit Red and some of his daughters has natural red highlights to their hair.

  • Quinn

    Margaret Sanger was a evil whore who advocated birth control for the extermination of the inferior black race. Read her books

  • Taylor

    Ron Weasley anyone?

  • s

    Too bad that all of these people had souls.

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  • KJ

    I smiled at people like Churchill and Liz 1 – both were near enough completly bald by the end of their lives!

    And what about Lizzy Siddal, the pre raphelite model? she was pretty famous and most definatly a proper red-head!

  • tactile.baz

    As an Englishman just accidentally finding your list I have to mention Lewis Carroll. Nordic and Celtic races produced more than their fair share of Ginger
    heads and on this side of the Atlantic most of us, male or female had a ginger mate at school (and after of course). Native Australians (Aborigines) produce offspring with blue or green eyes and blond or ginger hair without any interference from Europeans. Now, about ginger sheep in Scotland…….

  • People-theysuck

    This is the stupidest list I have yet seen on this site. It’s a fact that half these people were not redheads! Nearly all the rest are only suspected, possible redheads. And a handful are actually confirmed redheads.

  • babespaerl

    i think their all butters when i typed in redheads i meant people who r still alive!

  • Two omissions : US President Theodore Roosevelt and how in God’s name could you forget movie actress / legend Rita Hayworth !!

  • Charlotte

    No Rupert Grint?

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  • petet2112

    Tina Louise (Ginger on Gilligan’s Island), United Stated President Theodore Roosevelt and the Baroque Composer Antonio Vivaldi who’s moniker was the “Red Priest”. Simply put he was an ordained Priest with Red Hair who just happened to compose some of the very best Opuses for the Violin.

  • TK

    I know the list is in no particular order, but I still find it a bit chaotic. I think the numbers were completely eschewed(as they’re confusing) and the list was clearly subdivided (historical figures, scientists, actors/actresses, politicians, etc) it would be easier to peruse.

    I have to admit Geri Halliwell looks a bit out of place flanked by all those historical figures.

    This list is missing:
    Boudicca
    Sarah Bernhardt on the historical/arts front
    Thor (Scandinavian deity)
    Ron Weasely (just for the popculture alone)

    And of course, celebrities. Christina Hendricks, Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams, Alyson Hannigan are not natural redheads (ditto Rihanna), but Anne Robinson, J. K Rowling, Charlie Dimmock, Molly Ringwald, Tilda Swinton, Debra Messing, Rachelle Lefevre, Julianne Moore, Shirley Manson, Rebekah Brooks, Nicola Roberts, Karen Gillan, Catherine Tate, Isla Fisher, Lindsay Lohan,Marcia Cross, Lily Cole, Elly Jackson of La Roux, Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine are actually redheaded.

    On the male side there’s Michael Caruso, Martin Van Buren, Axl Rose, Adam Savage, Robert Redford, Kevin McKidd, Scott Grimes, Simon Pegg, Toby Stephens, Ronald ‘Ron’ Howard, Chris Evans, Rupert Grint, Shaun White, Michael Fassbender, John Rhys-Davies, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Damian Lewis, Seth Green, and of course Prince Harry.

    If you’re interested in lists of redheads, there are a couple of more extensive ones out there that I can totally recommend checking out (and no, I’m not affiliated with either, just like lists of redheads) for more redheads (plus photos, who doesn’t like photos):

    http://www.raising-redheads.com/famous-redheads.html
    http://redheadedgoddessforums.com/

  • Karen

    That’s really interesting, redhead13860. The thing is, someone of African-American descent doesn’t need to be biracial (ie have parents of different racial backgrounds) to have some European genes. If I remember correctly from my studies in genetics, when they were looking into the genes for Sickle Cell disease, and therefore comparing the genetics of African Americans and Africans, they discovered that most African-Americans have somewhere between 20-80% European genetic material, which is borne out by the huge diversity in appearance in the black community. Yes, they were all black, and this fact doesn’t give anyone less right to identify as black. It just means that history being what it was,things mixed more than people might realise. I would love to see the research done on the other side, and I wonder if it would have an impact on bigoted white folk to find out they actually have genetic material from diverse groups in them.

    This is not to say that the redheaded mutation might not arise naturally in ‘African genes’, I don’t know the frequency for that.

  • roymiii

    Lucille Ball wasn’t a true redhead, Her natural hair color was brunette.

  • devin23oth

    How about Reba McEntire? Come on!!

  • petet2112

    President Theodore Roosevelt and the comedian “Carrot Top”

  • Fucking gingers :P

    All of these people arent ginger but somehow on this list -_-

    Napoleon-not ginger

    Winston Churchill-not ginger

    Cleopatra-not ginger

    Malcolm X-maybe red tinge but not ginger

    King David-not ginger because ISRAELI

    Galileo-ginger beard, black hair not ginger

    Vladimir Lenin-ironically, not red

    Queen Elizabeth I-went bald, wore ginger wig but wasnt actually ginger

    Judas-cant be proved ginger, probably not as he was ISRAELI

    Glad i wasted my time on this :)

    Im only joking i desperately need more ways to waste my time

  • EWWWWW

    25 gingers and not a soul………

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  • caleb

    I have 3 more to add to that. Lena Katina, former member of the Russian duo t.A.T.u, and–although not not natural redheads— Naomi and Wynonna Judd.

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  • Habibib Didihub

    I thought there was something suss when Cleopatra was mentioned. Then Malcolm X was mentioned for a mask.

    Burn the author, for he is a member of creativity!

  • Blasphemy Monogamy

    You forgot Jessus, Gandhi, Gorbachev, kojak, all hare Krishnas, naked mole rats, Condoleeza Rice’s pubic hair, Julia Gillard, John Howard, Elmo, Oscar the Grouch, Bart Simpson, Jeb Bush, Idi Amin, Magnus Gustavsson, the michellin man and Kitt from Night rider as famous red heads. You also forgot to check the facts. Or did some moron from the church of creativity do this to re affirm their view that the egyptians were white?

    Good site with this blemish.

    As a mother, I am mortified!

  • Scarlett

    I CAN’T believe you left out RITA HAYWORTH! Probably the greatest redhead to grace Classic Hollywood screens! I think a second list is due and Rita, should be number 1! Also you should mention Claudette Colbert and Ann Sheridan

    • Scarlett

      And yes, I know Rita isn’t a natural Redhead but she was very famous for her red locks and therefore, deserves a place on the list :)

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