Ten of Our Favorite Redheads in History
07.14.14 by Mandy
Of all the impassioned redheads on the interwebs, there's no doubt about the fact that Michael Kittrell is our hands-down favorite. In honor of Michael, and his first single "Gingerbread," we're listing some of our favorite redheads in history and pop culture. And for all the ginger enthusiasts out there, remember that brand new episodes of Hollywood Hillbillies premiere Tuesdays at 9p ET/PT.
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Erik the Red
The founder of the first European settlement on Greenland, Erik the Red is the only ginger on the list whose red hair has actually been incorporated into his name. We figure he must’ve been one heck of a proud redhead. Let that ginger flag fly, Erik!
Bryce Dallas Howard
We would’ve put her dad on the list, but we're not sure he has enough hair left to call him a redhead. Bryce, however, fits the bill perfectly. Whether she’s playing an evil vampire, a racist housewife or a heartless girlfriend, Bryce Dallas Howard brings serious acting chops, plenty of swagger, and of course a head of gorgeous red hair to every baddie role she plays.
Anne of Green Gables
Though she wished for raven black hair, Anne was one of the most spirited, delightful characters in literary history. We think her red hair suits her perfectly, and she would only be half as charming without it. Just be sure you don't call her "Carrots."
There's a reason everyone roots for Team Coco, and we're pretty sure it's because this redheaded comedian is endlessly charming and hilarious. OK, so maybe Jay Leno wasn't Team Coco, but pretty much everyone else was on board.
There are three reasons that Daphne makes the list of our favorite redheads. First is that she knows how to wear an ascot like nobody’s business. Second is that as one of the hard working gals on the Mystery Incorporated team, she doesn't shy away from danger. And lastly, it almost never takes her more than 44 minutes to help figure out that it was the carnival owner who was making the creepy old place look haunted.
Like most of the wealthy men of his day, Thomas Jefferson wore hair powders and wigs that covered up his natural hair, but he was indeed a redhead. For truly, only a ginger could have penned a statement as simultaneously elegant and forceful as the Declaration of Independence.
When it comes to redheaded cartoon Belgian journalists who find themselves in all kinds of amazing adventures, nobody holds a candle to Tintin. He has an indomitable spirit, a lovable dog, and a best friend who is a rum-loving sea captain. He truly deserves a place in the Ginger Hall of Fame.
The fifth and final monarch of the Tudor Dynasty, Good Queen Bess ruled for 44 years. During that time the Church of England was established, English drama flourished, and the Spanish Armada was defeated. That’s just how things roll when there's a ginger in charge.
Sure, we all think of our favorite Hogwarts Headmaster as having flowing silvery white locks, but the fact that he was red-haired as a young man came up a couple of times during the series. Though now that we think about it, it seem pretty obvious. Who but a redhead could manage to be so wise and whimsical at the same time?
He’s not the most talkative redhead, but he’s a valued lab assistant, a talented musician, and an inimitable part of the Muppet ensemble. Talk about a triple threat — this ginger likely has one of the most diverse skill sets of anyone working in Hollywood today.
Images courtesy Summit Entertainment, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Hanna-Barbera Productions, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., and Walt Disney Pictures.