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If you are a redhead, natural or not, you have probably felt like your gorgeous hair color doesn't get enough recognition. Everyone talks about the blondes and brunettes, but where is the appreciation for those firey reds? Redheads are bold, and many of them have become household names. From Jessica Chastain to Amy Adams, we have gathered the most recognized redheaded starlets who range from strawberry blonde to scarlet red. Continue reading to see these bold beauties, and you might just be inspired for the next time you color your hair.
1. Nicole Kidman
Breaking news! Nicole Kidman is American. Are you as shocked as we are? The ginger starlet was born to Australian parents in Hawaii before they moved back to Sydney. That explains why IMDb labels her as "one of Hollywood's top Australian imports."
Kidman has starred in countless movies like Bombshell and Eyes Wide Shut, which makes her a red carpet regular, and she always looks perfect from head to toe.
2. Laura Prepon
Since her days as Donna Pinciotti on That '70s Show, Laura Prepon has been recognized for her ginger hair. She started acting when she was just 15-years-old, and her striking looks helped her begin a modeling career.
Since starring in Orange Is the New Black, Prepon has dyed her hair from orange to black for her character Alex. Life does imitate art!
3. Ellie Kemper
Ellie Kemper found her love for acting in high school where Jon Hamm was her teacher and they acted in a school play together. After graduating she studied English at Princeton University.
Kemper landed her first big role as Erin Hannon on The Office. She later went on to get her own Netflix series, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. She received two Emmy nominations for her performance.
4. Amy Adams
Amy Adams and her luscious red lock rose to fame in 2007 when she landed her breakout movie role as Giselle in Disney's Enchanted. She used this role to propel her career further and won many awards, including two Golden Globes and six Academy Award nominations.
Adams is often mistaken for her friend Isla Fisher, and Fisher's husband took the joke to the next level by placing Adam's face in their Christmas card instead of his wife.
5. Sophie Turner
Despite being a natural blonde, Sophie Turner decided to go auburn for her role as Sasa Stark in Game of Thrones. For a while, her fans thought she was a natural redhead till she bleached her hair white blonde.
Although she looks stunning as a redhead, these days, she is back to rocking her natural blonde locks. We can only hope to see her with red hair again because it suits her well.
6. Alyson Hannigan
When Alyson Hannigan was 23, she landed her first big role as Willow Rosenburg in Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The creator asked her to dye her hair red because he was concerned that the whole cast had brown hair.
After her time on the small screen, she moved on to star in American Pie, where she uttered the iconic line, "This one time at band camp." Hannigan has had so many memorable roles, which makes it difficult to pick a favorite.
7. Bryce Dallas Howard
Despite having a big Hollywood director as a father, Bryce Dallas Howard grew up away from the public eye in Greenwich, Connecticut. Her parents wanted her to have a normal childhood, but that didn't stop her from pursuing acting as she got older.
Howard attended NYU Tisch School of the Arts but left before graduating to take roles on Broadway. She landed her breakout movie role as Victoria in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. Howard also starred alongside Chris Pratt in the newest installment of Jurassic World.
8. Isla Fisher
The Australian-born redhead has been turning heads since she starred in Scooby-Doo in 2002. Since then, she has been on the rise with roles in Confessions of a Shopaholic and Wedding Crashers.
Fisher is also one half of a notable power couple! She is married to the iconic Sacha Baron Cohen, which must make for an exciting marriage.
9. Emma Stone
Emma Stone is iconic with her red hair and quirky personality. She is one of the most in-demand celebrities in Hollywood right now, and with a resume that includes La La Land, The Help, and Easy A, it doesn't look like she is flying under the radar anytime soon.
Fun fact, Emma was born Emily Jean Stone, but her friends called her Emma because she was obsessed with Baby Spice, Emma Bunton. Stone is also a natural blonde, but she has found greater success as a redhead.
10. Jessica Chastain
This redheaded bombshell is a multifaceted actress who shot to fame in 2008. Jessica Chastain landed her first major film role in Jolene, which opened many doors for her in Hollywood.
Chastain is dedicated to her craft and took Krav Maga and German lessons for some of her major roles. Despite being a public figure, she likes to keep her private life out of the spotlight.
Queen Rihanna may not be a natural redhead, but her red hair era is worthy of any redhead list. The singer and makeup mogul has experimented with many different shades of red, and she had looked amazing in all of them.
Rihanna has been taking a break from music to focus on her Fenty brands, including her makeup line and her lingerie/loungewear collection.
12. Madelaine Petsch
Although she is rather new to the Hollywood scene, Madeline Petsh has made a huge splash. She is best known for her role as Cheryl Blossom on Riverdale.
This redheaded beauty was born in Washington but moved to South Africa at a young age. She grew up being made fun of for her red hair and South African accent, but that didn't stop her from pursuing her dreams.
13. Susan Sarandon
From Thelma and Louise to Rocky Horror Picture Show, Susan Saradon has slayed the acting world in multiple iconic roles. Not only has she won numerous Academy Awards, BAFA, and SAG Awards, she is also an incredible activist.
This bombshell redhead has continued to stay on top of the acting game. Most recently, Saradon worked as a voice actor for the character Dr. Wrong in Rick and Morty.
14. Christina Hendricks
Christina Hendricks has had to work her way up the ladder to make it big in Hollywood. She started her career in 1999 as an intern on the series Beggars and Choosers. She then took small roles in shows like ER, Firefly, and The Court.
With her perseverance and hard work, she finally landed a breakout role in Mad Men. This show made her a worldwide name, and Hendricks has continued to grow since then. Most recently, he starred in the hit Netflix series, Good Girls.
15. Lana Del Rey
If you love wearing flower crowns and listening to music about drugs, money, older men, and depression, you are probably a Lana Del Rey fan. The singer gained international fame after the release of her song "Summertime Sadness."
Lana Del Rey is the type of singer you either really love or really hate, but one thing everyone can agree on is how fabulous she always looks.
16. Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan got her start in Hollywood as a fresh-faced child actress with her freckled face and bright red hair. Over time she has matured into her beauty despite dealing with multiple addiction issues.
Although she has flown under the radar for the past few years, no one will ever forget her role in the cult classic, Mean Girls.
17. Kate Mara
Kate Mara comes from an affluent family as her grandparents founded the New York Giants and the Pittsburg Steelers. Despite her well-known family, Mara's shyness held her back as a child.
As she got older, Mara found success in action and was able to come out of her shell. She landed the role of reporter Zoe Barnes in House of Cards, which led her to other leading roles in movies like The Martian and 127 Hours.
18. Zoey Deutch
Zoe Deutch was born into a famous family. Her mom is Lea Thompson, aka Marty McFly's mom from Back To The Future, and her dad directed Pretty in Pink, so she was destined for stardom. Deutch got into acting at 19, and she has been landing major roles ever since.
Most recently, she starred in The Politician on Netflix as Infinity Jackson, which was inspired by Gypsy Rose Blanchard. We can't wait to see her for season 2.
19. Kate Walsh
Kate Walsh is most famously known for her role as Addison Montgomery in Greys Anatomy and Private Practice. She has also impressed the world with her portrayal as Olivia Baker in 13 Reason's Why.
The redheaded beauty had to work hard to make it to Hollywood. Walsh started out by working jobs at Burger King and Dairy Queen. She moved to Japan to teach English and soon found a career in modeling because of her "exotic" looks.
20. Julianne Moore
Julianna Moore has been a recognizable face in Hollywood since the '90s. She found success in films like Hannibal, The Big Lebowski, The Kids Are All Right. Moore earned herself five Academy Award nominations and one win for these incredible roles.
Not only is Moore and incredible actress, but she also wrote a children's book about a little heroine who has red hair like her.
21. Riley Keough
Remember Elvis Presley, the King? Well, this is his granddaughter, Riley Keough, who was born to be a star. She is an actress, model, and producer, and despite being the granddaughter of a star, Keough struggled to land her first big role.
The fierce redhead has had roles in movies such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Magic Mike, and Logan Lucky. Keough was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role as Christina Reade in The Girlfriend Experience.
22. Bella Thorne
Since starring on the hit Disney show Shake it Up, Bella Thorne has continued to grow as an actress. She went on to star in films including The Babysitter and Midnight Sun.
Thorne is an outspoken personality on social media, and you can often find her sharing racy photos on her Instagram. Soon, she will star in Southland, which is set to premiere in 2020.
23. Karen Gillan
It might be difficult to recognize Karen Gillan without the blue makeup from head to toe, but she is the actress behind Nebula from The Avengers franchise. She had to shave off her gorgeous red hair for the role, but it was definitely worth it.
Gillan grew up in Scotland, where she was bullied for having red hair. She never let the bullies get to her because she had an encouraging family who pushed her to pursue her acting dreams.
24. Rose Leslie
As a Scottish native, Rose Leslie's red hair is a reminder of where she was born. The stunning actress studied acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, which lead her to her first screen debut in New Town. Leslie won a Scottish BAFTA for her performance.
Leslie then landed a role as Gwen Dawson in Downton Abbey. Her most recognized role is her performance as Ygritte in Game of Thrones, where she met her husband, Kit Harrington.
25. Cynthia Nixon
When Cynthia Nixon landed her most famous role as Miranda in Sex and the City, she had to dye her naturally blonde hair red, but it worked for her.
As someone who came out early on in her career, Nixon is a huge advocate for LGBTQ+ rights in the United States. She even met her wife through her activism for same-sex marriage.
26. Marcia Cross
Since her early days on soap operas, Marcia Cross has come a long way in the industry. She landed her first leading role in Melrose Place, and then returned to the small screen as the conservative housewife, Bree Van de Kamp on Desperate Housewives.
Cross was nominated for an Emmy and three Golden Globes for her role in the housewife dramedy series.
27. Judy Greer
Judy Greer was a staple in the early 2000s rom-com era with roles in The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, and 27 Dresses. She has continued to branch out in her acting career throughout the years.
Greer has had some notable TV roles on shows like It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia and Arrested Development. Currently, she is working on the Showtime series Kidding.
28. Molly Ringwald
From Sixteen Candles to The Breakfast Club, Molly Ringwald made a name for herself early on in Hollywood. She became a redhead teen icon, and she has continued to evolve throughout her career.
Most recently, she played Mary Andrews on Riverdale. Although Ringwald continues to find new projects, she will always be a recognized member of the "Brat Pack," which included Demi Moore and Rob Lowe.
29. Florence Welch
Florence Welch is the lead vocalist of Florence and the Machine, and this London-born singer red locks aren't the only thing that make her stand out. Her talented vocals have helped her band top the charts since their debut album in 2009.
Welch earned herself a Grammy with songs like "Dog Days Are Over" and "Rabbit Heart."
30. Bonnie Wright
Bonnie Wright aka Ginny Weasley has become famous for her gingery locks. She grew up in film throughout her time in the Harry Potter series, and she continues to grow.
She hasn't done much since Harry Potter concluded, but she continues to stay relevant on social media.
31. Heather Graham
Heather Graham first rose to fame in the 1988 teen comedy License to Drive. After her break out role, she went on to star in hit movies like The Hangover, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, and Boogie Nights.
She not only has a passion for acting, but she is an activist for multiple organizations that deal with children's education, healthcare, education, and clean water for underprivileged children.
32. Gillian Anderson
The American-British actress is known for more than just her gingery red locks. She is also known for her famous role as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully on The X-Files. She is also an active humanitarian.
Her humanitarian work ranges from helping South African Youth Education to being an advocate for women's rights. Anderson is a powerhouse on and off the screen.
33. Lauren Ambrose
Lauren Ambrose became an award-winning actress when she landed the role of Claire Fisher in the HBO series, Six Feet Under. She received two Emmy nominations and two SAG Awards.
For her role as Jilly Kitzinger in the British series, Torchwood: Miracle Day, she earned a nomination for the Saturn Award's Best Supporting Actress on Television.
34. Sarah Snook
The Australian-native, Sarah Snook gained attention in Hollywood after her appearance in the 2010 telemovie, Sisters of War. Since then she has starred in films such as The Dressmaker, Steve Jobs, and Predestination.
Recently, Snook's work has been receiving a lot of buzz. Her HBO series, Succession, has earned her an Emmy and a British Academy Television Award.
35. Ellie Bamber
The English actress, Ellie Bamber, is an up and coming name in Hollywood. She had her big breakout moment when she starred alongside fellow redhead Amy Adams in Nocturnal Animals.
Bamber also had a small role in the mini-series Les Miserables. We can't wait to see what else this rising star will do in the future.
36. Eleanor Tomlinson
In 2008, Eleanor Tomlinson had her first major movie role playing Jas in Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging. Since then, she had continued to get small movie roles in films such as Jack the Giant Slayer and Colette.
Despite how natural her red hair looks, Tomlinson said her natural color is a "muddy blonde," but we think the red suits her perfectly.
37. Tori Amos
As the youngest person to be accepted in the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore at age five, Tori Amos was labeled a child prodigy. However, she was expelled at age 11 because of her trouble-maker ways.
Amos uses her personal experiences to write songs about emotional trauma. She is listed on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and she is a powerhouse on stage.
38. Isabelle Huppert
Hailing from France, Isabelle Huppert is an actress who has worked on numerous international films which won her awards including a Golden Globe, BAFTA, and an Academy Award.
Huppert is often described as "one of the best actresses in the world," and her long list of awards can back up that reputation.
As the "female Elvis Presley" Ann-Margret was a natural when she started her career in 1961. In 1964, she co-starred with Elvis in Viva Las Vegas.
Ann-Margret has shared the stage with many big Hollywood names, including Jack Nicolson and Steve McQueen. Her many performances have earned her multiple roles, such as five Golden Globes, two Grammys, Six Emmys, and two Oscar nominations.
40. Maureen O'Hara
During the Golden Age of Hollywood, Maureen O'Hara was a well-known actress for her portrayal as Esmerelda in the 1939 film Hunchback of Notre Dame.
O'Hara was a vibrant presence on-screen in films like The Parent Trap and The Quiet Man. Her legacy in Hollywood continues to live on.