Redheads have played some of the most iconic roles in Hollywood. These redheaded actresses are some of the biggest names in show business, offering style inspiration to women who want red hair. Also known as gingers, some of the sexiest female celebrities have been rocking natural red hair throughout their career, while others have been secretly dyeing their locks to create the fiery look. These stunning red-haired vixens have become successful through their talent, hard work, good looks and amazing personalities.
Whether they’re building brands or raising money for charitable foundations, these attractive ginger women will make you want to experiment with this sexy and stylish color.
Here are the most beautiful and famous redhead actresses in Hollywood.
Amy Adams is an American actress who started her career as a dinner theater dancer. After making an impression in the dark comedy Drop Dead Gorgeous in 1999 and appearing in Steven Spielberg’s 2002 hit Catch Me If You Can, she began to land more coveted Hollywood roles. Playing everything from Princess Gisele in Enchanted to a con artist in American Hustle, Adams is a model of versatility and has earned six Academy Award nominations for her various performances. In addition to her work on screen, Adams also made a splash in the theater world playing the Baker’s Wife in a 2012 production of Into the Woods. As this ginger actress had a difficult time paving her way in the industry, she now works closely with students at the New York City’s Ghetto Film School to help progress their careers.
Christina Hendricks is an acclaimed American actress who epitomizes classic Hollywood glamor. Boasting an impressive career across stage and screen, Hendricks has been nominated for six Primetime Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and a handful of Critics’ Choice Awards for her role as Joan Harris in Mad Men. Since this iconic performance, she has appeared in the horror movie The Strangers: Prey at Night, and the popular NBC crime series Good Girls. Named the Sexiest Woman in the World by Esquire and praised for her voluptuous figure, this talented actress proves that red hair and confidence are extremely attractive.
Emma Stone is lauded for her approachable demeanor and incredible acting chops. She first started making waves as Olive Penderghast in the romantic comedy Easy A, but she truly cemented herself as a star after appearing in The Amazing Spider-Man and La La Land. During her time as an actress, she has earned an Oscar, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and a place on Time’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Although she suits her fiery tresses, Stone is a proud natural blonde!
Jessica Chastain is one of the most versatile actresses in Hollywood, and her career has gone from strength to strength since appearing in the 2011 movie The Help. She may have perfectly portrayed the ditsy Southern belle Celia Foote, but Chastain has proven herself capable of more serious roles after appearing in Zero Dark Thirty and Interstellar. In addition to her two Golden Globe nominations, Chastain picked up a coveted Academy Award in 2022 for her performance in The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Talented and undeniably beautiful, she remains one of Hollywood’s finest starlets.
Isla Fisher is an Australian actress who is best known for her roles in Wedding Crashers, Confessions of a Shopaholic, and Now You See Me. Although her fiery locks are typically seen in front of the cameras, Fisher has also lent her voice to animated characters in Horton Hears a Who! and the 2011 flick Rango. In addition to her screen work, this gorgeous performer has written two young adult novels and is an active philanthropist for the Small Steps Project Celebrity Shoe Auction, Save the Children, and the International Rescue Committee.
Bella Thorne is a famous American actress, model, singer and writer who first burst onto the scene as a young performer in Entourage and The O.C. After a successful breakout role in Dirty Sexy Money as Margaux Darling, Thorne went on to star as Cece Jones in the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up! before rocking the Billboard charts with her catchy single “Watch Me”. Outside of her acting and music work, this natural blonde is a staunch supporter of the Humane Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and PETA.
Kate Mara’s auburn locks first graced our screens in a 1997 episode of Law and Order. Since then, this talented redhead has appeared as reporter Zoe Barnes in House of Cards, Sarah Fenn in Shooter and the popular miniseries American Horror Story: Murder House. She is also known for her vegan activism and is one of the primary faces of the Humane Society of the United States. When she’s not actively campaigning or in front of the camera, Mara may be found cheering on the New York Giants or the Pittsburgh Steelers which were both founded by her great-grandfathers.
Julianne Moore has rocked her natural red hair and freckles since appearing in As the World Turns in the late 1980s. Her acting profile is varied, and she has worked on everything from serious flicks like The Hours and Still Alice to rom coms like Crazy, Stupid, Love. Moore has received numerous accolades for her work, including an Academy Award, a BAFTA, two Golden Globes, and two Emmy Awards. When she’s not in front of the camera, this ethereal beauty is writing her series of New York Times bestselling children’s books based on the defiant Freckleface Strawberry character. Appearing on the New York Times’ 2020 list of the 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century, this talented woman is a testament to her craft.
Karen Gillan is a Scottish actress and filmmaker who received global recognition for her performance as Nebula in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and 2, Gillan went on to star in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Jumanji: Next Level. For her impressive work on-screen, this ginger actress has received an Empire Award, a Teen Choice Award and a nomination for the BAFTA Scotland Award. Although acting remains her primary passion, Gillan dabbled in the writing and directing worlds with her drama film The Party’s Just Beginning in 2018.
Madelaine Petsch is an American actress who rose to fame portraying Cheryl Blossom in the popular series Riverdale. Petsch went on to star in F the Prom, Polaroid and Sightless on which she was also co-producer. In addition to her acting work, Petsch rocked her tresses in a 2014 Coca-Cola campaign and actively works alongside PETA as a committed vegan.
After making a confident debut in The Parent Trap in 1998, Lindsay Lohan went on to star in Life-Size, Get a Clue, Freaky Friday, and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. After a period away from the industry, Lohan appeared in the West End production of Speed-the-Plow. Known for her sense of humor, musical talent and successful recovery in the public eye, this bold actress proves that it’s never too late for a comeback.
Hailing from England, Ellie Bamber is an actress who started her career on stage in The Lady from the Sea. After her impressive performance, Bamber appeared in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Nocturnal Animals. In 2019, she donned a bonnet to play Cosette in the BBC1 series Les Miserables. Although she is best known for her acting work, Bamber can also be seen in the music video for Shawn Mendes’ song “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”.
Alicia Witt is a multi-talented American star who has been making her mark in the industry since she was five years old. She was first discovered by David Lynch, who cast her in the 1984 hit Dune. Since then, she has worked on The Mentalist, The Sopranos, Two and a Half Men, CSI: Miami, and Orange Is the New Black. As a highly skilled pianist, singer and songwriter, Witt has also been called a musical prodigy and contributed two songs to the Hallmark movie Christmas Tree Lane.
Nicole Kidman is one of the finest actresses of her generation and boasts an incredible body of work. Kidman was born in Australia, but frequently sports an American accent for her film and TV roles. She debuted her cascading red hair in Days of Thunder but has rocked almost every hue imaginable across her career. She frequently appears on lists of the highest-paid actresses and uses her surplus cash to help disadvantaged children as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. For her philanthropic work, she was named a “Citizen of the World” by the United Nations in 2004. Winning an Academy Award, a BAFTA, a Screen Actors Guild Award, six Golden Globes and two Emmys, this highly decorated actress shows no signs of slowing down.
Alyson Hannigan is a beloved American actress who first appeared on our screens as the loveable Willow Rosenburg in Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 1997. Since then, she has made a name for herself as a comedic actress playing Lily Aldrin in How I Met Your Mother. Although Hannigan is better known for her on-screen work, this bubbly ginger also lends her voice to the Disney Junior show Fancy Nancy. To witness her impeccable hosting skills, tune in to watch her present the television show Penn & Teller: Fool Us.
With her piercing blue eyes and flowing hair, Bridget Regan is an Irish-American actress who has played serious roles in Legend of the Seeker and White Collar, but she is most beloved for her devilish supporting role as Rose Solano on Jane the Virgin. Regan is extremely popular in the comic book community and was named the ideal choice for Wonder Woman by fans on several occasions. Although she never had the opportunity to play this iconic role, Regan let her flaming hair take center stage as Poison Ivy in the CW drama Batwoman.
Amy Yasbeck is a gorgeous actress with natural red hair whose career took off after starring as Casey Chappel Davenport on Wings. She also had a relatively long stint on the hit Disney Channel series That’s So Raven and was acclaimed for her role in the dark comedy film Problem Child. Yasbeck has experienced a lot of tragedy in her life, including the death of both her parents and her husband John Ritter. However, she continues to work on projects including Modern Family and Pretty Little Liars to keep her passion for acting alive.
Lauren Ambrose is a ginger actress and singer who has been charming audiences around the world. Since her breakthrough in the 1998 high-school comedy Can’t Hardly Wait, Ambrose quickly moved on to the popular shows Six Feet Under and Torchwood, before flexing her vocal muscles as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. For her role, she was nominated for a Tony Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award. As a trained opera singer and skilled actress, this talented performer proves she’s anything but a one-trick pony.
Renee Olstead is an American actress and singer who has been in the industry since she was a child. After capturing the hearts of a nation in the sitcom Still Standing, Olstead went on to co-star in The Secret Life of an American Teenager as Madison Cooperstein. In addition to her screen work, the talented starlet has also released a self-titled jazz album and appeared on Chris Botti’s album “To Love Again: The Duets”. As a passionate supporter of animal rights, Olstead often spends her time off-screen campaigning for PETA.
Regarded for her hilarious antics on and off-screen, Catherine Tate is one of the most multi-faceted comediennes in the world. Although she is best known for her work on the Catherine Tate Show, she also worked on the British science fiction series Doctor Who as the Doctor’s tenth companion in 2008. Nominated for several British Comedy Awards, BAFTAs and an International Emmy, the natural redhead has a vibrant personality that perfectly matches her tresses.
Holland Roden’s impressive career began back in 2008 when she played Emily Locke in Lost. Since then, Roden has been lighting up screens as Lydia Martin in the popular supernatural series Teen Wolf. After the show ended in 2017, Roden went on to star in Escape Room: Tournament of Champions. This gorgeous star is also passionate about music and has appeared in music videos for Animals, Seasons, and The Lighthouse and the Whaler.
Amanda Righetti started her career as a horror actress in Return to House on Haunted Hill and Friday the 13th. However, her big break came when she scored the role of Grace Van Pelt in the popular TV show The Mentalist. Righetti may not be an actress with natural red hair, but her effortless portrayals of strong characters prove that she channels the passion of one!
Analeigh Tipton has come a long way since their humble start on Cycle 11 of America’s Next Top Model. After placing third in the show, Tipton modeled for the Mercedes-Benz Fall Fashion Show, Guess, Nick Verreos and Guess. Also known as Lio, this star has been ice skating since they were two and a half years old and claims that this gives them natural elegance behind the camera. After tiring of the modeling world, they starred in The Green Hornet and Crazy, Stupid, Love. With several projects on the horizon, this veritable star shows no signs of stopping.
Gorgeous ginger actress and comedian Judy Greer has been playing the funny sidekick role in Hollywood for years. In her early days, she made a splash in movies like Jawbreaker, What Women Want, 13 Going on 30, and 27 Dresses. Since then, she has expanded her range and starred in movies like The Descendants, Carrie, and Jurassic World. After a difficult relationship with religion in the past, Greer announced that she was no longer a practicing Catholic in 2014 and had instead turned to meditation for peace. When she’s not acting, this flame-haired actress is working hard as a member of Project Chimps, a sanctuary for former research chimpanzees.
Enduring star Molly Ringwald is an American actress, singer, dancer and author who made her first appearance in the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life. However, she is better remembered for her iconic roles in The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and Pretty in Pink. Thanks to these unforgettable performances, she has been ranked number 1 on VH1’s list of 100 Greatest Teen Stars. You can catch her as Mary Andrews on Riverdale or pick up one of her popular novels!
Jayma Mays first rose to prominence as the doe-eyed teacher Emma Pillsbury on the popular Fox series Glee. She has also starred in the movies Red Eye, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, and The Smurfs. This talented actress is known for her excellent comic timing and the ability to play eccentric characters. Mays tends to keep her personal life on the down-low but can often be seen out with her husband Adam Campbell and son Jude Jones. Married to her handsome English beau since 2006, she proves that Hollywood love stories aren’t just reserved for the movies.
Rose Leslie is a Scottish-born actress that is highly regarded for her work in period dramas. You may recognize her as the bold wildling Ygritte, but Leslie made a striking impression on audiences in her breakthrough performance as Gwen Dawson in Downtown Abbey. Beloved by fans for her accurate portrayal of characters in both series, she remains a popular choice for casting directors of dramatic period roles. Despite her upper-class British accent, Leslie is also fluent in French. She owes this to her time in France during her youth. After showcasing steamy chemistry during shooting, Leslie married her co-star Kit Harrington in June 2018.
Considered one of Hollywood’s greatest chameleons, Gillian Anderson has played a variety of challenging roles throughout her career. Although she may have sported an impressive ginger hairstyle in the X-Files, Anderson is a natural brunette. After appearing in The Fall, this actress went on to play a supporting role in the popular series Sex Education. Outside of her work, Anderson is actively involved with several charities and organizations. In addition to being a spokesperson for the Neurofibromatosis Network and the co-founder of South African Youth Education for stability, she was also anointed an OBE for her services to drama in 2016.
The effortlessly gorgeous Heather Graham is best known for playing characters with plenty of sex appeal. This is evidenced by her early appearances in the Austin Powers movies Bowfinger and The Spy Who Shagged Me. She is better known for her film work, but Graham has also worked on the TV shows Scrubs and Californication. When Graham isn’t working the camera, she’s a committed advocate for Children International and the Cambodian Children’s Fund.
Molly C. Quinn
With her bright features and vivacious personality, Molly C. Quinn has been impressing audiences since appearing as Alexis Castle in ABC’s Castle. After this breakout performance, Quinn was cast in the popular animated series Winx Club, where she portrayed the lead character Bloom. She may be young, but this rising star’s hard work has sent her career on a serious upward trajectory.
Debra Messing may have struggled to land roles early in her career, but she took the world by storm as Grace Adler in the NBC sitcom Will & Grace. Earning seven Golden Globe and five Emmy Award nominations for her role, she quickly skyrocketed to stardom. Besides her TV work, Messing has appeared in several successful movies including Along Came Polly, The Wedding Date, and Nothing Like the Holidays. She’s doesn’t consider herself a singer, but this stunner showcased her vocal prowess on the hit show Smash and 2017’s Dirty Dancing.
The late Lucille Ball will always be remembered as one of the world’s finest actresses and comedians. Not only has she been nominated for thirteen Primetime Emmy Awards and won five, but she has been recognized with a Golden Globe, Cecil B. DeMille Award, and two stars on Hollywood’s enduring Walk of Fame. The story of her dyed locks remains an industry secret. If you’d like to learn more about Ball’s accomplishments, it’s worth visiting the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum & Center for Comedy in Jamestown, New York.
Marcia Cross is an American actress best known for playing the perfectionist Bree Van de Kamp on the popular TV show Desperate Housewives. For this iconic role, she was nominated for three Golden Globes and a Primetime Emmy. Before kickstarting her career, Cross attended the prestigious Julliard school before returning to obtain a master’s degree in psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles in 2003. Besides her acting work, this inspiring actress uses her platform to raise awareness for HPV cancers after revealing that she was in remission for anal cancer in 2018. Wishing to break the stigma behind unusual cancers, Cross is highly outspoken about her diagnosis and urges others to seek treatment.
Deborah Ann Woll
With her alluring skin and contrasting red locks, Deborah Ann Woll rose to fame as TV’s sexiest vampire in True Blood. For this role, she was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award. After leaving the show, Woll starred in Ruby Sparks, Daredevil, and The Defenders. As well as being an avid Dungeons and Dragons player, this gorgeous actress uses her profile to raise awareness for the disease choroideremia that her husband E.J. Scott is afflicted with.
Ellie Kemper has become one of the cutest TV stars and is well-known for her clever wit and engaging personality. Although Kemper appeared in the hit sitcom The Office¸ she is primarily known for her starring role in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which earned her two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. When she’s not being bubbly in front of the cameras, Kemper is recording audiobooks or working on her writing.
Before making audiences cry with her portrayal of Olivia Baker in 13 Reasons Why, Kate Walsh was better known for her role in the hospital drama Grey’s Anatomy. Renowned by both characters and audiences for her otherworldly beauty and unmatched skill in the operating room, this role quickly catapulted Walsh to worldwide fame. After this role, she worked on the spinoff Private Practice and can now be seen on The Umbrella Academy as The Handler. Walsh is lauded for her social and political activism and has been a spokesperson for the Narcolepsy Network since 2007. She also campaigns with Oceana to help protect sea turtles from extinction.
Cynthia Nixon has made a substantial name for herself in the creative world as an actress, theater director and activist. She has an admirable list of credits, but her most prolific role was playing Miranda Hobbes in the hit show Sex and The City. Her other credits include Amadeus, A Quiet Passion, and James White. Nixon may be more prevalent on our TV screens, but she’s also appeared on Broadway and won a Tony Award for her performance in Rabbit Hole in 2006. Although she was unsuccessful, Nixon impressed the world by running for Governor of New York in 2018 to challenge income inequality, poor renewable energy access and a lack of universal healthcare.
Bryce Dallas Howard
Bryce Dallas Howard is the eldest daughter of filmmaker Ron Howard, but she has become a household name of her own accord. Starring in blockbusters like Spider-Man 3, The Help and Jurassic World, Howard is a versatile actress that never fails to impress. She also showcased her skill for directing in the critically acclaimed documentary Dads and two episodes of the Mandalorian. If you’re a fan of The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, you can hear Howard’s dulcet tones reading the character of Agnes on the 2019 audiobook recording.
Laura Prepon has been dazzling audiences since her first appearance as Donna Pinciotti in That 70’s Show. Since this breakout role, Prepon has starred in Orange Is the New Black, Lay the Favorite and The Girl on the Train. Fans of the hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother may also recognize her as Ted’s obnoxious college girlfriend Karen. While a natural ginger, she’s usually seen sporting bright blonde or deep brunette locks.
Sophie Turner’s career may still be fresh, but this young star has accomplished plenty since bursting onto the scene as Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones. Between working on this Emmy-nominated role, Turner appeared in Barely Lethal and in the X-Men series as a young Phoenix. She has also worked on several print ads for Louis Vuitton and joined her husband Joe Jonas in music videos for “Sucker” and “What a Man Gotta Do”. These days, this alluring actress can be seen out and about with her daughter Willa while she takes a break to focus on her family.
Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey is an American singer and songwriter who is highly regarded for her alternative pop music that sounds almost cinematic. She first made a splash with the song “Video Games”, but radio stations also enjoyed “Summertime Sadness”, “Young and Beautiful” and “Born to Die”. This highly successful artist has released eight studio albums and sold 131 million records worldwide since 2011. Del Rey’s large round eyes and bold red hair just add to her ethereal reputation.
Natalya Rudakova is an attractive American actress and model who rose to fame as Valentina Tomilenko in Transporter 3. Originally working as a hairdresser before being discovered by Luc Besson, this Russian-born starlet is no stranger to hard work. After her breakout role, Rudakova went on to star in It’s Not You, The One – My True Love, and Before the Snow. As her delicate skin, bold hair and dazzling blue eyes look remarkable on-screen, this exotic beauty’s career keeps going from strength to strength.
Whether she’s rocking the runway or impressing audiences in front of the camera, Lily Cole’s cascading ginger locks are difficult to look away from. Cole originally started her career as a model and booked her first British Vogue cover at the tender age of 16. Since then, she has appeared in runway shows and campaigns for Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Moschino, Longchamp, and Anna Sui. Owing to her impeccable work for luxury fashion houses, she was named one of the Top 30 Models of the 2000s by Vogue Paris. After breaking away from the modeling world, Cole pursued a successful career in film, working on The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, There Be Dragons and Snow White and the Huntsman. In 2013, Cole also flexed her entrepreneurial muscles by founding the altruism-based mobile app Impossible People.
Molly Parker is a beloved Canadian actress, writer and director who is primarily known for her work in independent films. She first graced our screens in the movie Kissed, before appearing in Wayne Wang’s movie The Center of the World for which she earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Despite her affinity for indie movies, Parker has also ventured into the mainstream to appear in Deadwood, Dexter, and House of Cards. Disney fans can catch this leading lady as Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan & Wendy.
Ever since her appearance as Cindy Lubbock on Just the Ten of Us, Jamie Luner has been impressing audiences across the globe. After her breakout role, this California-born actress went on to star as Peyton Richards on Savannah and Lexi Sterling on Melrose Place. Despite her impressive dramatic roles, Luner found also comfort in Lifetime movies and even provided vocals for her role in The Christmas High Note. Luner is the ultimate girl next door.
Born Alani Nicole, LaLa Anthony is an American television personality, author, actress and businesswoman who is best known for her work on MTV’s Total Request Live. Hailing from Puerto Rico, this talented woman forayed into the acting world with an appearance in Two Can Play That Game in 2001. Since then, she has appeared in Think Like a Man, November Rule, and Destined. This good-looking actress is more commonly seen with brunette locks, but she’s experimented with deep burgundy dye in the past.
Drew Barrymore is an American actress who was thrust into the spotlight at the tender age of six after portraying the adorable Gertie in E.T: The Extraterrestrial in 1982. This natural blonde has rocked every hair color under the sun but often favors a bold red for her roles. During the 1990s and 2000s, Barrymore starred in several successful films, including Charlie’s Angels, Never Been Kissed, The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates, and Ever After. In addition to earning a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award, she also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Thanks to her bubbly personality and loveable nature, she scored a contract with CoverGirl Cosmetics and has been a brand ambassador since 2007. Although she struggled with a troubled past, Barrymore overcame her demons to become one of the most beloved actresses in the world.
After showcasing her gorgeous figure in a series of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues in the 1990s, Angie Everhart decided to try her luck in the acting world. This alluring former model first appeared in the movie Last Action Hero but went on to star in Wicked Minds and Take Me Home Tonight. In addition to her film work, Everhart worked on the second season of The Real Gilligan’s Island and To Tell the Truth.
Country superstar Reba McEntire first caught the world’s attention with her number 1 hit “Can’t Even Get the Blues”. Since her initial breakout single, McEntire has gone on to release a string of chart-topping songs that earned her the nickname “The Queen of Country”. Throughout her career, this shining star has been recognized for her impressive hairstyle, which she maintains with flawless dye jobs. Still releasing albums and launching sell-out tours, this iconic music star proves that age is just a number.
Popular Celebrity Redheads
The most famous redhead actresses in the world are Amy Adams, Christina Hendricks, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Jessica Chastain, Isla Fisher, Kate Mara and Alicia Witt. Red hair is a rare hair color that can be found naturally in about one to two percent of the human population, making these famous celebrity redheads all the more special.
If you’re thinking about dyeing your hair, these iconic celebrities with red hair can provide the inspiration you need to complete your transformation. From understated copper and strawberry blonde shades to vibrant crimson and deep auburn, there are many red hair color ideas for women to consider.
As a popular hair color for many leading actresses, these hot gingers can help you create a sexy look that will take your style to the next level.