20 Favorite TV Redheads

We adore actors and actresses for many reasons. From starring on our favorite TV shows to being amazing actors to having great personalities to their style to having beautiful red hair. Yes,  you read that right - red hair! One of the more bright hair colors, which can be hard to pull off, is red. This just isn’t so for the following 20 TV actors and actresses. They are beautiful gingers who look great with red hair, and we wouldn’t want it any other way!

1. Damian Lewis
Damian Lewis on Homeland

Damian Lewis has recently made a place in TV fanatics hearts as Nicholas Brody on the new fan favorite “Homeland.” He continues to hit the mark for his role - he even took home a Golden Globe for it - and for his red hair. Lewis is currently one of the favorite gingers in Hollywood.

2. Debra Messing
Debra Messing on Smash

When Debra Messing first appeared as Grace Adler on “Will & Grace” women and men from all over fell in love with her curly red hair. In real life, and on television, Messing always seems to embrace her redness and can now be seen showing it off on NBC’s “Smash.”

3. Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Jesse Tyler Ferguson on Modern Family

Jesse Tyler Ferguson fans watch the actor every week as Mitchell Pritchett on ABC’s hit comedy “Modern Family.” Not only do his fans love him for his comedy, but also for being a redhead. He also shows off that hair color by sporting a nice beard and mustache.

4. Darby Stanchfield
Darby Stanchfield on Scandal

As Abby Whelan on “Scandal,” Darby Stanchfield shows off sass and judgment. Just like her personality, her red hair also gives off some attitude. She even used her hair to an advantage while appearing on “NCIS” as Gibbs’ (Mark Harmon) deceased wife, Shannon. He loves redheads, and probably thanks to her.

5. Kevin McKidd
Kevin McKidd on Grey's Anatomy

He’s Scottish. He has an amazing accent. He’s good looking. He plays Owen Hunt on “Grey’s Anatomy.” What else can you love Kevin McKidd for? Oh, that’s right. He’s also another hot ginger on our list.

6. Felicia Day
Felicia Day on Supernatural

Felicia Day is amazing for many things. One being her role as Charlie Bradbury, the smart kickass hacking lesbian, on “Supernatural.” That extreme red hair does her wonders, and luckily fans can see her put it to good use when she appears alongside the Winchester brothers for the third time later this season.

7. Conan O’Brien
Conan O'Brien on Conan

Out of everyone on this list, Conan O’Brien’s hair has truly made a statement in Hollywood. In addition to the color, his hair’s poof has become a “person” of its own and a real trademark for the television host and comedian.

8. Molly Quinn
Molly Quinn on Castle

Molly Quinn plays Richard Castle’s adorable and sweet daughter, Alexis, on ABC’s “Castle.” She is just as loveable as her famous author and crime fighting father. How can’t you love her, especially with that light red hair?

9. Ron Howard
Ron Howard on Happy Days

Ron Howard will always be known and loved for his roles as Opie Taylor on “The Andy Griffith Show” and for playing Richie Cunningham on “Happy Days. Now, the famous redhead is busy directing and producing Hollywood hits like NBC’s “Parenthood.”

10. Sarah Rafferty
Sarah Rafferty on Suits

Are you a fan of “Suits”? If so, then you must love Donna Paulsen played by the amazing Sarah Rafferty. That bright red hair gives her all the sass needed when delivering her razor sharp wit as Harvey’s (Gabriel Macht) executive assistant.

11. Seth Green
Seth Green on Buffy

In the movie world, Seth Green is popular for the “Austin Power” films. In the TV world, he will always be known for playing Oz on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” In the fashion world,he’ll always be recognized for his hair.

12. Amanda Righetti
Amanda Righetti on The Mentalist

On CBS’ “The Mentalist,” Amanda Righetti plays Grace Van Pelt who is an agent with the California Bureau of Investigation. Her character is loved for her caring personality, morals and of course those drop dead good looks, which include her hair. Those are just three of the many reasons fellow Agent Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman) is madly in love with her.

13. Eric Stoltz
Eric Stoltz

Eric Stoltz has been a part of the TV community for years. Recently, he’s been taking that red hair behind the scenes by directing shows like “Glee,” “Nashville,” “Private Practice” and “Californication.”

14. Carrie Preston
Carrie Preston on True Blood

She might sport blonde hair every now and again, but it’s that red hair that truly stands out. Carrie Preston is one busy woman and can be seen on “True Blood, “The Good Wife” and “Person of Interest,” alongside her real life husband Michael Emerson.

15. Scott Grimes
Scott Grimes on ER

Scott Grimes is taking his red coif on the road with the new “NCIS” spin-off “NCIS: Red.” He plays Special Agent Dave Flynn who not only works forensics, but also provides many moments of comic relief.

16. Ellie Kemper
Ellie Kemper on The Office

Sometimes redhead Erin on “The Office” isn’t the brightest of the Dunder Mifflin bunch, but that never gets in the way of her stealing some of the men’s hearts. From Gabe (Zach Lewis) to Andy (Ed Helms) to now Pete (Jake Lacy), Erin has had quite the relationships. Who will she end up with?

17. Jayma Mays
Jayma Mays on Glee

Gleeks around the world love Jayma Mays for her role as Emma Pillsbury on “Glee.” Despite suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), she is cute as a button thanks to her doe eyes and soft red hair.

18. Kate Flannery
Kate Flannery on The Office

As Meredith Palmer on “The Office,” Kate Flannery plays one mess of a woman. She’s a divorcee who loves to party, drink and take home men. During this season, Meredith got into another mess when she shaved off her red hair. Pam (Jenna Fischer) accidentally brought lice into the office and let Meredith take the blame. Fans can now see Meredith wearing some amusing wigs.

19. Laura Leighton
Laura Leighton on Pretty Little Liars

Currently, Laura Leighton stars as Ashley Marin on ABC Family’s hit series “Pretty Little Liars.” Like her daughter, Hanna (Ashley Benson), she has quite the list of lies and secrets. In the past, we’ve seen Ashley use her red hair and gorgeous looks to her advantage with Detective Wilden (Bryce Johnson) just so her daughter wouldn’t be charged with shoplifting.

20. Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball

Last but not least, we have probably the most recognized redhead of Hollywood - Lucille Ball. She will always be remembered for playing Lucy Ricardo on “I Love Lucy,” alongside her then hubby Desi Arnaz. Unfortunately, fans never got to see her red hair shine on TV, since the comedy was broadcast in black and white.

Who is your favorite ginger?


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Message Posted On Jun 12th, 2014, 2:27 pm

and i agree with Zootie, Allison whos in how i met your mother and was her redhead self for years in the same show that basicly made Seth green who is in the list....
And Levy should be there to now, did you guys even saw Evil Dead?


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Message Posted On Jun 12th, 2014, 2:25 pm

So: Karen Gillanisnt in ther neither? come on shes was the docters companion!!!


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Message Posted On Nov 23rd, 2013, 1:00 am

Red heads, RED Heads, RED HEADS, REDHEADS, snap, oh crap I just broke my brain.

It would be easier to just have a list on NON Redheads. I have counted up to 135 for the show that have been on just in the last month. Now include all the others and this list would be miles long.

OH, can I volunteer to be the one to verify if the red is natural or not, only for the ladies of course ;-)


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Message Posted On Apr 9th, 2013, 8:27 pm

I think we are missing the GORGEOUS Annie Wersching as well!!!!


Message Posted On Apr 9th, 2013, 3:58 am
Seeing as we're not talking natural red-heads in this list, Donna (Laura Prepon) from That 70's Show? Or how about the redheaded Zoey (Alicia Witt) from Cybill back a few years?

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Message Posted On Apr 4th, 2013, 10:18 pm

And maybe Connie Britton (Nashville, Spin City) should also be considered. It might be necessary to filter only natural readheads (if you can find out).


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Message Posted On Apr 4th, 2013, 10:02 pm

There are far too many red heads on TV ;) Indeed, Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg from Buffy, Lily Aldrin from How I Met Your Mother) should have been on this list.



Add Jane Levy (Suburgatory) and Galadriel Stineman (Cassidy Finch, Axl's new girlfriend from The Middle) as newcomers that light up the room with their smile and hair.


Message Posted On Apr 4th, 2013, 5:06 pm
RE: Kevin McKidd - F*ck 'Grey's Anatomy!' -- 'Rome' all the way!

Message Posted On Apr 4th, 2013, 3:39 pm
Wow. No Christina Hendricks??? Disgrace
david golbitz

Message Posted On Apr 4th, 2013, 8:25 am
What, no Willow Rosenberg??? :(