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40 Surreal Red-Haired Actresses

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40 Surreal Red-Haired Actresses October 31, 2018

Think of any iconic character and chances are they’re a redhead.

Vivian Woods from Pretty Woman, Mary Poppins, Satine, Rose Dawson, Dorothy Gale, Mary Jane, Miranda Hobbes, and my personal favorites – Amelia Pond and Donna Noble from Doctor Who. I’m sure many more redheaded characters popped into your head just now. But did you know that not all the actresses who played your favorite redhead are genuine ones? *Gasp!* Wondering which actresses are natural born redheads? Read on to find out.

40 Surreal Red Haired Actresses

Let’s play a game of Are They Or Aren’t They? As each actress’s name comes up, you and your friends can guess whether the actress in question is a natural born redhead. Scroll down to find out if you’re right or wrong. Game on!

1. Isla Fisher

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This Aussie beauty was born to Scottish parents in Oman. Interesting, isn’t it? She’s been in the business since a young age when she used to star in TV commercials. She transitioned to Hollywood with Scooby Doo, but she really shone in Confessions Of A Shopaholic. She went on to play incredible characters in many other movies. Did you know that she has written two young adult novels and the children’s book series Marge In Charge? Pretty accomplished, right?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

If you’re nodding, you are right! Isla is indeed a natural redhead, and she has stuck with red hair shades for all her movies as well.

2. Madelaine Petsch

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Madelaine Petsch wowed us as Cheryl Blossom in Riverdale. Apart from playing a character known for her fondness for the color red, she has also starred in a Coca-Cola ad. Talk about red love! Her parents are both South African. Did you know that she underwent dance and theater classes at the age of five?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

Yes, Madelaine Petsch is a natural redhead. She was also bullied for her red locks in school. Bet those bullies wish they had her red hair now!

3. Karen Gillan

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Karen Gillan is one of my favorite actresses ever since she bore the mantle of the eleventh Doctor’s companion. After playing Amelia Pond in Doctor Who, she went on to play Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2 and Avengers: Infinity War. She has also starred in Selfie, a series based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. Did you know that she has written and directed a film called The Party’s Just Beginning?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

Yes, this Scottish lass is a natural redhead. She shaved her hair off for Guardians of the Galaxy, but also had to shoot the finale for Doctor Who. So, she wore a wig made from her own hair, and now, her ginger locks are on the Star Wars prop set. Surreal, right?

4. Nicole Kidman

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Superstar Nicole Kidman started her acting career in Australia. Her first Hollywood film was Days of Thunder, where she met Tom Cruise, who she later married. She stunned as Satine in Moulin Rouge. She went on to win many awards, including an Oscar, two Emmys, and five Golden Globes. She later met Keith Urban at G’Day LA, who she married a year later. Did you know that because she was born in Hawaii, she has dual citizenship for the United States and Australia? Her nickname is Hokulani (after an elephant), which means ‘heavenly star.’ Talk about prophecies!

Is She A Natural Redhead?

This Aussie beauty is indeed a natural redhead. Her hair in Days of Thunder captivated me when I was younger, and I was sure she was blessed beyond measure for having such thick, curly red tresses. Who wouldn’t be?

5. Amy Adams

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Amy Adams wanted to be a ballerina, but she realized that musical theater suited her better. Her two big breaks were Junebug and Enchanted. Since then, she has come a long way, acting in dramas like Nocturnal Animals and the more recent Sharp Objects. She is also known for her role as Lois Lane. Did you know that she auditioned for the role of Lane in Superman Returns (Brandon Routh) before eventually playing the role in Man of Steel?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

No, she isn’t! Adams is a natural blonde. She colored her hair red for her role in Junebug and decided to stick with it.

6. Julianne Moore

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Julianne Moore started her acting career on TV. She had a regular role in the series As The World Turns. She went on to star in many movies and win many awards and nominations for her dramatic roles. She is the author of the children’s book series Freckleface Strawberry. Did you know that her real name is Julie Anne Smith? Since there were already actresses called Julie Smith and Julie Anne Smith, she joined her first name with her mom’s name (forming Julianne) and took her father’s middle name Moore as her surname.

Is She A Natural Redhead?

Moore, being half-Scottish, is definitely a redhead. She was teased in school for having red hair and freckles. She was often called ‘freckleface strawberry.’ She wrote the semi-autobiographical children’s book Freckleface Strawberry for her children, so they could appreciate themselves as they are.

7. Christina Hendricks

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Christina Hendricks is best known for her role as Joan Harris in Mad Men. She now stars in the series Good Girls. She was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her mom is American and worked as a psychologist. Her dad hails from England and worked in the United States Forest Service. Though she was voted as Sexiest Woman Alive by Esquire magazine, she was bullied for being different and reserved as a child. Did you know that she can play the accordion?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

No. Inspired by Anne of Green Gables, Hendricks began coloring her hair red at the age of 10. She is naturally blonde, but red hair suits her like a charm.

8. Alyson Hannigan

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Who doesn’t know her as Willow Rosenberg and Lily Aldrin? Alyson Hannigan is of Jewish and Irish blood. She started acting at the age of 4 in commercials and relocated to Hollywood at the young age of 11. She has a degree in Psychology. She is known for her incredible comedic sense and timing. Did you know that she made her West End debut in When Harry Met Sally (stage adaptation) opposite Luke Perry?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

No, she isn’t. Hannigan is a natural brunette, but since there were too many of them in Buffy The Vampire Slayer, she colored her hair to a lighter shade of red. She’s gone back and forth between brown and red hair, but let’s be frank – she was made for red hair.

9. Alicia Witt

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Alicia Witt is widely known for her roles in Fun, Dine, Twin Peaks, Supernatural, and Hallmark movies. She was discovered by David Lynch at the tender age of five when she was reciting Shakespeare. He called her a child prodigy. She has also acted in The Mentalist, CSI: Miami, Ally McBeal, and The Walking Dead. Did you know she is also an accomplished pianist, songwriter, and singer and has been called a musical prodigy?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

Alicia Witt is a red-haired vision and a natural one at that!

10. Bridget Regan

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Bridget Regan has starred in many TV series like Legend of the Seeker, White Collar, Agent Carter, and The Last Ship. But her role as Rose Solano in Jane the Virgin will always be the funniest. Her role as Kahlan Amnell in Legend Of the Seeker gave her a cult following. She is married to writer Eamon O’Sullivan and has two children with him. She studied classical theater. Did you know that she is so well known in the comic book world that she was voted Most Ideal Wonder Woman?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

Yes. This Irish-American girl has natural red and curly locks. She used to color her hair for her role as Kahlan. I love how her red locks make her blue eyes stand out in perfection.

11. Amy Yasbeck

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The first time I saw Amy Yasbeck was in The Mask, and I mistook her for Megan Mullally (yes, I need glasses). I found out later who she was, thanks to Pretty Woman. She is of Lebanese and Irish descent. She moved to New York after both her parents passed away. She was married to actor John Ritter, who died in 2003 while rehearsing for the series 8 Simple Rules. Did you know that her husband thought Amy was too young to play his wife in Problem Child as she was 14 years his junior?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

Yes. She is a natural redhead! She played the role of redhead Chelsea’s mom on That’s So Raven.

12. Lauren Ambrose

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Lauren Ambrose is best known for her roles as Claire Fisher in Six Feet Under and Jilly Kitzinger in Torchwood. She was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and an Outer Critics Circle Award for the same musical. She is of Italian, German, Irish, and English descent. Did you know that she is a trained opera singer and has a ragtime band called Lauren Ambrose and the Leisure Class?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

Yes, Ambrose in a natural redhead, which shouldn’t come as a surprise, thanks to her Irish blood.

13. Renee Olstead

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Renee Olstead is of Norwegian descent and has been acting since she was eight. She won an award for her role in Still Standing. She is also known for her voice and is influenced by many Jazz vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald. Did you know that she is vegan and has been in PETA campaigns?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

If you thought she is, you are right! While she changed her hair color to blonde, red hair definitely looks better on her in my humble opinion.

14. Kate Mara

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Kate Mara entered the acting scene in 1997 in Law and Order. She has acted in many movies and series like House of Cards and Shooter. She was accepted in Tisch School of the Arts where she studied acting. Do you know her connection to football? Her great-grandfathers are the founders of the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tim Mara and Art Rooney Sr.

Is She A Natural Redhead?

Yes. Kate Mara comes from Irish, German, Italian, French Canadian and British blood, which means that her red hair is real and natural.

15. Emma Stone

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This stunning comedy queen and one of Time’s 2017 100 Most Influential People In The World was born in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her acting chops have gotten her an Oscar, a BAFTA, and a Golden Globe amongst many other awards. She presented her mom with a powerpoint presentation called Project Hollywood to convince her to let her be an actress. She is known for playing the sarcasm queen in most of her roles. Did you know she is best friends with Jennifer Lawrence? Watch their Vanity Fair interview on YouTube to see how fun they are together.

Is She A Natural Redhead?

Was Gwen Stacy a redhead? Nope. Well, neither is Emma Stone. On the bright side, she knows that red hair should’ve been her natural hair color and prefers it too.

16. Catherine Tate

Granny Nan is known worldwide, as is teenager Lauren Cooper. And let me get some tissues before we get to Donna Noble. Catherine Tate is known as a comic genius. Her character Donna Noble is known to be one of the best companions of the Doctor in Doctor Who. She has also acted in the U.S. version of The Office as Nellie. She has done a lot of stage work (like Much Ado About Nothing) and comedy sketches as well.

Is She A Natural Redhead?

If you have to ask me the one reason for Tate’s sassiness, it’s her natural red hair. Yes, you heard that right. It’s another win for the redheads. Hurrah!

17. Holland Roden

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Holland Roden is known for playing Lydia Martin in Teen Wolf – from where she has such a huge fan following. She also appeared in Britney Spears’s perfume advert. She has also made appearances in Grey’s Anatomy, Weeds, Lost, and Criminal Minds as well. Did you know that she is a molecular biology major from UCLA?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

Yes, yes, and a hundred times yes! Holland Roden is indeed a natural ginger.

18. Bella Thorne

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Bella Thorne is most remembered for her role as CeCe Jones in Shake It Up! alongside Zendaya. She went on to star in many movies before returning to television again in the series Famous In Love. She starred in Blended as Adam Sandler’s teenage daughter and in The Duff as the classic high school popular girl antagonist. She is a triple threat since she can act, sing, and dance really well. Did you know that she voices the famous singer Ashley in Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

No. Bella Thorne is a natural blonde but prefers red hair. She loved her red hair so much that she cried when Disney wanted to color her hair blonde again.

19. Amanda Righetti

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Who doesn’t love Grace Van Pelt from The Mentalist? The actress who played her is just as amazing. Righetti has acted in movies like Friday The 13th and Return To House On Haunted Hill. She has also had recurring roles on The O.C., CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Entourage. Did you know that she was pregnant while shooting for The Mentalist in 2011-2012? You can’t tell because they showed Grace from a few specific angles to hide the pregnancy.

Is She A Natural Redhead?

No, she isn’t! She is said to be a natural blonde, but there is a lot of speculation around it. Some even say she’s a natural brunette.

20. Analeigh Tipton

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Remember ANTM winner Analeigh Tipton? She started out slow, but went on to win the hearts of all the fans and the judges. She has since starred in Crazy Stupid Love and Two Night Stand and is going on to make her mark in the A-list. Did you know that she began skating at the young age of two and a half years?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

No, but she should be! Her natural hair color is brown. She keeps changing her hair color for work, but red looks like magic on her.

21. Jessica Chastain

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Joelene, Zero Dark Thirty, Molly’s Game…the list goes on and on. Jessica Chastain has made a name for herself, portraying strong women in most of her films. She has a Golden Globe and two Oscar nominations. She studied at the very prestigious Juilliard School. She is the founder of a production company called Freckle Films and is a producer herself. Did you know that Chastain was a loner when she was younger and found acting to be an outlet?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

Yes! This star is a natural born red-headed queen, and she flaunts it unabashedly!

22. Judy Greer

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Known for her character actor parts, Judy Greer plays that one eccentric, sarcastic friend we all desperately need. She has acted in many films like 27 Dresses, and the more recently Halloween sequel in which she plays the lead role (thank goodness!). In case you don’t remember, she starred as the introverted and suicidal girl in What Women Want. She has also starred in Arrested Development, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and Californication. Did you know that she plays Cornelia in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

No. Judy Greer has natural brown hair. She dyed her hair red for the series Miss Guided to look different from Jennifer Aniston.

23. Molly Ringwald

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Remember The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and Pretty In Pink? Molly Ringwald was the “It” girl, and I am so happy that she’s back in Riverdale. Her first major acting role was in the series The Facts Of Life. She was an 80s teen icon. She is a singer and author as well. Did you know that she started acting at the age of five? She played the role of Dormouse in a production of Alice Through The Looking Glass.

Is She A Natural Redhead?

Au naturel! There’s no wonder she plays red hair icon Archie Andrews’s mom.

24. Jayma Mays

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Jayma Mays is known for her roles as Emma Pillsbury in Glee, Charlie Andrews in Heroes, and Grace Winslow in The Smurfs. She’s known for her great comedic timing. She has also starred in Ugly Betty and the Switchfoot music video for the song Awakening. Did you know that she worked in a local radio station reading obituaries?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

Oui! She is definitely a natural redhead.

25. Rose Leslie

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The love story of Jon Snow and Ygritte will never be forgotten – all thanks to the actors portraying them. Scottish lass Rose Leslie has acted in Downton Abbey and Game Of Thrones. She now stars in The Good Fight as Maia Rindell. She worked at BBC radio and won a BAFTA for her screen debut in New Town. Did you know that she was raised in a castle until she was 10?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

Yes. Ygritte is a wildling with blazing red hair. Rose Leslie got the role because she herself is a natural redhead!. Is that a loud cheer I’m hearing?

26. Gillian Anderson

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*Cue X-files opening theme*

Gillian Anderson is an actress and writer. She is also an activist. She has many acting accolades to her name. She has done some incredible theater work and acted in some very drama-oriented movies. But it’s her role as FBI Special Agent Scully that made her internationally famous. She has many awards to her name. Did you know that she is an honorary OBE?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

No, Scully lies! Anderson is a brunette by birth. She colored her hair red for work. She wore a wig for the X-Files revival. Her role in The Fall required her to have blonde hair, while we all know Dana Scully is our favorite redhead.

27. Heather Graham

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Heather Graham started her acting career with a teen comedy feature film called License To Drive and Drugstore Cowboy. Ever since then, she has acted in many other films and series in supporting roles. She is a vocal advocate for Children’s International and climate change. Did you know that she dropped out of UCLA to pursue acting full time?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

No. Heather Graham has naturally dark blonde hair. She is not a natural redhead, though it just feels right.

28. Molly C. Quinn

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Alexis Castle stole our hearts as Castle’s brilliant daughter. Molly C. Quinn has come a long way since then. She is known for her theater performances. She is the voice behind Princess Bloom in Winx Club and Supergirl in Superman: Unbound. Did you know that she plays Howard’s date in Guardians of the Galaxy 2?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

Yes! And there’s a childhood picture she put up herself on Twitter to prove it!

29. Debra Messing

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Debra Messing will always be Grace Adler to me. She is Jewish and grew up in Brooklyn. She has acted in many television series like Prey and Ned And Stacey, but it’s Will And Grace that really showcased the full extent of her talent. She was nominated for multiple awards for her role as Grace. She later starred in The Starter Wife, receiving nominations for her role there as well. She showed a penchant for acting from a young age by participating in school dramas. She sang, acted, and danced, which made her a triple threat. Did you know she graduated from Tisch School of the Arts?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

Nope, she isn’t. Debra Messing is a natural brunette. She credits a messed up dye job for her lovely red hair. She was supposed to be blonde but ended up red-haired.

30. Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball is an actress, comedian, model, film-studio executive, and producer. She was the first woman to run a production house. She won four Emmy Awards and was nominated 13 times. She was the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award (1979), the Lifetime Achievement Award (1986), and the Governor’s Award (1989). Did you know that she acted in theater under the stage name Dianne Belmont? And that she eloped with her husband, Desi Arnaz?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

The first poster child for red hair is, in fact, not a redhead. She is a natural blonde. But it was a highly kept secret. There are rumors that her hair dye used to be locked up for security.

31. Marcia Cross

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Bree was, hands down, my favorite character from Desperate Housewives. Marcia Cross is the soap opera queen. She has starred in The Edge Of Night, Another World, and One Life To Live. She has acted on television as Dr. Kimberly in Melrose Place, Bree Van De Kamp in Desperate Housewives, and President Claire Haas in Quantico. She was nominated for three Golden Globes and an Emmy for her role as Bree. Did you know that she graduated from Juilliard in acting and then pursued a Master’s degree in psychology?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

Yes. Being of Irish and English descent, it should come as no surprise that she is indeed a redhead by birth.

32. Deborah Ann Woll

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Deborah Ann Woll has credits like The Punisher, True Blood, The Defenders, and Daredevil under her belt. She has starred in quite a few movies, like Ruby Sparks. Her career started with television roles in CSI: Miami, ER, and Life. She also guest-starred in The Mentalist. She has German and Irish blood in her veins. Did you know that her boyfriend EJ Scott has choroideremia, which will result in blindness? This is why she uses her status to raise awareness on this health issue.

Is She A Natural Redhead?

Is our favorite red-haired vampire a true redhead? Sadly, no. But even she knows that red is her color and has been dyeing her hair red since she was 14.

33. Ellie Kemper

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My second favorite receptionist! Ellie Kemper is known for playing the cutesy, funny character in most of the roles she has done. She could so easily pass off as Jayma Mays’s sister. She has been nominated twice for her role in the series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. She was taught by Jon Hamm in her high school. Her alma mater is Princeton University. Did you know that she is the granddaughter of Mildred Lane Kemper?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

Ellie Kemper has Italian, French, German and English blood, so take a guess. Of course, she’s a natural redhead.

34. Kate Walsh

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*Paging Dr. Addison Shepherd, sorry Montgomery*

Kate Walsh is an incredible actress. She has starred in Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice as Addison Montgomery, and Olivia Baker on the more recent 13 Reasons Why. Before acting, she modeled and taught English in Japan. Did you know that she worked at Burger King and Dairy Queen to support herself when she was younger?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

Kate Walsh describes her natural hair as a “mousy ash brown.” But red hair runs in her family as her brother and grandmother have red hair.

35. Cynthia Nixon

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Cynthia Nixon is widely known for her role as Miranda Hobbes in the hit show Sex And The City. She reprised her character in the movies based on the series as well. She has an incredible theater resume and has won two Tony Awards, an Emmy Award, and a Grammy Award. She is of English and German descent. Did you know she has a penchant for politics? This year, she ran for the office of Governor of New York but lost to her opponent.

Is She A Natural Redhead?

No. Miranda Hobbes has gripped us with every shade of red hair there is, but Cynthia Nixon is a natural blonde who loves her natural hair.

36. Bryce Dallas Howard

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Bryce Dallas Howard is the daughter of director Ron Howard. She debuted in The Village and went on to star in Jurassic World. She is also a director, and her directorial debut is a film called Orchids. She is often confused with her friend Jessica Chastain and, hence, made a Dubsmash video on a fan-made song called ‘I Am Not Jessica Chastain.’ Did you know that she dropped out of Tisch to act on Broadway?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

Yes! This “running-from-a-dinosaur-in-heels” star is a redhead. In fact, all her siblings are red-haired as well.

37. Laura Prepon

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Laura Prepon is widely known for her role as Donna Pinciotti in That 70’s Show. She now stars as Alex Vause in Orange Is The New Black. She has acted in many films as well. She studied at the Total Theater Lab in NYC. She is of Russian Jewish and Irish Catholic ancestry. Did you know that her grandfather is Union Army General Joseph Bradford Carr?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

Yes. Though she is a natural redhead, she prefers her hair black. Come back to redness, Laura!

38. Sophie Turner

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Sophie Turner shot to fame portraying the character of Sansa Stark in Game Of Thrones. She also stars in the X-Men film franchise as the younger version of Jean Grey, aka Phoenix. She has been a member of the Playbox Theater Company since she was three years old. Did you know that she had a twin who died before birth?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

No, she is not a natural redhead *sad sigh*. Sophie Turner is a natural blonde who dyed her hair auburn for the role of Sansa Stark.

39. Lindsay Lohan

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Everybody remembers twins Haley and Annie from The Parent Trap. Lindsay Lohan starred in many more films like Just My Luck, Herbie Fully Loaded, and other teen films. Along with acting, she is a fashion designer, businesswoman, and singer. Teen dramedy film Mean Girls catapulted her to teen idol status. Did you know that she began her acting career at the young age of three?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

Yes! Lohan has naturally red hair, but she loves to play around with blonde shades.

40. Lana Del Rey

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Singer, songwriter, and record producer Lana Del Rey moved to New York in 2005 to start her music career. Her song Video Games become a viral hit. She has gone on to release many hit albums. She also penned music for films like The Great Gatsby and Big Eyes. She has sold over 15 million albums across the globe. She majored in philosophy with the main focus on metaphysics. Did you know her real name is Elizabeth Woolridge Grant?

Is She A Natural Redhead?

No, she is not a redhead, though she should’ve been. She is a natural dark blonde.

So, how did it go? Did you win? Bet you were surprised by some of the answers. Let me know which red-haired actress surprised you the most and who’s your favorite in the comments section below.

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