While history tended to either burn redheaded women at the stake or stick a stake through their hearts, redheaded men have had their own issues. They tend to get passed over in leading film and TV roles. Boo hoo.
Okay, so these two histories aren’t exactly even, but that doesn’t mean we’re about to leave our ginger brethren behind. Lack of souls aside, it can be difficult to be a ginger dude at times. As one fellow ginger told me in high school, he would never date another redhead because it would ‘look weird.’ As he pointed out, brunettes date one another, blondes date, people with black hair or grey hair date. No one notices. Two redheads? Everyone thinks you’re dating your sister. With only two per cent of the population made up of redheads, he had a point.
On the plus-side, redheads tend to take longer to go grey and can produce their own Vitamin D. Score for the gingers.
With approximately 10 per cent of the Irish population fitting into the ‘redhead’ category and 34 per cent of the population carrying the ginger gene, we decided to pay homage to some of our favourite male redheads to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
In celebration of some of our favourite redheads
KEVIN MCKIDDScottish actor Kevin McKidd has been playing sensitive but tough Dr. Owen Hunt on Grey's Anatomy for nine seasons. We know McDreamy is taken, but what about McGingerDreamy? Too wordy?Getty Images
ROB KAZINSKYConsidering the history of redheads and vampires, we think Rob Kazinsky's locks may have helped him land a role as vampire Macklyn Warlow on True Blood. Getty Images
DAMIAN LEWISBritish actor Damian Lewis is now in his second season starring as Axe on Billions, but the redheaded entertainer has been starring in our dreams for much longer.Getty Images
PRINCE HARRYThe ginger prince may not be next in line for the throne, but that's okay. We like to think he hit the genetic jackpot with his fiery tresses...and because he was born into royalty. Both are pretty great things.Getty Images
MICHAEL FASSBENDERIrish actor Michael Fassbender has earned nominations for his work at the Golden Globes, the Oscars, the BAFTAs, the SAG Awards, and definitely the Beautiful Redhead Awards if that was a real thing.Getty Images
RUPERT GRINTHarry Potter star Rupert Grint and his redheaded mane spent eight movies going from trusty sidekick to leading man and winner of Hermione's heart. We're not saying it was all due to his hair, but it definitely helped.Getty Images
SHAUN WHITETwo-time Olympic gold medalist and title holder of the most X-Games wins ever, snowboarder and skateboarder Shaun White can do it all, including growing his own Vitamin D.Getty Images
ED SHEERANAre we upset that one of the biggest pop stars in the entire world is a ginger? No, no we're not.Getty Images
JESSE TYLER FERGUSONFive-time Emmy-nominationed actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson has been the face of ginger men on TV for years thanks to his role as Mitch on Modern Family. It's a really good face.Getty Images
CONAN O'BRIENComedian Conan O'Brien has been making viewers laugh on late night since 1993. In addition to being one of the most famous gingers in the world, he probably holds the record for being one of the tallest as well.Getty Images
DOMNHALL GLEESONIn 2015, Irish actor Domnhall Gleeson appeared in four movies, including Ex-Machina and The Revenant. In 2017, Gleeson is scheduled to appear in six films, including Star Wars: The Last Jedi. If all this doesn't earn him a free pint on St. Patty's Day, we don't know what will.Getty Images
EDDIE REDMAYNEThe Oscar-winning actors' last name literally translates to red-mane, making this an easily solveable case of Fantastic Redheaded Men and Where to Find Them. Here, is the answer. He's right here.Getty Images
SETH GREENRobot Chicken creator and Austin Powers star Seth Green has done it all in his three decades in showbiz. Actor, director, producer, writer, voice actor, redhead...Getty Images
PAUL BETTANYBritish actor and director Paul Bettany has played superhero Vision in two Marvel films, but we think his true superpower is reminding audiences that redheaded men can be sex symbols.Getty Images
EWAN MCGREGOROn screen, Ewan McGregor has played a drug addict in Trainspotting, a lovesick writer in Moulin Rouge, and the young Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars. In real life, he plays a handsome redhead.Getty Images