TV's Top 25 Redheads: From 'Riverdale'’s KJ Apa to 'Outlander'’s Sam Heughen

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Riverdale
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KJ Apa

The hunky Kiwi dyed his brown locks for the role as comic book dreamboat, Archie Andrews on The CW’s Riverdale.

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Sarah Rafferty

The actress plays smart and sexy Donna Paulsen on USA’s legal drama
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, and shows that red locks are the perfect accessory to any outfit.

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Ellie Kemper

Whether she’s charming on The Office or in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Kemper’s fashionable characters aren’t afraid to break redhead fashion rules.

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Sam Heughen

Whether Outlander’s Jamie Fraser dons a kilt or is dressed as a member of the French court, our bodices rip for this swoon-inducing redhead!

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Christina Hendricks

The Mad Men siren just wouldn’t be Joan without her impeccably coiffed red ’do!

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Michael Cudlitz

Red hair has never looked more fearless than on The Walking Dead’s Abraham.

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Katherine McNamara

The blonde actress went red for her role as Clary Fray in Freeform’s Shadowhunters: the Mortal Instruments, and reveals, “Clary’s hair is such an integral part to the story, in that it really is an outward expression of who Clary is on the inside. She has such a fire and such a passion, and she’s so fiercely loyal to the people that she loves that her red hair is kind of where that fire escapes into the outside world.”

McNamara also told TV Insider, “It’s a color that I wouldn’t want to repeat for any other character just because it defines who Clary is, and is so indicative of who she is. I wouldn’t think it would suit anyone else but her.”

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Madelaine Petsch

Many attribute red hair to being fiery, but Petch’s Riverdale character, Cheryl Blossom, is as cold as ice.

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Gillian Alexy

Changing the actress’s hair from blonde to a radiant red for her role on WGN America’s Outsiders was the perfect choice for a character named G’Winveer.

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Damian Lewis

We can find Billions of reasons we love this ginger Brit.

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Claire Danes

Danes’s naturally blonde locks are perfect in Homeland, but we’ll never forget her as redheaded teen, Angela Chase, in My So-Called Life.

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Lucille Ball

TV redheads weren’t even a thing until we fell for Lucy. Even in black & white, Lucy’s head-turning hair is still one thing we love about the TV pioneer.

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Laura Prepon

While her hair is dark as Alex Vause on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, we love Prepon’s spin as a red head Donna Donna Pinciotti on That 70’s Show. And bonus: her TV mom was Charlie’s Angels‘s resident redhead, Tanya Roberts.

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Debora Ann Woll

The former True Blood and current star on Netflix’s Daredevil may have been born a pale blonde, but we love her as a feisty redhead!

Into the Badlands, Emily Beecham
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Emily Beecham

Her tough red-headed character on AMC’s Into the Badlands shares her name with a spider who also has a distinctive red-mark: The Widow.

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Rupert Grint

He stole our heart as Harry Potter’s ginger pal, but Grint is currently making his fans swoon as a charming hustler in Crackle’s Snatch.

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Lauren Ambrose

The former Six Feet Under star’s copper-colored hair stood out in the drama about a funeral-home owning family.

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Molly Ringwald

Best known as a member of the 1980’s cinematic Brat Pack, Ringwald and her lovely locks have transitioned to TV roles in The Secret Life of the American Teenager,Raising Expectations and upcoming episodes of Riverdale.

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Conan O’Brien

The late night host’s signature red hair is almost as tall as he is!

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Marcia Cross

No one wore a headband better than Desperate Housewives’s stoic redhead, Bree Van De Camp. Now we’re glad to see Cross putting that glare to good use on ABC’s Quantico.

THE X-FILES
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Gillian Anderson

Anderson isn’t a natural redhead, but she rocked it so ravishingly as Dana Scully on The X-Files that we want to believe.

WILL & GRACE
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Debra Messing

The Will & Grace actress’ dark red hair isn’t her natural shade, but it’s a gorgeous hue that most brunettes can carry off!

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, Alyson Hannigan
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Alyson Hannigan

By the series finale of How I Met Your Mother, Hannigan’s hair had returned to its natural brown state, but we’ll always love her on-point red hair on Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

GLEE, Jayma Mays
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Jayma Mays

As Glee’s Emma Pillsbury, her parents (including legendary redhead Don Most) were protective of her ginger status.

SEX AND THE CITY, Cynthia Nixon
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Cynthia Nixon

Every group of friends has a Sex and the City-inspired Carrie, Charlotte and Samantha; but we’re happy to lay claim as hard working redhead, Miranda Hobbes.

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We've gathered a gallery of our favorite TV gingers: actors and actresses who rock the red, whether they've dyed their tresses or their signature shade comes au natural.

Who do you think should have made our list?