Make us your home page
Instagram

In honor of Ed Sheeran's Tampa show, 5 more underrated redheads

“Is Ed Sheeran sexy?"

Jay Cridlin, our pop music/culture critic, was on the phone with singer James Blunt, who is opening for Sheeran at Amalie Arena on Tuesday. But Jay could have been talking to anyone.

It's the quest he's taken this week, trying to unlock the appeal of a divisive figure in pop culture. Somewhere between the guitar, sweet warble, cargo shorts and tats, some think Sheeran has a certain something. Some people, uh, do not.

Then there's his boldest physical feature — that mop of bright red hair. The British superstar embraces his ginger status, and has even claimed to have improved the love lives of redheaded men. "There are a lot of ginger dudes in England who are using me," he said in one interview.

When it comes to redhead supporters, we have a noted office adherent. Our features copy editor, Alexa Volland (brown hair), routinely talks about her admiration of redheads.

"I think it all started after seeing my first Harry Potter movie in theaters," she said. "I was 11, and Rupert Grint was the most beautiful boy I had ever seen. I had his picture framed next to my bed. When I was 13, I was convinced I could find and befriend him on MySpace."

It never worked out between Alexa and Rupert, sadly. But in light of Sheeran's visit, I asked for her list of under-appreciated redheads in pop culture.

Eddie Redmayne: "Despite critically-acclaimed performances in The Danish Girl, The Theory of Everything and Les Misérables, Eddie Redmayne (literally pronounced red mane) is one of the most underrated actors, period. Those freckles. That hair. It doesn't hurt that Redmayne also has a reputation for being one of the nicest actors."

Domhnall Gleeson: "While Grint is the most notable redhead from the Harry Potter series, the Irish actor who played Ron Weasley's brother, Bill, has some glorious ginger tresses. Gleeson, son of Brendan Gleeson, has been in The Revenant, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Ex Machina."

Simon Woods: "He hasn't been in much, but his role as Mr. Bingley in 2005's Pride & Prejudice was enough to make this list. Google 'hot redhead actor,' and there he is in the top row."

Kristofer Hivju: "While he might play crazy-eyed, haggard wildling Tormund Giantsbane on Game of Thrones, he cleans up nicely on the red carpet. The Norwegian actor has the reddest hair of anyone on this list, and a jawline so strong it could claim the Iron Throne."

Rose Leslie: "When you think of redhead female actors, Emma Stone, Isla Fisher, Amy Adams and Julianne Moore come to mind. I'm calling it now: Rose Leslie will have that same name recognition. The Scottish beauty played Ygritte in Game of Thrones and Gwen Harding in Downton Abbey. Kit Harrington, who plays Jon Snow on GoT, also has a thing for redheads. He and Leslie have been dating since 2012."

In honor of Ed Sheeran's Tampa show, 5 more underrated redheads 08/23/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 12:22pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 24

    Events

    Zac Brown Band: The country, folk and Southern rockers embark on the "Welcome Home" tour in support of the album. 7 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $27.50-$77.50. (813) 740-2446.

    Handout photo of the Zac Brown Band, performing at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on 9/24/17. Credit: Shore Fire Media
  2. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 23

    Events

    Smithsonian Museum Day Live: Museums across the nation partner with the Smithsonian to offer free admission for one day. Among them are Florida Holocaust Museum, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs.Cracker Country in Tampa, Ringling Museum of Art. Note: Dalí Museum is free for Pinellas County …

    The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg is among the museums participating in the Smithsonian's Museum Day Live, offering free admission. (LANCE ROTHSTEIN   |  Special to the Times)
  3. Tampa Repertory's 'Flying' soars in some places, sputters in others

    Stage

    TAMPA — Tampa Repertory Theatre has always insisted on putting on plays that mean something. Several shows over the last couple of years have zeroed in on the social and cultural baggage that comes with being female (The Children's Hour, Silent Sky and Grounded come to mind). None of those …

    The Southeastern premiere of Flying, Sheila Cowley's play at Tampa Repertory Theatre about veterans of the Women's Air Force Service Pilots, includes (from left) Holly Marie Weber, Rosemary Orlando, and Becca McCoy. Photo by Megan Lamasney.
  4. After 22 years, it's last call for beloved Ybor venue New World Brewery

    Music & Concerts

    YBOR CITY — Steve Bird spreads his tools across a patio table. He has awnings to unbolt and paraphernalia to unpry, from the busted Bop City neon by the stage to the Simpsons "El Duffo o Muerte" mural in the courtyard. He'll uproot a fountain and dismantle a roof and attempt to keep his bar intact. The …

    Various decor and memorabilia fill the walls and shelves at New World Brewery in Ybor City.
Long time music venue and hangout New World Brewery in Ybor City will be closing it's doors and moving locations. Patrons enjoy one of the last events before New World Brewery changes its location to Busch Blvd in Tampa.  [Photo Luis Santana | Times]