It’s been a great year for gingers in the limelight. In our first annual Ginger of the Year countdown we look back at the redheads – both young and old – who have achieved the most in 2014.
This is not a hot-or-not popularity contest (there are enough of those around) but rather a recognition of the ginger individuals (gingerviduals?) who have genuinely done something noteworthy in the past 12 months. So without further ado, onto the countdown…
Originally rising to fame in the hit comedy TV series That 70’s Show, Laura Prepon went all dark-haired and goth-y for her most recent role as Alex Vause in the highly successful Netflix series Orange Is The New Black. In the show she plays the on-off lesbian love interest of lead protagonist Piper Chapman, and although we clearly would prefer her showing off her beautiful red mane, she certainly sizzles on screen.
A breakout year for the actress best known for her role as Amy Pond in the BBC’s Doctor Who, Karen hit the A-List by landing a role as Nebula in blockbuster movie Guardians of the Galaxy. Showing commitment to her craft, she had to shave her stunning red hair to fulfil the part, but we have no doubt that the recognition it brought her will be worthwhile long-term and we look forward to more A-List success for Karen in 2015.
Gillian Anderson is still probably best known for her role as Agent Scully in the 1990s television series X-Files, but since her alien-hunting days she has been active on both acting and political stages.
Her 2014 was noteworthy for her role as artist signatory on a letter to UK Prime Minister David Cameron with Amnesty International in protest of the treatment of women in Afghanistan for International Women’s Day, as well as her performance at the legendary Young Vic in London in the play A Streetcar Named Desire, which became the fastest-selling show in the venue’s history.
Tori Amos has been around for awhile now, and to most of us her heyday would be firmly in the late 80s and 1990s. However, she is still rocking on at 51 and in 2014 released a new album, Unrepentant Geraldines, to much critical acclaim, with most critics proclaiming it a return to her best.
Promoting the album with a jam-packed and sold-out world tour, Tori Amos proves the adage that ginger doesn’t age.
Brendan Gleeson rose to fame for movies such as In Bruges and Harry Potter, but his acting credentials were firmly underlined in 2014’s powerful drama Calvary, in which he played a Catholic priest haunted by the nefarious wrongdoings of his church toward young boys.
A daring and emotional film, Gleeson won widespread critical acclaim for his performance and although the film did not receive widespread recognition, his work on this movie is worthy of the highest praise.
Chlöe Howl is a young and very talented singer-songwriter from England who has worked up quite the buzz in 2014. She was nominated for the prestigious Critics’ Choice Brit Award at the tender age of only 18, losing out to the prolific Sam Smith. She also won the BBC Sound of 2014 award and supported Ellie Goulding on a European tour.
With her debut album set to land next year, Chlöe will be one to watch.
Damian Lewis is one of those actors who has been quietly putting himself about for a number of years and finally reached big-time recognition with his portrayal of Nicholas Brody in the television series Homeland.
But 2014 became a landmark year for the broody redhead after he was awarded the highly prestigious Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (better known as Prince William and his wife Kate). Although he claimed to be “stupefied” by the award, it is sure to kick his career into an even higher gear next year.
A very successful year for Amy Adams, who has truly turned 2014 into her breakout year. She was nominated for an Oscar for her role in American Hustle and won a Golden Globe for the same performance. She also featured in one of the year’s most critically-acclaimed movies, “Her” by Michel Gondry, proving herself to be a truly heavyweight acting talent.
And to top it all off, she was nominated in Time Magazine’s Most Influential People of 2014. Congratulations Amy!
Although now sporting an age-induced silver mane instead of the trademark ginger locks he was famous for in his youth, Woody Allen is still rattling out the hits and this year he has really struck gold with his multi-award winning movie Blue Jasmine, starring Cate Blanchett.
Written and directed by Woody Allen, the movie won so many awards that it even has a separate Wikipedia page to list them all! Truly astonishing.
A spectacular year for the ginger crooner, Ed Sheeran has exploded onto the global stage with his second album “X”, winning hearts and plaudits along the way. Not only was he the biggest-selling artist on iTunes UK&Ireland in 2014, but he was also the most-streamed artist on Spotify! And to cap it all off, he has bagged himself a gig at the legendary Wembley Stadium where he will grace the same stage as other pop superstars including Michael Jackson, the Rolling Stones, U2 and Madonna.
Without question, Ed is our Ginger of the Year 2014.
So there you have it, our roll-call of the most successful redheads of 2014. Do you agree? Why don’t you give us your opinion in the comments below or join us on our Facebook page to air your views.
Here’s to a successful 2015 for all gingers and redheads!