The colour was associated with the devil and the pale skin which most redheads have was thought unnatural and deathly.When they weren’t being accused of being in league with satan, red-haired women were held to be foul-tempered and sexually voracious - bad girls on the fringes of society, like Mary Magdalene, traditionally depicted as a fallen woman redeemed by Jesus.I checked the site ( out and found: While my criticisms are many, the website has striking redheaded photographs that will be enough to lure any ginger phile into spending hours browsing.
Having the rare variant means people are more likely to have red hair, while those with the more common one are more likely to have dark hair.
However, the scientists told The Independent that it was a “step too far” to then conclude that people with red hair were more likely to age prematurely while those with dark hair could expect to retain a youthful appearance.
Ravishing in shades of apple green, cream and russet, each shake of her tousled red locks wins her another army of swooning fans.
Admittedly, her husband, Captain Poldark (Aidan Turner), is pleasingly easy on the eye - particularly when he decides to do a spot of shirtless scything - but for all of us on Team Demelza, the real star is the copper-haired former servant girl, played by the luminously beautiful Eleanor Tomlinson. Last week, visiting the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Prince Harry – named the most popular royal in a Yougov poll last year - delighted the crowd of wellwishers by making a beeline for 12-year-old Ethan Toscan who was brandishing a banner saying “Redheads rule”.
However, this was not only a gross over-simplification, but also an incorrect one.
The real story of ground-breaking research into the genetics of ageing was, predictably, more complicated and less sensational.
In a paper in the journal Current Biology, researchers from the Netherlands and the UK revealed they had discovered a gene that is linked with how old people look, as opposed to their actual age.
On average, those with a rare variant of the gene, MC1R, looked about two years older than their chronological age, while those with a more common variant looked two years younger.
"There are too many redheads in relation to demand," he told told Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet.