~Celebrities with Heterochromia

Posted: March 8, 2011 in Stuff

Heterochromia refers to a difference in coloration, usually of the iris but also of hair or skin. Heterochromia is a result of the relative excess or lack of melanin (a pigment). It may be inherited, due to genetic mosaicism, or due to disease or injury.

Eye color, specifically the color of the irises, is determined primarily by the concentration and distribution of melanin. The affected eye may be hyperpigmented (hyperchromic) or hypopigmented (hypochromic). In humans, usually, an excess of melanin indicates hyperplasia of the iris tissues, whereas a lack of melanin indicates hypoplasia.

Heterochromia of the eye (heterochromia iridis or heterochromia iridum) is of two kinds:

  • In complete heterochromia,  one iris is a different color from the other.
  • In partial heterochromia or sectoral heterochromia, part of one iris is a different color from its remainder.

Though I personally don`t have heterochromia, I`m very interested in this anomaly, knowing a lot of people with this abnormality.

Actually, many  hollywood actors/actresses have it though it`s not always  noticeable, due to the partial heterchromia. Here are some celebrities who have both partial & complete heterochromia:

  • Kate Bosworth – Right eye partial brown/blue,  Left eye blue

  • Jane Seymour – Right eye partial brown/green, Left eye green

  • Mila Kunis – Left eye hazel, Right eye green

  • Demi Moore: Right eye hazel, Left eye green

  • Alice Eve : Right eye green, Left eye blue

  • Elizabeth Berkley: Right eye partial brown/green, Left eye green

  • Jessica Cauffiel: Left eye partial brown/green, Right eye green

  • Idina Menzel: sectoral heterochromia


  • Henry Cavill : Left eye partial brown/blue, Right eye blue

  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers : Left eye partial hazel/blue, Right eye blue

  • Josh Henderson : Left eye green, Right eye blue

  • Keifer Sutherland : sectoral heterochromia (both eyes partial green/blue)

  • Benedict Cumberbatch: sectoral heterochromia

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  • Marshall Lancaster : sectoral heterochromia (right eye hazel/blue, left eye blue)

  • Simon Pegg : sectoral heterochromia (both eyes partial brown/blue)

  • Christopher Walken : partial heterochromia (both blue with green inner rings)

  • Dan Aykroyd:  complete heterochromia (right eye green, left eye brown)

  • Joe Pesci: partial heterochromia (both eyes partial blue/brown)

  • David Bowie: he was born with blueish eyes. In 1962, he got into a fight with his longtime school friend George Underwood (over George’s girlfriend), and a punch from Underwood damaged Bowie’s left eye. His pupil was paralyzed, becoming unable to dilate or contract according to the ambient light.  As a result, Bowie’s left eye now appears to be a different colour to his right eye, appearing either brown or green depending on the ambient light.

  1. Alexica says:

    interesant, nu stiam ca exista o astfel de anomalie:D

  2. Ioana says:

    Uite, chiar nu aflasem până acum de o așa anomalie. Mi-am îmbogățit bagajul cu încă o informație nouă…

  3. Kia says:

    I have a friend with the same pupil condition as David Bowie. Similar incident too but a little more savage! He was stabbed in the neck where a nerve was hit so alas…one permanently enlarged pupil for life. Looks fantastic but I don’t recommend his method of obtaining individual looks. Contacts maybe?!

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  5. This was a very informative and instructive article in bringing to bear the rarefied eyes of these famous faces. In particular the back-story on David Bowie’s left iris condition was revealing. I had always thought he was simply born with his eye that way!

  6. Tabby says:

    Huh. I always did wonder what the heck was up with that amber-ish stripe in Jonathan’s eye. Now I know.

  7. Hannah says:

    I have super obvious hetrochromia and I keep reading things about it and it ticked me off that people say its a disorder (which technically it is but i don’t like admitting it) so it makes me feel so much better that celebrities have it at least partially to

  8. itzel says:

    i believe idina menzel has heterochromia iridium. she should be on here.

  9. Zuki says:

    I hope I never get punched in the eye >_____<'

  10. Kit says:

    If you haven’t watched the movie “Practical Magic” starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, do it now. In the movie, Officer Gary Hallet (Aidan Quinn in real life, if I’m not mistaken) has different eye colors, just like the ones you mentioned above. It’s part of the story, but I won’t say anymore, just in case you haven’t seen it yet.

  11. Riikka says:

    A friend of mine has a permanently dilated pupil, too. When she was born she had cancer in her lungs and the doctors needed to damage some nerves to get it all out. It looks pretty cool, especially with her eyes being light blue!

  12. Maria says:

    I have heterochromia (my right eye is green and my left is blue)

  13. claire says:

    Pretty cool, my Gran has blue eyes with brown specks in her left eye :) Except David Bowie doesn’t have Heterochromia at all he has Mydriasis. His eyes may appear different colors but they are actually the same color all the time it just seems different to us because of the enlarged pupil.

  14. H C says:

    The different sized pupils (David Bowie) is not heterochromia. It’s a separate condition called anisocoria.

  15. Lea says:

    Being different is a harder path in life. But as my dad says (I wear specs and was bullied a lot as a child), “Yours is not ‘condition’ – it’s a type of eye”. :) Same with heterochromia. If someone makes you feel bad about this, it’s just because he wants to be different from others like you are. ;)

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  17. Ella says:

    Benedict Cumberbatch, too!

  18. candice says:

    Benedict Cumberbatch also has heterochromia his is quite beautiful check it out

  19. Drew says:

    I have the Bowie eye and Sectoral Heterochromia. My left eye is like Simon Pegg’s and my right was hit with a shuttle cock. I now have a slightly bigger pupil then the left. It’s the double whammy.

  20. donna says:

    I am so sick of people when they see different eyes seem to think that they are rare…its like take a look around…for my eyes are different and when born had to be treated with dye #3 of green…..and they were gray…now have specks of light brown/yellish like…..blue and green

  21. Nane says:

    I have a blue and a green eye (you could have a photo if you want) :D it’s sometimes annoying that everyone asks “do you have different coloured eyes?”. But it’s pretty cool ^^

    • Kanbya says:

      Sounds pretty cool and I would absolutely love to see your eyes. So send me a picture :)

      • Lia says:

        Anthony Head (Giles in Buffy, Uther in Merlin) – left eye partial green/brown, right eye green
        Bill Pullman – left eye partial brown/blue, right eye blue

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  23. ogmar says:

    my sons is exactly the same as josh hendersons.one eye is very very blue,the other green.

  24. Meghan says:

    I have this! I have a light blue eye and the other is hazel with an exact quarter, pie piece of blue on it.

  25. cortohdow says:

    Benedict Cumberbatch is missing.

  26. Ensign Chekov (Just Kidding It's Julia) says:

    I was born with both bright blue eyes, but around age 8/9 my left eye turned partially green, and around age 11/12 it started turning brown. So now, I have one blue eye and one tie-dye eye.

  27. Mustanggurl74 says:

    I have the same as some… I have (left) Hazel and (right) is Green. I never had this until I was hit in the head with a baseball bat in 2001. :( it is kinda neat it makes people stare at ya, then they ask ya why are your eyes are like that.

  28. Renate says:

    I am from the Netherlands, my right eye is light blue en my left eye is 1/3 light blue en 2/3 dark brown. I never liked it, i am sorry, thé contrast is to much, so i wear contactlens

  29. Diana says:

    I, too, have a brown right eye and a green left eye. I have gotten comments all my life about it.

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