From Oprah Winfrey to Drew Carey to Anne Boleyn, here are the 11 famous people who were born with at least 11 un-cowardly digits.
I’m not one of those people captivated by deformities; I’d be no more likely to read Johnny Tremain if it were called Johnny Deformed. But over the past five years I have become captivated to the number 11. And that’s what’s led me to this list.
I dug deep into the bowels of the Internet to find these 11 famous people who are either confirmed to have (or strongly rumored to have) either 11 fingers or 11 toes. (Or, in some cases, 12 fingers or 12 toes. But we’ll assume their extra digits were not removed exactly simultaneous, thus at some point, each of them had 11.)
If nothing else, this list will be really useful if you ever find yourself in an Inigo Montoya or Monk vengeance scenario.
1 | Gemma Arterton
Gemma was born with an extra finger on each hand next to her pinky, and they were removed right away. Perhaps if she’d gotten to keep them they would’ve helped her even *more* as she dominates the “vaguely exotic” actress niche.
2 | Drew Carey
The mighty Internet claims that Drew Carey says in his autobiography that he was born with an 11th toe. I decided not to read his entire book to confirm this and, instead, take the Internet’s word for it. Which I’m already regretting.
3 | Halle Berry
This is a case where maybe her foot sticks out so it looks like she’s got the nub of an extra pinky toe on there. She’s never confirmed or denied her 11th toe. If only I had a foot fetish, I’d have enough expertise to weigh in more definitively on the Halle Berry 11th toe debate. (I suppose a podiatry degree would get me there too. It’s a sign of spending far too much time online that my mind gravitated to foot fetish first.)
4 | Oprah Winfrey
According to TMZ, Oprah had an 11th toe… but had it removed a few years ago. If you’re the doctor there, how tempted are you to keep that toe? You know what it could bring in on eBay? Or in an elaborate phony kidnapping?
5 | Maria Sharapova
Maria has an extra toe on each foot. And when reporters asked her, she told them, “It is an old story in Russia… they are quite cute little piggies.” Based on the usual Maria Sharapova ratio, this means Anna Kournikova also has two extra toes that are slightly more attractive but way worse at tennis.
6 | Jimmy Cliff
Jimmy Cliff was born with an extra finger on each hand, but they were removed right away — such as not to get in the way of his jammin’. If you’re wondering, Jimmy Cliff is a legendary reggae musician (and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame). You bald heads might know him from his cover of I Can See Clearly Now on the Cool Runnings soundtrack.
7 | Anne Boleyn
Why can’t you people just leave Anne Boleyn alone? I’ve seen various claims that she had 11 fingers, three breasts, and double fingernails. And, ya know, zero heads.
8 | Liam Gallagher
Yet another way he exceeded John Lennon.
9 | Antonio Alfonseca
Antonio Alfonseca was a relief pitcher for several Major League teams (Chicago, Atlanta, Texas, Philadelphia and the team that bought the 1997 World Series). He had extra fingers on both hands AND extra toes on both feet. It’s hard to say if the extra finger helped him as a pitcher, but I suspect it did. After all, he was able to pitch effectively until he retired at age 35. (Which, being from the Dominican Republic, means he was at least in his mid 40s.)
10 | Kate Hudson
Like Halle Berry, she’s been spotted with what looks like a tiny 11th toe — and her 11th might even have a little baby nail. Whatever. This spot on the list came down to either Kate Hudson or Honey Boo Boo’s newborn niece with an extra thumb. I stand by the Kate Hudson pick.
11 | Taye Diggs
In an interview, Taye Diggs admitted he was born with an extra finger on each hand and they were removed when he was a kid. What a shame. If only he’d kept them, he would’ve been a full 20 percent more efficient in helping Stella get her groove back.