Taye Diggs is amother celebrity who may have been born with polydactyly. “As a child I had an extra digit on each hand,” he said on the CBS show The Talk, showing off the scars from his surgery to remove the extra fingers. In most cases, like Diggs’s, the extra digits are removed surgically. Otherwise, the former Private Practice star joked, “I could’ve been really handy.”
Gemma Arterton: Extra Fingers
For celebrities such as Gemma Arterton, polydactyly runs in the family. “My granddad had it, and my dad — I’m so proud of it,” Arterton stated. “I was born with two extra fingers, one on each hand,” explained the Bond Girl actress during a television interview. “They didn’t have a bone in them, so they just took them off.” Polydactyly, which occurs in one out of every 500 to 1,000 newborns, is thought to be passed down in families. The area where the fingers used to be attached is more sensitive because of the nerve endings that remain even though the extra skin and tissue were removed, Arterton said.