So yeah, I thought I'd offer my own opinion on the resemblance.
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I'm assuming the resemblance is a coincidence. After all it makes sense that an unruly Scottish heroine would have fizzy red hair. However, it does seem unfair that if anyone gets to be made into a Disney character, intentional or otherwise, it gets to be Rebekah Brooks. *pfff* Well, Either way, I dislike the hair.
Here's a good article i found that talks more about the Merida/Brooks resemblance.