Famous Dyslexics & Celebrities | Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre

Famous people who has dyslexia

maggie aderin-pocock

astronomer and rocket scientist, co-producer of the long-running television show ‘the sky at night’ with chris lintott. She is a Research Fellow in the UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies and an Honorary Research Associate in the UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy.

orlando flower

Hollywood actor best known for his leading roles in Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings. when he was discovered dyslexic at school, his mother encouraged him to take art and theater classes. Bloom continued to appear in many Hollywood hits and made his Broadway stage debut as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet in August 2013 at the Richard Rodgers Theater.

richard branson

richard branson struggled in school and dropped out at age 16, a decision that ultimately led to the creation of virgin records. His business projects began in the music industry and expanded to other sectors. it is now estimated to be worth over £3 billion. Branson is also known for his adventurous spirit and sporting achievements, including crossing oceans in a hot air balloon.

tom cruise

The successful cruise action movie actor was diagnosed with dyslexia at age 7, but that didn’t stop him. He “tried to concentrate on what he was reading, then I would get to the bottom of the page and remember very little of what he had read.” He eventually adopted unique techniques to learn lines from him and became a multi-award winning Hollywood star!

leonardo da vinci

Primarily a painter who achieved the famous Mona Lisa, however, da Vinci was skilled in many other areas including mathematics, sculpture, and as an inventor.

walt disney

An American icon who built the Disney empire with his brother and is responsible for the growth of animation production. Since then, the popular Disneyland parks have developed all over the world.

jim carrey

The two-time Golden Globe winner rose to fame as a cast member of the Fox comedy sketch In Living Color. leading roles in ace ventura, dumb & the fool and the mask established him as a profitable comedy actor.

albert einstein

one of the most influential physicists in history who developed the laws of relativity and shaped the way we think about the world today.

sally gardner

English children’s writer and illustrator. She won the Costa Children’s Book Award and the Carnegie Medal for Maggot Moon.

whoopi goldberg

comedian, political activist, but more recently talk show host. Whoopi is one of the few people to have won an Oscar, a Grammy, a Tony, and an Emmy.

john f kennedy, george washington & george w bush,

all these presidents of the united states of america were believed to be dyslexic.

keira knightley

Keira gained widespread recognition in 2002 after co-starring in the film Bend It Like Beckham and rose to international fame in 2003 after appearing as Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. Since then, she has succeeded in many more world-renowned performances.

john lennon

lead singer of the beatles in the 1960s and singer-songwriter. Lennon produced a critically acclaimed album for her solo career despite her worldwide fame with ‘The Beatles’ and seemingly endless lists of greatest hits.

jaime oliver

professional chef, bookseller and television personality. He initially left school at 16 without any qualifications, however, working his way up in the kitchen, he quickly rose to head chef.


known for his business skills and his appearances in the television series ‘dragons den’. in 2014, Pafitis was reported to have an estimated net worth of £210 million. He has made most of his fortune in retail and is the former chairman of Millwall Football Club.

pablo picasso

one of the most recognized artists of all time with his ability to paint unusual abstract art. Many believe that it was his dyslexia that inspired his extraordinary pictorial ideas.

richie boy

The well-known filmmaker (and madonna’s ex) dropped out of school without even attending film school, however he didn’t let that be a problem and through years of hard work burst onto the movie scene. top crime movies.

chris robshaw

england rugby captain and player for the harlequins, robshaw has represented his country 38 times. Through his determination and his hard work, he has proven to be a testament to aspiring young players.

steven spielberg

One of the most influential film personalities in film history, Steven Spielberg is perhaps the best-known director in Hollywood and one of the richest filmmakers in the world. winner of 3 academy awards, 3 golden globes, 4 emmy awards, and the list goes on!

holly willoughby

model and tv presenter holly willoughby proves that despite having dyslexia, you can still be a professional in your field with application and hard work.

sunday wood

an English magician, entertainer and one half of the presenting duo ‘dick and dom’ who specialize in children’s entertainment.

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