ARE THERE FAMOUS PEOPLE WITH DYSLEXIA?
It can be helpful to know that having a specific learning difficulty doesn't mean that you can't achieve your goals. Indeed, many people with SpLDs have careers that play to their strengths which might include creativity, lateral thinking, being empathetic, etc. Over the years, I've assessed many artists, photographers, architects, company directors, teachers, nurses, GPs, vets, YouTube stars, A&E consultants, an international human rights lawyer and a GB Olympian.
Here are names of just some famous people with dyslexia who haven't let their difficulties hold them back:
Film, television and music: Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney, Mollie King (from the Saturdays), Noel Gallagher, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, Kara Tointon, Joss Stone, Dustin Hoffman, Whoopi Goldberg, Harrison Ford, John Lennon, Robbie Williams, Cher
Authors and poets: Hans Christian Anderson, Agatha Christie, Benjamin Zephaniah, Liz Pichon (Tom Gates books), Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants books)
Architects and artists: Richard Rogers (architect of the Millennium Dome), Leonardo Da Vinci, Picasso, Rodin, Andy Warhol
Successful business people: Bill Gates (Microsoft Chairman), Steve Jobs (founder of Apple), Richard Branson. William Hewlett
Chefs: Marco Pierre White, Jamie Oliver
Others: Prince Harry, Sir Steven Redgrave, Holly Willoughby