ARE THERE FAMOUS PEOPLE WITH DYSLEXIA?
It can be helpful to know that having a specific learning difficulty does not mean that you can not achieve your goals. Indeed, many people with SpLDs play to their strengths which can include creativity, lateral thinking, being empathetic, etc. Over the years, I have 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 have not 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 (from EastEnders and winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2010), 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 and Pompidou Centre in Paris), Leonardo Da Vinci, Picasso, Rodin, Andy Warhol
Successful business people: Bill Gates (Microsoft Chairman), Steve Jobs (founder of Apple), Sir Richard Branson (founder of the Virgin brand). William Hewlett (co-founder of Hewlett Packard)
Chefs: Marco Pierre White, Jamie Oliver
Others: Prince Harry, Sir Steven Redgrave, Holly Willoughby