Famous and Dyslexic

The successes and achievements of many people with dyslexia prove that difficulty with literacy need not prevent anyone finding fame and fortune in many walks of life. Poor literacy is not to be confused with lack of ability and there are indications that many dyslexic people carry remarkable talents.


  • Cher
  • Susan Hampshire
  • Noel Gallagher
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Tom Cruise
  • Toyah Wilcox
  • Walt Disney
  • Guy Ritchie
  • Eddie Izzard
  • Orlando Bloom
  • Keira Knightley
  • John Lennon


  • Duncan Goodhew (swimming)
  • Greg Louganis (diving) Bruce Jenner (decathlon)
  • Steve Redgrave (rowing) Jackie Stewart (motor racing)


  • Sir Richard Rogers (Lloyds of London Building, Pompidou Centre-Paris)

Catering & Cookery

  • Jamie Oliver
  • Marco Pierre White (3-starred Michelin chef)


  • Albert Einstein
  • Michael Faraday
  • Thomas Edison
  • Alexander Graham Bell


  • Rev CL Dodgson (better known as author Lewis Carroll) – lecturer Maths at Oxford
  • Henri Poincare


  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Picasso
  • Rodin


  • Sir Richard Branson
  • Steve Jobs (founder of Apple computers)
  • Henry Ford (Ford Motor Co)
  • William Hewlett (Hewlett-Packard)


  • Agatha Christie
  • W B Yeats


  • David Bailey

Military/Political Strategy

  • Sir Winston Churchill
  • General George Patton
  • Michael Heseltine

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