Celebrities With Dyslexia (Photo Gallery)


Dyslexic Hollywood stars

There are an estimated 15 to 20 per cent of people that are affected with dyslexia, but many of these people are extremely successful.

Let’s check out the list of dyslexic celebrities.

People who suffer from dyslexia have problems reading and spelling words and often complain that the letters seem to run together on the page.

Studies have suggested a link between dyslexia and success and concluded that millionaires are significantly more likely to suffer from the condition than the rest of the population. Interesting huh?

Check out this list of dyslexic celebrities:

Actor Orlando Bloom admits he felt stupid and frustrated when he struggled to read as a child. He was relieved to be diagnosed with dyslexia because he “knew he wasn’t dumb”.

Orlando Bloom photos

British actressKeira Knightley was diagnosed with the condition when she was just six-years-old.

Keira Knightley in chiffon and lace

Knightley said of her struggles, “I was diagnosed when I was six. I worked hard to get the better of it and by the time I got to secondary school, it was much better. I can read and write – badly – but I’m fine reading scripts.”

Actress Liv Tyler has a hard time with her dyslexia and can’t even read her own diary.

Liv Tyler in blue illusion dress

Liv previously explained, “My diary is a disaster – sometimes I can’t even read it. I can’t spell at all, it’s embarrassing. Thank God for spell check on computers. I’ll spell the same word completely differently in the same sentence.”

Billionaire businessman Richard Branson found school a nightmare and was often embarrassed by his lack of reading skills. He left school at the age of 15 and launched a student news publication at 17.

Richard Branson photos

Branson is the owner of Virgin Group and is listed on Forbes list of billionaires.

“Sling Blade” star Billy Bob Thornton didn’t actually find out he was dyslexic until he was an adult. Before that, he said people just thought he was “slow”.

Billy Bob Thornton

Grey’s Anatomy actor Patrick Dempsey previously said, “I think it’s made me who I am today. It’s given me a perspective of – you have to keep working. I have never given up.”

Actor Patrick Dempsey

Actress Whoopi Goldberg also didn’t find out she was dyslexic until she was a grown woman. She said, “”When I was a kid they didn’t call it dyslexia. They called it… you know, you were slow, or you were retarded, or whatever.”

Whoopi Goldberg dyslexic

Rocker Ozzy Osbourne touched on the creative side that accompanies dyslexia in many people.

Ozzy Osbourne performing

Ozzy said, “The only good thing about having dyslexia is that dyslexics are usually very creative people, or so I’ve been told. We think in unusual ways. But it’s a very bad stigma to have, not being able to read like normal people can.”

Comedic actor Vince Vaughn is pretty hilarious, but his problem reading was no laughing matter.

Actor Vince Vaughn pics

Vince has a positive attitude about his dyslexia, “When you have these set-backs, you develop a really good work ethic, because you have to try harder.”

“Hannibal” star Anthony Hopkins overcame his dyslexia by memorizing his scripts. He will sometimes read them over 250 times.

Sir Anthony Hopkins

Henry Winkler, better known by most of us as The Fonz, has even been a spokesman for the Dyslexia Foundation. Winkler has penned writing and reading/book tours of his children’s book series about Hank Zipzer, the fourth grade dyslexic boy who became “the worlds greatest underachiever”.

The Fonz aka Henry Winkler


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