More and more famous celebrities are coming forward and admitting they have forms of Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD and Dyscalculia). Below is just a small cross section of famous dyslexics.
Being dyslexic, I had to train myself to focus my attention. I became very visual and learned how to create mental images in order to comprehend what I read ”
Jamie Oliver OBE
...I think it's really good that this charity helps kids realise that they've got possibilities and that they can excel in anything. ”
(Hans Albert Einstein, on his father) Albert Einstein
His teachers reported that he was mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in his foolish dreams ”
Sir Richard Branson
Being dyslexic can actually help in the outside world. I see some things clearer than other people do because I have to simplify things to help me and that has helped others. ”
I hated school and felt really held back by my dyslexia. Xtraordinary People's campaign to provide a specialist teacher in every school is fantastic ”
Sir Richard Branson stars in inspirational children’s audio book.
Sir Richard Branson talks exclusively about his struggles with dyslexia to inspire children, parents and teachers.
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Xtraordinary Actors & Entertainers
Anthony Andrews, Marlon Brando, Orlando Bloom, Tom Cruise, Brian Conley, Bob Hoskins, Eddie Izzard, Fred Astaire, Harry Belafonte, George Burns, Ben Elton, Dave Foley, Harrison Ford, Danny Glover, Tracey Gold, Whoopi Goldberg, Susan Hampshire, Dustin Hoffman, Keira Knightley, Jay Leno, River Phoenix, Sylvester Stalone, Billy Bob Thornton, Lindsay Wagner, James Whale, Robin Williams, Henry Winkler, Loretta Young, Liv Tyler, Zoe Wanamaker, Johnny Depp, Ruby Wax, Keanu Reeves.
Jamie Oliver, Marco Pierre-White, Rick Stein, James Martin, Ed Baines, Jean-Christophe Novelli, Sophie Conran.
Xtraordinary Artists, Designers & Architects
Tommy Hilfiger, David Bailey (Photographer), Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Lord Richard Rogers, Simon Menzies, Tomas Starzenski, Jørn Utzon (architect - designed Sydney Opera House), Andy Warhol, Mark Wilkinson.
Sir Jackie Stewart, Muhammad Ali, Duncan Goodhew, Bruce Jenner, Magic Johnson, Carl Lewis, Greg Louganis, Johhny Herbert, Sandy Lyle Golfer, Paul Merson, Sir Steve Redgrave.
Xtraordinary Inventors & Scientists
Ann Bancroft, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Michael Faraday, Wright Brothers, Sir Isaac Newton, Henery Ford.
Xtraordinary Business Leaders & Entrepreneurs
Sir Richard Branson, Guy Hands, Lord Phillip Harris, Bill Gates, John T Chambers (CEO - Cisco Systems), William Hewlett (Co-Founder - Hewlett-Packard), Charles Schwab, Peter Stringfellow, Ted Turner (President - Turner Broadcasting Systems), F.W. Woolworth, Theo Paphitis, Simon Woodruff.
Xtraordinary Film Makers & Directors
Nicole Betancourt, Walt Disney, Lynda La Plante, Guy Richie, Steven Speilberg, Ted Turner, Quentin Tarrantino.
Xtraordinary Composers, Musicians & Vocalists
Beethoven, Mozart, Damon Albarn, Cher, Noel Gallagher, Brad Little, John Lennon, Nigel Kennedy (Violinist), Bob Weir (Grateful Dead Guitarist), Toyah Wilcox, Harry Belafonte, Lee Ryan (Blue), Robbie Williams, Mika.
Xtraordinary Political & Military Leaders
Winston Churchill, George Bush, George W Bush, Dwight Eisenhower, Benjamin Franklin, Michael Heseltine, Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, John F. Kennedy, Nelson Rockefeller, Woodrow Wilson, George Washington, Thomas Jonathan, 'Stonewall' Jackson, George Patton.
AA Gill, John Irving, Hans Christian Andersen, Jeanne Betancourt, Agatha Christie, Edgar Allen Poe, Bernie Taylor, W.B. Yeats, Benjamin Zafamiah.
Xtraordinary Law & Justice
David Boies (Attorney), Erin Brockovich (Investigator), Jeffrey H. Gallet (Judge), Nelson Rockefeller (former Governor of New York).
Xtraordinary Media & Fashion
Jerry Hall, Meg Matthews, Sophie Dahl, Jodie Kidd.
Xtraordinary Members of Parliament
Mr David Mundell.