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Astronomer and space scientist, co-producer of the long running TVprogrammeThe Sky at Night with ChrisLintott. She is a research fellow inUCLDepartment of Science and Technology Studies and an Honorary Research Associate inUCLDepartment of Physics and Astronomy.

Orlando Bloom

Hollywood actor most commonly known for his starring roles in Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings. When he was discovered as dyslexic at school his mother encouraged him to take art and drama classes.Bloom continued on to appear in many Hollywood hits and made his Broadway stage debut as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet in August 2013 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

Richard Branson

Richard Branson struggled in school and dropped out at age 16 - a decision that ultimately led to the creation of Virgin Records. His entrepreneurial projects started in the music industry and expanded into other sectors. He is now estimated to be worth over ?3 billion. Branson is also known for his adventurous spirit and sporting achievements, including crossing oceans in a hot air balloon.

Tom Cruise

Blockbuster action film actor Cruise was diagnosed with Dyslexia age 7 but that didnt stop him. Id try to concentrate on what I was reading, then Id get to the end of the page and have very little memory of anything Id read.He eventually adopted unique techniques in order to learn his lines and went on to be a multi award winning Hollywood star!


Primarily a painter accomplishing the famous Mona Lisa, howeverDaVinci was skilled in many other areas including mathematics, sculpting and as an inventor.

Walt Disney

An American icon who built the Disney Empire with his brother and is responsible for the growth of animation production. The popular Disney Land Parks have since been developed globally.


The two-time Golden Globe-winner rose to fame as a cast member of the Fox sketch comedy In Living Color. Leading roles in Ace Ventura, Dumb & Dumber and The Mask established him as a bankable comedy actor.

Albert Einstein

One of the most influential physicists in history who developed the laws of relativity and shaped the ways we think of the world today.

Sally Gardner

English children's writer and illustrator. She won both the Costa Children's Book Award and the Carnegie Medal forMaggot Moon.

Whoopi Goldberg

Comedian, political activist but more recently talk show host. Whoopi is one of a handful of people to win an Oscar, a Grammy, a Tony and an Emmy.

John F Kennedy, George Washington & George W Bush,

All of these Presidents of the United States of America were believed to be dyslexic.

Keira Knightley

Keira gained widespread recognition in 2002 after co-starring in the film Bend It Like Beckham and achieved international fame in 2003 after appearing as ElizabethSwannin the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. Since then she has succeeded in many more world-renowned performances.

John Lennon

Lead singer of the Beatles in the 1960s and singer songwriter. Lennon produced a critically acclaimed album for his solo career despite his worldwide fame with The Beatles and seemingly endless lists of smash hits.

Jamie Oliver

Professional Chef, bookseller and TV personality. He initially left school at 16 without any qualifications, however working his way up the kitchen ladder he rose quickly to head chef.


Known for his entrepreneurial skills and his appearances on the TV series Dragons Den. In 2014,Paphitiswas reported to have an estimated net worth of?210million. He has made the majority of his fortune in the retail sector and is the formerChairman ofMillwallFootball Club.

Pablo Picasso

One of the most renowned artists of all time with his ability to paint unusual abstract art. Many believe it was his dyslexia that inspired his extraordinary painting ideas.

Guy Ritchie

The well-known filmmaker (and ex of Madonna) was a school dropout without even attending film school, however he didnt let that be an issue and through years of hard work broke onto the scene of major crime films.

Chris Robshaw

England Rugby Captain and Harlequins player, Robshaw has represented his country 38 times. Through his determination and hard work, he has proven to be a testament to young aspiring players.

Steven Spielberg

One of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Winner of 3 academy awards, 3 Golden Globes, 4 Emmy Awards, and the list goes on!

Holly Willoughby

Model and Television Presenter Holly Willoughby demonstrates that despite having dyslexia, you can still be a professional in your field with application and hard work.

Dominic Wood

An English magician, entertainer and half of the presenting duo Dick and Dom whospecialisein children entertainment.

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Good Morning America: Jennifer Aniston Reveals 20-Year Battle With Dyslexia.

The Hollywood Reporter: Jennifer Aniston Reveals Struggles With Dyslexia, Anger; Shrugs Off Oscar Snub.

Friends of Quinn: Exclusive Video Interview: Steven Spielberg on his Dyslexia.

IMDB: The Goonies: Cast And Crew.

Friends of Quinn: Founder Quinn Bradlee talks Dyslexia with Whoopi Goldberg.

The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity: Whoopi Goldberg, Comedian, and Award-Winning Actress.

Chicago Tribune: 'Dyslexia Taught Me Kindness, Henry Winkler Says.

CBS News: Muhammad Alis New Fight: Literacy.

Entrepreneur: Richard Branson on Turning a Disadvantage to Your Advantage.

The Washington Post: Richard Branson and the Dyslexia Advantage.

University of New Hampshire Magazine Online: On Becoming John Irving.

CBS News: How Jay Leno Dealt With Dyslexia in High School.

Ability Magazine: Actor and Activist, Danny Glover.

Legacy Educational Resources: Character Education Articles: Famous People With Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities.

Blakely, G. Black Americans of Achievement: Danny Glover, Chelsea House Publications, 2001.

BBC Radio 4: Keira Knightley.

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Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty thatcan cause problems with reading, writingandspelling.

It's a specific learning difficulty, which means it causes problems with certain abilitiesused forlearning, such as reading and writing.

Unlike a learning disability, intelligence isn't affected.

It's estimated up to 1 in every 10 people in the UK has some degree of dyslexia.

Dyslexia isa lifelong problem that can present challenges on adaily basis, butsupport is available to improve reading and writing skills and help those with the problembe successfulat schooland work.

What are the signs of dyslexia?

Signs of dyslexia usually become apparentwhen a child starts school and begins to focus more on learning how to read and write.

A person with dyslexia may:

  • read and write very slowly
  • confuse the order of letters in words
  • put letters the wrong way round (such as writing "b" instead of "d")
  • have poor or inconsistent spelling
  • understandinformation when told verbally, buthave difficultywith information that's written down
  • find it hard tocarry out a sequence of directions
  • struggle with planning and organisation

But people with dyslexia often have good skills in other areas, such as creative thinking and problem solving.

Read more about the symptoms of dyslexia.

Getting help

If you think your child may have dyslexia, the first step is to speak to their teacher or their school's special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) about your concerns.

They may be able to offer additional support to help your child if necessary.

If your child continues to have problems despite extra support, you or the school may want to consider requesting amore in-depth assessment from a specialist dyslexia teacher or an educational psychologist.

This can be arranged through the school, or you can request a private assessmentby contacting:

Adults who wish to be assessed for dyslexia should contact a local or national dyslexia association for advice.

Read more about how dyslexia is diagnosed.

Support for people withdyslexia

If your child has dyslexia, they'll probably need extra educational support from their school.

With appropriate support, there's usually no reason your child can'tgo to a mainstream school, althougha small number ofchildren may benefit from attending a specialist school.

Techniques andsupportthatmayhelp your child include:

  • occasional 1-to-1 teaching or lessons in a small groupwith a specialist teacher
  • phonics(a special learningtechnique that focuses on improving the ability to identify and process the smaller sounds that make up words)
  • technology like computers andspeech recognition software that may make it easier for your child to read and write when they're a bit older

Universities also have specialist staff who can support young people with dyslexia in higher education.

Technology such asword processors and electronic organisers can be useful for adults, too.

Employers are required to make reasonable adjustments to the workplace to help people with dyslexia, such as allowing extra time for certain tasks.

Read more about how dyslexia is managed.

Support groups

As well as national dyslexia charities such asthe British Dyslexia Association (BDA), there are several local dyslexia associations (LDAs).

These are independently registered charities that run workshops and help to provide local support and access to information.

What causes dyslexia?

People with dyslexia find it difficult to recognise the different sounds that make up words and relate these to letters.

Dyslexia isn't related to a person's general level of intelligence. Children and adults of all intellectual abilities can be affected by dyslexia.

The exact cause of dyslexia is unknown, but it often appears to run in families.

It's thought certain genes inherited from your parents may act together in a way that affects how some parts of the brain develop during early life.

Page last reviewed: 30 July 2018
Next review due: 30 July 2021

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