Did you know these famous people have dyslexia?


These famous people have lived their lives with dyslexia and have proceeded to do amazing things, showing that anyone can be what they want to be.

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.


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.


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!


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.


John Lennon


Lead singer of the Beatles in the 1960’s 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.


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.


Leonardo da Vinci


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


Jim Carrey


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.


Jim Carrey. Photo: Magnus Sundholm for the HPFA.

Tom Cruise


Blockbuster action film actor Cruise was diagnosed with Dyslexia age 7 but that didn’t stop him. “I’d try to concentrate on what I was reading, then I’d get to the end of the page and have very little memory of anything I’d read”. He eventually adopted unique techniques in order to learn his lines and went on to be a multi award winning Hollywood star!


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.