Famous People with Dyslexia

The following list of famous people with dyslexia was compiled mostly from press reports in which people describe their dyslexia. Others, particularly those long-deceased, for example, Leonardo da Vinci, demonstrated classic symptoms of dyslexia.

Actors and TV Presenters

  • Jane McGrath. Irish Actress.
  • Cher. American pop star, actress.
  • Tom Cruise. American Actor.
  • Patrick Dempsey. American Actor.
  • Stuart Dunne. Irish Actor.
  • Susan Hampshire. English Actress.
  • Keanu Reeves. Canadian actor.
  • Tom Holland. English Actor.
  • Salma Hayek. Mexican-American Actress.
  • Jennifer Aniston. American Actress.
  • Steve McQueen. English artist and film director.
  • Anthony Hopkins. Welsh Actor.
  • Eddie Izzard. English Comedian, actor.
  • Keira Knightley. English Actress.
  • Brendan O’Carroll. Irish Comedian, Writer & Actor.
  • Aidan Bishop. Irish Comedian.
  • Kara Tointon. English Actress.
  • Holly Willoughby. English TV presenter.
  • Henry Winkler. American Actor.


  • Anna Devin, Irish Soprano.
  • Celine Byrne. Irish Soprano.
  • Noel Gallagher. Musician, song-writer.
  • Paloma Faith. English singer-songwriter.
  • Mollie King. English singer-songwriter.
  • Róisín Murphy. Irish singer.
  • Shane Lynch. Irish singer from Boyzone.

Artists and Designers

  • Pauline Bewick. Irish Artist.
  • Leonardo da Vinci. Italian Artist, inventor.
  • Tommy Hilfiger. American fashion designer.
  • Pablo Picasso. Spanish Artist
  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Scottish Artist, designer.


  • Muhammad Ali. Boxer.
  • Steven Naismith. Footballer.
  • Sir Jackie Stewart. Racing driver.
  • Kieran Donaghy. Kerry Footballer.
  • Peter Duggan. Clare Hurler.
  • Johhny Herbert. Racing driver.
  • Magic Johnson. Basketball player.
  • Paul Merson. Soccer player.
  • Sir Steven Redgrave. Winner of 5 Olympic Gold Medals for Rowing.
  • Sir Jackie Stewart. Racing driver.
  • Kenny Logan. Scottish rugby player.
  • Scott Quinnell. English rugby player.
  • Greg Louganis. American Olympic diver.


  • Richard Branson. (Virgin)
  • Ingvar Kamprad (Ikea)
  • Steve Jobs (Apple)
  • Henry Ford (Ford motor cars)
  • Ted Turner (Media)
  • Anita Roddick (The Body Shop)
  • Jamie Oliver (Chef, Restraunteur, Food Campaigner)
  • Paul Orfalea (FedEx Kinkos)

Scientists and Inventors

  • Carol W. Greider, Nobel prize winner
  • Jack Horner. American palaeontologist.
  • Thomas Eddison. Inventor, e.g. the light-bulb.
  • Albert Einstein. Scientist, mathematician.
  • Michael Faraday. Scientist.
  • Alexander Graham Bell. Inventor & Scientist.
  • Pierre Curie. French scientist.

Politicians, Leaders, Royalty

  • Winston Churchill. Politician, author.
  • Erna Solberg. Prime Minister of Norway
  • Michael Heseltine. UK Politician.
  • King Olaf of Norway.
  • Gavin Newsom. Governor of California.
  • Princess Beatrice of York.
  • Prince Carl Philip of Sweden.
  • Prince Louis of Luxembourg.


  • Hans Christian Anderson. Author
  • Agatha Christie. Detective Author.
  • W.B. Yeats. Poet.
  • Don Mullan. Irish Author and human rights campaigner.