Famous people who are reported to have/had dyslexia 

We often hear of famous people who have coped with dyslexia and been successful in life. We are encouraged to tell our children about these people but who are/were they?

The following is a list of famous people, current and from the past, who, according to press reports, have/had dyslexia or have/had symptoms of dyslexia or related reading, spelling and writing difficulties. Some people from history who exhibited classic signs of dyslexia e.g. Leonardo da Vinci is also included. There are many other famous names that can be sourced on the Internet.


Lord Richard Rogers (Lloyd's Building, Pompidou Centre)
Jorn Utzon (Sydney Opera House)


Leonardo da Vinci
Pablo Picasso
Auguste Rodin
Andy Warhol
Peter Scott


Hans Christian Andersen
Agatha Christie
W.B. Yeats
Lewis Carroll
Ernest Hemingway
Roald Dahl
Mark Twain


Harrison Ford
Tom Cruise
Danny Glover
Jack Nicholson
Whoppi Goldberg
Susan Hampshire
Dustin Hoffman
Oliver Reed
Ben Elton
Billy Bob Thornton
Robin Williams
Anthony Hopkins
Bob Hoskins
Steve McQueen
George Burns
Jeremy Irons
Eddie Izzard
Felicity Kendall
Marlon Brando
Sarah Miles


Steve Jobs (Apple) Computers
William Hewlett (Hewlett Packard)
Mike Norris (Computacenter)
John Chambers (Cisco)


Anita Roddick (Body Shop)
Richard Branson (Virgin)
Alan Sugar (Amstrad)
Henry Ford (Ford)
Paul Orfalea (Kinkos)
Charles Schwab (Investor)
Ted Turner (Turner Broadcasting Systems)
F.W. Woolworth (Woolworths)
Lord McAlpine


Tommy Hilfiger
Jodie Kidd


Winston Churchill
George Washington
Michael Heseltine
John F. Kennedy
Thomas Jefferson
Nelson Rockerfeller
Woodrow Wilson


John Lennon
Liam Gallagher
Enrico Caruso
Nigel Kennedy


General George S. Patton
Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson

Film Makers/Photographers

Steven Speilberg
Walt Disney
David Bailey
Ansel Adams

Scientists and Inventors

Albert Einstein
Thomas Edison
Michael Faraday
Alexander Graham Bell
Charles Darwin
Werner Von Braun
Wright Brothers
Louis Pasteur

Sports People

Dennis Bergkamp (Footballer)
Paul Merson (Footballer)
Duncan Goodhew (Swimmer)
Johnny Herbert (Motor racing)
Jackie Stewart (Motor racing)
Sandy Lyle (Golfer)
Steven Redgrave (Rowing)
Muhammad Ali (Boxing)
Magic Johnson (Basketball)
Diamond Dallas Page (Wrestling)
Chris Boardman (Cyclist)
Carl Lewis (Athlete)