9 Inspirational People With The Gift Of Dyslexia

| September 28, 2016 | 1 Comments
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Here at Smithbrook Tuition our tutors know that everyone has their strengths and dyslexic people have the ability to think creatively and see the bigger picture.

There are many aspects in life where dyslexia is recognised to be an advantage. In celebration of Dyslexia Awareness Week we have complied a list of 9 Great Dyslexics.

Agatha Christie dyslexic writing in english1. Agatha Christie
It is incredible to learn that such a successful writer had dyslexia and continues to be the best selling author on the planet. Only the Bible and a certain William Shakespeare have sold more literature. Born in the South West of England she wrote over 60 detective novels and The Mousetrap, which is the longest running play in the world. 30 years after her death, book reprints are still being created, many of which have been turned into films and TV series.

2. Jamie Oliver
Jamie Oliver the maths of learning with dyslexiaWorld famous chef Jamie Oliver has built a food empire selling books, TV shows and opening restaurants. He has dyslexia and even despite writing his own books, he apparently never finished reading a full book until he was 38 years of age. Often we have found that dyslexics find learning by listening much easier, maybe Jamie learns through his sense of taste and smell?


3. Albert Einsteineinstein, albert famous dyslexic secientist
This is not a joke. The most famous scientist to ever walk this planet used to get bad grades at school. He won many prestigious prizes in his life, including the Nobel Prize for Physics. You’ve probably heard of the equation E=mc squared, even if you don’t know what it means.

It relates to the Theory of Relativity. That is some of Einstein’s work.

4Whoopi Goldberg dyslexic learned to act. Whoopi Goldberg

Her real name is Caryn Elaine Johnson. The dyslexic actress has won virtually every award going, despite the difficulty of learning her lines, she became the second African American woman to win an Oscar. She was made famous for her performance in ‘The Colour Purple’ which hit the screens in 1985. Since then she has flourished, even attaining an Open University degree, which she often studied between takes on film sets.

Winston Churchill dyslexic who wrote books and led a nation5. Winston Churchill
When we talk about ‘inspirational’ there are few better than the former two-time Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. He famously led the country through The Second World War but did you know he was also a historian and writer. If becoming Prime Minister wasn’t enough, he also wrote many books eventually winning a Nobel Prize in Literature for his life’s work.


Keira Knightley learning to act with dyslexia6. Keira Knightley
Another actress who has made dyslexia her own. The English starlet has held some of the most recognisable roles in 21st century cinema, starring alongside names such as Jonny Depp and Orlando Bloom in Pirates of the Caribbean. She has appeared in too many films to count including Star Wars, Bend It Like Beckham and Pride and Prejudice.


Richard Branson a dyslexic who became a business tycoon7. Richard Branson
The entrepreneur and businessman has metaphorically and literally had a meteoric rise through his life, establishing the world famous Virgin brand. You have probably used his companies somewhere, traveling trains, planes or automobiles. Richard Branson has grabbed hold of his ability to see the bigger picture and sometime soon we will all be seeing it in the form space travel.


Cher a dyslexic singer and actress who learned with her ears8. Cher
The Grammy winning singer and Academy Award winning actress struggled at school with her then unknown learning difficulties. She was not always able to get her homework done in time and maths became like a foreign language. She started to learn by listening, and her weakness became a strength, as she used sound to become a superstar.



Spielberg used his dyslexia to direct and produce movies9. Steven Spielberg
The director and producer has sculpted modern cinema. It was not always easy for him as learning to read took him two years longer than his classmates. In recent years he has spoken out about his dyslexia and returned to college in his fifties to complete a degree. As number 9 and the final in our list we shall finish with Steven’s words of advice:


“You are not alone, and while you will have dyslexia for the rest of your life, you can dart between the raindrops to get where you want to go. It will not hold you back.”

So remember, if you are dyslexic you may have to work harder in some aspects, don’t neglect the things you find challenging like reading, writing or maths. It is the things you may not have noticed, but probably have if you are dyslexic, that can give you incredible powers to succeed.

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