26 Famous People You Didn’t Know Had Dyslexia

1. Keira Knightley

When she was six, she would pretend being able to read in order to prevent her parents from finding out the truth. After a while though, they discovered her struggles and she got diagnosed with dyslexia.


2. Pablo Picasso

While this might come to a surprise, recent research has actually pointed out that people with dislexia tend to have a better understanding of space. Dyslexia could therefore account for the iconic painters’ abstract use of spaces.


3. Orlando Bloom

As Orlando quoted in an interview: “The gift of dyslexia was that I learned everything forward and backward, inside out, so I was fully prepared when it came to acting. I had to learn everything so that I wouldn’t have stage fright or the lines wouldn’t fall out of my mind. I was terrified that with my dyslexia, I would not be able to retain the dialogue. So I suppose I had a good handle on language, in a sense, at a young age.”


4. William Hewlett

William Hewlet was one of the founding fathers and eventual co-owner of Hewlett-Packard, whilst also suffering from dyslexia.


5. John Lennon

Thanks to his dyslexia, John Lennon was never a great student in school – but lucky for us, this led to him making music instead.