by Olive Hickmott and Andrew Bendefy

Benefits of dyslexia

Famous and successful people with dyslexia

  • Hans Christian Anderson
  • Tom Cruise
  • Duncan Goodhew
  • General Patton
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Charles Darwin
  • Susan Hampshire
  • Steve Redgrave
  • Marlon Brando
  • Walt Disney
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Jackie Stewart
  • Richard Branson
  • Thomas Eddison
  • Damon Hill
  • Anthea Turner
  • Cher
  • Albert Einstein
  • Jeremy Irons
  • W B. Yates
  • Agatha Christie
  • Winston Churchill
  • Jamie Oliver
  • You?

Looking at the list of personalities with dyslexia, you may be aware that these people tend to share certain characteristics, such as

  • Seeing other people’s point of view
  • Thinking through a complex operation before starting it
  • Holding a picture of how something, for example a painting will turn out in their mind’s eye
  • Not minding being different
  • Making things happen through exceptional contributions to the world
  • Being very curious – often questioning things that others don’t and showing them a better way
  • Thinking mainly in pictures – visualisation
  • Thinking for themselves and questioning the status quo
  • Being highly intuitive and perceptive
  • Having vivid imaginations
  • Having above average intelligence
  • Visualising things in a creative or different way.
Key tip

If you want a different perspective – ask a dyslexic.

Have these people developed some of their skills because they are not great at spelling and reading, or are their abilities a result of the way they naturally think?

If you discuss these characteristics with anyone you know who has dyslexia or spelling and reading difficulties, you may find they share many of them, as well as having the ability to read upside down!