The celebrities in this list all have some form of learning disability, but that has not hindered them in the slightest. All of them have overcome and achieved what they set their minds and hearts to. They should serve as a great example to anyone struggling with learning disabilities.

1 Daniel Radcliffe


Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe was diagnosed with dyspraxia at age 19 and has suffered from the neurological disorder for much of his life. Sometimes called a "motor learning disability," dyspraxia affects motor skills, preventing Radcliffe from tying his shoes with ease. The disorder is often accompanied by more traditional learning disorders: ADHD, ADD, or dyslexia.

2 Orlando Bloom

Best known for his role as Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean, Bloom was diagnosed with dyslexia at age 7. Despite his mother’s best efforts in getting him to read more, Bloom’s struggles left him looking for a creative outlet, so he turned to the stage. He eventually mastered reading out loud in drama school, and even turned his dyslexia to his advantage. “The gift of dyslexia was that I learned everything forward and backward, inside out, so I was fully prepared,” he said. “I had to learn everything so that I wouldn’t have stage fright or the lines wouldn’t fall out of my mind.”

3 Whoopi Goldberg


The View host knows what it's like to have difficulty reading as she has suffered from dyslexia since childhood. Whoopi Goldberg says that she was called "dumb" when she was younger but that she knew better than to believe that.

4 Sylvester Stallone

Actor Sylvester Stallone also suffers from dyslexia, but he overcame his disability to write and star in beloved classics like Rocky and Rambo and become one of the most-highest-paid actors of all time.

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5 Keanu Reeves

The Matrix star Keanu Reeves is also dyslexic. He often moved around as a kid and had trouble reading, which made school very difficult: "I wasn't a good student," Reeves told Handbag magazine. "I didn't finish high school. I did a lot of pretending as a child. It was my way of coping with the fact that I didn't really feel like I fit in."

6 Michael Phelps

Growing up, champion swimmer Michael Phelps was continually criticized by teachers for his inability to sit still, and was formally diagnosed with ADHD when he was in fifth grade. After being on Ritalin for over two years, Phelps chose to stop using the drug and instead used swimming to help him find focus. His choice clearly paid off, as he ended his Olympic career as the most highly decorated Olympian of all time, boasting 22 medals (18 of them being gold).

7 Cher

Cher has suffered from dyslexia all her life. Her well known career as a singer and actor is a proof how one can overcome challenges by hard-work and determination. Her dyslexia went unidentified at school and she struggled all through then. She was always believed to be not trying hard enough and she didn’t get proper orientation. She even struggled with reading film scripts and it slowed her down. But despite all this she has had a successful career.

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8 Christopher Knight

The Brady Bunch star wasn't diagnosed with ADHD until he was 39 years old. He has gotten treatment and has turned his diagnosis into a way to help others. He did so by joining the National Consumer League's ADHD campaign.

9 Keira Knightley

The Pirates of the Caribbean star also knows what it's like to struggle with dyslexia. Knightley was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of six, which is fairly early, considering some people don’t get diagnosed until they reach adulthood, or at least until they are in school. The actress once said that her struggle with this learning disorder only made her tougher, more persevering and goal-oriented. Knightley’s mother decided her daughter had to be a straight A student despite her dyslexia, and made her read books every day during holidays. Getting perfect grades was one of the conditions for pursuing the dream of becoming an actress. Knightley worked so hard that by the time she finished high school she had better grades than anyone else there.

10 Karina Smirnoff

Karina Smirnoff is an acclaimed and award-winning professional ballroom dancer. Karina had issues regarding impulsive behavior, hyperactivity and inability to sit still and pay attention for extended periods of time. It wasn’t until she was older that a friend noticed her symptoms and the way they were affecting her life and encouraged her to seek professional help. Smirnoff was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and she was given therapy for it. Her parents got her into ballet, figure skating, dancing and even piano lessons to keep her busy and help with her hyperactivity. She once said that getting medication and treatment, implementing organizational strategies and finding creative outlets is how she managed to overcome her issues with ADHD and manage her symptoms.

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