Welcome to the Famous Dyspraxics page where I show you some famous faces who have dyspraxia to let you know if you do have dyspraxia that you aren't alone and that even famous people have to deal with problems like the rest of us ordinary folk. Unfortunately there isn't a lot of famous people who have been known to publicly announce their dyspraxia compared to the number of famous people with dyslexia which is a lot more well known in the media. This possibly could be due to the fact that dyslexia is a lot more common, the person in question could of been falsely diagnosed with a similiar condition or any famous people with dyspraxia could be diagnosed but too shy and worried to announce it in front of the entire media. Anyway, here is a few famous dyspraxics:
Daniel Radcliffe, best know for the role of the wizard, Harry Potter suffers from a mild form of dyspraxia and he is probably the most famous dyspraxic of the modern era. Most dyspraxics were quite shocked by the news announced around August 2008 as nobody had spotted it while watching him in the Harry Potter films or anything else which makes me think what a smashing actor to cover it up. That just goes to show how difficult dyspraxia is to spot. He announced his dyspraxia just before making his broadway debut in the play, Equus. He announced in a interview his dyspraxia made him not very succesful at school so his mother got him to audition for a BBC version of David Copperfield which was a big hit and soon found himself land the role of Harry Potter earning himself a personal fortune of £17 million. Even a leading authority on dyspraxia, neurologist Dr David Younger of the New York University Medical School was surprised at Daniel being dyspraxic but said he clearly suffers from a mild form and it is a great tribute to his acting skills and he should make a great role model for other dyspraxics. But will he? Looking around on the net, some media sites have completely made it look like it is ten time worse than it is with headlines like "Daniel Radcliff has Brain Disorder" and "Dyspraxia Explains Harry Potter's Klutziness". Now to me, I find those headlines a bit offensive and also, some of the fans still haven't got a clue what dyspraxia is as I've seen comments from fan girls of Daniel saying "Get well soon, Daniel!", makes me laugh. So the answer to the question of Daniel being a good role model to be honest, I don't know. We will just have to wait and see....
David Bailey is a English photographer who has dyspraxia. His wife, Catherine Bailey also used to be a former chairman of the Dyspraxia Foundation. According to an interview, at school David was made to feel stupid due to his clumsiness and his problems with spelling and writing. He was told that he was only fit for sweeping roads by his teachers but years on he is a famous photographer who takes photos of famous people such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Razorlight, Kaiser Chiefs etc. All this proves is that dyspraxia is not barrier to success. Dyspraxia also runs in their family as out of the three children, two of them are affected by the condition.
Richard Branson, an English entrepreneur who is best known for his Virgin brand of companies which are all over the world. He is known to have dyslexia and is also rumoured to have dyspraxia as well but I could not find any evidence of it on the net. The two conditions do often overlap though.
The musician, Sting most famous for the band, The Police has a son who has dyspraxia.
Other famous people who are rumoured to have dyspraxia are: Marco Pierre White (chef), Robin Williams (actor), Samuel Taylor Coleridge (poet), G.K. Chesterton (theologian) and even Einstein. I hope that this page has proven to any dyspraxics reading that dyspraxia does not stop you from being the best you can be.