Find out about famous people who have dyspraxia!
Dyspraxia, also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), is a neurodivergent condition that affects physical coordination. People who have dyspraxia may have problems with learning new skills, or some everyday tasks: getting dressed, writing, typing, drawing, grasping small objects. Social skills may also be affected, as well as dealing with emotions and time management.
One way those with dyspraxia succeed is through learning to accept their neurodivergence, talking positively about overcoming the challenges they may face. The following famous people with dyspraxia have done exactly that by using their talents to help them overcome their challenges:
Daniel Radcliffe (Actor)
Best known for his lead role in the Harry Potter films, Daniel revealed that he had a mild form of dyspraxia in 2008 in an interview for his Broadway debut in ‘Equus.’ He struggled at school and he says he ‘still has trouble tying his shoelaces.’
Daniel’s career began when his mother suggested he audition for a role in ‘David Copperfield’ (1999 television mini-series) in order to boost his confidence. Since his first appearance as Harry Potter in ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ (2001), he has earned an estimated ‘personal fortune’ of £17 million.
Cara Delevingne (Model, Actress and Singer)
Cara has both dyspraxia and ADHD. Signs of her dyspraxia included struggling at school and finding exams a nightmare. While she was told she had the reading ability of a sixteen-year-old when she was nine, she was then told she had the reading ability of a nine-year-old when she was sixteen! Cara ‘struggling to truly communicate how she was feeling’ is likely attributed to her neurodivergence.
Cara began her modelling career in 2009 and made her acting debut in 2014 in the Sky Arts drama ‘Timeless’ in which her partner’s service in Afghanistan affects their relationship. In her music, not only does Cara sing, but she also plays the drums and the guitar.
Florence Welch (Singer)
Florence is the lead singer of her band ‘Florence + The Machine.’ She often opens talks about her dyspraxia and dyslexia in interviews, saying she is proud to have them. Florence thought school was difficult. She got into trouble for ‘impromptu singing’ and ‘preferred climbing trees and visiting the library over schoolwork’.
Despite her the singing leading her into trouble at school, she has made a more than successful career since with her band. She has said the following about her dyspraxia: “The fact that I work in a creative industry probably helps. We dyspraxics think in a different way.”
David Bailey (Photographer)
When David was a child, he was considered clumsy and he struggled with writing and spelling. Two of his children also have dyspraxia and his wife Catherine, former chairperson of the Dyspraxia Foundation, has said of their children: “The children see what Bailey has done through his endeavour, and they realise their difficulties don’t really matter.”
David became interested in photography while still a child and developed his interest into a career as an adult. He has photographed several celebrities, from the Beatles to Jude Law.
Emma Lewell-Buck (Labour MP for South Shields)
Emma was diagnosed with dyspraxia at the age of 27. She has said her dyspraxia has greatly affected her at work and claims to also have a poor sense of direction because of her neurodivergence.
She perceives a map as ‘a blank piece of paper’ and has to navigate using landmarks. As a child, Emma also put her shoes on the wrong feet and spilt drinks often as a child, which are other signs of her dyspraxia.
In spite of her dyspraxia, Emma spoke proudly of her diagnosis at the launch of Neurodivergent Labour, a political campaign group to fight for the rights of neurodivergent people ‘both within the party and in wider society.’ She said that people of neurodivergence have the ability to think outside the box and the potential to come up with solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems.