Famous, neurodiverse personalities

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In this article, you can see a list of famous people diagnosed as neurodiverse. They all have an official diagnosis, or at least such a diagnosis is published on the Internet. As I do not know them personally, I have relied on sites like Wikipedia or interviews with the people themselves. Researching on Wikipedia is, of course, not a scientific proof, but one can assume that the majority of the cases are correct. But what is more important: The list clearly shows that being neurountypical (Autists, people with ADHD etc.) does not have to be an obstacle to success. In some cases, artists even state that they would benefit from being “different” because neurodiversity gives them an extraordinary potential.

Autism / Asperger’s:

Anthony Hopkins , one of my favourite actors, received Asperger’s Diagnosis very late in life. Despite this, he managed to become one of the most famous Hollywood stars. The portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in the film “The Silence of the Lambs” made him world-famous, but he played important roles in several other outstanding films such as “Blue Velvet”.

Greta Thunberg’ s Asperger diagnosis is relatively well known. She became world-famous for her work against climate change, and some people say, that her Autism offers her the chance of being that much stubborn as she is.

Courtney Love is known as the wife of the Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain, but was also successful as the lead singer of the band Hole. She was diagnosed with autism at a very young age. In addition to her career in music, she is also a successful actress and writer.

Daryl Hannah has appeared in films such as Blade Runner and Splash. The actress is an active environmental activist.

Dan Aykroyd The Canadian actor and comedian (He acted in movies such as “Blues Brothers”, “Ghost Busters”…) said that his Asperger helped him on the movie Ghostbusters.

Tourette:

Billie Eilish was diagnosed with Tourette as a child and is now a successful musician. She had several number 1 hits in the international charts, received five Grammys (In 2020 in all main categories!), two AMAs and three MTV Video Music Awards.

Carrie Ann Inaba is an American dancer, singer, and actress. She was also a producer on Broadway and was diagnosed with Tourette.

Dyyspraxia, dyslexia

Cara Delevinge was diagnosed with dyspraxia in childhood. She is well known for her work as model, actress (e.g. Suicide Squad) and musician.

Florence Welch is the singer behind Florence and the Machine. This award-winning band has achieved great international success in the last few years. She was diagnosed with both dyspraxia and dyslexia. Nevertheless, she sees her dyspraxia as a strength for her career as a creative and musician. She has even publicly mentioned that she takes pride in being dyspraxic.

Bipolarity

The rapper Kanye West is well know as a bipolar artist.

Dyscalculia

Cher is a well-known actor and musician. She suffers from both dyscalculia and dyslexia.

ADHD

Emma Watson plays Hermione Granger in the film adaptation of Harry Potter snd is a famous star. She was diagnosed with ADHD in childhood. Emma Watson has a degree in English literature and is UN ambassador for women.

Kiera Knightley is an actress who starred as Elizabeth Swan in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Besides ASHD, she also has dyslexia.

Simone Biles is an American gymnast. She won 30 Olympic and World Championship medals.

Dyslexia

Jennifer Anistons struggled with school due to dyslexia. She was only diagnosed with it in her early twenties. Nevertheless, she became world famous as an actress.

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