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Dyslexia is a developmental reading disorder characterized by challenges with learning to read and language comprehension despite intelligence. Many celebrities who suffer from dyslexia have overcome the disorder to go on and achieve great success. Be inspired by the 13 stories below.

1. Orlando Bloom

The Pirates of the Caribbean star suffers from the frustrating developmental reading disorder. When Bloom described how he was affected by the condition, he said “I had to work three times as hard to get two-thirds of the way.” Bloom attributes his dyslexia to making him the successful franchise actor he is today.

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2. Patrick Dempsey

Best known as “McDreamy” on the ABC hit series Grey’s Anatomy, you may be surprised to find out that Dempsey, who plays a neurosurgeon on TV, is actually dyslexic in real life. When discussing his disorder in an interview with Barbara Walters, Dempsey admitted that he still “has trouble learning new scripts.”

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