Keira Knightley: dyslexia 'doesn't mean you're stupid'

Keira talks about her dyslexia to the BBC's Louise Minchin

Pirates of the Caribbean star, Keira Knightley, has spoken about how acting helped her to find a way around her dyslexia.

What is dyslexia?

  • About one in 10 kids have dyslexia
  • Dyslexia affects part of your brain and can make reading, writing and spelling really difficult.
  • It can be worse for some than others - words can look blurry or jumbled up, or it can be hard to get dates in order.

Keira, who was diagnosed when she was 6, says that: "Dyslexia is like a wall... it's very difficult to see over it."

"I was really lucky because I had acting... it was like a carrot that was being dangled in front of me because I had to be able to read those lines in order to do it."

The actress admits that it is hard work, but says that: "It doesn't mean that you're stupid... it just means that you work in a different way."

Other celebrities who, like Keira, haven't let their dyslexia stop them from being successful include: Jamie Oliver, Olympian Steve Redgrave and even the man behind Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney.

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