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BBC News – Strictly’s Kara Tointon: Reading was ‘scary’

November 11, 2010

Strictly Come Dancing star Kara Tointon has spoken publicly about her dyslexia for the first time. The former EastEnders actress was diagnosed when she was seven years old.

The British Dyslexia Association believes that one in 10 people are affected by dyslexia in the UK. The condition makes reading, spelling and writing difficult.

The BBC’s Sam Naz spoke to Kara about her experiences

.Kara Tointon: Don’t Call Me Stupid is on BBC Three, Thursday 11 November, 2100 GMT and afterwards on iPlayer.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Katie permalink
    November 17, 2010 7:51 pm

    I thought this documentary was amazing! I am also dyslexic however unlike Kara I went through primary and high school undiagnosed; had no extra help and was deemed as an under achiever all through my education at school. I left as soon as I was 16 and then I returned to education at the age of 25 where I was diagnosed with dyslexia. At 26 I am now studying at university to become a psychologist, something I never thought possible, with the correct help displayed in this documentary I achieve high grades and no longer deemed as an under achiever. This goes to show not to give up and people with dyslexia are more than capable of being a top student. Teachers now realise this in schools and I only wish that when I was at school teachers were able to recognise this learning disability.


  2. December 9, 2010 10:16 pm

    I admired the fact that being diagnosed at the age of seven with dyslexia still didn’t pull her back from doing what she wanted to do


  3. maggie holmes permalink
    February 3, 2016 1:36 pm

    hi i am 57 years of age i have have always not been able to spell and never been able to read very well ,i have never read a book ,when i was at school i was out in the lower set ,and when i went to career adviser she said go for hair dressing because you don t need many grades for that ,but i was very good at arty things so went to collage to do window dressing ,it is only now that i live in Italy that when trying to lean Italian ,i become friends with a lady and she had only been studying for a few months and learnt more then i had learn in 25 years, so i ask her if she could help me ,she had been maths teacher in England for dyslexia children ,after our first meeting ,she said to me i think you might be dyslexia ,so she is trying to teach me other ways eg with cut up bits of wood with the verbs on and then when she ask me a question in Italian i can pick out the blocks and say the answer ,she has also put me on to games on quizlet so i can match up ,it has made me feel so much better about a lot of things ,watching kara documentry has let me know about the coloured paper and the glass s so i thank her for that and will look into . i wish her all the best and look forward to seeing her again in the furture .


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