Susan, Lady Kulukundis, known professionally by her maiden name Susan Hampshire, became Vice-Patron of the charity in 2022.
Susan Hampshire is a three-time Emmy Award winning actress, known for her roles in The Forsyte Saga, Vanity Fair and Monarch of the Glen. Susan’s OBE and CBE recognise her dedication to her charity work, including her support of people with dyslexia, a cause close to her heart.
Susan was diagnosed with dyslexia when she was 30; she had struggled at school, only learning to write her name at age nine and read well at 12. With huge support from her parents, Susan turned to acting. She says,’…if you can’t do the basic things, such as spell your own name, you subconsciously think of yourself as inferior. That’s why it’s so important to give dyslexic children self-belief, because they can achieve so much anyway… Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity works tirelessly to help adults and children with dyslexia, and I’m delighted to continue to further the charity’s cause.’