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Famous left-handers

Left-handers have achieved greatness in many walks of life, but particularly in creative, sporting and artistic fields, where their natural talent for lateral thinking and ingenuity have made a huge contribution to all our lives.

If you are left-handed then you are in very good company. Throughout history left-handers have excelled as leaders, sportsmen, artists, musicians and in many other fields. This is our list of famous left-handers – with over 1,000 people we think it is the most comprehensive on the Web.

The list is based on our research and reports from Club members, but we know we are not perfect. If you spot any errors in our list, can provide any further information or have any famous left-handers we should add to our list, please add your information as comments to these pages.

The list contains well over 1,000 left-handers and is divided into 4 sections as below.

Entertainment History Professions Sport Sport
Politics – UK
Politics – US
Politics – Other
American Football
Football (soccer)
Motor Racing
Table Tennis

If you spot famous left-handers we've missed, please add them as a comment at the bottom of this page.

We have also produced a list of famous “left-handers” who are really right handed and are often shown in error on lists of famous lefthanders on the web – click here for our list of left-hander mistakes

Links to our other pages on famous left handers


Developing our famous lefthander pages

We are working on a major redevelopment of our content on famous lefthanders to allow us to show better profiles and links to their sites, twitter feeds etc and also to allow better searching by name, sport, profession etc. and allow you to add comments to individual profiles.

We are also going to expand out activites on encouraging famous lefties to become members of the Left Handers C lub.

In the meantime, we are going to add new famous lefties we are told about below and if you see any please add them as comments to this page and we will add them to our list.

  • Sebastien Loeb, WRC Rally driver extraordinaire is currently well on his way to his NINTH World Championship. He is most definitely a left hander as any photo of him signing autographs – and regularly holding champagne bottles – will prove.
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321 comments on “Famous left-handers
  1. Penelope says:

    Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe in “Friends”)

  2. Alistair says:

    Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is also left-handed, so is Fernando Verdasco, Spanish professional tennis player.

  3. Kuye Oluwafemi says:

    Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State, Nigeria is a lefty. He is doing well and we are proud of him.

  4. Kuye Oluwafemi says:

    Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, the executive governor of Lagos State, Nigeria is a lefty.He is presently the best nigerian governor. We are proud of him.

  5. alex says:

    Alexander the great was left-handed.And i think julius ceasar too

  6. Melina says:

    Lady Diana, Jeanne D’ Arc, Albert Einstein, Merilyn Monroe were also left-handed. Bill Clinton, David Bowie, Ben Stiller, Paul Mc Cartney, George Michael, Sting –> left-handed, too! We are too many, at least! 🙂

  7. Raul says:

    Robert Patrick is also the narrator of the program “Disorderly Conduct” from Cherri Sundae Productions that is transmitted on SpikeTV in USA and is a left hander.

  8. Sandra May says:

    just found out on an article on “La Vanguardia” that artist Neil Harbisson, the World’s first official cyborg, is also left handed, “zurdo” in spanish 🙂 here’s the article:

  9. Raul says:

    Jurgen Meltzer is a tennis player from Austria and is a left hander..Baseball players Jim Eisenrach and Jim Kaat are both left handers.

  10. Grijezzy says:

    I aiso believe Nelson Malemo from Kenya is a great leftie

  11. Saagar says:

    Dada Gangulyis also left hander

  12. George says:

    Kenneth M. Cadow is also left handed. He wrote the book Alfie runs away.

  13. Alexandra Nedelcu says:

    James Caviezel, an American actor is left-handed.

    Vlad Zamfirescu, a Romanian actor is also left-handed.

  14. Raul says:

    Owen Wilson(Chris Burnette,Behind Enemy Lines)and Robert Patrick(T-1000 Terminator 2:Jugdement Day)are another overlooked left handers!!

  15. Cathy says:

    The great Bob Dylan is left-handed. Yes, he plays guitar righty… but he’s a lefty. I’ve seen him play left-handed as well!

  16. Tom Arto says:

    With Barack Obama and David Cameron both lefties, we already rule the world!

  17. Bill says:

    Don’t you all realize who the most famous left handed person was???

    The first person ever created on this Earth was left handed!! Don’t belive me?
    Well just take a look at the “Creation of Adam” in the Sistine Chapel
    Now, just what hand is Adam reaching out to God?? … Of course it’s his Left.

    Now “Eve”, that Woman! Was right handed, yes, right handed! Just take a look at the painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder titled. “Adam and Eve”. Well, Eve is tempting Adam, she is holding the apple out to Adam in her right hand. She was probably created out of a rib on Adam’s right side. Now Adam is reaching out for the apple with …you guessed it his LEFT hand.

    The moral of this story is, “If God had used a rib from Adam’s Left side maybe the World wold would be 90% Lefties and 10% Rghties”.
    Well, anyways he took the apple and the rest, well seems better than just eating an apple. That is, if the apple was just a medaphor.

    • Ingeborg says:

      Strange that I never noticed it before, but it’s true!

    • Ed says:

      Well, that’d be great, if you actually believe in that. I don’t. I was brought up irreligious and have always been. I’d be more partial to those much older religions if I was religious. Another thing overlooked is that it is apparently an apple, this is just a mix-up in translation. Apple was a word once used to describe what we would refer to now as ‘Fruit’.

      I think it’s great that Obama is left-handed as well as him being a Trekkie as well.
      But David Cameron has sort of spoilt it.

      • JeffFFEj says:

        Ed, is it possible that you are complete douchebag and nobody really cares about what you think about religion, old or new, nor whether you think Barack Obama is good and David Cameron is bad? I think so! If I could see you, I would throw an apple at you…cause you’re a fruit! Why don’t you go to a corner and contemplate your navel!

  18. Raul says:

    Female tennis player Patty Schnyder is left-handed.

  19. Lmao says:

    Justin Beiber is left handed. ahahahahaha.

  20. Raúl Morales Marrero says:

    The Cuban former pitcher of modest personality from Baltimore Orioles,Mike Cuéllar,who was famous of his brilliant screwball.died in a Good Friday,April 2,2010 at a hospital in Orlando,Florida.He was 72 years old.Mike Cuéllar left his wife,Myriam,his daughter Lydia and his son MIke Cuéllar Jr.Mike Cuéllar was CLEARLY LEFT HANDED(THREW LEFT/BATTED LEFT)!!

  21. Raúl Morales Marrero says:

    Walter Steigh Cabrera(a student who was a victim of crime for murder in Puerto Rico back in 1997 and his murderers are still at large)was also left-handed.R.I.P.

  22. Amy says:

    John Cena (WWE Superstar) is a Lefty and so is Shawn Michaels and The Miz

  23. Raúl Morales Marrero says:

    US Eric Axley,Steve Flesch and Bubba Watson are all of them OVERLOOKED LEFT-HANDED GOLFERS!!Yekaterina Makarova is another OVERLOOKED LEFT-HANDED TENNIS PLAYER from Russia!!Puerto Rican guitarrist Antonio Cabán Vale is another OVERLOOKED LEFTY!!

  24. annetta says:

    J.Ahola on vasuri… ihana mies ja loistava laulaja…

  25. Pat says:

    I noticed that the woman who plays Lois Lane on Smallville, Erica Durance, is left-handed.

    • Preach says:

      Are there any right-handed people on “Smallville.” Everyone seems left-handed. I think I noticed that Lois Lane is a lefty. So are Lex and Lionel Luthor, and I THINK Clark Kent.

    • Priscilla says:

      I think Smallville’s cast are mostly right-handed… And I don’t think Clark Kent (Tom Welling) is left-handed…

  26. Ingeborg says:

    Jarkko Ahola, the bass-player of Teräsbetoni (a Finnish hardrock band) is left handed. I first noticed it at the Eurovision Song Contest last year, and then found Youtube videos that show the same.

  27. Maddi says:

    David Bowie is left handed

    • Shahryar says:

      well, Kurt Cobain who covered David’s song “the man who sold the world” was lefty and he was the king of GRUNG …and lets not forget Jimmy Hendrix who was a genius Guitar player and at those time he had to string a right handed Guitar backwards to play, R.I.P to both of them

      • JDraven says:

        Hang on, I thought Hendrix was right handed, but played left handed due to the fact that people play naturally better guitar if they play opposite to the hand they favour. Thus the favoured hand is doing the most dextrous job. I.e. In a right-handed person, the right hand fingers the chords if they play left-handed.
        I’m sure of the general theory (I’m a left-hander who plays right-handed guitar) but can’t be certain of hendrix’s actual preference. I just remember hearing somewhere that he only played left-handed because it meant his (prefered) right-hand did the work.
        wikipedia anyone?

        • Bill says:

          Hendrix was left-handed, but as was often the case back in those days, was taught to write right-handed. There is a test for left-handedness which involves the eyes and requires no input from the hands at all. Many lefties were forced to function right-handed, but are in fact natural left-handers.

  28. john says:

    watched a recent re run of starsky and hutch. the episode concerned the two cops escorting the daughter of a reformed mobster across america. in one particular scene dave starsky( paul michael glaser) is seen signing for plane tickets left handed

    • Pamela says:

      John, you’re spot on about Paul Michael Glaser being left-handed. I own the first 2 seasons of Starsky & Hutch on DVD, and have witnessed his left-handedness in many episodes. Not to mention, his name appears on websites which feature lists of famous left-handed individuals.

  29. Raúl Morales Marrero says:

    Puerto Rican wrestlers Eddie(Primo)and Carly Colón(Carlito Caribbean Cool)are both left-handed.They are still wrestling in WWE as “The Colons”.

    • Raúl Morales Marrero says:

      Spanish Tennis Player Feliciano López(ranked 41th) is left-handed!!He was defeated by Rafael Nadal,another leftie at the China open in Shangai at the semifrinal.

      • khay says:

        please why will someone say Rafael Nadal is NOT a left handed and that he was converted……… true is that please

        • Raul says:

          You are absolutely right.I have seen Rafael Nadal write righty and that’s why he is righty,except on Tennis because his uncle encouraged him to play lefty.The same situation with US golfer Phil Mickelson,because he writes and throws righty.But he batted left and saw his father’s swing in the mirror and that’s how he got used to play lefty.But Bubba Watson is clearly and incontrovertibly lefty because I have seen him write lefty and plays golf lefty.

  30. Frank O'Neill says:

    Re: This years F.A. Cup 2009 The Referee Howard Webb is left-handed and will probably be in action in next years World Cup(2010)So maybe you should add him to your list of sports people operating at the top of their particular sport. As I said before I have a photograph of my son Ezra(left-handed football referee) at the eve -of the-cup final rally with Howard Webb but they both shook hands right handed.

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