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An index of content creators and performers with Autism Spectrum Disorder, which includes both classical autism and conditions such as Asperger's Syndrome that are grouped together with classical autism under the ASD label as per the revised diagnostic criteria and categorizations included in the 2013 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5).

Note that the DSM-5 is only used within the United States; its international equivalent, the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD 10), still lists Asperger's Syndrome and classical autism as separate diagnoses, and because of this people with Asperger's outside of the US tend to refer to themselves as having Asperger's or being "Aspies" rather than being autistic (though the latter label has been steadily growing in popularity since the late 2010s).

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There is debate on the validity of self-diagnosis; however, we wish not to exclude those individuals. We do ask to note if the diagnosis was given by a doctor and/or psychiatrist or if they are self-diagnosed, if that information is available.

We ask to please please please not list anyone that has not stated themselves that they are autistic, unless confirmed to be professionally diagnosed by family or other loved ones, or speculate on anyone here.

Also see Autism in Media.


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    Actors 
  • Tom Arnold, American actor, has mentioned being diagnosed with autism as a child.
  • Dan Aykroyd initially claimed in a 2004 interview to have been diagnosed with Asperger's, as well as Tourette's, as a preteen in the 1960s (before the former term was even coined) with the interviewer suspecting he may have been joking, but later changed his story and said he was self-diagnosed. Either way, he now considers his childhood obsession with ghosts, which helped him to write Ghostbusters, to have been a symptom of his condition.
  • Roseanne Barr, American comedian and actress best known for starring in Roseanne revealed in 2019 that she is on the autism spectrum in an interview with Joe Rogan.
  • Corina Boettger, a non-binary voice actor who commonly works on video games and anime, confirmed their autism diagnosis via a Twitter post.
  • Corey Burton, American voice actor, said in a 2017 interview that he has Asperger's.
  • Lee Clark (also known as Lizzy Clark), non-binary English actor with Asperger's known for playing Poppy, who also has Asperger's, in the 2008 TV film adaptation of Dustbin Baby.
  • Paddy Considine, English actor who was featured in Hot Fuzz and The World's End. Has talked about his Asperger's in several interviews.
  • Kayla Cromer, who plays the autistic teenager Matilda on Everything's Gonna Be Okay, is herself on the autism spectrum.
  • Skyler Davenport, an agender voice actor who mostly works on anime as well as video games, is autistic.
  • Vincent D'Onofrio has said he believes he would have most likely been diagnosed as autistic as a kid if the knowledge of autism back then had been where it is nowadays. Many fans of Law & Order: Criminal Intent speculate that D'Onofrio integrated this into his role of Detective Robert Goren, and thus view the character as on the spectrum.
  • Kellen Goff, an American voice actor known for playing Overhaul from My Hero Academia and Funtime Freddy from Five Nights at Freddy's, revealed that he had Asperger's on Twitter in 2019.
  • Tylan Grant, a non-binary English actor with Asperger's known for playing Brooke Hathaway, who is also autistic, on Hollyoaks.
  • Daryl Hannah, American actress, was diagnosed with autism as a child and told that she had to be institutionalized. She overcame her fear of social events and became an actress.
  • Kyle Hebert, American voice actor known for his work in anime, was diagnosed with autism in 2016.
  • Anthony Hopkins, Welsh-born actor known for playing Hannibal Lecter revealed in 2017 that he was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, but "high-end." He is the first, and as of 2021 only, openly autistic actor to win an Academy Award.
  • Jim Jefferies, Australian comedian and actor, host of the The Jim Jefferies Show and creator and star of Legit (2013), stated that he was diagnosed autistic on his comedy special, Freedumb though he states that he finds it to just be a personality quirk.
  • Mikaela Krantz, American voice actress revealed she is autistic on her twitter account.
  • Wentworth Miller, American actor known for his role as Michael Scofield on Prison Break, revealed in 2021 that he had been diagnosed with autism.
  • Chris Niosi, a voice actor and animator, has mentioned in several videos that he has Asperger syndrome, having been diagnosed at a young age.
  • Kim Rhodes, known for playing Carey Martin in Disney's The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, revealed that she is autistic in a TikTok video.
  • Josh Thomas, creator and star of the television series Please Like Me and the aforementioned Everything's Gonna Be Okay, revealed in 2021 that he is autistic.
  • Billy West, an American voice actor known for voicing numerous characters on Futurama, as well as the titular characters from The Ren & Stimpy Show and Doug. He publicly revealed his diagnosis in 2019, along with having ADD.
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    Artists and Animators 

    Comedians 
  • Asperger's Are Us are a comedy troupe consisting entirely of people with Asperger's. An eponymous documentary film was made about them.
  • Bethany Black, English stand-up comedian and actress, was diagnosed with autism in 2018.
  • Scottish comedian Fern Brady announced on her Twitter that she was diagnosed as an adult.
  • Australian stand-up comedian Hannah Gadsby was diagnosed with autism as an adult and discusses the condition in her show Douglas.
  • Barry Humphries, Australian comedian known for his Dame Edna Everage persona, revealed in 2017 that he has Asperger's.
  • British-Filipino comedian Ria Lina has been open about her diagnosis of Asperger's. She also has multiple qualifications, including Experimental Pathology, Forensic Science and a PhD in viral bioinformatics and has worked as an IT forensic investigator for the Serious Fraud Office.
  • Tig Notaro, American stand-up comedian and actress, has mentioned being autistic on Twitter.

    Directors and Producers 

    Musicians 
  • Jazmin Bean, English musician and social media personality, has mentioned having Asperger's.
  • Nick Bertke, South African-Australian musician known for his work in the plunderphonics genre under the name Pogo, revealed he has Asperger syndrome and bipolar disorder in 2018 in response to backlash for a homophobic live-stream from two years earlier.
  • Black Gryph0n, an online musician and voice actor, has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.
  • Susan Boyle, singer and winner of Britain's Got Talent was told in 2012-2013 that she has Asperger syndrome and above average intelligence after years of thinking she had a learning disability caused by brain damage at birth.
  • Dan Bull: Rapper known for his songs based on video games. Has made two raps about his Asperger's called "A Portrait of the Autist" and "Autistic Guy Raps Better Than You".
  • David Byrne: Former Talking Heads frontman and active solo musician, stated in 2009 that he has (self-diagnosed) Asperger's Syndrome. He previously denied a claim from ex-bandmate Tina Weymouth that he had Asperger's thanks to their testy relationship, but came around to accepting it after reading up on what it was.
  • Example, English hip-hop and electronic musician, mentioned being diagnosed with Asperger's "when [he] was younger" in a 2012 interview.
  • New Zealand indie pop singer-songwriter Ladyhawke was diagnosed with Asperger's as an adult.
  • Left At London, real name Nat Puff, is an American singer-songwriter and online comedian who has been diagnosed with autism, as well as several comorbids (namely ADHD, PTSD, BPD and dissociative disorder).
  • Courtney Love, grunge singer/musician, stated that she was diagnosed as autistic as when she was nine years old.
  • Heidi Mortenson, Danish electronic musician with Asperger's.
  • Stina Nordenstam, Swedish singer-songwriter who was diagnosed with autism as an adult.
  • Gary Numan has, in several interviews, called his Asperger's "a good thing" despite its negative effects (such as No Social Skills) because, among other reasons, it allows him to ignore negative reviews and focus on his work. However, it should be noted that he has repeatedly flip-flopped on whether and when a diagnosis was made, claiming on various occasions that he was diagnosed with autism at 21 and was later re-diagnosed with Asperger's, that he is self-diagnosed, and that he was diagnosed with Asperger's aged 14 (which would have been in the early 1970s, before the term was coined in 1981).
  • Owl City, real name Adam Young, has described himself as introverted and believes he has symptoms of Asperger syndrome; however, it has not been diagnosed.
  • Norwegian electronic musician Savant, real name Aleksander Vinter, was diagnosed with Asperger's as a teenager.
  • Donna Williams, Australian writer, artist, singer-songwriter, screenwriter and sculptor, was diagnosed with autism in 1991.
  • Kenshi Yonezu, Japanese musician and Vocaloid producer also known by the stage name Hachi, was diagnosed with autism as an adult.
  • Tay Zonday of "Chocolate Rain" fame was initially diagnosed with Asperger's at the age of 15 before being re-diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in his 30s. He disclosed his diagnosis in a tweet in which he criticized conservative American pundits for making fun of teen climate activist Greta Thunberg's own Asperger's diagnosis.

    Bands 
  • Autechre: Member Sean Booth is autistic.
  • Felt: Former guitarist Maurice Deebank revealed he is autistic in a 2018 interview.
  • Five: Former member Abz Love revealed he has Asperger's while competing on the UK version of Celebrity Big Brother in 2013.
  • Eagles: Member Joe Walsh has Asperger's.
  • Echosmith: Drummer Graham Sierota was diagnosed with autism as a child. This was revealed in 2019 during a controversy involving him messaging blink-182 drummer Travis Barker's under-age daughter Alabama on Instagram.
  • Hole: Frontwoman Courtney Love was diagnosed with autism aged nine.
  • Jefferson Airplane: Founding member Marty Balin was diagnosed with autism as a child.
  • The Magnetic Fields: Frontman Stephin Merritt has mentioned possibly having Asperger's in interviews, as well as in the band's song "Weird Diseases".
  • The Monkees: Member Peter Tork revealed in 2008 that he was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome as an adult.
  • Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät: A punk rock band who represented Finland in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest and consisted entirely of intellectually disabled musicians with either Down syndrome or autism.
  • The Roots: Band leader and drummer Questlove is autistic.
  • Rubberbandits: Member Blindboy Boatclub was diagnosed with autism in 2022, when he was in his 30s.
  • The Slits: Former guitarist Viv Albertine is autistic.
  • The Stranglers: Keyboardist Dave Greenfield was autistic, though his diagnosis was not made public until after his death.
  • The Subways: Former drummer Josh Morgan has Asperger's.
  • Talking Heads: Frontman David Byrne has self-diagnosed Asperger's.
  • The Vines: Lead singer Craig Nicholls was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in 2004; his diagnosis was revealed following an onstage meltdown in which he assaulted a photographer.
  • XTC: Andy Partridge has speculated in interviews that he may be autistic.
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    Television and Radio Personalities 
  • That Gosh Darn Hippie Show is a Classic Rock and comedy radio show with a largely autistic cast, including host Kiki "DJ Hippie" Willows.
  • Anne Hegerty, British television presenter best known as one of the Chasers on the game show The Chase, was diagnosed with Asperger's aged 45.
  • Chris Packham, British naturalist and television presenter best known for co-hosting the nature documentary series Springwatch and its sister shows Autumnwatch and Winterwatch, was diagnosed with Asperger's in his forties. In 2017, he presented a documentary film about his autism titled Chris Packham: Asperger's and Me.

    Web Video Creators 
  • No Parking Berry (real name Dejuan Berry), a Canadian animator who had an autism diagnosis as a child.
  • Chuggaaconroy (real name Emiliano "Emile" Rodolfo Rosales-Birou), having earlier believed he was misdiagnosed, revealed in 2018 that he is in fact on the spectrum, and had merely been convinced by a relative that he wasn't.
  • Laura Kate Dale, a games journalist and streamer, who's written a few books, including one about her experiences as an autistic trans woman titled Uncomfortable Labels.
  • That Dude in the Suede, real name William DuFresne, has mentioned being autistic in at least one of his videos.
  • Christian Frates, YouTuber and voice actor, was diagnosed with autism as a child.
  • Jessie Gender, real name Jessie Earl, is an autistic trans woman who discusses nerdy media such as Star Trek as well as topics relating to the LGBT Community and autistic people.
  • Cameron J. Green, YouTuber, voice actor and animator, revealed that he has autism as well as auditory processing disorder. He goes into more detail in two videos.note 
  • Zack James, creator of Yo Mama, revealed he has autism in a 2020 video.
  • jan Misali, creator of Conlang Critic, describes himself as autistic in his channel description.
  • Jacob M. Keene, YouTuber and voice actor, was diagnosed with autism as a child.
  • Nicholas Anderson, the creator of LEGO Rewind, mentions being autistic in Lego Rewind Finale - Bionicle (around the 8:24 mark).
  • Lenstar Productions (real name Jacob Lenard), creator of webtoon series such as Mugman and Loose Ends, has mentioned at least once on Twitter that he is autistic.
  • The Mysterious Mr. Enter, real name Johnathan Rozanski, an animation critic and creator of the Growing Around series, has mentioned a few times that he has Asperger's which he was diagnosed with when he was 19 and made a video criticizing Autism Speaks.
  • NintendoCapriSun, real name Tim Bishop, is a prolific Let's Player who is self-diagnosed with Asperger's.
  • PhantomStrider, real name Josh Strider, is an animation and media critic who has mentioned that he has attention deficit disorder and Asperger Syndrome.
  • Plumbella, real name Jesse McNamara, is an autistic Let's Player known for content related to The Sims.
  • Mark Grondin, creator of Spectrum Pulse, was diagnosed with Asperger's at age five.
  • Tony Goldmark, creator of Some Jerk with a Camera and Escape from Vault Disney!, has mentioned a few times that he was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.
  • The Rowdy Reviewer, real name Chris Moore, who created and hosts TV Trash has mentioned he has Asperger syndrome.
  • Wileyk209zback, who mainly makes YouTube Poops of Arthur and Caillou, is open about his Asperger syndrome, discussing it a few times online.
  • Brian Zane, host of the professional wrestling-themed show Wrestling With Wregret, revealed in 2020 that he had been diagnosed with Asperger's at a young age, following a controversy after comedian Tom Segura had referred to pro wrestling fans as developmentally-disabled.

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