Michael R Clifford, astronaut
The former United States Army officer and NASA astronaut, Michael R Clifford, spent over 665 hours orbiting the globe during his three space flights – one of them whilst dealing with Parkinson’s. The American astronaut hid his sickness for years, but eventually decided to share his story after realising that Parkinson’s had never stopped him from reaching his goals. In 2014, he collaborated on The Astronaut’s Secret, a documentary film about his career.
Harry Styles, singer
Harry Styles, the One Direction star, has had his own battles with Parkinson’s, through his grandfather, Brian Selley, who was diagnosed with the condition in 2009. The singer’s mother, Anne Twist, has described him and his sister Gemma as “absolutely brilliant” at taking care of him. Selley moved to an assisted living flat and has, according to Anne, kept his great sense of humour.
Linda Ronstadt, singer
Grammy award-winning singer Linda Ronstadt was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2012 after showing symptoms for the previous eight years. She continued her career until the illness began to alter her voice, meaning she could no longer sing. The legendary country artist previously worked with The Eagles, The Doors and James Taylor.
Mike Tindall, former rugby player
The former England rugby star, who is married to the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall, has talked about how his father is no longer able to play with their daughter because of his Parkinson’s symptoms. Tindall’s father Philip, a former Barclays banker, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2003. Tindall has campaigned on behalf Parkinson’s, having hosted his own charity golf event for the Cure Parkinson’s Trust and the Matt Hampson Foundation.
Martha Johnson, singer
The lead vocalist for Martha and the Muffins, Martha Johnson, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2001. Johnson has since raised money for the Michael J Fox Foundation through her music, and takes part in the Rock Steady boxing workout program to hit back at Parkinson’s disease.