Uma Thurman was saved by acting

Uma Thurman turned to theatre to overcome her battle with dyslexia.

Uma Thurman attends the 2017 Tony Awards - Red Carpet at Radio City Music Hall on 11 June 2017 in New York City. Picture: AFP

LONDON - Uma Thurman used acting to overcome her dyslexia.

The actress suffers from the learning disability - which is characterised by difficulty reading, spelling, and writing - and has said that turning to theatre as a young girl helped her battle the reading disorder, as it worked as "therapy".

She said: "Theatre is used as a therapy for some dyslexics - memorisation is a way that helps dyslexics learn to read. I read late, and then I couldn't stop reading. So, for me, it was probably my relationship to story that made me fall in love with acting as a child."

Thurman (47) recalled being in "silly plays" when she was "tiny", as she admits her acting career didn't take off until some agents came to watch one of her high school plays.

She added: "I remember being in silly plays from the time I was tiny - those are some of my earliest memories from school. And then some agents came to see me in my high school play."

Despite her glittering movie career, the star is set to make her debut on Broadway when 'The Parisian Woman' opens on Thursday, and says finally taking to the iconic stage is "a dream".

Speaking to December's edition of _Rhapsody _magazine, she said: "It was a dream, a fantasy, to be on Broadway. It was almost sadly so unreal that I really should have pursued it more!"

Meanwhile, Thurman - who has Maya (19) and Levon (15) with ex-husband Ethan Hawke and Luna (5) with former partner Arpad Busson - recently slammed Hollywood after venting her frustrations about trying to "be decent and work hard" but being met with "contempt and dismissiveness toward women of all kinds."

She added in an interview earlier this month: "A great cinema role comes along a few times. Maybe for some people, more often. But not everybody."