Eddie Large

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Eddie Large
Birth name Edward Hugh McGinnis
Born (1941-06-25) 25 June 1941 (age 74)
Glasgow, Scotland
Medium Comedian

Eddie Large (born 25 June 1941) is the stage name of Edward Hugh McGinnis, a British comedian. He is best known as a part of the double act Little and Large, with Syd Little.

Little and Large began their career on the TV talent show Opportunity Knocks winning in 1971 and went on to star in many television comedy programmes, including their own series The Little and Large Show, becoming popular as pantomime stars.

He now works on the after dinner circuit, and has started performing some cameo acting roles in dramas such as The Brief and Blackpool. Large's autobiography Larger than Life has also been published.

In 2006 he appeared on a comedy edition of The Weakest Link, but was eliminated prior to the penultimate round.

In an interview in 2010, Large revealed that he and Syd Little have not spoken to each other for several years.[1]

Other activities[edit]

During the 2010–11 football season, football entertainment show Soccer AM did regular comedy sketches with Peterborough footballer Mark Little, and Eddie Large, as the newly reformed Little and Large.[2]

In 2013, Large released his first single without Little, a parody of "Je t'aime... moi non plus" by Serge Gainsbourg entitled "Gee Musky... Moi Non Plus".

Early and personal life[edit]

Born Edward Hugh McGinnis in Glasgow in 1941, Large was raised in Manchester, to where he moved with his family at an early age. He is a long time supporter of Manchester City.

Large lives in Portishead, near Bristol, with his wife Patsy and 26-year-old son. He also has two daughters and three grandchildren.

After being in hospital in March 2002 with kidney trouble, he underwent a heart transplant at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge in 2003, but recovered fully.

Large was hospitalised for some weeks in late 2013 after tripping over a road sign near his Portishead home.[3]


  1. ^ "Little and Large 'haven't spoken for a long time' - News - TV & Radio". The Independent. 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  2. ^ "returns! | News | Soccer AM | Sky Sports". Soccer AM. 2010-08-13. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  3. ^ "Comedian Eddie Large in hospital after road sign fall". BBC News. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 

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