Cyril John Mead
19 December 1942
Blackpool, Lancashire, England
|Spouse(s)||Sheree Little (1975–present)|
Life and career
Born in Blackpool, Little was raised in Manchester. After leaving Yew Tree Secondary Modern School, Wythenshawe, and working as an interior decorator, Little began his performing career as a singer and guitarist in Manchester pubs before teaming up with Large. Originally titled Cyril Mead and Friend, then Mead and McGinnis, after changing their name to Little and Large their double act won Opportunity Knocks in 1971 leading to a successful 20-year television career. The partnership's first television pilot was recorded in 1976, followed by a regular series in 1977. After switching to the BBC, their show was cancelled in 1991.
After the cancellation of The Little and Large Show, Little appeared occasionally on shows such as Shooting Stars, until 2005 when he took part in the reality television show Trust Me I'm A Holiday Rep. He also appeared in The Bob Monkhouse Show, Wogan and Comedy Map of Britain.
In 2018, he appeared in the fly-on-the-wall documentary The Real Marigold Hotel. In 2019 he appeared on The Real Marigold Hotel on tour travelling to Vietnam. Other TV appearances in recent years include Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Britains Great Double Acts, Double Acts at Christmas, Bradley Walsh's When dummies ruled the world. Syd also appeared in a radio commercial for Specsavers with Eddie Large. In January 2019 Syd and Eddie appeared as headline guests for the Slapstick comedy festival speaking about their lives and career to a sold out audience at a Bristol theatre.
In April 2020 Eddie Large died. Shortly afterwards, Syd's agent Alan Hamilton of Hamilton Management issued a statement in which Syd stated ‘I am devastated to have lost not just my comedy partner of 60 years, but my friend of 60 years’.
Syd lives with his wife of 45 years and his son in Fleetwood.
- Little, S. and Gidney, C. 2004. Little by Little. Canterbury Press, Norwich. pp. 256
- Little, S. 1999. Little Goes a Long Way: My Own Story. Harper Collins. pp. 176
- "Little and Large 'haven't spoken for a long time'". The Independent. PA. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
- Padman, Tony (3 February 2018). "Comedian Syd Little: Where is he now?". Daily Express.
- Philip Key (7 December 2007). "Syd's getting there, Little by Little". Liverpool Daily Post. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
- "BBC Celebrity Masterchef 2015". n.d.
- "BBC – Syd Little – Media Centre". bbc.co.uk.