Syd Little

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Syd Little
Born Cyril Mead
(1942-12-19) 19 December 1942 (age 74)
Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Occupation Television comedian
Years active 1971 - Present

Syd Little (born Cyril Mead on 19 December 1942) is an English comedian and was once the straight man in the double act Little and Large, with Eddie Large.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Blackpool, Little grew up in Manchester. After leaving Yew Tree Secondary Modern School, Wythenshawe, and working as an interior decorator, Little started as a singer and guitarist in Manchester pubs before teaming up with Large. Originally titled Cyril Mead and Friend, then Mead and McGinnis,[2] after changing their name to Little and Large their double act won Opportunity Knocks in 1971[1] and this eventually led to a successful 20 year television career. The duo's first television pilot was filmed in 1976, and this led to a regular series in 1977.[2] The show was cancelled 14 years later, in 1991.[1]

After the cancellation of The Little and Large Show, Little fell into relative obscurity, appearing 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 August 2012 Syd, and his wife Sheree, ventured into pastures new by opening The "Little" Restaurant at The Strawberry Gardens pub in his hometown of Fleetwood, Lancashire, but moved the business to the Steamer pub, also in Fleetwood, in April 2016.

In 2015, Little took part in BBC One's Celebrity MasterChef and made it through to the third round, but not the fourth.

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c PA (1 June 2010). "Little and Large 'haven't spoken for a long time'". The Independent. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Philip Key (7 December 2007). "Syd's getting there, Little by Little". Liverpool Daily Post. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 

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