Skip to main content
Eddie Large
(Image credit: Getty Images)

The star was hugely successful during the 1970s and 1980s

Hugely popular comedian Eddie Large has died aged 78, his agent has told the BBC.

The Glasgow-born entertainer, who grew up in Manchester, was best known for the long-running double act he struck up as Little and Large with fellow comedian Syd Little.

Eddie Large and Syd Little Little and Large Show

Comedians Eddie Large (left) and Syd Little in a sketch for the The Little and Large Show in 1991. (credit: Don Smith/Radio Times/Getty Images) (Image credit: Getty Images)

The pair achieved big popularity with The Little and Large Show, which at the height of its success attracted almost 15 million viewers. It ran from 1978 until it was dropped by the Beeb in 1991.

Eddie Large and Syd Little in the 1970s

Eddie and Syd, who originally started out as singers, snapped in London in 1977 (credit: Getty images)

Eddie was seen as the funny chap to Syd’s straight guy.

Before their time on the BBC, they also enjoyed success on ITV in the 1970s with The Little and Large Telly Show.

The pair enjoyed a reunion on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway in 2018.

See more

Among those paying tribute to Eddie was Little Britain’s Matt Lucas, who wrote: “Eddie Large (along with his supersonic friend Syd) was really lovely and kind and encouraging to me when I was nipper on Shooting Stars. So sad to hear of his passing.”

Comedian Jason Manford also paid tribute, tweeting: “So sorry to hear about Eddie Large passing away. Came to every comedy and musical show I did whenever I hit Bristol and was always around for a chat about comedy and Man City afterwards. Such a gentle, funny man. RIP Eddie.”

See more

Large was a lifelong Manchester City fan and the club posted a tweet saying how “sad” they were to hear the news. Adding: “Our thoughts are with Eddie’s friends and family at this difficult time.”

Eddie was seen with Syd on an episode of Pointless Celebrities last year.

David is the What To Watch Editor and has over 20 years of experience in television journalism. He is currently writing about the latest television and film news for What To Watch.

Before working for What To Watch, David spent many years on TV Times magazine, interviewing some of television's most famous stars including Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland, singer Lionel Richie and wildlife legend Sir David Attenborough. 

David started out as a writer on TV Times before becoming the title's deputy features editor and then features editor. During his time on TV Times, David also helped run the annual TV Times Awards. David is a huge Death in Paradise fan, although he's still failed to solve a case before the show's detective! He also loves James Bond and controversially thinks that Timothy Dalton was an excellent 007.

Other than watching and writing about telly, David loves playing cricket, going to the cinema, trying to improve his tennis and chasing about after his kids!