Celebrities with big ears: Who sports the biggest and best?

Bruno Cooke August 16, 2020
Celebrities with big ears: Who sports the biggest and best?

We all have a friend with large ears. Some wear them well, others decidedly don’t. Which celebrities with big ears do you admire?

It is a look championed by public figures like Dumbo, whom we all know as the elephant with the big ears, and Big Ears, the compassionate grump, who notoriously “hobnobbed” with Noddy.

Every era needs a Dumbo. Possibly every species, too. Here’s a few to get you started. From Adams to Eves, there’s something for everybody, hopefully. 

Adam Driver

We could not but start with Adam ‘Lots-of-things-have-been-said-about-my-face’ Driver, whose large ears, nose, eyes, chin and forehead are almost as seismic as the impact he has made on the hearts and minds of audiences since his broadway debut in 2010. Which is to say nothing of his large feet, or hands. 

He could not have made a bigger splash if he had tried. Since appearing on our screens as lumbering boyfriend and theatre maker in Lena Dunham’s Girls, the ex-marine turned actor has put in some spectacular turns. Have his ears held him back? Have they heck.

Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Daphne Groeneveld

Groeneveld is one of those models who appear in listicles about how looking ‘unusual’ need not be a hindrance to a modelling career. Born in South Holland on Christmas Eve with ears to be proud of, Groeneveld has rubbed shoulders with the likes of Marc Jacobs and Vera Wang. She walks for the Guccis of the world. 

Rumour has it, Groeneveld’s tympanic membranes are so effective that she can hear a kettle boiling on the other side of the room. We are still awaiting a response from her agent to confirm.

Will Smith

Ah, William. Here is a man with an auditory system worth getting jiggy about. The Smith family lineage knows a thing or two about vestibular apparatuses, and boasts among its descendants some of the finest fenestra in Hollywood.

If ears could fight zombies, Smith’s wouldn’t need a second ending. They are legend.

Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Jennifer Garner

Is she dating Bradley Cooper? A newsworthy question. But how much of her $80 million net worth has she spent on insuring her arteria auricularis?

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Garner has garnered considerable critical praise for performances in Dallas Buyers Club and Dude, Where’s My Car? She also laid down some pretty large beats as CIA officer Sydney Bristow in the J. J. Abrams’ spy-action thriller Alias.

When not starring in box-office hits, the Texan actor-campaigner is also a board member for Save the Children.

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Michael Phelps

And finally… The most decorated Olympian of all time has more than just his flippers-for-feet to thank. Rumours abound that the 65-times gold medallist has trained even the most ostensibly innocuous appendages to assist him the act of forward propulsion. We mean his ears.

Word around the pool is, he once swam the English Channel using only the vibrations of his ear drum, and by occasionally flapping his lobes. Hot damn, Mr Phelps. Take my breath away.

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Bruno Cooke has been a freelance journalist since 2019, primarily with GRV Media. He was an early contributor to The Focus, and has written for HITC, Groundviews and the Sheffield University newspaper – he earned his MA in Global Journalism there in 2021. He’s the Spoken Word Poetry Editor for The Friday Poem, and self-published his debut novel Reveries in 2019, which his mum called both a “fine read” and “excellent Christmas present”. Bruno has lived in China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines and likes, among other things: bicycle touring, black and white Japanese films, pub quizzes, fermentation and baklava. In 2023, Bruno will set off with his partner on a round-the-world cycle.