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Tributes to “Fred Elliott” – John Savident

Tributes are being paid to John Savident, the actor who played the larger-than-life Fred Elliott in Coronation Street.

His agent said in a statement:

“We are sad to announce the death of the actor John Savident who died on Wednesday 21 February, he was a much-loved husband and father of two and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.” 

The 86-year-old spent 12 years on the Street, before he was killed off in 2006 – on the day he was supposed to marry Bev (Susie Blake).

Today ITV said their thoughts were with “his family and friends, and everyone on the Coronation Street team.”

Co-star Sue Nicholls who played love interest, Audrey Roberts said:

“I am very sad to hear of John’s passing. My memories of working with you dear John on the street are a joy, and always will be. God bless you and thank you for being in my life. Much love to you and your friends and family.”

ITV’s Executive Producer for Continuing Drama added: 

“As Fred Elliott, John firmly established himself in the pantheon of Coronation Street greats.

“His peerless comic timing, combined with a deep pathos arising from his outstanding dramatic skill, made Fred an unforgettable, iconic character that provided great joy to viewers for many years.”

While he will always be associated with Coronation Street, his acting credits include some of the biggest titles in British television and film. Just a selection are A Clockwork Orange, Yes Minster, Blake’s 7, Blackadder, Mr Bean, Jeeves and Wooster, Dr Who and Dixon of Dock Green.

Born in Guernsey, in 1938, his family moved to Greater Manchester when he was 3 – the island was then under German occupation. His road to acting came via the police force.

He was married to the theatre director, Rona Hopkinson. They had 2 children.

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