Coronation Street star John Savident - who played much-loved butcher Fred Elliott - dies aged 86

Much-loved Coronation Street actor John Savident, who played butcher Fred Elliott, has died aged 86
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A much-loved Coronation Street actor from the 1990s and noughties has died aged 86, his agent has confirmed.

John Savident played Fred Elliott, Weatherfield's bumbling, booming and often stroppy butcher from 1994 to 2006. Fred - full name Frederick Handel Elliott - had a habit of repeating both what he and others had just said, so his inadvertent catchphrases became "I said" and "I say".

Coronation Street's Fred Elliott, aka actor John Savident, has died at the age of 86. Coronation Street's Fred Elliott, aka actor John Savident, has died at the age of 86.
Coronation Street's Fred Elliott, aka actor John Savident, has died at the age of 86.
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Having started as a fully comic character, his personality became more nuanced and he became a linchpin of the soap. Fred bowed out in dramatic and tragic style, dying from a massive stroke on his wedding day to Bev Unwin (Susie Blake), moments after speaking to Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls) who had confessed to feelings for him. He had a popular partnership with his on-screen son, Ashley Peacock, actor Steven Arnold, as they ran the iconic soap's butchers together.

Savident was born in Guernsey and had to flee the Second World War German occupation of the island with his family in a fishing boat. Having settled in England, he became a policeman before turning to acting, and before Coronation Street appeared in A Clockwork Orange, Blake's 7, and the film The Remains of the Day, as well as playing roles in Doctor Who and The Saint.

Savident had been married to Rona Hopkinson since 1961 and the couple had two children and several grandchildren.

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