John Savident, known as Fred Elliott on Coronation Street, dies aged 86

John Savident, Known As Fred Elliott On Coronation Street, Dies Aged 86
Former Coronation Street actor John Savident, Ā© PA Archive/PA Images
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By Charlotte McLaughlin, PA Senior Entertainment Reporter

Coronation Street actor John Savident has died, his representative has said.

The 86-year-old was known for his booming voice while playing butcher Fred Elliott on the ITV soap.


A statement from his agent to the PA news agency said: “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.”

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John Savident played Fred Elliott in Coronation Street (Matthew Fearn/PA)

In 1994, Savident arrived on the cobbles and quickly became a fan favourite.


His storylines involved his disastrous love life, including three marriages and several failed proposals.

A secret son, Ashley Peacock (Steven Arnold), also arrived on the show and the two later developed a close bond as they worked as butchers together.

Savident’s character was killed off in 2006, suffering a stroke on the day he was supposed to marry Bev Unwin (Susie Blake).

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