John Savident started out a police officer in Manchester who participated in amateur theatre on the side. It soon lead to his first television role in 1968. Since then, he’s had hundreds of roles, from movies to television to theatre:
Some of Savident’s Movie roles:
A Clockwork Orange - Conspirator
Waterloo - Gen. Muffling
Battle Of Britain – RAF Officer
The Remains of the Day – Dr. Meredith
Some of Savident’s Television roles:
The Avengers - Winthrop
Yes Minister - Sir Frederick 'Jumbo' Stewart
Doctor Who (episode The Visitation) – The Squire
Middlemarch – Raffles
The Saint – Frank Lomax
Of course his most enduring role was as our beloved Fred Elliott on Coronation Street. He started in August of 1994 and in 1999, he won a well-earned British Soap Award for Best Comedy Performance. He played Fred Elliott beautifully: neurotic, sensitive, bumbling and sweet.
Savident has not been without controversy; he was stabbed in the neck by a guy he met in Manchester in December of 2000. It's a strange tale.
Savident gave his notice to Coronation Street in December of 2005 citing personal reasons. His last episode was filmed in October, 2006, and he has since returned to the stage. Savident was part of the original London cast of Phantom of the Opera (the one starring Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman. He played Monsieur Firman).
Most recently, he toured in a production of “Hobson’s Choice”:
It’s Salford, 1880 and cantankerous and obstinate Henry Horatio Hobson runs a successful bootmaker’s shop. (…)
Henry Hobson is brought magnificently to life by John Savident, one of the country’s most versatile and popular actors.
SourceWe owe John Savident a debt of gratitude for the wonderful gift that was Fred Elliott. Thank you for your wonderful work!