|Born||27th October 1938|
|Died||9th October 2006|
|Spouse(s)|| Sybil Elliott (1959) |
Maureen Holdsworth (1997)
Evelyn Sykes (2001)
|Children||Ashley Peacock (1977)|
|First appearance||26th August 1994|
|Last appearance||11th October 2006|
|Duration||1994, 1995, 1996-2006|
|Number of appearances||1062|
|Played by||John Savident|
Frederick Handel "Fred" Elliott was a Master Butcher, his shop being situated on Gas Street, and first appeared in the Street as part of the Weatherfield delegation to their French twin town. At a black pudding contest, Fred tried to bribe the French judges, and nearly caused a diplomatic incident.
In May 1999, after gossiping a bit too much to Audrey Roberts, Fred was forced to admit that Ashley was his secret son. About a year after Fred's first wife Sybil had died, Fred became romantically involved with Kathleen Gutteridge, a young worker in Elliott's old shop in Nelson Street. Kathleen became pregnant, but scoffed at the idea when Fred proposed marriage - she was too young and wanted to see the world. It was agreed that Kathleen would leave the baby boy with Fred's childless sister, Beryl Peacock and her husband Sam. They brought up Ashley as their own son, never telling him of his true parentage.
Ashley found out that Fred was his dad and they forged a close bond, even moving in together at 4 Coronation Street which Fred bought from Mavis Wilton after the death of her husband Derek. Ashley and his wife Maxine lived there until Maxine died and then Claire Casey the nanny moved in, eventually marrying Ashley and completing the family with the birth of Freddie, a new grandson in July 2006.
Fred was scammed by a woman named Stacy Hilton who pretended to be an immigrant called Orchid, looking for a "mail order" husband. She was after his money, working with an acquaintance of Fred's. Ashley discovered her working on a market and Fred's heart was again broken. A year or so later, Fred discovered Orchid beaten and being admitted to hospital. He almost took her back in but in the end sent her on her way.
Always a serial proposer, having been turned down by Rita Sullivan, Audrey Roberts and Doreen Heavey, he made friends with Shelley Unwin's mom, Bev. They started to develop a closeness that they both shied away from, having been burned by members of the opposite sex in relationships but soon came to care deeply for each other. This time, Fred's proposal was accepted. They decided to move away from Weatherfield and Fred accepted an offer for the pub from Steve McDonald. The wedding was all set to go. However, his old friend Audrey was having doubts and spilled her heart out to Fred. She regretted saying no to him all those years ago! This caused Fred a lot of anxiety but on his wedding day, he rushed from the church to see Audrey and told her gently that he was marrying Bev, whom he loved. On the way out of her house, he collapsed from a massive coronary leaving his family, friends and almost wife, Bev, devastated.
- Fred was introduced on a recurring basis, before returning full time in 1996.
- Fred was originally meant to appear in the 2000 40th Anniversary Live episode. But unfortunately in real life he was attacked by a knife, and all of Fred's lines were given to character Duggie Ferguson while the actor recovered from the injury.
- In 2005, it was announced that Savident planned to quit after eleven years, wanting to spend time with his family. In 2006, Fred was killed off, although the episode where he had a stroke and died wasn't his last, he appeared in another episode in an open casket.
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- Ashley was shocked when his apprentice butcher Graeme Proctor began talking like his dad Fred, and believed that he was possibly possessed. However, it turned out that Graeme had learned about Fred when Ashley's wife Claire told him about him, and Graeme was only doing it to wind Ashley up.