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Monday, 4 December, 2000, 12:41 GMT
Stabbed Street star to miss live episode
John Savident
John Savident was treated in hospital for 12 hours
Coronation Street actor John Savident will not appear in the soap's 40th anniversary live episode after he was stabbed in the neck in an attack at his Manchester flat.

The 62-year-old, who plays butcher Fred Elliott, is to take time off to recover from the ordeal, a spokeswoman for Coronation Street confirmed.

His absence has not caused a major re-writing headache for the writers and producers, who are overseeing a live episode of the soap on Friday, 7 December.

She said: "It's not a huge problem for us at all. We're all very calm about it, it was only a couple of rewrites, another member of cast has agreed to stand in."

She added: "He was just in the Rovers Return, he wasn't one of the main protagonists. We just decided he needs this week to get well."

Hospital

Savident was treated in hospital for 12 hours on Friday after the attack at his flat, which is close to the Granada TV studios where the soap is filmed.

Savident has played the role of Fred Elliott since 1994.

A former policeman in Manchester, he left the force in the early 60s to become a professional actor, appearing in panto and popular TV series, such as The Bill and Dr Who.

A 28-year-old man was remanded in custody by Manchester City Magistrates on Saturday, charged with wounding the actor and robbery.

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