Who was Joan Savage and was she married?

JOAN Savage has had roles in Coronation Street and Dad’s Army in her six-decade career.

The actress has sadly passed away at the age of 89 – here we take a look at her life, career, husband and children.

Joan Savage outside the Barbican in London in 1982


Joan Savage outside the Barbican in London in 1982Photo credit: Getty

Who was Joan Savage?

Joan Savage was born in January 1934 in Blackpool, Lancashire, England.

As a teenager, she accompanied her comedian father Norman through the club scene in the north of England.

Savage joined the Blackpool Children’s Tower Ballet and Blackpool Tower Circus at the age of 12.

She rode elephants, roller-skated and sang songs in a variety of performances, which paved the way for an appearance on Mr. Ronnie Taylor’s Variety Fanfare on BBC Radio.

According to The Blackpool Gazette, Joan went on tour as the lead in a George and Alfred Black entertainment show called Music and Madness.

In 2008 she was awarded the Freedom of the City of London.

The actress is said to have died peacefully at Brinsworth House retirement home in Twickenham, south-west London, earlier this month.

Was Joan Savage married and had children?

During the Music and Madness tour, Joan met fellow artist Ken Morris, whom she married in Blackpool in 1955.

The pair later formed a successful double act and appeared in a number of TV commercials and shows, including The Jack Jackson Show and The Black and White Minstrel Show.

In March 1960 they had a daughter named Kelly.

Her first husband Ken sadly passed away in July 1969 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.

She married Bryan in November 1972 and is survived by daughter Kelly and grandchildren Mark and Simon.

In tribute, her daughter Kelly said: “Mom always said, ‘I’d like to walk in my tap shoes,’ so the last few years have been extremely difficult for her and for us as a family.”

“I hope she gets back together with her contemporaries in show business and puts on a show up there.”

What TV shows has Joan Savage been on?

Joan appeared in 12 episodes of The Arthur Haynes Show between 1956 and 1962.

Savage played dancer Celeste Pickersgill during a brief stint on Coronation Street in 2000 – she was partnered with Norris Cole during a competition at the Tower Ballroom.

Joan also appeared in one episode of Dad’s Army in 1972, two episodes of Come Back, Lucy in 1978 and over a seven-year period on The Arthur Haynes Show.

In her illustrious career, she appeared in more than 350 TV shows

Jake Nichol

Jake Nichol is a Nytimas U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Jake Nichol joined Nytimas in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: jakenichol@nytimas.com.

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