Stephen Mackintosh as Fred in The Muppet Christmas Carol.

Donald Duck as Fred in Mickey's Christmas Carol.

And therefore, Uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that Christmas has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!

— Fred, firmly refuting his uncle and all his works

Fred is Ebenezer Scrooge's nephew and only living relative in A Christmas Carol. Fred is also a gentleman of some means, but unlike his miserly uncle, he is a kind-hearted, generous, cheerful, and optimistic man who loves Christmas. Fred believes that there is good to be found in everyone, even his misanthropic uncle Scrooge, whom he invites to Christmas dinner every year despite constant rejection. Fred believes that the good in Scrooge can be brought to the surface.

Fred is the son of Scrooge's sister Fan/Fran, who died many years before the story begins. Scrooge, who loved his sister very much, has never accepted her death, and the sight of Fred unfailingly reminds him of the grief he still feels from her loss. This is one reason for Scrooge's antipathy towards his nephew; another is Fred's unceasingly cheerful attitude, which is anathema to Scrooge's cynical personality.

Portrayals

Performer Production Year Notes
Barry MacKay A Christmas Carol 1938
Michael Medwin Scrooge 1970
Dennis Day The Stingiest Man in Town 1978
Bob Crandall
(played by Dick Sargent)
A Bionic Christmas Carol 1976 The character of Bob Crandall is a composite character combining aspects of Fred and Bob Cratchit.
Donald Duck
(voiced by Clarence Nash)
Mickey's Christmas Carol 1983
Roger Rees A Christmas Carol 1984 This version gives him the surname Honeywell.
Steven Mackintosh The Muppet Christmas Carol 1992 His mother, Fan/Fran (Scrooge's sister) is completely absent in this version.
Voiced by
Will Ryan
A Flintstones' Christmas Carol 1994 This version of the character is named Ned (to avoid confusion with Fred Flintstone).
Dominic West A Christmas Carol 1999
Julian Ovenden A Christmas Carol 2004 This version gives him the surname Anderson.
Colin Firth A Christmas Carol 2009
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