|Birth name||Clive Walter Swift|
9 February 1936 |
Liverpool, Lancashire, England
|Spouse||Margaret Drabble (1960–1975) (divorced)|
Clive Walter Swift (born 9 February 1936) is an English actor and songwriter. He is best known for his role as Richard Bucket in the British television series Keeping Up Appearances, but has played many other notable film and television roles, including that of Roy in the British television series The Old Guys.
Life and career
Swift was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, the son of Lily Rebecca (née Greenman) and Abram Sampson Swift. His older brother, David Swift, is also an actor. Both brothers were educated at Clifton College and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where Clive read English literature. He was previously a teacher at LAMDA and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His family was Jewish.
In the 1970s, he appeared as Doctor Black in two of the BBC's M.R. James adaptations: The Stalls of Barchester and A Warning to the Curious. He portrayed Det.Insp Waugh of the CID in the 1970/71 TV series Waugh on Crime. He is most noted for his performance in Keeping Up Appearances, starring as Richard Bucket, the long-suffering husband of Hyacinth. He also starred in the BBC adaptation of The Barchester Chronicles and appeared in the Doctor Who story Revelation of the Daleks. On 25 December 2007, he appeared in a Doctor Who Christmas special as Mr Copper. He also played Sir Ector, the adoptive father of King Arthur in John Boorman's 1981 film Excalibur.
Swift was formerly married to novelist Margaret Drabble (1960–75). He is the father of one daughter, Rebecca, who runs the Literary Consultancy in London's Free Word Centre and two sons, Adam Swift, an academic, and Joe Swift, a TV gardener.
As well as acting, he is a songwriter. Many of his songs are included in his show, Richard Bucket Overflows: An Audience with Clive Swift, which toured the UK in 2007 and Clive Swift Entertains, performing his own music and lyrics, which toured the UK in 2009. He also played the part of the Reverend Eustacius Brewer in Born and Bred, which aired on BBC 1 from 2002–05.
- Catch Us If You Can (1965)
- A Midsummernights Dream (1968)
- Death Line (1972)
- Frenzy (1972)
- The National Health (1973)
- Man at the Top (1973)
- Romeo and Juliet (1976)
- Excalibur (1981)
- A Passage to India (1984)
- Gaston's War (1997)
- Othello (2004)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film) (2004) as the painting of Sir Cadogan
- Hustle as Yusef
- The Old Guys as Roy
- Bless Me Father as art dealer
- Born and Bred as Reverend Brewer
- Peak Practice as Norman Shorthose
- Aristocrats as King George II
- Keeping Up Appearances as Richard Bucket
- Heartbeat as Victor Kellerman
- Henry IV Part One - Thomas Percy, Earl of Worcester
- Doctor Who
- Waugh on Crime as Inspector Waugh
- Beasts – "The Dummy" as Bunny
- First Among Equals as Alec Pimkin
- Inspector Morse – "The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn" as Doctor Bartlett
- The Liver Birds – "Birds on strike" as Jim Royle
- Dead of Night - "The Exorcism"
- The Stalls of Barchester as Dr. Black
- Barchester Chronicles
- A Warning to the Curious
- South Riding (1974 adaption) as Alfred Huggins
- The Pickwick Papers (1985 adaption) as Tracy Tupman
- Tales of the Unexpected - "Stranger in Town" as Latham
- Oblomov as the Doctor
- The Right Time
- From Fact to Fiction – The Orchard as the Narrator
- Measure for Measure as Escalus
- "Jorrocks's Jaunts and Jollities" as Nash
- "The Price of Fear – Remains to be Seen" as Fred Trebor
|1980||The Nesbitts Are Coming||Ernie Nesbitt|
|1985||The Pickwick Papers||Tracy Tupman|
|1985/2007||Doctor Who||Jobel/Mr. Copper|
|1990 to 1995||Keeping Up Appearances||Richard Bucket|
|2009 to 2010||The Old Guys||Roy Bowden|
- "Lancashire" is correct. Merseyside did not exist before 1 April 1974
- Clive Swift Biography (1936–)
- Margaret Drabble (20 April 2010). "Art Thou Contented, Jew?". Retrieved 30 July 2014.
- Sadler, Lynn Veach (1986). Margaret Drabble. Twayne Publishers. ISBN 978-0-8057-6907-4. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
- Romeo and Juliet (1976)