Clive Swift

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Clive Swift
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Birth nameClive Walter Swift
Born(1936-02-09)9 February 1936
Liverpool, England
Died1 February 2019(2019-02-01) (aged 82)
London, England
MediumTelevision, film
NationalityBritish
Years active1965–2017
Spouse
Margaret Drabble
(m. 1960; div. 1975)
ChildrenRebecca Swift
Adam Swift
Joe Swift
Relative(s)David Swift (brother)

Clive Walter Swift (9 February 1936 – 1 February 2019) was an English actor and songwriter. He was best known for his role as Richard Bucket, the long-suffering husband of Hyacinth (played by Patricia Routledge) in the British television series Keeping Up Appearances, but played many other film and television roles.

Life and career[edit]

Swift was born in Liverpool on 9 February 1936,[1] the son of Lily Rebecca (née Greenman) and Abram Sampson Swift.[2] His elder brother David was also an actor. Both were educated at Clifton College and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where Clive read English literature. He was previously[when?] a teacher at LAMDA and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His family was Jewish.[3]

He appeared as Snug in the Royal Shakespeare Company's 1968 film production of A Midsummer Night's Dream as part of a cast that included Diana Rigg, Helen Mirren and Ian Richardson.[4] During 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, as well as the BBC adaptation of The Barchester Chronicles.[4] He is best known for his role on Keeping Up Appearances as Richard Bucket, the long-suffering husband of Hyacinth.[4] Swift made two appearances in Doctor Who, in the 1985 story Revelation of the Daleks and the 2007 Christmas special.[5] He also played Sir Ector, the adoptive father of King Arthur in John Boorman's 1981 film Excalibur.[4]

In addition to acting, he was a songwriter. Many of his songs were included in his shows Richard Bucket Overflows: An Audience with Clive Swift, which toured the UK in 2007,[6] and Clive Swift Entertains, in which he performed his own music and lyrics, which toured the UK in 2009.[7] He also played the part of the Reverend Eustacius Brewer in Born and Bred, which aired on BBC One from 2002 to 2005.[1]

Personal life and death[edit]

Swift was married to novelist Margaret Drabble from 1960 until their divorce in 1975.[8] He was the father of one daughter, Rebecca (who died in April 2017), known for running The Literary Consultancy in London, and two sons, Adam Swift, an academic, and Joe Swift, a garden designer, journalist and television presenter.[9]

Swift died at home on 1 February 2019, following a short illness, eight days before his 83rd birthday.[10] Paying tribute to Swift, fellow actor James Dreyfus said "Loved this extremely talented, subtle actor".[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1965 Catch Us If You Can[12] Duffie
1968 A Midsummer Night's Dream[13] Snug
1972 Frenzy[14] Johnny Porter
1972 Death Line[15] Inspector Richardson
1973 The National Health[16] Ash
1973 Man at the Top[17] Massey
1978 The Sailor's Return[18] Reverend Pottock
1981 Excalibur[19] Ector
1984 Memed My Hawk[20] Magistrate
1984 A Passage to India[21] Major Callendar
1988 Young Toscanini[22] Comparsa Uncredited
1990 Othello[23] Brabantio DVD re-released 2004[24]
1997 Gaston's War[25] General James

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1970 Mad Jack
1971 The Stalls of Barchester[26] Dr. Black
1972 The Liver Birds[27] Jim Royle 1 episode
1972 Dead of Night[28] Dan
1972 A Warning to the Curious[29] Dr. Black
1976 Romeo and Juliet[1] Friar Lawrence
1978 Bless Me, Father[30] Fred Dobie 1 episode: "Father and Mother"
1978 1990
1979 Henry IV, Part 1[31] Thomas Percy, Earl of Worcester
1981 Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years[32] Sir Horace Wilson
1982 Tales of the Unexpected[1] Latham 1 episode: S5, E5 "Stranger in Town"
1982 The Barchester Chronicles[33] Bishop Proudie
1985 The Pickwick Papers[34] Tracy Tupman
1985 Doctor Who Professor Jobel Revelation of the Daleks[34]
1986 First Among Equals[1] Alec Pimkin
1987 Inspector Morse[34] Doctor Bartlett
1987 Pack of Lies[35] Ellis
1990–1995 Keeping Up Appearances[34] Richard Bucket Main role
1993 Heartbeat[36] Victor Kellerman 1 episode: "Going Home"
1997 The Famous Five[34] Mr. Pottersham Five Have a Wonderful Time
1998 Peak Practice[37] Norman Shorthose 1 episode: "A Child I Dreamed"
1999 Aristocrats[38] King George II
2002–2005 Born and Bred[34] Reverend Eustacius Brewer
2007 Doctor Who Mr. Copper "Voyage of the Damned"[39]
2009–2010 The Old Guys[34][1] Roy
2011 Hustle[40] Yusef
2014 Cuckoo[1] Dr. Rafferty 1 episode
2015 Rosamunde Pilcher Edward Whiteley “Fighting for Her Family”[1]
2017 Midsomer Murders[41] Felix Hope (final appearance)

Radio[edit]

Stage[edit]

Other[edit]

  • As Cyril (Beatie's brother-in-law in Australia) in a TV commercial for British Telecom (1989)[49]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Clive Swift profile, filmreference.com; accessed 12 October 2016.
  3. ^ Margaret Drabble (20 April 2010). "Art Thou Contented, Jew?". Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d "Clive Swift Obituary". The Guardian. 1 February 2019.
  5. ^ Warner, Sam (30 October 2017). "Hilariously grumpy Doctor Who interview resurfaces". Digital Spy. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  6. ^ Padman, Tony (5 April 2014). "Whatever happened to Keeping Up Appearances' Richard Bucket?". Daily Express. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
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  8. ^ Sadler, Lynn Veach (1986). Margaret Drabble. Twayne Publishers. ISBN 978-0-8057-6907-4. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  9. ^ Silgardo, Melanie (25 April 2017). "Rebecca Swift obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
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  23. ^ Brooke, Michael. "Othello (1990)". BFI Screenonline. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
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  32. ^ "Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years". Britishdrama.org.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  33. ^ "The Barchester Chronicles". Trollope Society. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
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  39. ^ "10 Things You May Not Know About 'Voyage of the Damned'".
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  47. ^ "Cymbeline, Gaskill/Allio, Royal Shakespeare Company, July 1962". Ahds.rhul.ac.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
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  49. ^ Lipman, Maureen; Phillips, Richard (1989). You Got an Ology?. Fontana Press.

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