David Swift (actor)

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David Swift
Born (1931-04-03) 3 April 1931 (age 84)
Liverpool, Lancashire, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1961–2004
Spouse(s) Paula Jacobs (1953–present)
Children Julia Swift

David Swift (born 3 April 1931) is an English actor.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Liverpool, Lancashire,[1] and educated at Clifton College and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he studied law. He then embarked on a career as a businessman with his father-in-law, J.P. Jacobs, whose company supplied all the elastic to Marks & Spencer.


Swift made his television debut in 1961. In 1979 he appeared as Dingley alongside Richard Beckinsale in the BBC situation comedy Bloomers and also appeared in several episodes of Going Straight. Prior to this he'd made a guest appearance again with Beckinsale in the ITV comedy Rising Damp in which he played a suicidal tenant in the episode "Good Samaritans." But it was the role of irascible newsreader Henry Davenport in the topical comedy Drop the Dead Donkey, written by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, for which Swift became best known. He has also made occasional appearances as God in the Radio 4 comedy Old Harry's Game, also written by Hamilton.

Personal life[edit]

Swift is the brother of another actor, Clive Swift of Keeping Up Appearances fame, with whom he has sometimes performed, and therefore the uncle of the academic Adam Swift and the television personality Joe Swift and Rebecca. He is also the father of actress Julia Swift and father-in-law of actor David Bamber.

Selected filmography[edit]




  1. ^ "Lancashire" is correct. Merseyside did not exist before 1 April 1974

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