Clive Swift dies aged 82
The star was known for his many sitcom roles including Keeping Up Appearances
Actor Clive Swift has died aged 82 following a short illness.
The comedy star, who spent six years playing Richard Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances, worked for a decade at the RSC early in his career before transitioning to television.
Born in Liverpool, Swift studied English literature at Cambridge University. His other TV credits included Peak Practice, Born and The Old Guys. More recently he ahd special appearances in shows like Doctor Who and Hustle.
Swift spent a large amount of time working to support emerging acting talent. He was a teacher at LAMDA and at RADA, and alongside Sheila Hancock, John Alderton and William Hobbs, he went on to co-found the Actors Centre, which to this day helps performers in London and recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.
Tributes for Swift poured in online:
RIP Clive Swift. Had the pleasure of working with him twice. He had a wicked sense of humour and was totally professional. A great dead pan delivery and superb straight man. pic.twitter.com/G2umfGxvKi— Kevin Bishop (@IAMKEVBISH) February 1, 2019
Keeping Up Appearances star Clive Swift has died at the age of 82. Clive, who played Richard Bucket in the popular BBC sitcom. I loved his character along with Hyacinth Bucket, one of my favourite comedies, he leaves some brilliant comedy moments behind. R.I.P. Clive pic.twitter.com/AhW1XOrYSg— Angela Rayner (@AngelaRayner) February 1, 2019
Very sad to hear of the death of Clive Swift. I had the pleasure of writing for him a few years ago. To be both funny and emotionally real in a three-camera audience sitcom is the rarest of skills. He excelled at it, and it was a treat to watch him.— Simon Blackwell (@simonblackwell) February 1, 2019
Oh dear old Clive Swift. RIP. He was the heart and soul of Keeping Up Appearances.— Ben Pobjie (@benpobjie) February 1, 2019
Clive Swift has died aged 82. He played Hyacinth Bucket's long-suffering husband Richard in Keeping Up Appearances, Mr Copper in Doctor Who's Voyage of the Damned and so much more. He passed away this morning after a short illness, his agency has confirmed. pic.twitter.com/i966OmOkBo— lizo mzimba (@lizo_mzimba) February 1, 2019
Clive Swift, throughout his professional career, showed great devotion and generosity to us and to the tens of thousands of actors that have passed through our doors. A long-standing board member and founder, an exceptional actor, we will never forget him. Rest in peace Clive. pic.twitter.com/zNRTUkF5ZR— the Actors Centre (@theActorsCentre) February 1, 2019