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Clive Swift dies aged 82

The star was known for his many sitcom roles including ”Keeping Up Appearances”

Clive Swift
Clive Swift
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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:

— Kevin Bishop (@IAMKEVBISH) February 1, 2019

— Angela Rayner (@AngelaRayner) February 1, 2019

— Simon Blackwell (@simonblackwell) February 1, 2019

— Ben Pobjie (@benpobjie) February 1, 2019

— lizo mzimba (@lizo_mzimba) February 1, 2019

— the Actors Centre (@theActorsCentre) February 1, 2019