Clive Swift

Clive Swift
Clive Swift
Birth name Clive Walter Swift
Born 9 February 1936 (1936-02-09) (age 75)
Liverpool, England
Medium Actor
Nationality British
Years active 1965–present
Genres Character Comedy
Influences Barry Humphries
as old man
Sandy Stone
Spouse Margaret Drabble (1960–75)

Clive Walter Swift (born 9 February 1936) is an English, character comedy; actor and songwriter. He is best known for his role as character Richard Bucket in the British television series Keeping Up Appearances. He is less known for his role as character Roy in the British television series The Old Guys. Swift was born in Liverpool, England, the son of Lily Rebecca (née Greenman) and Abram Sampson Swift.[1] He was educated at Clifton College and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he read English literature. He was previously a teacher at LAMDA and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Swift has appeared in many TV series and movies.

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 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 (1960-1975). 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. His brother, David Swift, is also an actor.

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, which aired on BBC 1,from 2002-2005.





  • 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


Television roles

Year Title Role
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 Present The Old Guys Roy Bowden


External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Swift (disambiguation) — Swift may refer to: Zoology * Swifts, birds in the order Apodiformes * Swift lizards, of the genus Sceloporus * Swift moths of the family Hepialidae * Swift butterflies, several genera in the skipper butterfly tribe GegeniniPhysicsSwift (approx… …   Wikipedia

  • Clive Stevens — (* 18. Februar 1948 in Bristol) ist ein englischer Jazzsaxophonist, flötist, keyboarder und perkussionist. Stevens hatte Saxophonunterricht bei Eddie Jackman und Ronnie Ross. 1970 war er an Manfred Manns Chapter III beteiligt, bevor er in die USA …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Clive Sinclair — For the Somerset Maugham Award winning author, see Clive Sinclair (author). Sir Clive Sinclair Sinclair meeting young inventors in Bristol, England in 1992 Born Clive Marles Sinclair 30 July 1940 …   Wikipedia

  • Joe Swift — (born 25 May 1965) is a English garden designer, journalist and television personality. He is a regular presenter and designer on the BBC s Gardeners World , co presenter on the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show, Gardeners World… …   Wikipedia

  • David Swift (actor) — For other people of the same name, see David Swift (disambiguation). David Swift Born 3 April 1931 (1931 04 03) (age 80) Liverpool, England Occupation Actor Years active 1961–2004 …   Wikipedia

  • The Old Guys — title card for series 1. Genre Sitcom Created by Jesse Armstrong Sam Bain …   Wikipedia

  • Keeping Up Appearances — infobox television show name = Keeping Up Appearances caption = Keeping Up Appearances opening credits genre = Sitcom runtime = 42x30 minutes 1x50 minutes 1x60 minutes creator = Roy Clarke producer = Harold Snoad starring = Patricia Routledge… …   Wikipedia

  • Motte v Faulkner — For other uses, see Faulkner (disambiguation). Motte v Faulkner (decided 28 November 1735) was a copyright lawsuit between Benjamin Motte and George Faulkner over who had the legal rights to publish the works of Jonathan Swift in London. This… …   Wikipedia

  • BBC Television Shakespeare — DVD Box Set Also known as The Shakespeare Collection (UK) The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare (US) Genre …   Wikipedia

  • List of show business families — This is a list of show business families, compare it to List of U.S. political families. It is contemporary (in the sense that a professional offshoot should still be working in the twentieth or twenty first centuries) and should be expanded. The …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.