Clive Swift


Clive Swift
Clive Swift
Birth name Clive Walter Swift
Born 9 February 1936 (1936-02-09) (age 75)
Liverpool, England
Medium Actor
Songwriter
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.

Contents

Film

Television

Radio

  • 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

Stage

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

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