Clive Swift Has Died, Aged 82

Actor Clive Swift, known to millions as Hyacinth Bucket’s hen-pecked husband Richard in BBC One’s 90s sitcom Keeping Up Appearances, has died aged 82.

Swift, who spent 10 years at the RSC before breaking into television, also acted in such series as Peak Practice, Born and Bred and The Old Guys.

He spent six years playing Richard opposite Dame Patricia Routledge.

The role saw him patiently tolerate her ham-fisted and invariably thwarted attempts at social climbing.

Dame Patricia said she was “deeply saddened” to hear of her former co-star’s death.

“Clive was a skilful and inventive actor with wide experience, as his successful career proved,” she said.

“I so much admire what he brought to the barely sketched role of Hyacinth’s husband and treasure the memories of our happy collaboration.”

Off-screen he co-founded The Actors Centre, a meeting place for members of his profession in central London.

Source and Tributes: BBC






Clive Swift:1936 – 2019

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