Keeping Up Appearances star Clive Swift has died aged 82

Keeping Up Appearances star dead at 82: Fans pay tribute to Clive Swift who was best known for playing Hyacinth Bucket’s long-suffering husband Richard

  • The actor starred in 42 episodes of the British sitcom, including two shorts, from 1990-1995 
  • The show, written by Roy Clarke, was a huge hit and told the story of eccentric and snobby middle class social climber, Hyacinth Bucket (Patricia Routledge)
  • In December 2007, he appeared in the most watched ever Doctor Who Christmas special as Mr Copper, alongside Kylie Minogue
  • One stand out moment for Clive was an interview with Doctor Who Magazine in 2007, which drew much attention due to his grumpy demeanour
  • Clive was married to novelist Margaret Drabble between 1960 and 1975 and was father to daughter Rebecca, who sadly passed away in April 2017 from cancer 
  • His son Joe, 53, is best known for appearing on Gardeners’ World and other botanical series. His other son Adam is a political philosopher and sociologist 

Keeping Up Appearances star Clive Swift, who famously played Hyacinth Bucket’s long-suffering husband Richard, has sadly died aged 82.   

The classically-trained actor starred in 42 episodes of the cult British sitcom, including two shorts, from 1990-1995. 

The show, written by Roy Clarke, was a huge hit and told the story of eccentric and snobby middle class social climber, Hyacinth Bucket (Patricia Routledge).

Keeping Up Appearances star dead aged 82: Fans pay tribute to Clive Swift, (right) who was best known for playing Hyacinth Bucket’s long-suffering husband Richard 

Frustrations: The show follows Hyacinth in her attempts to rise through the social classes, always exasperated by her family, who she considers to be of a much lower social standing

The show follows Hyacinth in her attempts to rise through the social classes, always exasperated by her family, who she considers to be of a lower social standing. 


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Rover driving Richard would regularly roll his eyes over Hyacinth’s irritations whenever her surname was pronounced Bucket instead of Bouquet as she preferred. 

In 2014, he told The Express: ‘I was reluctant to accept the part of Richard until it hit me that Roy Clarke also wrote Last Of The Summer Wine. 

‘Patricia and I got on very well; she’s from Birkenhead – not too far from my birthplace. 

‘Like me she’s very musical and plays the piano and she was very loyal to me. That show is the only proper money I’ve earned, because it was a global success and it’s given me a good pension that I might never have had.’ 

Missed: Tributes to Clive to appeared on social media on Friday, when the news was released

As well as Keeping Up With Appearances, Clive also starred in Midsomer Murders, as well as a BBC adaptation of The Barchester Chronicles.

In December 2007, he appeared in the most watched ever Doctor Who Christmas special as Mr Copper, alongside Kylie Minogue, with around 13million viewers.

One stand out moment for Clive was an interview with Doctor Who Magazine in 2007, which drew much attention due to his grumpy demeanour while discussing his character in Voyage of the Damned.

Hilarious: The show follows Hyacinth, (Patricia Routledge) in her attempts to rise through the social classes as her exasperated husband, Richard watches on 

RIP: As well as Keeping Up With Appearances, Clive also starred in Midsomer Murders, as well as a BBC adaptation of The Barchester Chronicles

Happier times: Clive was married to novelist Margaret Drabble between 1960 and 1975 and was father to daughter Rebecca, who sadly passed away in April 2017 from cancer

Fans of the show were left tickled by the actor, who roasted the journalist by asking: ‘Don’t you know shorthand? Why should I do this? I’m not getting paid, am I?’

When asked about his character, the star countered: ‘You don’t need me to tell you that. Have you read the script? That’s what I perform. You can tell them about my character. What a silly question.’

‘One of the saddest things about the passing of the charming old character actor Clive Swift is that, in his absence, there’ll be no obvious candidate to play the vicar at his funeral.’ 

Star: In December 2007, he appeared in the most watched ever Doctor Who Christmas special as Mr Copper, alongside Kylie Minogue, with around 13million viewers

Former role: In 1989, he starred alongside Helen Mirren and David Suchet in Cause Celebre

Clive was married to novelist Margaret Drabble between 1960 and 1975 and was father to daughter Rebecca, who sadly passed away in April 2017 from cancer. 

She was said to have inherited her passion for theatre and music from her father.  

His son Joe, 53, is best known for appearing on Gardeners’ World and other botanical series. His other son Adam is a political philosopher and sociologist.

Clive’s brother David – who passed away aged 86 in 2016 – was also an actor, and starred in the likes of Drop the Dead Donkey and War and Peace. 

Meanwhile, tributes to Clive started to appear on social media on Friday, when the news was released. 

Fans wrote: ‘RIP Clive Swift. And I’ve only just learned that he was, for a while, married to Margaret Drabble… 

‘RIP Clive Swift… Oh. Richard. Sorry to hear of the passing of Clive Swift… Sad news about Clive Swift…’  

‘One of the saddest things about the passing of the charming old character actor Clive Swift is that, in his absence, there’ll be no obvious candidate to play the vicar at his funeral.’ 

He starred in many other roles: In 1974, Clive starred as Alfred E. Huggins in TV mini-series South Riding

Going way back: He starred alongside Patience Collier in The Frighteners TV Series in May 1973

 

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