Actor Clive Swift has passed away, his agent has confirmed in a statement:
“After a short illness, Clive died peacefully this morning surrounded by his family.”
The 82-year-old was best known for his role in BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances which saw him play Richard, the long-suffering husband of Patricia Routledge’s social climber Hyacinth Bucket (or “bouquet”, as she pronounced it).
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The comedy ran for six series and saw Richard put up with endless ham-fisted attempts on the part of his wife to impress at various parties and social engagements.
Swift also enjoyed roles in Peak Practice, Born and Bred and The Old Guys, in which he starred opposite the late Roger Lloyd Pack, with his final on-screen role coming in 2017 in an episode of Midsomer Murders
But Doctor Who fans will know him best for two roles he played in the sci-fi series, first opposite Colin Baker in 1985’s Revelation of the Daleks, and more recently as a Titanic employee in 2007 David Tennant episode Voyage of the Damned – starring alongside Bernard Cribbins and Geoffrey Palmer.
Before his screen work, Swift was a theatre actor, doing a ten-year spell at the RSC in his early career. He also appeared in films Excalibur and Frenzy.
The comedy world has been paying tribute to the actor since news of his passing broke:
— John Challis (@BeingBoycie) February 1, 2019
My favourite Clive Swift performance was as the mysterious government minister, being oh so English & sly in Pack Of Lies. A beautifully done cameo.
— James Dreyfus (@DreyfusJames) February 1, 2019
RIP Clive Swift, who gave one of the greatest, low-key onscreen performances I’ve ever seen, in Colin Welland’s seminal ‘Roll On Four O’Clock’. You can watch it for free on the BFI Player.
— ?️??? Matt Lucas (@RealMattLucas) February 1, 2019
RIP Clive Swift. Had the pleasure of working with him twice. He had a wicked sense of humour and was totally professional. A great dead pan delivery and superb straight man. pic.twitter.com/G2umfGxvKi
— Kevin Bishop (@IAMKEVBISH) February 1, 2019
Very sad to hear of the death of Clive Swift. I had the pleasure of writing for him a few years ago. To be both funny and emotionally real in a three-camera audience sitcom is the rarest of skills. He excelled at it, and it was a treat to watch him.
— Simon Blackwell (@simonblackwell) February 1, 2019