Keeping Up Appearances Clive Swift dies aged 82. Clive Swift, who starred in classic British comedy Keeping Up Appearances, has died aged 82.
The actor, who famously played Hyacinth Bucket’s long-suffering husband Richard in the show, died peacefully in his home following an illness.
His family confirmed in a statement: “After a short illness, Clive died peacefully this morning surrounded by his family.”
Keeping Up Appearances began in 1990, bringing Swift widespread fame. He starred in 42 episodes until 1995 and appeared alongside Dame Patricia Routledge, who played his class-obsessed wife, Hyacinth.
Swift also appeared in the BBC adaption of The Barchester Chronicles and in starred in the 2007’s Christmas Special of Doctor Who.
He was married to novelist Margaret Drabble between 1960 to 1975 and was father to daughter Rebecca, who passed away in 2017 , son Joe, who is best known for appearing on Gardeners’ World, and son Adam, who is a political philosopher and sociologist.
Following news of his death, fans have been flocking to Twitter to pay tribute to the actor.
One wrote: “Rest In Peace Clive Swift, the actor who gave us Mr Jobel, Mr Copper, and who memorably gave Benjamin Cock a piece of his mind.
Another said: “RIP Clive Swift. Have always and will always love Keeping Up Appearances. “Mind that tree Richard!!!”
Another commented: “RIP Clive Swift. Such a sad loss.”
While a fourth person added: “RIP Clive Swift, What an absolute legend. Absolutely loved Keeping Up Appearances.”
Keeping Up Appearances Clive Swift dies aged 82
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