Actor Clive Swift, who starred in the classic British comedy Keeping Up Appearances, has died aged 82.

The Press Association reports that Swift's family said that he died peacefully at home following an illness.

Swift was best known for his role as Richard Bucket, the long-suffering husband of Hyacinth Bucket, in the BBC sitcom about snobbery.

Swift's career spanned six decades. He was last credited with an appearance on screen in 2017.

A statement from his family said: "After a short illness, Clive died peacefully this morning surrounded by his family."

Swift had small roles in the late 1960s, then moved to his first television roles in the 1970s.

Keeping Up Appearances began in 1990 with Swift starring in 42 episodes until 1995.

He formed a classic comedy partnership with Patricia Routledge, who played his status-obsessed wife Hyacinth, who famously pronounced Bucket as "Bouquet".

Swift also appeared in the 2007 Doctor Who Christmas special.

He had a daughter Rebecca, who died in 2017, and is survived by sons Adam, a university academic, and garden designer Joe.

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