is an English
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actor. He studied drama at Guildford Drama school from 1978 to 1981 and worked almost exclusively in theatre throughout the 1980s, working with companies such as Deborah Warner's Kick Theatre company and comedy performance-art group The People Show. During this period Swift also worked on numerous television commercials. In the 1990s he acted at the National Theatre
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working alongside David Tennant
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and Richard Wilson in Phillyda Lloyd's production of What the Butler Saw
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. He starred in the ITV
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sitcom Blind Men
, and Vanity Fair
In the 2000s, Swift starred in Gosford Park
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playing the gay footman Arthur alongside Alan Bates
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, Richard E. Grant
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, and Roman Polanski
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's Oliver Twist
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as Mr Bumble. For BBC3 he played Barry in the cult hit The Smoking Room
and had a theatrical hit with Abigail's Party
, the last production at the old Hampstead Theatre and their longest running west end transfer.
In 2009 he played the lead in the true story of Sean Greenhalgh in The Antiques' Rogue Show
for BBC2 with Liz Smith
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and Peter Vaughn, The Deacon in a film adaptation of Anton Checkhov's short story The Duel
and features in The Canoe Man
, to be broadcast in 2010.
Swift is also a composer and his work includes the score for Werewolves the Dark Survivors
(Wide-eyed Entetrtainment) for the Discovery channel and ITV global.
- Anton Chekhov's The Duel
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- Adrian (2009)
- Red Dwarf
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- Noddy (2009)
- Amazing Grace
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- Richard the Butler (2006)
- The Smoking Room
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- Barry (17 episodes 2004-05)
- Oliver Twist - Mr Bumble (2005)
- Vanity Fair - Jos Sedley (1998)
- The Grand - David Jeffries (1997-98)
- Next of Kin - Ant (1995-96)
- Paul Merton: The Series (1991)
- Fords on Water - Southern Soldier (1983)