Bruce is married to Violet, Hyacinth's sister. Bruce appears to be fond of horse-racing. His house is labelled The Paddocks and his glassware is engraved with the names of injured jockeys. As described in the episode "Violet's Country Cottage", Bruce's glassware is engraved with naked ladies. Hyacinth describes Violet as having "married that turf accountant." The turf accountant is obviously Bruce. He also drives a top of the range Mercedes.
It is mentioned multiple times that Bruce is a cross-dresser. He likes to borrow his wife's clothes. In the episode "The Candlelight Supper" Violet asks Hyacinth by phone if she has a girdle that might fit Bruce and says that Bruce insists on calling him "Brenda". When Hyacinth suggests it is time that Violet should begin to "wear the trousers", she answers it is all what's left in her closet - because Bruce took all her dresses. Hyacinth is ashamed of Bruce's cross-dressing habits and tries to hide it in front of the neighbours.
In the episode, Driving Mrs Fortescue, after hearing Bruce's plans on playing Robin Hood, Richard asks Hyacinth of Bruce is still taking his medication for his strange behaviour. We also see Bruce dressed up as Maid Marian, tanking at a gas station.
In the episode, The Pageant, Bruce mentions that he and Violet have several unnamed children when Violet threatens to leave him ("You can't leave me! Oh come back to me Violet! Think of the scandal! The children! The alimony!") He is portrayed by John Evitts.
Bruce is mentioned throughout the series but only seen in the following episodes:
Driving Mrs. Fortescue (minor appearance)
The Toy Store (minor appearance)
A Barbecue at Violet's
|Keeping Up Appearances Characters|
|Bucket Family||Hyacinth Bucket • Richard Bucket • Sheridan Bucket|
|Relatives||Onslow • Daisy • Rose • Violet • Daddy • Bruce|
|Friends And Neighbours||Elizabeth Warden • Emmet Hawksworth • The Vicar • The Vicar's Wife|
|Recurring Characters||Mrs Nugent • Lydia Hawksworth • Tarquin|