‘The Crown’ actor Stephen Greif dies at 78

British actor Stephen Greif, recognized for his role in the series ‘The Crown’ and other audiovisual productions as well as in theater, He has passed away at the age of 78.

The news was shared by his representative agency Michelle Braidman Associates via Twitter on Monday: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our wonderful client Stephen Greif. His extensive career has included numerous roles on screen and stage, including Theater National, CSR and in the West End.”

“We will miss him very much and our thoughts are with his family and friends,” the representative’s agency added in the message that accompanies the announcement of his death.

Stephen Greif’s works include appearances in series such as ‘Doctors’, ‘Coronation Street’ or ‘The Crown’, where he played the Speaker of the British Parliament Sir Bernard Weatherhill in the fourth series in 2020.

Born in Sawbridgeworth, in the county of Hertfordshire, Stephen Greif attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and became a member of the National Theater Company at the Old Vic and South Bank.

According to the newspaper ‘The Guardian’, Greif starred in numerous stage productions in the sixties and it was not until the early seventies when his career moved to the big screen, with the character of space commander Travis in ‘Blake’s 7’, issued between 1978 and 1981.

Messages of support for his relatives and in tribute to the British actor, such as the director and actor of ‘Doctor Who’ Barnaby Edwards, have arrived from the world of culture.

“It saddens me so much that Stephen Greif has left us. A rock-solid performer, with a voice as liquid and deadly as molten lava. When it came to playing villains, he was second to none. His sharp wit and obvious intelligence made It would be a pleasure directing you. Thanks for the fun, Stephen,” Edwards shared via Twitter.