Stephen Greif, from The Crown and EastEnders, has died aged 78

Stephen Greif, known for his role in Crown and iconic British shows like Opening the street and EastEnderspassed away at the age of 78.

The actor, who has enjoyed a long stage and screen career, most recently played Speaker of the House Sir Bernard Weatherill in the Netflix drama 2020.

“We are deeply saddened to announce the death of our wonderful client Stephen Greif,” his representative at Michelle Braidman Associates said Monday.

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'Crown' star Stephen Greif
Stephen Greif played the most recent Speaker of the House Sir Bernard Weatherill on The Crown. (Netflix)

“His extensive career includes numerous screen and stage roles, including at the National Theatre, RSC and in the West End,” the post continued.

“We will miss him so much and our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

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Greif went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and became a member of the National Theater Company at the Old Vic and Southbank theaters in London.

His theatrical career officially began in the late 1960s with the prestigious British Royal Shakespeare Company.

He starred in several stage shows during the 1960s and 1970s and was nominated for numerous awards, including the 1979 Olivier Award for his performance as Biff in the National Theatre. Salesman’s Death.

He then jumped onto the screen to appear as Travis in Blake is 7.

Greif also played pub owner Harry Fenning in the sitcom Citizen Smith, and appeared in British television organizations such as Coronation Street, EastEnders, and Which doctor.

Jerry Hall, who plays Sugar Moran, and Stephen Greif, who plays Scott Ginsburg, perform in rehearsals for Benchmark, a new play by Bud Shrake and Michael Rudman at the New End Theater in Hampstead, London.  * The play opens to the public for six weeks from September 13. (Photo by Tim Whitby - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
He participated in several stage shows in the 1960s and 1970s and was nominated for numerous awards. (PA image via Getty Images)

Gratitudes have been shared online for Greif by colleagues and loved ones.

“A rock-solid performer with a voice as lithe and deadly as molten lava. When he plays the villain, he excels. His sharp wits and clear wit make him witty. he’s a pleasure to direct. Thanks for the fun, Stephen,” Which doctor? director Barnaby Edwards tweeted.

“So sad to hear of the passing of Stephen Greif – an extraordinary villain like Travis in Blake’s 7, part of a memorable career in film, television and theatre,” said editor-in-chief Morgan Jeffery Radio Times writes.

Actress Judy Jarvis shared: “It is with great sadness that I hear that the brilliant actor and fascinating man of wisdom, Stephen Greif has passed away. I have really enjoyed working with him since Citizen Smith. , and especially have seen him many times since. My condolences and sympathies to his family and friends.”

British actor, born in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, has two sons.

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