The Crown actor Stephen Greif dies aged 78

Stephen Greif, who appeared in Blake’s 7 and The Crown, has died at the age of 78, his representative said.

He is an actor who has had an extensive career on stage and screen and has appeared in other series including Doctors, Coronation Street and EastEnders.

His death was announced on Monday in an online statement from the Michelle Braidman Association.

“We are deeply saddened to announce the death of our wonderful client Stephen Greif,” the statement read.

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

“We will miss him immensely and our thoughts go out to his family and friends.”

Born in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, Greif attended and graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to become a member of the National Theater Company at the Old Vic and Southbank.

After starring in numerous theatrical productions throughout the 1960s and early ’70s, he moved onto the screen – playing space commander Travis in Blake’s 7.

The show ran from 1978 to 1981, with Greif starring alongside Gareth Thomas, Paul Darrow, Michael Keating and Sally Knyvette.

Greif also played Harry Fenning in the three Citizen Smith series, Signor Donato in Casanova and Commander John Shepherd in Shoot On Sight.

He also plays Speaker of the House Sir Bernard Weatherill in series four of The Crown in 2020. The Crown actor Stephen Greif dies aged 78

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