Stephen Greif Who Was in “The Crown” Died at Age 78

A representative said Monday that British actor Stephen Greif, who was best known to Americans for his role on “The Crown,” had died at age 78.

During Season 4 of the hit Netflix show about Britain’s royal family, the character actor played Speaker of the House Sir Bernard Weatherill.

The English actor was born in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, and he has two sons who will carry on his work. Greif had a long career on stage and in movies. He began in the late 1960s with the famous Royal Shakespeare Company in Britain.

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He was nominated for many awards, and in 1979, he won an Olivier Award for his role as Biff in “Death of a Salesman” at the National Theatre.

Greif is best known to British TV viewers for his roles as space commander Travis in the 1970s science fiction show “Blake’s 7” and as pub owner Harry Fenning in the 1980s sitcom “Citizen Smith.”

He has also been in classic British TV shows like “Doctor Who,” “Coronation Street” and “EastEnders.” Greif’s death has caused friends and coworkers to express their condolences and sadness.

“Very saddened to hear 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 unsurpassed. His acerbic wit and obvious intelligence made him a joy to direct. Thanks for the fun, Stephen,” director Barnaby Edwards (“Doctor Who”) tweeted.

Phil Davis, who is best known for his roles in “Sherlock” and “Whitechapel,” wrote, “Very sad, a very good actor and a kind and sensitive man. We played a bit of golf together. RIP.”

David Kennedy, the star of the British soap opera “Hollyoaks,” said, “That’s such sad news.” “I worked with Stephen only once … He was a consummate professional and an absolute gent. RIP sir and condolences to his family.”

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