Stephen Greif

Last updated 26 December 2022

Stephen Greif (1944-2022)
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Stephen Greif

Born: Saturday 26th August 1944
Died: December 2022 (age: 78)


Stephen Greif was an award-winning English actor well known for his roles as Travis in Blake's 7, Harry Fenning in three series of Citizen Smith, Signor Donato inCasanova and Commander John Shepherd in Shoot On Sight.

Greif was born in SawbridgeworthHertfordshireEngland in a building originally belonging to Anne Boleyn as a gift from King Henry VIII. He was educated at Sloane Grammar School, where he was school champion at athletics and swimming and represented the school and the county at athletics at the famous White City Stadium amongst others. He briefly attended the Regent Polytechnic before entering a variety of jobs including "trouble shooter" at a well-known TV and radiogram manufacturer and as a negotiator in a boutique West End estate agency before applying for drama school.

He is an Honours graduate from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where he won numerous awards including Best Actor and Most Promising Actor, and is now an Associate Member. He was a member of the National Theatre Company both at the Old Vic in Olivier�s company and on the South Bank for Peter Hall�s company. Among his productions were Danton's DeathA Woman Killed with KindnessThe Merchant of Venice (with Olivier), Long Days Journey into Night (again with Olivier), The School for Scandal , Richard IIThe Front Page and Macbeth. He was invited back to appear with them at Queen's Theatre in the West End in the Italian Comedy Saturday, Sunday, Monday directed byFranco Zeffirelli and Laurence Olivier where he won a Best Actor nomination in the Critics' Circle Theatre Award. Later he was invited to join the National again on the South Bank under Peter Hall in the revival Death of a Salesmandirected by Michael Rudman with Warren Mitchell winning himself another Best Actor Nomination in the Olivier Awards. He was back again at the invitation of Nick Hytner to join his inaugural season appearing in "His Girl Friday", "Edmund" and the Christmas show "His Dark Materials" directed by Hytner. He was with Elaine Stritch in The Gingerbread LadyDenholm Elliott in "The Paranormalist", Frank Langella in AbracadaverAlbert Finney in Ronald Harwood�sReflected GloryFelicity Kendal and Frances de la Tour in Fallen AngelsJoseph Fiennes in George Dillon and Lesley Manville in Six Degrees of Separation.

Greif has been in many films including Lasse Hallstr�m�s CasanovaShoot on SightEichmannSpartanThe Upside of AngerBoogie Woogie and Fakers. His many TV appearances include SpooksMistressesHe Kills Coppers,Silent Witness and the last ever story of Waking the Dead.

He has recently reprised his role of Travis in two new audio stories of Blake's 7 for Big Finish Productions.

Biography from the Wikipedia article, licensed under CC-BY-SA