Veteran British actor Stephen Greif passes away

Fans of British television were left heartbroken this week when they learned that actor Stephen Greif had passed away at the age of 72. 

According to the Daily Caller, Greif’s death was announced via Twitter on Monday by the U.K.-based talent agency Michelle Braidman Associates.

Grief’s career spanned decades

“With great sadness we announce the death of our wonderful client Stephen Greif,” Michelle Braidman Associates declared.

“His extensive career included numerous roles on screen and stage, including at the National Theatre, RSC and in the West End,” it continued, adding, “We will miss him dearly and our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

The Daily Caller noted that Greif was well known for playing Speaker of the House Sir Bernard Weatherill on Netflix’s “The Crown” and Brian Lassiter on the BBC’s “EastEnders.”

However, Greif initially gained prominence for portraying a villainous space commander named Travis in 1978 on the BBC’s “Blake’s 7.”

What’s more, Greif made appearances on the sitcom Citizen Smith and the long-running soap opera Coronation Street.

“An absolute gent”

Fans of Greif quickly took to social media upon hearing of his death and shared the fond memories they had of the actor.

Greif’s former colleagues spoke up as well, with British actor David Kennedy tweeting, “Such sad news. I worked with Stephen only once at the NT.”

He went on to characterize Greif as being “a consummate professional and an absolute gent.” Kennedy added, “RIP sir and condolences to his family.”

Fellow British actor Phil Davis also put out a tweet, saying, “Very sad, a very fine actor and a kind and sensitive man. We played a bit of golf together. RIP.”