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.
"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."
With great sadness we announce the death of our wonderful client Stephen Greif.
His extensive career included numerous roles on screen and stage, including at the National Theatre, RSC and in the West End.
We will miss him dearly and our thoughts are with his family and friends x pic.twitter.com/sYcwILCvNr
— Michelle Braidman Associates (@TeamBraidman) December 26, 2022
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."
So sad to hear of the passing of Stephen Greif. A thoroughly decent chap, a hugely talented actor and always so appreciative of the love he had from Blake’s 7 fans at every event we were lucky to see him at. A terrible loss. Rest in power. pic.twitter.com/uPsUMR92xT
— Blakes 7 Annual 2023 (@cult_edge) December 26, 2022
What's more, Greif made appearances on the sitcom Citizen Smith and the long-running soap opera Coronation Street.
Fans of Greif quickly took to social media upon hearing of his death and shared the fond memories they had of the actor.
I’m so sorry to read this. Stephen was so kind to me so many times. Among other things he helped me make my first voice tape and got me started in a career that has been very kind to me. My youngest two children owe him their existence in a way - he introduced me to their mum.
— Sign Up To My Substack (@DominicFrisby) December 26, 2022
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."