Stephen Greif

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Stephen Greif
Stephen Greif At A Signing.jpg
Born Stephen John Greif
(1944-08-26) 26 August 1944 (age 70)
Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1968 – present
Website
www.stephengreif.com

Stephen Greif (born 26 August 1944) is an English actor well known for his roles as Travis in Blake's 7, Harry Fenning in three series of Citizen Smith, Signor Donato in Casanova and Commander John Shepherd in Shoot On Sight.

Early life[edit]

Greif was born in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England 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.

Career[edit]

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 and serves on the audition panel. 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 Death, A Woman Killed with Kindness, The Merchant of Venice (with Olivier), Long Days Journey into Night (again with Olivier), The School for Scandal , Richard II, The 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 by Franco 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 Salesman directed 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 Lady, Denholm Elliott in "The Paranormalist", Frank Langella in Abracadaver, Albert Finney in Ronald Harwood’s Reflected Glory, Felicity Kendal and Frances de la Tour in Fallen Angels, Joseph Fiennes in George Dillon and Lesley Manville in Six Degrees of Separation.

Greif has been in many films including Lasse Hallström’s Casanova, Shoot on Sight, Eichmann, Spartan, The Upside of Anger, Boogie Woogie and Fakers. His many TV appearances include Only When I Laugh, Spooks, Mistresses, He Kills Coppers, Silent Witness, the last story of Waking the Dead and New Tricks.

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

Personal life[edit]

Greif has three children, likes to play golf, is a member of the Stage Golfing Society and lives near Richmond in Surrey.

Filmography[edit]

Dates, Shows and Roles

2014


2013
TV D is for Detroit Greg
TV New Tricks Peter Russell
VG Puppeteer Narrator
2012
TV Coronation Street Ron Dent
TV Silent Witness Gordon Cairns
2011
TV Waking The Dead Bill Knight
2010
VG Xenoblade Chronicles Zanza
2009
VG Venetica Various
F Boogie Woogie Bob's Lawyer
VG Anno 1404 Lord Richard Northburgh
TV Mistresses Alexander
TV The Cold Way Narrator
2008
TV Spooks Claude Denizet
VG Fable II Barnum
TV He Kills Coppers The Proprietor
VG Momento Mori Various
2007
F Shoot on Sight Commander John Shepherd
VG The Witcher Raymond Maarloeve
F Eichmann Hans Lipmann
VG Doragon Sir Dick Worthington
TV Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest Gurney
TV Back in Business Leonidov
2006
VG Medieval II Total War Various
F Sixty Six Uncle Henry
TV Judge John Deed Lorne Michaels
2005
TV Space Race Colonel Toftoy / Toftoy
TV Holby City Rabbi Ben Silver
F Casanova Donato
F The Upside of Anger Emily's Doctor
2004
VG Dragon Quest: Cursed King Voices / Additional Voices
F Fakers Alfonse Potrelli
F Spartan Business Man
2002
TV Shackleton Valiente
VG Medieval: Total War General Kihoto
1993-1998
TV The Bill A.C. Lampriere / Neville Juke
1998
TV Killer Net Harvey Levin
1997
TV Crime Traveller Leonard Gebler
1996
TV EastEnders Brian Lassiter
1995
TV Castles Adam Robins
TV Space Precinct Eric Volker
TV Stick with Me, Kid Gordon Lundey
1994
TV Midnight Movie Johnny
TV Lie Down With Lions Grigor
1992-1994
TV The House of Eliott Abraham Barak
1993
TV Comics Tony Fratelli
TV The Upper Hand Jason McCloud
TV Drop the Dead Donkey Valdez
1991-1992
TV Trainer Stavros Mikhalides
1992
TV Dark Justice Tony Hastings
TV Leon the Pig Farmer Doctor
1990
TV Birds of a Feather Marcus Green
TV Rab C. Nesbitt DI Sergeant
TV The Gravy Train Rudolph
TV Zorro Torres
TV Face To Face Grant Ross
1989
TV About Face Neville
TV Young Gifted and Broke Colegate
TV Chelworth Tony Evrington
TV Laura and Disorder Jim Lipthorpe
TV Ticket To Ride Capt. Szigismund
1988
TV Bust John Evans
TV Howards' Way John Reddings
1987
TV Pretorius Vaneck
TV C.A.T.S. Eyes Jack Brand
TV Boon Lomas
TV Rumpole of the Bailey Vanberry
1986
TV The Life and Loves Of A She-Devil Dr Ghengis
TV Love With A Perfect Stranger Andrea
TV Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Prince Stefano
1985
TV One By One Richard Neville
1984
TV Dempsey & Makepeace Bernie Silk
TV Ellis Island Jesse Lasky
TV Cold Warrior Dr Mohammed Riffi
TV Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense Clifford Richardson
1983
TV The Last Days Of Pompeii Sporus
TV Hart To Hart Anthony Vlachos
TV Tales Of The Unexpected Rinaldo
TV The Cleopatras Demetrius
1982
TV The Professionals Dr Lowe
TV The Bounder Count Montefiore
TV Play For Tomorrow Shapiro
TV Minder Spencer
1981
TV Goodbye Darling Victor
1980
TV Cry Wolf Professor Ion Porphiriou
1979
TV Only When I Laugh Nicos
1977-1979
TV Citizen Smith Harry Fenning
1979
TV Kids David Newman
TV Dick Turpin Major Walther Von Gerhardt
TV Thomas & Sarah Pocock
TV The Great Riviera Bank Robbery Rocco
1978
TV Famous Five Pottersham
TV The Sandbaggers DI Gomez
TV Return of the Saint Masrouf
TV Blake's 7 Space Commander Travis
TV Armchair Thriller Juan
1977
TV Treasure Island Job Anderson
TV Target Duroy
TV Spaghetti Two-Step Luigi
1976
TV The New Avengers Juventor
1975-1976
TV Play for Today Gerry Joe Marks
1976
TV Killers Stinie Morrison
1975-1976
TV Thriller Thriller Ben Kroom / Enrico
1974-1976
TV Dixon of Dock Green DCI. Basset / Charles Negri / Tony
1974
TV The Aweful Mr Goodall Doctor
TV A Little Bit Of Wisdom Jacques
1970-1974
TV Special Branch Finch / Mikhali Joanides
1974
TV Intimate Strangers Doctor
TV Soft Beds, Hard Battles Colonel Hiller
1973
TV The Protectors Policeman at Cafe
TV The Merchant of Venice Prince of Morocco
TV No Sex Please We're British Niko
1971
TV The Persuaders! Krilov
TV Eyeless in Gaza Young Englishman
TV The Tragedy of King Richard II Mowbray / Glendower
1970
TV Edward II Earl of Pembroke
1968
TV Boy Meets Girl Lounge Lizard

Theatre[edit]

Date/Venue Show Role/Director
2012
Globe Theatre, Bankside Prince of West End Lane, Kerry Shale Role: Otto / Dir: Matthew Lloyd
2011
Royal Shakespeare Theatre Maydays, David Edgar Role: Teddy Weiner / Dir: Polly Findlay
2010
The Old Vic Six Degrees of Separation, John Guare Role: Dr Fine / Dir: David Grindley
2006
Comedy Theatre (The Harold Pinter) George Dillon, John Osborne Role: Barney Evans /Dir: Peter Gill
2003/2004
National Theatre His Dark Materials]], Philip Pullman Roles: The President and John Faa / Dir: Nick Hytner
National Theatre Edmund, David Mamet Roles: The Interrogator and Hotel Clerk / Dir: Edward Hall
National Theatre His Girl Friday, John Guare Role: Louis / Dir: Jack O’Brien
2002
Hampstead Theatre Benchmark, Bud Shrake & M Rudman Role: Ginsberg / Dir: Michael Rudman
2000/2001
Apollo Theatre Fallen Angels, Noël Coward Role: Maurice / Dir: Michael Rudman
1999
Hampstead Theatre Immaculate, Carl Djerassi Role: Menachem / Dir: Gordy Greenberg
1994
Vaudeville Theatre Reflected Glory, Ronald Harewood Role: Robert / Dir: Elija Moshinsky
1992
Almeida Theatre The Life of the World To Come, Rob Williams Role: Don Strohmeyer / Dir: Derek Wax
1990
Wyndham's Theatre / Theatre Royal Windsor Abracadaver, Allan Scott & David Ambrose Role: Chief Insp Scott / Dir: Richard Olivier
1985
Theatre Royal Windsor/ Old Vic A View from the Bridge, Arthur Miller Role: Marco / Dir: Peter Coe
1982
Greenwich Theatre The Paranormalist, Jonathan Gems Role: Cedric / Dir: Alan Strachan
1979/1980
The National Theatre Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller Role: Biff (Nom. Best Supporting Actor – Olivier Awards / Dir: Michael Rudman
1976
Derby Playhouse View from The Bridge, Arthur Miller Role: Eddie Carbone / Dir: Patrick Lau
1974/1975
National Theatre at the Queen's Theatre Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Eduardo De Fillipo Role: Luigi / Nom. Best Supporting Actor - Critics' Circle Theatre Award / Dir: Franco Zeffirelli, Lawrence Olivier
Theatre Royal Windsor The Gingerbread Lady, Neil Simon Role: Lou
1971/1973
National Theatre at the Old Vic The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare Role: Prince of Morocco / Dir: Jonathan Miller
National Theatre at the Old Vic A Woman Killed with Kindness, Thomas Heywood Role: Sir Francis Acton / Dir: John Dexter
National Theatre at the Old Vic The Front Page, Hecht & Macarthur Role: Diamond Louis / Dir: Michael Blakemore
National Theatre at the Old Vic The School For Scandal, Sheridan Role: Moses / Dir: Jonathan Miller
National Theatre at the Old Vic Long Day's Journey Into Night, Eugene O’Neill Role: Edmund / Dir: Michael Blakemore
National Theatre at the Old Vic Richard II, William Shakespeare Role: Willoughby, Dir: David William
National Theatre at the Old Vic Macbeth, William Shakespeare Role: Caithness / Dir: Michael Blakemore
National Theatre at the Old Vic Danton's Death, Georg Büchner Role: Bertrand / Dir: Jonathan Miller
1970
Forum Theatre Henry IV, Part 1, William Shakespeare Role: Hotspur / Dir. Brian Shelton
1969/1970
Piccadilly Theatre Richard II, William Shakespeare Role: Mowbray / Dir: Richard Cotterel
Mermaid Theatre Edward II, Christopher Marlowe Role: Pembroke / Dir: Toby Robertson
1968/1969
Royal Shakespeare Company King Lear, William Shakespeare Role: Edmund’s Captain / Dir: Trevor Nunn
Royal Shakespeare Co & North American Tour Dr Faustus, Christopher Marlowe Role: Valdes, Wrath / Dir: Clifford Williams
Royal Shakespeare Co & North American Tour Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare Role: Soldier / Dir: Trevor Nunn
Royal Shakespeare Co & North American Tour As You Like It, William Shakespeare Role: Forester / Dir: David Jones
Royal Shakespeare Co & North American Tour The Duchess of Malfi, John Webster Role: Antonio / Dir: Christie Dickason
Royal Shakespeare Company Troilus & Cressida, William Shakespeare Role: Prologue / Dir: John Barton

Radio & Talking Books[edit]

Date/Venue Name Role
2013
BBC R4 The Letters of JKF Krushchev
BBC R4 Second Body Jacobin
BBC R4 Austerlitz Narrator
2011
BBC R4 Life & Death, Vasily Grossman Karimov
BBC R4 Extra The Man in Black, Wilkie Collins Mr Rubinstein
BBC R4 Small Acts of Kindness, Trevor Preston Charlie
2010
BBC R4 Harry and the Angels, Bernard Kops Harry
BBC R4 The Art of Deception, Philip Palmer Stefan Hunt
USA Radio Charlie’s Choice Sir Philip
2009
BBC R4 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, John Le Carre Polyakov
BBC R4 The Grand Babylon Hotel, Arnold Bennett Felix Babylon
USA Radio The Captive Kanye
2008
BBC R4 The Babbington Plot, Michael Butt Narrator
BBC R4 Peter Lorre V Peter Lorre, Michael Butt Peter Lorre
BBC R4 Beat the Dog in His Own Kennel, Gary Brown Avi
BBC Wales Blake's 7 Interview Himself as Travis
BBC R3 The Devil was Here Yesterday, Colin Teevan Hector
2007
BBC R4 Take Away, Gary Brown Narrator
BBC R4 Classic Serial Witness, Nick Warburton John The Baptist
BBC R4 Classic Serial Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernières Dr Iannis
BBC R4 The Iceman, Simon Bovey Supt. Malpacket
BBC R4 Classic Serial Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell Boris
BBC R4 Hooligan Nights, Mike Walker PC91
2006
BBC R4 Speed and Silver, Catherine Bailey Ch. Insp. Collinson
Pre 2006
BBC R4 The Nine Tailors, DL Sayers Nobby Cranton
BBC R4 Call for the Dead, John Le Carre Dieter Frey
BBC R2 Hinge & Bracket, Gerald Frow Roberto
BBC R4 (1985-1986) Brogue Male Count Laszlo Stroganoff
Talking Books
AudioGo "The Tractate Middoth", M R James Narrator
AudioGo Dr Palfrey of Westminster (5 books), John Creasey Narrator
AudioGo The Siege of the Villa Lipp, Eric Ambler Narrator
The Story Circle Random House His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman Metatron
Isis He Kills Coppers, Jake Arnott Narrator
Isis In a True Light, John Harvey Narrator
Isis Seeking Robinson Crusoe, Tim Severin Narrator
Isis The Lowlife, Alexander Baron Narrator
Isis The Sergeant's Tale, Bernice Rubens Narrator
BBC Audio The Match King, Frank Partnoy Narrator
BBC Audio Bad Dog and all that Hollywood Hoo Haa, Martin Chatterton Narrator
BBC Audio (Won BBC Audio Books USA Earphones Award) The Boy with the Magic Numbers, Sally Gardner Narrator
BBC Audio The Pianist, Wladyslaw Szpilman Narrator
BBC Audio The Darkness of Wallis Simpson, Rose Tremain Narrator (With Eleanor Bron)

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