Professional and Private Biography
Stephen Greif is a UK born, award winning ,Stage, Film , Television and Radio Actor. In addition he has extensive and considerable experience in the world of Voicework. He invented “VoiceQuality”©”, a system for describing the natural voice and now licensed in the industry to the World famous Actor’s directory “The Spotlight”.
He was born in Sawbridgeworth, Herts at a nursing home formerly a residence of Anne Boleyn, a gift from Henry V111.
His Mum was born In the East End within the Sound of Bow Bells in Beaumont Sq . Her father was a Polish Bespoke Tailor from Radom, Her mother a Russian factory worker in Vitebsk.
His Dad was born and raised In Vienna and Came to England in 1935. The following year he rescued his mother , born in Budapest, who was literally flung out of her house and into the street by the Nazi’s. His Father was a Polish / Galitzean Soldier killed during WW1.
Stephen started as a Trouble Shooter at Alba, a TV and Radiogram Electronics factory in the City of London (Nearly Electrocuting himself) and then a Negotiator, a West End boutique Estate Agency (nearly electrifying others) before auditioning for RADA . This was not a success. A furthur attempt almost got him there and third time proved lucky. Two years later, He emerged an Honours graduate winning 6 awards including Best Actor, Most promising Actor and two prizes judged and presented by Sir John Gielgud. He now serves on the Audition Panel.
He turned down The famous Birmingham Rep to accept an invitation to join The RSC at Stratford followed by a North American tour.
This was followed by a Nine month engagement with The renowned Prospect Theatre Co which included the celebrated productions of Richard 11 and Edward11 with Ian Mckellan which was twice in the West End and televised for BBC TV in addition to a national and international tour.
The National Theatre at The Old Vic immediately followed being engaged by Laurence Olivier for 2 years and appearing with him in The Merchant of Venice (later Televised for Lew Grade’s ATV )and Long days Journey into Night. He appeared in 9 productions with the company playing opposite Joan Plowright and Anthony Hopkins and was back within the year to play in Saturday, Sunday, Monday at the Queens theatre directed by both Franco Zeffirelli and Laurence Olivier. He won a critics Circle Nomination for his performance.
He was back again to play Biff alongside Warren Mitchell in Michael Rudman’s famously successful revival of “Death of a Salesman” for which he won a Laurence Olivier award nomination. There followed many Theatre Appearances with Albert Finney, Frank Langella, Elaine Stritch, Topol, Denholm Elliott, Felicity Kendall , Frances De La Tour, Jerry Hall, Joseph Fiennes , Lesley Manville.
In 2003, Nicholas Hytner invited him to Join his Inaugural year as Artistic director appearing in “His Girl Friday” David Mamet’s “Edmund” with Kenneth Branagh and the 2 pt Xmas show “His Dark Materials “ directed by Hytner.
On Television, he is probably best known as Travis in Blakes 7 which is enjoying a promising revival on Audio Cd’s and also The Pub gangster Harry Fenning in 3 Series of Citizen Smith. Also "New Tricks", “Silent Witness”, “Waking The Dead”, “Spooks” ” Mistresses” “ He Kills Coppers” “Judge John Deed” “Eastenders” and cult series such as “The Persuaders”, “The Professionals”, “Minder” “The New Avengers” “The Life and Loves of a She Devil“ and many more.
His Film credits include "Clavius",. "Woman in Gold", "Bill", "Boogie Woogy", "Casanova", "Shoot on Sight", "Eichmann", "Upside of Anger", "Spartan", "Fakers", "Nicholas & Alexandra" and many others viewed on the Film/ TV page on this site.
He is a keen Golfer, a member of the Stage Golfing Society and a movie buff. He invented VoiceQuality© a system for describing the natural voice and licensed worldwide to the Actors Directory “The Spotlight”.
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Honours Diploma (1st class)
The Kendal Award Best Actor (Gold Medal equivalent)
The Emil Littler Award Most Promising Actor
The Rodney Millington Award Most Promising Actor (The Spotlight)
The Hannam Clarke Award Diction Judged and presented by Sir John Gielgud
The Bossom Award Dialect Judged and awarded by Sir John Gielgud
The Laurence Olivier Awards
Won Best Supporting Actor nomination for Death of a Salesman at The National Theatre
The Critics Circle Awards
Won Best supporting Actor nomination for Saturday, Sunday, Monday at The National Theatre in the West End.
The BBC Audio Excellence award in America
Won for “The Boy with the Magic Numbers”
By Sally Gardner
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