Stephen Greif was born on Aug 26, 1944 in Highgate , London. He graduated with Honours from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art . A recent and past Member of the Royal Shakespeare Co and an Olivier and Critics Circle award winning nominee for his work at The National Theatre over many years. He has often appeared in the West End and at The Old Vic
Stephen's paternal Grandparents originated from Budapest and Lithuania, his father Francis was born in Vienna and his mother Pauline in the East End of London. Her father was a bespoke tailor from Warsaw and her mother a Russian factory worker. His mother had initially worked at Prashkes Fashion House in the East End as a style model. His father was an Importer/Exporter, Agent and Inventor.
Attended Hordle House Preparatory School for two years with his older brother Anthony and his younger brother Peter, but in 1955 when his father's partnership was defrauded and the family endured severe financial hardship, he and Peter were enrolled in Primary School in the London area of Ladbroke Grove, then a run down part of London .
He went on to Sloanne Grammar School in Chelsea where he excelled in sport becoming the school's Athletics and Swimming champion representing the school and county in various championships - at the famous White City Stadium amongst others.
Played Captain Hook at primary school, and his love of acting was rekindled during a brief spell at Regent Polytechnic. After brief times working for an electronics manufacturer (where he nearly electrocuted himself) and a junior negotiator in a West End Real Estate Agency, he finally chose to become an actor.
Having been offered places at LAMDA and RADA, he chose the latter where he won a first Class Honours Diploma, as well as receiving 5 other awards including the Prestigious Kendal Award (the Gold Medal equivalent) and others judged and presented by Sir John Gielgud.
Has appeared in many seasons with the National Theatre in both Olivier's companies at the Old Vic and in the West End. and whilst performing in 'Saturday, Sunday, Monday', directed by Franco Zeffirelli and Olivier, he won a best actor nomination at the Critics Circle awards. Shortly after he played Biff opposite Warren Mitchell in the landmark revival of Arthur Miller's masterpiece 'Death of a Salesman' for Peter Hall's company. He won a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for his performance
Further to these notable engagements, Stephen was contracted for a year in Nicholas Hytner's inaugural season at the National Theatre, where he played in productions such as 'His Girl Friday' directed by the multi award winning Broadway veteran Jack O'Brien, 'Edmond' directed by Edward Hall, and starring Kenneth Branagh, and 'His Dark Materials', the 2 part Christmas Show directed by Nicholas Hytner. He appeared in the West End in Ronald Harwoods "Reflected Glory" with Albert Finney, 'Epitaph for George Dillon' with Joseph Fiennes, directed by Peter Gill and in Bill Kenwright's smash hit 'Fallen Angels' working with Felicity Kendal and Frances de la Tour. He recently appeared at The Old Vic in "Six degrees of Separation" with Leslie Manville and Directed by David Grindley. He also contributed to his friend ,the Playwright, Bernard Kops 85th Birthday celebration with a rehearsed performance of his breakthrough play "The Hamlet of Stepney Green" at London's Jewish Museum.
Recently appeared at The Globe in an adaptation of "The Prince of West End Avenue"
He has played on Stage opposite such luminaries as Sir Laurence Olivier,Elaine Stritch, Denholm Elliot, Dame Joan Plowright,Sir Anthony Hopkins, Frank Langella,Sir Ian Mackellan, Joseph Fiennes and Albert Finney and Directed by Laurence Olivier, Franco Zeffirelli, Trevor Nunn, David Jones, Clifford Williams Michael Blakemore, Jonathan Miller, John Dexter, Nicholas Hytner, Edward Hall,Alan Strachan, Peter Coe, Elijah Moshinsky, Peter Gill and on many occasions Michael Rudman.
Aside from a continuing presence in the theatre, Stephen has also garnered a long list of television and film work. Early television roles included parts in 'Edward II' and Richard 11, 'The Persuaders', 'Thriller', 'The New Avengers' Killers, Armchair Thriller, Dirty Money (with Ian Macshane) and "The Lives and Loves of a She-Devil".
Was cast in his most recognizable role - the villainous Travis in the BBC science fiction series 'Blake's 7'. The character would appear throughout the first series. He also took notable roles in"The Persuaders" 'Dick Turpin', 'Return of the Saint' , "Play For Today" (Twice) and 3 series of 'Citizen Smith'. With Robert Lindsay and produced and directed by the legendary Dennis Main Wilson
Has continued to build up a remarkable number of television appearances to the present, acting in productions such as "Silent Witness"," Waking the Dead" ,"Dr Who", "Mistresses", 'Spooks', 'Space Race', 'Holby City', "Midnight Movie" (Denis Potter), "Minder", 'EastEnders' and 'The Bill'.
Recent film roles include "Boogie Woogie" (2009), "Shoot on Sight" (2008), "Eichmann" (2008),"Back in Business" (2007), "Sixty Six" (2006), "Casanova" (2006), "The Upside of Anger" (2005), "Fakers "(2004) and "Spartan" (2004).
Stephen has narrated countless talking books including Send no more Roses, The Match King, He Kills Coppers, Seeking Robinson Crusoe, The Boy with the Magic Numbers (for which he won the prestigious Earphones Award from BBC Audiobooks America), The Pianist, The Darkness of Wallis Simpson, and His Dark Materials. His radio work includes Austerlitz ,Love and War,The Man in Black, Tinker tailor soldier spy, "Peter Lorre V Peter Lorre" (playing Lorre), "The Grand Hotel Babylon", "The Babbington Plot", The Devil was here Yesterday, The Iceman, Witness, Take-away, Down and Out in London and Paris, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, and Hooligan Nights. He has also voiced hundreds of Radio and Television commercials as well as thousands of cinema and television promos and trailers, corporate presentations, Narratives and scores of voices for numerous computer games including the latest Sony Playstation game, Puppeteer. He is the proud inventor of "VoiceQuality", a system for describing voices and licensed worldwide to the famous actors directory "The Spotlight".
Is a keen golfer, a member of The Stage Golfing Society and a Movie buff.
Son of a clergyman, the British character actor Thorley Walters was born in 1913 in Teigngrace, Devonshire, England. After stage experience, in which he played Shakespearean and light leading roles, he made his film debut in The Love Test and continued his early film career with numerous quota quickies. Walters quickly found his acting niche in comic parts and became a featured player in films. During the 1950s and 1960s, he made his name in the comedies of the Boulting Brothers (e.g., Private's Progress, Man in a Cocked Hat, Rotten to the Core, et al.) and the Launder-Gilliat team [e.g., _Ring of Spies (1963)_, Joey Boy, and the St. Trinian's films). He also became well-known to horror fans through his numerous appearances for Hammer (The Phantom of the Opera, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, Frankenstein Created Woman, and Vampire Circus), Amicus (The Psychopath and The People That Time Forgot).
With his beefy build, square mustache, and befuddled manner, Walters was a natural to play Dr. Watson, which he did in several films, including Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother, and Silver Blaze. In the latter part of his career, he became a familiar figure on television in such popular series as The Duchess of Duke Street and _"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (1979)(mini)_ . Walters was active in film and television until his death in 1991, appearing mostly in cameo roles as incompetent officers, bumbling authority figures, and muddle-headed assistants.
Son of actor and dubber Massimo Foschi, famous for being Darth Vader's italian voice, he studied at Accademia Nazionale di Arte Drammatica Silvio D'Amico.
Actor and dubber like his father. Italian voice of Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Italian voice of Tom Hardy in Warrior and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Jack English is a photographer in the motion picture industry. With a background in fashion and music photography, English turned his eye towards movies with Oldman's Nil by Mouth. Rather than capturing straightforward stills, English saw this as an opportunity to create abstract images of characters informed by their environments, thus, labeling himself as a truly original on-set photographer.
English has since enjoyed success as the stills photographer on films such as The Fifth Element, Joan of Arc, Tyrannosaur, and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
Without pause, English continues to apply his exceptional perspective to films throughout the industry.
Jack English is a member of IATSE Local 600 and has an 01 work visa for projects in the States.
Simon was a BA Honours fine art student of Film Studies at Sheffield School of Art. Tutored by Barry Callaghan, who was head of the Film Department. Produced and directed the 1978 Punk Rock documentary "Apathy for the Devil" which includes performances by the Damned, the Drones, the Cortinas, and Johnny Moped (with Chrissie Hynde) and commentary by Mick Jones of the Clash.
In 1978 joined BBC Television Ealing Film Studies as trainee assistant film editor. Worked on John le Carré's _"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (1980) (mini)_ starring Sir Alec Guinness. Also worked on The Body in Question presented by Dr Jonathan Miller.
Worked as Sound Dubbing Editor on BBC TV cop series Bergerac and Agatha Christie's costume mystery 'Miss Marple' series starring Joan Hickson. Promoted to Film Editor and worked on current affairs and documentary TV film programmes such as "Panorama", "Newsnight" and other documentary films.
In 1989 left BBC to work freelance and founded "The Reel Editing Company Limited". Edited two RTS award-winning documentary series, the "Falklands War", and Thatcher: The Downing Street Years. Recently have edited more than 10 BBC Horizon/Discovery/TLC science documentaries. "Supervolcanoes" was RTS nominated. "MegaTsunami" won a Canadian TV science award. "What Sank the Kursk?" was RTS nominated and won New York film festival science award. Recent work include PBS Nova 'Origins' for WGBH, BBC Horizon 'Einstein's unfinished symphony', Discovery / BBC Ancient Rome 1 hour drama 'Julius Caesar'.
Recently worked for Nat Geo, Discovery, Smithsinion TV, Ch4 and Ch5. Simon now produces films and recently made a short film about new way of seeing colours. In 2013, asked by University of Hawaii to make a series of films about their NASA funded program to find killer asteroids. Simon has a US green card and full EU work permits. Private pilot and keen gardener. He lives with his partner Dorothy Faison in Hawaii and France.
Studied filmmaking at the Met Film School at Ealing Studios. He has been working as script consultant, script editor and offline editor before taking over development and production at Aria Films in 2012. His slate of features includes projects from writers and directors like Ian Iqbal Rashid (Touch of Pink, How She Move), Keith Thompson (The Sapphires), Patrick Collerton (The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off), James Rogan (Dead Bolt Dead) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).
He was one of the most influential figures in British television. He was head of BBC Television Drama from 1969-81. He was responsible for such groundbreaking productions as Dennis Potter's "Pennies From Heaven" and "Brimstone and Treacle" as well as "I, Claudius," "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" and classic serials including "The Six Wives of Henry VIII," and "Testament of Youth."
As a director, he worked on detective series such as "Z Cars" and the costume drama "The Forsyte Saga," the most acclaimed BBC series of the sixties. In 1981, he was appointed executive producer of the BBC Shakespeare series, in which all 37 plays were adapted for television.
He was born Shaun Alfred Graham Sutton in Hammersmith, London, England to theatrical parents. He studied drama at the Embassy School. He worked as an actor in several London shows before the outbreak of World War II.
He served in the Royal Navy in 1940 and after the war, he returned to acting. He joined the BBC in 1952 working on mainly children's comedies and in 1962 became one of the original directors for the then new series "Z Cars."
In 1966, he became head of serials for the BBC, responsible for a huge output of high quality drama including "The Forsyte Saga." The 1967 serial put BBC2 on the map, attracting six million viewers on Sunday evenings and was repeated a year later on BBC1, gaining an audience of 18 million. It was the first serial ever to be sold to the Soviet Union and was purchased by stations all over America. The series confirmed the BBC's reputation for costume dramas and spawned a host of clones like "The First Churchills" and "The Pallisers."
In 1969, he was promoted to head of drama in an era which was later to be described as the golden age of British television drama. Under his auspices at the BBC. he produced more than 120 plays annually by writers including Joe Orton, David Storey and Sir Alan Ayckbourn. He championed controversial productions such as the prison drama "Scum" and several of Dennis Potter's plays.
With Cedric Messina and Jonathan Miller, he was executive producer of the 1978-85 BBC Shakespeare anthology, which starred actors such as Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Derek Jacobi, Timothy West CBE and Sir John Gielgud. When the Shakespeare cycle was completed, he worked on Theatre Night, a BBC2 season of six plays a year adapted from the stage.
He wrote several books including the seminal guide to television drama, "The Largest Theatre in the World" in (1982).