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James Greene passes away aged 89

Belfast-born actor James Greene has passed away at the age of 89 years old after a short illness. The sadnews was broken by his agent.

Through his career Greene was known for his roles as Professor Purwell in The Moon Stallion, Mr. Trimble in Chocky, Colonel Tom Headlam in Faith, Eric in The Fades, Old Ian in Hunderby, Mr. Cobbey in The Life and Adventures of Nick Nickleby, The Abbott in Doctor Who, Mr. Hubble in Big School, and as Sir Mark Stiles in Downton Abbey.

Greene also appeared in Rentaghost, Target, 1990, People Like Us, Secret Army, A Moment in Time, Tales of The Unexpected, Bergerac, Inspector Morse, Empire of the Sun, The Paradise Club, Poirot, Lovejoy, From Hell, Band of Brothers, Dinotopia, RocknRolla, Johnny English, The Sin Eater, Little Britain, Spooks, Dracula, This Life+10, The Bill, Sherlock Holmes, Dark Souls II, Humans, Born to Kill, and The Crown.

His agent added: “His stage work included John Crowley’s production of Playboy Of The Western World at the Old Vic and he was a particularly memorable ‘Monsignor’ in the 2001 revival of The Sanctuary Lamp at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. He was a great ambassador for his native Northern Ireland, where he was a continuity announcer for Ulster Television from 1959 to 1965.”

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