Final Fantasy XIV and Killzone voice actor Stephen Critchlow passed away

Stephen Critchlow, the voice actor behind Final Fantasy XIV‘s Count Edmont de Fortemps, has passed away at the age of 54. The actor passed away on Sunday and news of his passing came via a statement from production company Big Finish, with whom the actor had worked on doctor who and torch wood audio dramas. Critchlow’s cause of death has not been released.

Critchlow’s video game career began in 1999 when he provided voices for characters in the video game adaptation of the James Bond film. Tomorrow never dies. Over the years, he has provided voices for numerous other PlayStation titles, including the kill zone franchise, Heavenly Sword, and the Inazuma Eleven franchisee. The actor is best known in video games for his roles as Edmont in Final Fantasy XIV and Bana in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. His most recent roles include doing additional voices in Total War: Warhammer and World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth.

The actor also had a prolific TV acting career. His most recent appearance was in the sandman, a series based on Neil Gaiman’s graphic novels, and he will appear in an upcoming TV series called unsinkable. Critchlow also had an extensive audio drama legacy, lending voices to characters in doctor who and torch wood dramas. His colleagues at Big Finish pay tribute to the actor. Director Scott Handcock said:

He was such a talent a chameleon behind the microphone but also such a genuinely sweet, funny and generous person. I think I’ve involved him in almost every series because he was such a delightful presence. The world will be a much, much sadder place without him.

Final Fantasy XIV fans also paid tribute by rallying around a fundraiser set up by Critchlow. The actor suffered a stroke in January 2020 and set up the fundraising campaign for NHS Charities Together to support the NHS staff who cared for him at the time. He also produced a podcast called At the first stroke who talked about his experience. If you are interested in donating, you can contribute to his fundraiser on Just Giving.

PlayStation LifeStyle sends their condolences to Critchlow’s friends and family.

[Source: Great Finish]