LONDON – Diana Rigg, a commanding British actress whose profession stretched from iconic Sixties spy sequence “The Avengers” to fantasy juggernaut “Game of Thrones,” has died. She was 82.
Rigg’s agent, Simon Beresford, stated she died Thursday morning at dwelling together with her household. Daughter Rachael Stirling stated she died of most cancers that was recognized in March.
Rigg “spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession. I will miss her beyond words,” Stirling stated.
Rigg starred in “The Avengers” as undercover agent Emma Peel alongside Patrick McNee’s bowler-hatted John Steed. The pair have been an impeccably dressed duo who fought villains and traded quips in a present whose combine of journey and humour was enduringly influential.
Rigg additionally starred in 1967 James Bond thriller “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” as the one girl ever to marry, albeit briefly, Agent 007.
In later life, she performed Olenna Tyrell — the sharp-tongued “Queen of Thorns” — in “Game of Thrones,“ receiving an Emmy Award nomination for the role.
Other television roles included the Duchess of Buccleuch in period drama “Victoria,” and Rigg starred alongside her daughter within the mild British sitcom “Detectorists.”
Rigg spent a number of years within the Sixties as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and mixed display work with a serious stage profession, in performs together with William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage” and Tom Stoppard’s “Jumpers” at the National Theatre in London.
She had a number of acclaimed roles within the Nineties at London’s Almeida Theatre, together with (*82*) in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and the title position in Greek tragedy “Medea.”
Rigg gained a Tony Award for “Medea” on Broadway, and was nominated on three different events — most just lately in 2018 for taking part in Mrs. Higgins in “My Fair Lady.”
Jonathan Kent, who directed Rigg in some of her nice stage roles, stated her “combination of force of personality, beauty, courage and sheer emotional power made her a great classical actress — one of an astonishing generation of British stage performers.”
She by no means retired. One of Rigg’s remaining tv roles was in rural veterinary drama “All Creatures Great and Small,” which is at the moment working on British tv.
Stoppard stated Rigg was “the most beautiful woman in the room, but she was what used to be called a Trouper.”
“She went to work with her sleeves rolled up and a smile for everyone. Her talent was luminous.”
Rigg is survived by her daughter, son-in-law Guy Garvey — lead singer of the band Elbow — and a grandson.