Dame Diana Rigg, the popular British actress died at the age of 82 due to cancer. She became a style icon in the 1960s because of her role as a secret agent, Emma Peel, in the television series ‘The Avengers’.
Simon Beresford, Rigg’s agent informed about her death. She died at her home Thursday morning. Rachael Stirling, her daughter stated she was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.
A Glance at Her Career
She starred in The Avengers along with Patrick McNee. Both were an impeccably dressed pair who fought villains in a show whose combination of humor and adventure was influential.
In 1969, Dame Diana Rigg played a role in the James Bond franchise’s 6th installment “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”. Riggs played the role of Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo alongside George Lazenby.
In 1997, she won an Emmy for her Mrs. Danvers’s role in Rebecca, a British miniseries. She also played the role of Olenna Tyrell, the Queen of Thorns in “Game of Thrones” from the year 2013 to 2017. Rigg was nominated four times for an Emmy for outstanding guest actress in a drama series.
Following her character on the HBO series that are continuing for a long time, she joins the 2nd season of PBS named Victoria, takes part in the Duchess of Buccleuch, the Robes Mistress, who had a biting and sharp wit dialogue, not the same as her fan-favorite role of Game of Thrones.
In 2018, she returned to the theatre and played the role of Mrs. Higgins in “My Fair Lady”. She was nominated for the Tony Award for this role. In 1994, Rigg won a Tony award for Medea.
Reactions of Co-stars and friends
The friends and co-stars of Riggs gathered on social media on Thursday to pay tribute to her. Pedro Pascal, a “Game of Thrones” actor, shared a Black and white picture of her and called her the “true queen of Westeros” a fictional continent in an amazing series where her character Olenna Tyrell resided.
Dana Delany shared 2 photos of young Dame Diana Rigg on twitter and wrote a moving message about her. Delany wrote:
“For a girl in the 1960s, she was the embodiment of power and allure. To see her on stage in Medea thirty years later was sheer terror. And the icing was Game of Thrones. She outplayed them all. A great grand actor.”
The official twitter page of the James Bond franchise and “Game of Thrones” also sent their condolences.