Diana Rigg is dead; The Avengers and Game of Thrones star, dies at the age of 82

The Avengers and GOT star actress,Dame Diana Rigg who enjoyed a long and distinguished acting career on stage, in film and on television died at the age of 82.

Confirming her death, Rigg’s longtime friend and talent agent, Lionel Larner, said she died “peacefully” this morning, adding that she had been “at home in England with her family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time”.

Her daughter, actress Rachael Stirling, said Rigg had been diagnosed with cancer in March and had “spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter, and deep pride in her profession. I will miss her beyond words.”

She was known for roles including Emma Peel in TV series The Avengers between 1965 and 1968, and the wife of James Bond in 1969 film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Younger viewers will also know her as Olenna Tyrell from Game of Thrones, who she played for five years between 2013 and 2017.

She won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for the BBC miniseries Mother Love in 1989, and an Emmy Award for her role as Mrs. Danvers in an adaptation of Rebecca (1997).


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