LONDON — Diana Rigg, a dominating British performer whose career stretched from iconic 1960s spy show”The Avengers” to dream juggernaut”Game of Thrones,” has expired.
Rigg’s representative, Simon Beresford, stated she died Thursday morning in the home with her loved ones. Lady Rachael Stirling said she died of cancer which was diagnosed in March.
Rigg”spent her last months reflecting on her exceptional life, filled with love, laughter, and profound pride in her career. I shall miss her past words,” Stirling said.
Rigg starred in”The Avengers” as spy Emma Peel along with Patrick McNee’s bowler-hatted John Steed. The group had been an impeccably dressed duo who battled villains and exchanged quips at a series whose combination of humor and adventure had been enduringly influential.
Bond manufacturers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli stated Rigg has been”much cherished by Bond fans because of her unforgettable performance”
George Lazenby, who left his only appearance as Bond in the movie, stated on Instagram he had been”so sad to hear about the departure of Diana Rigg. She raised my acting match once we made On Her Majesty’s Secret Service collectively in 1968-9.”
In later life, she performed Olenna Tyrell — the formidable”Queen of Thorns” — at”Game of Thrones,” getting an Emmy Award nomination for the job.
Rigg spent a few years in the 1960s as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company, also united display work with a significant stage livelihood, in plays such as William Shakespeare’s”Macbeth,” Bertolt Brecht’s”Mother Courage” and Tom Stoppard’s”Jumpers” in the National Theatre in London.
She had many acclaimed characters in the 1990s in London’s Almeida Theatre, such as Martha in”Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
Rigg won a Tony Award for”Medea” on Broadway, also has been nominated three different occasions — most recently in 2018 for playing with Mrs. Higgins in”My Fair Lady”
Jonathan Kent, who led Rigg in a few of her amazing stage characters, stated her”blend of the power of character, beauty, courage and sheer mental power made her great classical performer — one of the astonishing creation of British stage actors.”
She retired. Among Rigg’s closing television characters was in the rural veterinary drama”All Creatures Great and Small,” which is presently running on British tv.
Stoppard stated Rigg had been”the most beautiful girl in the room, but she had been what was referred to as a Trouper.”
“She moved to use her sleeves rolled up and a smile for everybody. Her gift was luminous”
Rigg is survived by her daughter, son-in-law Guy Garvey — lead singer of this group Elbow — along with a grandson.