Legendary actress Dame Diana Rigg dies aged 82


Actress Dame Diana Rigg passed away this Thursday 9th September at the age of 82 following a cancer diagnosis in March.

The actress brilliantly played the roles of Emma Peel in the TV series The Avengers and Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones.

She is also known for portraying Countess Teresa di Vicenzo, wife of James Bond and appeared in ITV’s Victoria.

“She died peacefully early this morning. She was at home with her family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time,” said Simon Beresford, her agent.

“Diana was an icon of theatre, film, and television.

“She was the recipient of Bafta, Emmy, Tony and Evening Standard Awards for her work on stage and screen.

“Dame Diana was a much loved and admired member of her profession, a force of nature who loved her work and her fellow actors. She will be greatly missed.”

For her part, Dame Diana’s daughter, actress Rachael Stirling, said: “My Beloved Ma died peacefully in her sleep early this morning, at home, surrounded by family.

“She died of cancer diagnosed in March, and 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”.

As a reminder, in 1990, Dame Diana won a best actress Bafta TV award for her vivid role in Mother Love. She also received a Bafta special award in 2000 for The Avengers.