Dame Diana Rigg: ‘Avengers’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ star dies at 82
Her daughter, Rachael Stirling, revealed that the actress passed away "from cancer diagnosed in March."
Diana Rigg, the UK actress who has entertained viewers in London and New York with her classical style appearances for over a half a century, but who is now best known as the quintessential young women of the 1960s – glamorous, cheerful, smart and judo-addicted — died at her home in London, on Thursday. She’s eighty-two.
Her daughter, Rachael Stirling, said in a statement that the actress passes away from cancer.
“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.”
Rigg was described as “just wonderful” in the tribute on Twitter by John Bradley, who starred alongside her.
Rigg became world famous for her portrayal of Emma Peel, John Steed’s partner on the legendary British television series “The Avengers,” but she also had a brilliant career with some of the UK’s most illustrious theater companies.
Her performances of Medea, Euripides, and Mother Courage earned her several prestigious awards. For younger generations, the actress will be remembered as the unscrupulous matriarch of the Tyrell family in “Game of Thrones.”
This interpretation of a manipulative character who is not afraid to face the most powerful men in Westeros added a Shakespearean dimension to the fantasy-medieval saga.
Rigg was the winner of both the Emmy and Tony Awards and in the 1960s and decadends she was remembered by audience members once again after playing intelligence agent Emma Peel on the British “The Avengers” television programme. In the HBO Film, ‘Game of the Thrones’ the world with its role in Lady Olenna Tyrell, named the Queen of Thorns. Moreover, the actor was the only girl from Bond to carry the secret agent down the lane, but the marriage was brief, as she fired her wife to death right after the marriage.
In 1990, Rogg achieved a Bafta for playing an obsessive mother in the drama “Mother Love.” Four years later she won a Tony for best actress for her role as ‘Medea’. In the same year, Rigg was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
In 1996 she was nominated for the Oliver Award, the highest British award for theatrical performance, and at the end of the same year she received the London Evening Standard Drama Award, also for theater, as best actress for her roles in ‘Mother Courage’ and ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? ‘.
A year later she won an Emmy for her role as Mrs. Danvers in a Carlton TV production of Rebecca de Daphne du Maurier.
People gave Tributes to Diana Rigg
We the Lordlans Pays tribute to her. May his soul Rest in Peace.