Actress Diana Rigg, best known for roles in the 1960s The Avengers, a James Bond movie and Game of Thrones, died at the age of 82.
Born in Doncaster in 1938, Rigg grew up for a brief period in India before returning to the UK to attend boarding school. After that, she enrolled in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1955. Where her classmates included Glenda Jackson. After a stint with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She achieved stage fame with her role in the Ronald Millar play Abelard and Heloïse. Above all, for which she earned the first of three Tony nominations.
Her TV break came in the 1960s spy series The Avengers, in which she played secret agent Emma Peel for 51 episodes. It becoming something of a style icon and sex symbol in England. Staying in the genre. In 1969 she was cast in the sixth Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. In addition, this is starring opposite George Lazenby, his one and only appearance in the franchise.
English actress Diana Rigg has died at the age of 82
In other words, Rigg rappelled into American consciousness as Mrs. Emma Peel, the threat-removing partner of Patrick MacNnee’s John Steed in the British import “The Avengers.” She was the second woman to pair with the bowler-wearing, umbrella-toting Steed, and the first to be seen in the United States.
The cancer that killed her was diagnosed only in March, and Rigg has left the building, having never retired. Two projects are left to appear, for the smaller and bigger screen: the BBC’s “Black Narcissus,” later this year, and Edgar Wright’s film “Last Night in Soho” are still to come. I am tempted to write, “Ms. Rigg, you’re still needed.” But this will have to do.