Diana Rigg Biography

Film Actor/Film Actress, Television Personality, Television Actress, Journalist, Theater Actress, Classic Pin-Ups, Film Actress, Actress (1938–)
Dame Diana Rigg belonged to the Royal Shakespeare Company, played Emma Peel on the 1960s British spy show The Avengers, and was a James Bond girl.


Dame Diana Rigg was born on July 20, 1938 in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England. She attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. From 1959 to 1964 Rigg performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1965, she auditioned for the popular British TV espionage series The Avengers and landed the role of the shapely, secret agent Mrs. Emma Peel. Four years later she landed the big-screen role of Mrs. James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. 

Throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s Rigg's theatrical, film, and television career was wide ranging. Among her accolades, she won a BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress in 1989 for the BBC miniseries Mother Love and an Emmy for her role as Mrs. Danvers on the television adaptation, Rebecca, in 1997. Rigg was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1994.

Since 2013 Rigg has been widely known for her guest role as Lady Olenna Tyrell in HBO's Game of Thrones, for which she nominated for an Emmy in 2015. 

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