Veteran UK star Dame Diana Rigg, best known for The Avengers and Game of Thrones, has died, aged 82.
“She died peacefully early this morning. She was at home with her family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time,” her agent said.
Diana Rigg played Emma Peel in The Avengers across 51 episodes from 1965-68, as an intelligent, witty and catsuit-wearing female agent alongside Patrick Macnee. In 2000 she shared a special BAFTA Award with Honor Blackman, Joanna Lumley and Linda Thorson.
Film credits included On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (as the only woman who became Mrs James Bond), The Hospital, Theatre of Blood, Evil Under the Sun, The Painted Veil, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Assassination Bureau, Julius Caesar, A Little Night Music, The Great Muppet Caper, A Good Man in Africa, Parting Shots and Heidi.
On Game of Thrones Rigg recurred as Olenna Tyrell, also known as the Queen of Thorns, beginning with the third season in 2013. She was nominated for guest actress in a drama for her work on the show in 2013, 2014 and 2015 at the Emmy Awards.
She was host of PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery from 1989-2004 and had her own sitcom Diana in 1973-74. Other TV credits included The Mrs Bradley Mysteries, Extras, All Creatures Great and Small, Victoria and Doctor Who in 2013.
Rigg was also an esteemed stage actress both on the West End and Broadway.