Dame Diana Rigg, the iconic actress who starred in projects such as The Avengers and Game of Thrones, has passed away at the age of 82.
Rigg, who made her professional stage debut in 1957, went on to forge a career both on screen and on stage as she continued to work prolifically up until her death. It has been reported that the actress died from cancer that was diagnosed in March.
“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.
Her daughter, actress Rachael Stirling, said: “My Beloved Ma died peacefully in her sleep early this morning, at home, surrounded by family.”
She continued: “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, who famously played the role of Emma Peel in the TV series The Avengers, propelled her fame to an international level across the eight years she worked on set. From there, the big names came calling and she appeared in James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the hit fantasy film Snow White, The Morecambe & Wise Show, King Lear and more, recently the role of Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones in which she was nominated for an Emmy Award.
Remembering her talent, Sir Tom Stoppard paid tribute: “For half her life Diana was the most beautiful woman in the room, but she was what used to be called a Trouper,” she said. “She went to work with her sleeves rolled up and a smile for everyone. Her talent was luminous.”
Lionel Larner, Rigg’s longtime talent agent, said: “She was a beautiful kind and generous human being that enhanced the lives of all that knew her as well as a great actress. She leaves a great void in my heart.”
Rigg, survived by a daughter Rachael Stirling, is a highly celebrated of British artistic culture, winning accolades such as a Tony Award, BAFTA TV Award, and many more.