Tuesday, 02 March, 2021

Diana Rigg: Bond, Avengers and Game Of Thrones star dies aged 82


Tributes are being paid to “icon” Dame Diana Rigg, a Bond actress and star of The Avengers and Game Of Thrones, who has died at the age of 82.

The award-winning actress died of cancer, which had been diagnosed in March, surrounded by her family on Thursday morning.

Best known as secret agent Emma Peel in The Avengers in the 1960s, and more recently for playing Olenna Tyrell in Game Of Thrones, Rigg was a star of stage and screen whose career spanned several decades.

She also played Countess Teresa di Vicenzo, also known as Tracy Bond – the only woman to get 007 to the altar – in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, alongside George Lazenby.

Paying tribute to her “beloved Ma”, her daughter, Rachael Stirling, said the actress “spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession”.

She also played Countess Teresa di Vicenzo, also known as Tracy Bond – the only woman to get 007 to the altar – in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, alongside George Lazenby.

Paying tribute to her “beloved Ma”, her daughter, Rachael Stirling, said the actress “spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession”.

Rigg’s agent, Simon Beresford, announced the news “with tremendous sadness” in a statement describing the star as “an icon of theatre, film, and television”.

He said: “She was the recipient of BAFTA, Emmy, Tony and Evening Standard awards for her work on stage and screen.

“Dame Diana was a much loved and admired member of her profession, a force of nature who loved her work and her fellow actors. She will be greatly missed.”

Culled from-Sky News

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