Dame Diana Rigg, known for her work in game of Thrones and The avengersdied at the age of 82.
Known for her performance as the indomitable Lady Olenna Tyrell in game of ThronesHer career spans six decades.
Born on July 20, 1938 near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg was educated at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
She made her acting debut in 1957 in a production by Bertolt Brecht The Caucasian chalk circle and she later joined the Royal Shakespeare Company.
In 1965 she took on the lead role as Emma Peel in the TV series The avengers ̵
In 1969, Rigg was the only woman to marry 007 in the Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Her final role is currently airing in the UK in the new adaptation of Channel 5 All creatures big and small.
A nine-time Emmy nominee, Rigg spoke of her love of playing villains on screen – Olenna in particular. “There are some actors who don’t like to act badly; they like to be liked. I like not to be liked. Olenna had the best lines,” she told the BBC.
Rigg died with her family on September 10, 2020. “She died peacefully this morning. She was at home with her family who asked for privacy during this difficult time,” her agent said in a statement.
She is survived by her daughter, actor Rachael Stirling, and a grandchild.
Tributes from her co-stars and colleagues have been posted on social media, from her Bond husband George Lazenby to the game of Thrones Cast and Extras Stephen Merchant – Rigg’s appearance on the episode of the series with Daniel Radcliffe is an icon.
Dame Diana Rigg. She has always raised the bar with her incredible talent, intelligence and wit. An absolute pleasure and honor to work. May your soul rest in peace https://t.co/BC4annah1H
– Nikolaj CosterWaldau (@nikolajcw), September 10, 2020
Be a dragon.
The kingdom will always remember Diana Rigg.
– Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) September 10, 2020
I am so sad to hear of Diana Rigg’s death. She undoubtedly brought up my drama when we were doing Her Majesty’s Secret Service together in 1968-9. I remember the press conference at the Dorchester in London when I knew she was going to play my wife. We … https: //t.co/2OgVHS0JMK pic.twitter.com/bEaHKXlsnB
– George Lazenby (@lazenbyofficial) September 10, 2020