News - September 10, 2020

Diana Rigg, star of The Avengers and Game Of Thrones, dies aged 82
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Diana Rigg, star of The Avengers and Game Of Thrones, dies aged 82

Actress Diana Rigg has died at the age of 82. 

Rigg, who was best known for her roles as Emma Peel in much-loved TV series The Avengers and Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones, passed away this morning (September 10th). 

Her agent confirmed the news to the BBC, adding: "She died peacefully early this morning. She was at home with her family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time."

Initially, a theatre actress, Rigg shot to national prominence in The Avengers, playing opposite Patrick Macnee's John Steed in the long-running spy thriller. 

She went on to have a series of high-profile roles in film and television, including winning an Emmy for her role as Mrs Danvers in an acclaimed production of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca and a BAFTA for the role of an obsessive mother in the BBC drama, Mother Love. 

As well as this, Rigg played Tracy opposite George Lazenby's James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

In recent years, she was best known as Olenna Tyrell, the scheming, no-nonsense Lady Olenna Tyrell, which also earned her an Emmy nomination. 

Rigg, who was made a Dame in 1994, worked right up until her death and can be currently seen in Channel 5's new adaptation of All Creatures Great and Small.

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