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Diana Rigg, actress of The Avengers, dies at Game of Thrones 82

Diana Rigg, actress of The Avengers, dies at Game of Thrones 82

Diana Rigg, British actress, became a 1960s style icon as Emma Peel, the secret agent in the TV series Avengers, Are dead. She is 82 years old.

Rigg’s agent, Simon Beresford, said she died at home Thursday morning with her family.

Her daughter, Rachel Stirling, died of cancer in March.

Rigg “spent her last months happily, with love, laughter and deep pride in her career. I will miss her beyond her words,” Stirling said.

Starring Rig Avengers Along with Patrick McNee, he played bowler-hated John Steed. The duo they naively dressed, they fought villains and traded quips at a show that provided a consistently effective mix of adventure and humor.

McNee died in 2015.

Rig played the iconic role of Emma Peel in the television series The Avengers. (Terry Disney / Express / Getty Images)

Rigg’s performance earned her the first two of nine Emmy Award nominations, including the supporting actress’ victory for the television miniseries in 1997. Rebecca.

Later in life, she played Olena Tyrell in 18 shows Game of Thrones, Duchess of Bucklech in Victoria, And co-starred with his daughter in 2013 Dr. Who Episode as well as British sitcom Detectors.

On the big screen, Rig starred in the spy thriller On Her Majesty’s Secret Service As the only woman married to James Bond, as well The Great Muppet Caper, Parting shots And Painted wheel.

“Our love and thoughts are with her family and friends during this sad time,” said Bond franchise producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

George Lazenby, who played his only role as Bond in the film, said on Instagram, “It’s very sad to hear about Diana Rigg’s death. We have no doubt she raised my acting game. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Together 1968-9. “

Rig earned four Tony Award nominations for his extensive career on stage, for his role as Mrs. Higgins in 2018 My Fair Lady. Produced in 1994, she won Best Actress for Best Actress Media.

Rig spent many years as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1960s, including her acclaimed stage career with Bertolt Brecht. Mother courage And Tom Stoppards Jumpers At the National Theater in London.

Stopford Rigg said “she’s the most beautiful woman in the room, but she’s called Trooper.”

“She rolled up her sleeves and went to work with a smile on everyone’s face. Her talent shone through.”

Her work on screen and on stage earned her the 1994 Order of the British Empire.

Rigg has her daughter, son-in-law Guy Garvey – lead singer of the Elbow Band – and grandson.

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