‘Avengers’ star Diana Rigg dies aged 82

London, September 10

British actress Diana Rigg, who got here to fame within the cult 1960s TV present “The Avengers” and loved a distinguished and diverse profession on stage and display screen from James Bond to “Game of Thrones”, died on Thursday aged 82.

Rigg received quite a few Emmy, Tony and Bafta awards throughout her lengthy and prestigious profession; equally at residence in classical theatre roles as these in common TV exhibits.

“My Beloved Ma died peacefully in her sleep early this morning, at home, surrounded by family,” her actress daughter Rachael Stirling mentioned in a press release.

“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, born in Doncaster in northern England, moved along with her household to India earlier than going to highschool in England. She studied on the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art earlier than making her debut on the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1959.

It was her position because the karate-kicking, leather-clad undercover agent Emma Peel in “The Avengers”, alongside Patrick McNee’s bowler-hatted John Steed, that introduced her to large consideration.

She went on to star within the James Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” during which her character marries the British spy.

A return to the theatre resulted in a string of hits within the 1970s and 80s, and he or she was acclaimed for her position as Medea within the early 1990s for which she received a Tony.

Recently, she is greatest recognized for enjoying Olenna Tyrell in “Game of Thrones”.

“For half her life Diana was the most beautiful woman in the room, but she was what used to be called a Trouper. She went to work with her sleeves rolled up and a smile for everyone. Her talent was luminous,” British playwright Tom Stoppard mentioned in a press release. Reuters

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