Actress Dame Diana Rigg, the only woman who became Mrs James Bond, has died at 82


Actress Dame Diana Rigg, famous for roles including Emma Peel in TV series The Avengers and Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones, has died at the age of 82 of cancer. “She spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession,” her daughter, actress Rachael Stirling, said. Dame Diana also played the only woman who became Mrs James Bond. Dame Diana’s other recent roles included the Duchess of Buccleuch in ITV’s Victoria and Mrs Pumphrey in Channel 5’s new adaptation of All Creatures Great and Small. Her four Tony Awards nominations resulted in a win for her searing portrayal in the leading role in the stage play Medea in 1994. Last year, Dame Diana spoke of her delight at her role in Game of Thrones, telling the BBC: “I love playing bad [characters]. They are so much more interesting than good.”


In 1990, Dame Diana won a best actress Bafta TV award for playing a difficult mother-in-law in Mother Love. She also won a Bafta special award in 2000 for The Avengers. Dame Diana was also nominated for nine primetime Emmy awards, winning for her role as Mrs Danvers in Rebecca in 1997. Other film credits include “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (1968),”The Assassination Bureau” (1969),”Julius Caesar,” starring Charlton Heston (1970),”A Little Night Music,” with Elizabeth Taylor (1977),”The Great Muppet Caper” (1981),”Snow White,” as the Evil Queen (1987), Bruce Beresford’s “A Good Man in Africa,” starring Sean Connery (1994),”Parting Shots” (1998) and “Heidi.”