LONDON — Diana Rigg, a British actress who grew to become a 1960s type icon as undercover agent Emma Peel in TV collection “The Avengers,” has died. She was 82.
Rigg’s agent Simon Beresford mentioned she died Thursday morning at residence along with her household. Daughter Rachael Stirling mentioned she died of most cancers that was identified in March.
Rigg “spent her final months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of affection, laughter and a deep delight in her occupation. I’ll miss her past phrases,” Stirling mentioned.
Rigg starred in “The Avengers” alongside Patrick McNee’s bowler-hatted John Steed. The pair have been an impeccably dressed duo who fought villains and traded quips in a present whose mixture of journey and humor was enduringly influential.
Rigg additionally starred in 1967 James Bond thriller “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” as the one lady ever to marry Agent 007
In later life, she performed Olenna Tyrell in “Sport of Thrones” and the Duchess of Buccleuch in “Victoria,” and starred alongside her daughter in British sitcom “Detectorists.”
Rigg spent a number of years within the 1960s as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Firm, and mixed display screen work with an acclaimed stage profession, in performs together with Bertolt Brecht’s “Mom Braveness” and Tom Stoppard’s “Jumpers” on the Nationwide Theatre in London.
Stoppard mentioned Rigg was “essentially the most stunning lady within the room, however she was what was once referred to as a Trouper.”
“She went to work along with her sleeves rolled up and a smile for everybody. Her expertise was luminous.”