Acting legend Diana Rigg, 82, dies

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  • The Avengers and Game of Thrones actress Diana Rigg has died.
  • Diana's daughter Rachael Stirling confirmed that her mother died of cancer, after being diagnosed in March.
  • She died at home with her family on Thursday, her agent Simon Beresford confirmed. 


Acting legend Diana Rigg has died at the age of 82.

Diana, who had an illustrious career both in film and on stage, died at home with her family on Thursday, her agent Simon Beresford confirmed. 

"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," said her daughter, Rachael Stirling, in a statement.

Diana rose to fame in the 1960s after starring in the British TV series The Avengers alongside Patrick Macnee and played Lady Olenna Tyrell in HBO's Game of Thrones.

She also enjoyed a career in theatre, including playing the title role in Medea, both in London and New York, for which she won the 1994 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.

Diana won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for the BBC miniseries Mother Love, and an Emmy Award for her role as Mrs. Danvers in an adaptation of Rebecca.

Bafta remembered Diana, sharing on Twitter: 'We're sad to hear of the passing of Dame Diana Rigg, Bafta-winner for her performance in Mother Love in 1990 and joint recipient of the Bafta Television Special Award in 2000 for The Avengers."

The official Twitter account for James Bond also paid tribute to Diana, who played the only Bond girl to marry 007.

"We are very sad to hear of the passing of Dame Diana Rigg, the legendary stage and screen actress who was much beloved by Bond fans for her memorable performance as Tracy di Vicenzo in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the only woman to have married James Bond," said the tweet.

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