Diana Rigg

Dame Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg, DBE (born 20 July 1938) is an English actress. She is known for the role of Emma Peel in the TV series The Avengers, which she appeared in from 1965 to 1968. She has also had an extensive career in the theatre, including playing the title role in Medea, both in London and New York. For this role, she won the 1994 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. Considered a sex symbol she was made a CBE in 1988 and a Dame in 1994.

Rigg made her professional stage debut in 1957 in The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1959. She made her Broadway debut in the 1971 production of Abelard & Heloise. Her film roles include Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1968); Countess Teresa di Vicenzo, wife of James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969); Lady Holiday in The Great Muppet Caper (1981); and Arlene Marshall inEvil Under the Sun (1982). In 1989, she starred in the BBC miniseries Mother Love, for which she won a BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress. For her role as Mrs. Danvers in the 1997 adaptation of Rebecca, she won an Emmy Award. Since 2013, she has played LadyOlenna Tyrell in the HBO series Game of Thrones.

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Cast Credits

You, Me and the Apocalypse (2015)
Starring as Sutton (5 episodes)
Professor Branestawm (2014)
Guest starring as Lady Pagwell
Edinburgh Nights (2014)
Guest starring as Diana Rigg
Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (2011)
Guest starring as Diana Rigg
The Jonathan Ross Show (2011)
Guest starring as Diana Rigg
Game of Thrones (2011)
Guest starring as Lady Olenna Tyrell (16 episodes)
Doctor Who (2005)
Guest starring as Mrs Gillyflower
The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries (1998)
Starring as Adela Bradley (5 episodes)
Mother Love (1989)
Starring as Helena Vesey (4 episodes)
  • Episode 1x04: Part 4 (Nov 19, 1989)
  • Episode 1x03: Part 3 (Nov 12, 1989)
  • Episode 1x02: Part 2 (Nov 5, 1989)
  • Episode 1x01: Part 1 (Oct 29, 1989)
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Wogan (1982)
Guest starring as Diana Rigg (2 episodes)
The Avengers (1961)
Starring as Emma Peel