Diana Rigg passes away today… goodbye Emma Peel (news).
Actress Diana Rigg, aka Emma Peel in the spy-fy TV series The Avengers, Countess Teresa di Vicenzo, wife of James Bond, in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones, has sadly passed away today aged 82 after finding out she had cancer in March 2020.
Rigg appeared in the British 1960s spy-fy television series The Avengers (1961–69) opposite Patrick Macnee as John Steed, playing the secret agent Emma Peel in 51 episodes. On the big screen she became a Bond girl in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), playing Tracy Bond, James Bond’s only wife, opposite George Lazenby.
In 2013 she appeared in an episode of Doctor Who in a Victorian-era based story called “The Crimson Horror” alongside her daughter Rachael Stirling, Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman. The episode had been specially written for her and her daughter by Mark Gatiss.
The same year, Rigg secured a recurring role in the third season of the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, portraying Lady Olenna Tyrell, a witty and sarcastic political mastermind popularly known as the Queen of Thorns, the paternal grandmother of regular character Margaery Tyrell. She reprised her role in season four of Game of Thrones, then in seasons five and six in an expanded role from the books. The character was finally killed off in the seventh season.
Diana became a Dame in the 1994 Birthday Honours list.
Rigg is survived by her daughter, actress Rachael Stirling, who was born in 1977 (she played Nancy Astley in the BBC drama Tipping the Velvet, and Millie in the ITV series The Bletchley Circle).
Rachael said, “”My Beloved Ma died peacefully in her sleep early this morning, at home, surrounded by family. 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.”
Goodbye, Diana, we’ll all miss you and your work, here. You were one of a kind.