I was very shocked and saddened today to hear of the death of British actress Diana Rigg at the age of 82.
I grew up watching Diana as Emma Peel in The Avengers (1965-1968), and thought she had a fantastic onscreen chemistry with her co-star Patrick MacNee, who played John Steed as brilliantly and memorably as Diana played Emma. Plus, she was the Avengers girl on whom I had the biggest crush.
When she left The Avengers, Diana of course went on to even greater things, appearing in many movies (including the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service), TV series and stage plays. Her most recent work included playing the part of Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones (2013-2017), as well as appearing in the 2013 Dr Who episode, The Crimson Horror, which also starred her daughter.
Throughout her long and distinguished acting career, Diana has also been honoured with many awards and nominations, including the 1994 Tony Award for Best Actress in a play, that play being Medea, in which she played the title role. She was also made a CBE in 1988 and a Dame in 1994 for her services to drama.
Diana Rigg was a highly versatile and extremely talented actress, a real dedicated and professional lady who brought her own special kind of magic to whatever role she played, be it Emma Peel or Medea. And she has certainly left a remarkable legacy.
We have, sadly, lost yet another legend of stage and screen.
RIP Diana Rigg.
We will always remember you.