'Game of Thrones' and 'Avengers' Actress Diana Rigg Dies at 82

September 10, 2020

Dame Diana Rigg has passed away.

BBC first reported the news on Thursday. She was 82.

Rigg, full name Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg, was a Tony and Emmy Winner who rose to fame with her role as agent Emma Peel on “The Avengers” in the 1960s.

Most recently, she portrayed Lady Olena Tyrell on the fantasy drama “Game of Thrones.” The role earned her three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series from 2013 through 2015.

“She died peacefully early this morning,” her agent said in a statement to the BBC, adding, “she was at home with her family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time.”

“She was a beautiful kind and generous human being that enhanced the lives of all that knew her as well as a great actress. She leaves a great void in my heart,” said Lionel Larner, Rigg’s longtime friend and talent agent.

Rigg also appeared on the big screen as a Bond girl in the James Bond film franchise. She starred in 1969’s “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” as Tracy Di Vicenzo, the only woman to ever become Mrs. James Bond.

She is survived by her daughter, Rachael Stirling, whom she shared with former husband and theatrical producer Archibald Stirling.

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