Actress Dame Diana Rigg: Avengers, Bond and Game of Thrones dies at age 82

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Lady Diana received a special award last year at the Cannes Series TV Festival

Dam actress Diana Rigg, best known for roles including Emma Bell in the TV series The Avengers and Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones, has passed away at the age of 82.

Her daughter, actress Rachel Stirling, said she died of cancer after being diagnosed in March.

She added, “She spent her last months thinking with joy about her exceptional life full of love, laughter and pride in her profession.”

Diana also played the only woman to become Mrs. James Bond.

She played Tracy, who married George Lazenby 007 in the 1969 film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Lazenby He said he was “very sad” to hear her deathBond producers Michael J Wilson and Barbara Broccoli also praised it.

The official Game of Thrones account also honored her.

Other recent roles Mrs. Diana has included Duchess of Buccleuch in Victoria of ITV and Mrs. Bomphrey in the new Channel 5 adaptation of All Creatures Large and Small.

Said Samuel West, who plays Siegfried on the show: “It makes no sense to think of her death. She lived Hell in general from everyone.”

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Olenna Tyrell made her last Game of Thrones appearance in 2017

Stirling announced the news earlier by writing: “My beloved died peacefully in her sleep early this morning, at home, surrounded by family. I will miss her more than words.”

Among those who paid the tribute was Sir Tom Stoppard, who mentioned her “luminous” talent, while playwright Sir David Hare said the actress had “an amazing change of direction in middle age as a great classic actress”.

Everyone swept in front of her

He said, “When Emma Bell played Media Euripides, Martha Albi and Mother Brecht’s bravery, everything in front of her swept away.”

Her four Tony Awards nominations resulted in her winning with her haunting portrayal in the lead role in the theater play Media in 1994.

Game of Thrones star Nikolai Coster Valdau, who played Jaime Lannister, “She always raises the bar for her amazing talent,” the actress saidIntelligence and intelligence. An absolute joy and an honor to work with him. “

Writer and actor Mark Gates fondly remembers working with her, while Stephen Merchant remembers her in a scene from his show “Extras.”

Actor David Suchet, who starred with Mrs. Diana in the 1996 West End production For Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, told BBC Radio 4 that she was “very generous and warm”.

He said, “I met her for the first time in the training room and I remember being intimidated and stressed. She started as she is, with 100 guns on fire, and she was extremely strong. I remember she had fierce intelligence and extraordinary strength of passion as well.”

Actress Mia Farrow tweeted: “Oh no! It was amazing !! Gratitude to the great Diana Rigg for so many daring and wonderful shows. But we wanted more.”

Baby Driver Edgar Wright director She said, “Working with her in her latest movie was beyond suspense.” – Next night in Soho.

“She exceeded all my expectations, so she is amazingly talented, fiery and funny. I really miss you, Mrs. D.”

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Director Jonathan Kent added that her “combination of strength of character, beauty, courage and sheer emotional strength made her a great classic actress – one of an amazing generation of British theater artists.”

He said, “Her impressive intelligence and unique voice made her an unforgettable pioneer in British theater.”

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Patrick McKeane played John Steed and Rigg as Emma Bell in The Avengers (pictured in 1965)

Her agent, Simon Beresford, said she “died at home with her family who sought privacy at this difficult time.”

He added, “Mrs. Diana was a force of nature who loved her work and her fellow actors.”

Last year, Mrs. Diana spoke of her happiness for her role in Game of Thrones, and told the BBC: “I like bad play. [characters]. They are more interesting than good.

“There are some actors who don’t like to play a bad role; they love to be loved. I like being disliked. Olenna had the best lines.”

In 1990, Mrs. Diana won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress for her role in the film Mother Love. She also won a special Bafta Award in 2000 for The Avengers, which she shared with other stars of the series Honor Blackman, Joanna Lumley and Linda Thorson.

Lady Diana has also been nominated for nine Emmy Awards, and she won the role as Lady Danvers in Rebecca in 1997.

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