Hollywood actress, Dame Diana Rigg, also known as Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones, passes away at the age of 82. Diana Rigg died due to cancer after being diagnosed in March.
Her daughter, actress Rachael Stirling, confirmed this news in writing: “My Beloved Ma died peacefully in her sleep early this morning, at home, surrounded by family. I will miss her beyond words.”
“She spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter, and great pride in her profession,” she added.
Her best performances so far:
Dianna Rigg emerged in some of the most memorable franchises in film and television throughout her sparkling career, working right up until her final months. Here’s the pick of Rigg’s most outstanding work over the years.
The Avengers (1965-1968)
She played the role of Emma Peel in The Avengers, which brought her immense glory and recognition.
Dianna Rigg won her fans with her character’s narrative as a martial art expert who seldom lost a fight.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1968)
In this star-studded movie, she played the role of Helena. The film was not positively welcomed by the critics, though.
She played as Helena — one of the four young lovers in the story, sharing plenty scenes with Helen Mirren’s Hermia.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
Diana Rigg’s most widely lauded roles are as Tracy di Vicenzo in the James Bond series On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
In all the James Bond series, Tracy has been the only woman who could persuade James Bond to give up his womanizing ways and settle down.
Mother Love (1989)
Dianna Rigg bagged her Broadcasting Press Guild award and her only BAFTA award due to her role played in this movie as an obsessive mother.
She is the mother of Kit (James Wilby), who is angry with his musician father (David McCallum).
Dianna Rigg won an Emmy for portraying the supporting role of Mrs. Denvers in this movie.
The miniseries, shown in the UK on ITV, is inevitably dominated by Alfred Hitchcock’s peerless Rebecca adaptation, but Rigg’s role remains at epitome.
Doctor Who (2013)
The Crimson Horror, the seventh series of Doctor Who, was specially written for Diana Rigg as she wanted to perform along with her daughter, Rachael Stirling.
Rigg played the role of Mrs. Gillyflower and was even able to use her own Doncaster accent for the first time while acting.
Game of Thrones (2013-2017)
If not by the previous roles, we surely know Dianna Rigg for the exceptional character played as Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones.
She proved to be one of the major highlights of this series. She got quite a few nominations for this role but never won any.