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Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones and The Avengers Star, Dies at 82

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Actress Dame Diana Rigg, famous for roles including Emma Peel in TV series The Avengers and Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones, has died at the age of 82.

Rigg’s agent, Simon Beresford, stated she died Thursday morning at home along with her family. Daughter Rachael Stirling stated she died of cancer that was once identified in March. Rigg “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,” Stirling said. Rigg starred in The Avengers as secret agent Emma Peel along with Patrick Macnee’s bowler-hatted John Steed.

The pair was an impeccably dressed duo who fought villains and traded quips in a show whose mixture of journey and humor was once enduringly influential. Rigg also starred in 1969 James Bond mystery On Her Majesty’s Secret Service as Tracy di Vicenzo, the only girl ever to marry—albeit in short—Agent 007. Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said Rigg was “much beloved by Bond fans for her memorable performance.”

George Lazenby, who made his simplest appearance as Bond in the film, said on Instagram that he used to be “so sad to hear of the death of Diana Rigg. She undoubtedly raised my acting game when we made On Her Majesty’s Secret Service together in 1968-9.”

In later life, she played Olenna Tyrell—the formidable “Queen of Thorns” — in Game of Thrones, receiving an Emmy Award nomination for the position. Other television roles integrated the Duchess of Buccleuch in period drama Victoria, and Rigg starred along her daughter in the gentle British sitcom Detectorists.

She had a number of acclaimed roles within the 1990s at London’s Almeida Theatre, together with Martha in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and the identify role in Greek tragedy “Medea.” She went to paintings together with her sleeves rolled up and a grin for everyone. Her talent used to be luminous.” Rigg is survived by way of her daughter, son-in-law Guy Garvey—lead singer of the band Elbow—and a grandson.

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