Diana Rigg was a British actress known for her work in film, television, and theatre. She was born on July 20, 1938, and passed away on September 10, 2020, at the age of 82.
Rigg first gained international fame for her role as Emma Peel in the British television series "The Avengers," which she played from 1965 to 1968. Like her predecessor Cathy Gale, Emma Peel was a groundbreaking female character for her time, known for her intelligence, strength, and sex appeal. Rigg's portrayal of Peel was widely praised for her charm, wit, and athletic abilities, and helped to establish her as one of the most iconic actresses of her generation.
In addition to her work on "The Avengers," Rigg had a successful stage career, appearing in a number of acclaimed productions in London's West End and on Broadway. She won a Tony Award for her role in the play "Medea" in 1994, and continued to perform on stage well into her 70s.
Rigg also had a successful film career, appearing in a number of notable movies including "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969), "The Great Muppet Caper" (1981), and "The Painted Veil" (2006).
Throughout her career, Rigg was highly regarded for her talent, intelligence, and professionalism, and was awarded several honors including a DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1994 for her services to drama. She remained active in the entertainment industry until her passing in 2020, and her contributions to British film and television continue to be celebrated and remembered today.