Diana Rigg

Actor, Model
The poised, effortlessly versatile veteran of stage, film and television for over five decades, Dame Diana Rigg was a rara avis: a flawless interpreter of Shakespeare and other classical stage work, as well as a ... Read more »
Born: 07/19/1938 in Yorkshire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (180)

You, Me and the End of the World 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

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Game of Thrones 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

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Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

Running Delilah 2014 (Movie)

Judith (Actor)

Doctor Who 2013 (Tv Show)

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Extras 2007 (Tv Show)

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The Painted Veil 2006 (Movie)

Mother Superior (Actor)

Heidi 2004 (Movie)

Grandmamma (Actor)

Murder in Mind 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

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A Centennial Toast to Symphony Hall 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Hetty Wainthropp Investigates IV 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Second Sight II 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The American 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The Remorseful Day 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The Wyvern Mystery 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Touching Evil III 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Living on Risk 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Playing God 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Second Sight 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Touching Evil II 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Trial By Fire 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Undressed 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Cadfael 4 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Heat of the Sun 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Hetty Wainthropp Investigates II 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Inspector Morse: The Wench Is Dead 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Nightline in Primetime: Brave New World 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Life and Crimes of William Palmer 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries: Speedy Death 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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A Last Embrace 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Cadfael 3 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Death Is Now My Neighbor 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Hetty Wainthropp Investigates 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Into the Blue 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Parting Shots 1998 (Movie)

Lisa (Actor)

The Daughters of Cain 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The Sculptress 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Touching Evil 1998 (TV Show)

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Avonlea 1989 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Cadfael 2 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Deadly Slumber 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Dumb Witness 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Hercule Poirot's Christmas 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Moll Flanders 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Original Sin 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Rebecca 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Samson and Delilah 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The Way Through the Woods 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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A Mind to Murder 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Chandler & Co. 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Poirot VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Day of the Devil 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Absolute Conviction 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Cherubim and Seraphim 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Cleveland Plays the Proms 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Death of the Self 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Maigret II 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Poirot VI 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Rumpole and the Children of the Devil 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Rumpole and the Eternal Triangle 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Rumpole and the Family Pride 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Rumpole and the Miscarriage of Justice 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Rumpole and the Reform of Joby Jonson 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Rumpole on Trial 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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A Good Man in Africa 1994 (Movie)

Chloe Fanshawe (Actor)

Cadfael 1994 (TV Show)

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Inspector Morse, Series VII: Dead on Time 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Inspector Morse, Series VII: Happy Families 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Poirot, Series V 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Prime Suspect 3 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Sherlock Holmes: The Eligible Bachelor 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Sherlock Holmes: The Last Vampyre 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Unnatural Causes 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Agatha Christie's Poirot Series IV 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Maigret 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Prime Suspect 2 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Promised Land 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Rumpole of the Bailey, Series VI 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Second Time Around 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Sherlock Holmes: The Master Blackmailer 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Alistair Cooke Salute 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Artists in Crime 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Driven to Distraction 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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How Does Your Garden Grow? 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Masonic Mysteries 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Prime Suspect 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Adventure of the Western Star 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Double Clue 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Kidnapped Prime Minister 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Million Dollar Bond Mystery 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Plymouth Express 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Sins of the Fathers 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Wasps' Nest 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Dancers in Mourning 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Deceived By Flight 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Flowers For the Judge 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Mystery Mile 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Sweet Danger 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The Infernal Serpent 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The Secret of Bay 5B 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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A Taste For Death 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Agatha Christie's Poirot 1990 (TV Show)

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Death of a Ghost 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Four and Twenty Blackbirds 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Look to the Lady 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Murder in the Mews 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Problem at Sea 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Rumpole and Portia 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Rumpole and the Age of Miracles 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Rumpole and the Barrow Boy 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Rumpole and the Bubble Reputation 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Rumpole and the Quality of Life 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Rumpole and the Tap End 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Adventure of the Clapham Cook 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Case of the Late Pig 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Ghost in the Machine 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The King of Clubs 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Last Enemy 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Third Floor Flat 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Triangle at Rhodes 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Police at the Funeral 1989 (TV Show)

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Snow White 1987 (Movie)

Mean Queen (Actor)

Bleak House 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Masterpiece Theatre: Fifteen Years 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Witness For the Prosecution 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Evil Under the Sun 1982 (Movie)

Arlena Marshall (Actor)

The Great Muppet Caper 1981 (Movie)

Lady Holiday (Actor)

A Little Night Music 1976 (Movie)

Charlotte Mittelheim (Actor)

Diana 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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Theatre of Blood 1973 (Movie)

Edwina Lionheart (Actor)

Julius Caesar 1971 (Movie)

Portia (Actor)

The Hospital 1971 (Movie)

Barbara Drummond (Actor)

Married Alive 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

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A Midsummer Night's Dream 1969 (Movie)

Helena (Actor)

On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969 (Movie)

Tracy Theresa 'Tracy' Draco (Actor)

The Assassination Bureau 1969 (Movie)

Sonya Winter (Actor)

The Avengers 1965 - 1969 (TV Show)

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A Certain Justice (TV Show)

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A Dark Adapted Eye (TV Show)

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A Hazard of Hearts (TV Show)

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Blood and Thunder (Movie)

(Women Beware Women episode) (Actor)

Danielle Steel's "Zoya" (TV Show)

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Deep Secrets (TV Show)

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Devices and Desires (TV Show)

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Fat Chance (TV Show)

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Gallowglass (TV Show)

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Genghis Cohn (TV Show)

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In This House of Brede (TV Show)

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In the Beginning (TV Show)

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King Lear (TV Show)

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Lady Audley's Secret (TV Show)

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Mother Love (TV Show)

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Mrs. 'arris Goes to Paris (TV Show)

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Oliver's Travels (TV Show)

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Sacrifice (TV Show)

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Samson and Delilah (Movie)

Mara (Actor)

The Dark Angel (TV Show)

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The Dream (TV Show)

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The Ice House (TV Show)

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The Last King (TV Show)

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The Man From the Pru (TV Show)

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The Settling of the Sun (TV Show)

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The Worst Witch (TV Show)

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Twilight of the Gods (TV Show)

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Victoria & Albert (TV Show)

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Biography

The poised, effortlessly versatile veteran of stage, film and television for over five decades, Dame Diana Rigg was a rara avis: a flawless interpreter of Shakespeare and other classical stage work, as well as a thinking man's sex symbol as Mrs. Emma Peel, the catsuit-sporting crime fighter on "The Avengers" (ITV, 1961-69). Rigg's cool beauty and knack for witty banter made her an idol among male viewers during the 1960s, but she struggled to overcome the character's superhuman charms after leaving the show. She instead found lasting fame and respect on Broadway and television, where she netted Tony and Emmy awards as formidable figures like Medea and Mrs. Danvers in "Rebecca" (ITV, 1996). Though fondly remembered for "The Avengers" decades later, Rigg's body of work made her one of the most accomplished and respected actresses in the business.

Relationships

Beryl Rigg

Mother

Menachem Gueffen

Husband
married on July 6, 1973 in London divorced on September 3, 1976 on grounds of two-year separation Israeli Rigg has described their marriage as "a grotesque error"

Louis Rigg

Father
built railroads in India when Rigg was a little girl

Philip Saville

Companion
lived together in the 1960s

Archibald Stirling

Husband
Scottish laird full title Archibald Stirling of Keir married on March 25, 1982 in NYC (then-city clerk David Dinkins performed ceremony) had affair with actress Joely Richardson in the 1980s Rigg filed for divorce but withdrew petition divorced in August 1990

Rachael Stirling

Daughter
born on May 30, 1977

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England 1958

Fulneck Girls School

Milestones

2006

Cast in John Curran's adaptation of the Somerset Maugham novel, "The Painted Veil"

2001

Appeared in the A&E miniseries "Victoria & Albert" about the marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

2001

Featured on the London stage in "Humble Boy"

1999

Portrayed a woman dying of cancer in "Parting Shots", directed by Michael Winner

1994

Named Dame Commander of the British Empire by the Queen

1994

Returned to the Broadway stage for the first time in two decades in a revival of Euripides' classic tragedy, "Medea"

1993

Returned again to features to appear in another children's fantasy film, "The Worst Witch"

1990

Starred in the PBS miniseries, "Mother Love", aired as several installments of "Mystery!"

1989

Served as host of the British-made anthology series, "Mystery!", Broadcast on PBS

1987

Performed in the Stephen Sondheim musical, "Follies", on the London stage

1987

Returned to features to play the "Mean Queen" in an adaptation of "Snow White"

1982

Last feature film for five years, "Evil Under the Sun"

1982

Played the title role in the stage musical biography of the noted novelist, "Colette"; show closed while on tour and never made it to Broadway

1975

US TV-movie debut, "In This House of Brede"; received Emmy nomination for performance

1970

First US film, "The Hospital"

1970

Broadway debut, "Abelard and Heloise"; received Tony nomination as Best Actress in a Play

1970

Joined London's National Theater to play the role of Dottie in Tom Stoppard's "Jumpers"

1968

Film debut as Helena in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (film version of RSC stage production, broadcast on CBS in 1969)

1966

Returned to the RSC to play Viola in a production of "Twelfth Night"

1965

Acted on ABC hit adventure series, "The Avengers"

1964

Left the RSC (date approximate)

1964

Announcement that Rigg had won role of Emma Peel on "The Avengers" (December 15th)

1963

TV debut as Francy in episode of ITV's "Sentimental Agent"

1962

Returned to Stratford; began playing wide range of Shakespearean roles at the Aldwych Theater

1961

London stage debut with RSC, playing Philippe Trincant in "The Devils" (February 20th)

1960

First acted with the RSC when she played the role of Andromache in Shakespeare's "Troilus and Cressida"

1959

Joined Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford-on-Avon

1957

Professional stage debut as Natasha Abashwilli in RADA production of Bertolt Brecht's "The Caucasian Chalk Circle" at York Festival

1951

Acted in school play of "Goldilocks" at age 13

1944

Moved back to England when she began attending boarding school (date approximate)

Spent time as a child living in India when her father worked there building railways; spoke Hindi and was tended to by the customary ayah (a nanny)

Modelled for four months in stores (date approximate)

Lived with her parents again when they returned to England from India

Played Diana Smythe on the NBC sitcom, "Diana"

Returned to Broadway to act in a revival of Moliere's "The Misanthrope"; received Tony nomination as Best Actress in a Play

Bonus Trivia

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She was named Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1987) and later created a Dame (1994).

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Rigg has received honorary doctorates from Stirling University and from the University of Leeds.

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She was named professor of theatre arts at Oxford in 1998.

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Men seem to have been fans of Diana Rigg not only during her run as Emma Peel in "The Avengers" but more recently as well. One man recently wrote, "Give a man a pudding and Diana Rigg during the lunch hour and experience shows he will be a thing of slobbering contentment from start to finish." --Reported in New York Newsday, April 3, 1994.

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"I hope there's a tinge of disgrace about me. Hopefully, ther's one good scandal left in me yet. One surprising thing, yah?" --Diana Rigg quoted in the London Times, May 3, 1999.

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