It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of one of the most beloved actresses of her generation. Dame Diana Rigg has passed away at age 82, according to the BBC. “She died peacefully early this morning. She was at home with her family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time,” her agent said in a statement.
The actress is best known for her roles on two popular genre shows: as Emma Peel in
Rigg was born in Doncaster, England and began her career in theatre, appearing in numerous performances at the Royal Shakespeare Academy between 1959 and 1964. She made her Broadway debut in 1971, starring in a production of Abelard & Heloise. She won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play in 1994 for her role in
The role of Emma Peel came in 1961.
Rigg joined the cast of
Other film roles include T
Rigg was made a CBE in 1988 and a Dame in 1994 for her services to drama. She is survived by her daughter, actress Rachel Stirling, and her grandson, Jack.