Diana Rigg (I) (1938–2020)


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British actress Dame Diana Rigg was born on July 20, 1938 in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England. She has had an extensive career in film and theatre, including playing the title role in "Medea", both in London and New York, for which she won the 1994 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. Rigg made her professional stage debut in 1957 in the Caucasian ... See full bio »

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Game of Thrones Olenna Tyrell
(2013-2017)
The Avengers Emma Peel / Lola
(1965-1968)
The Painted Veil Mother Superior
(2006)

Filmography

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 2021 Last Night in Soho
Miss Collins
 2020 Black Narcissus (TV Mini Series)
Mother Dorothea
- Episode #1.1 (2020) ... Mother Dorothea
- Episode #1.2 (2020) ... Mother Dorothea
 2020 All Creatures Great and Small (TV Series)
Mrs Pumphrey
- A Tricki Case (2020) ... Mrs Pumphrey
- Another Farnon? (2020) ... Mrs Pumphrey
 2019 The Snail and the Whale (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 2017 A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong (TV Movie)
Aunt Diana / Narrator
 2017 Victoria (TV Series)
Duchess of Buccleuch
- Comfort and Joy (2017) ... Duchess of Buccleuch
- The Luxury of Conscience (2017) ... Duchess of Buccleuch
- The King Over the Water (2017) ... Duchess of Buccleuch
- Faith, Hope & Charity (2017) ... Duchess of Buccleuch
- Entente Cordiale (2017) ... Duchess of Buccleuch
 2015-2017 Detectorists (TV Series)
Veronica
- Episode #3.6 (2017) ... Veronica
- Episode #3.5 (2017) ... Veronica
- Episode #3.4 (2017) ... Veronica
- Episode #3.1 (2017) ... Veronica
- Episode #2.6 (2015) ... Veronica
 2017/I Breathe
Lady Neville
 2013-2017 Game of Thrones (TV Series)
Olenna Tyrell
- The Queen's Justice (2017) ... Olenna Tyrell
- Stormborn (2017) ... Olenna Tyrell
- The Winds of Winter (2016) ... Olenna Tyrell
- The Broken Man (2016) ... Olenna Tyrell
- Blood of My Blood (2016) ... Olenna Tyrell
 2015-2017 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero (TV Series)
Mayor Pink Panda
- At the End of the Worlds (2017) ... Mayor Pink Panda (voice)
- Be My Ghost/The Chinchilla (2017) ... Mayor Pink Panda (voice)
- Babypocalypse (2015) ... Mayor Pink Panda (voice)
 2015 Professor Branestawm Returns (TV Movie)
Lady Pagwell
 2015 The Honourable Rebel
Narrator (voice)
 2015 You, Me and the Apocalypse (TV Mini Series)
Sutton
- The End of the World (2015) ... Sutton
- 24 Hours to Go (2015) ... Sutton
- T Minus... (2015) ... Sutton (voice)
- Home Sweet Home (2015) ... Sutton
- Still Stuff Worth Fighting For (2015) ... Sutton
 2013 Doctor Who (TV Series)
Mrs. Gillyflower
- The Crimson Horror (2013) ... Mrs. Gillyflower (as Dame Diana Rigg)
 2006 The Painted Veil
Mother Superior
 2006 Extras (TV Series)
Diana Rigg
- Daniel Radcliffe (2006) ... Diana Rigg
 2005/I Heidi
Grandmamma
 2003 The Last King (TV Mini Series)
Queen Henrietta Maria
- Episode #1.3 (2003) ... Queen Henrietta Maria
- Episode #1.1 (2003) ... Queen Henrietta Maria
 2003 Murder in Mind (TV Series)
Jill Craig
- Suicide (2003) ... Jill Craig
 2001 Victoria & Albert (TV Series)
Baroness Lehzen
 2000 In the Beginning (TV Mini Series)
Mature Rebeccah
- Part II (2000) ... Mature Rebeccah
- Part I (2000) ... Mature Rebeccah
 1998-2000 The Mrs Bradley Mysteries (TV Series)
Adela Bradley
- The Worsted Viper (2000) ... Adela Bradley
- Laurels Are Poison (2000) ... Adela Bradley
- The Rising of the Moon (2000) ... Adela Bradley
- Death at the Opera (2000) ... Adela Bradley
- Speedy Death (1998) ... Adela Bradley
 1998 Parting Shots
Lisa
 1998 The American (TV Movie)
Madame de Bellegarde
 1997 Rebecca (TV Mini Series)
Mrs. Danvers
- Episode #1.2 (1997) ... Mrs. Danvers
- Episode #1.1 (1997) ... Mrs. Danvers
 1996 Samson and Delilah (TV Mini Series)
Mara
 1996 The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (TV Mini Series)
Mrs. Golightly
- Episode 2 (1996) ... Mrs. Golightly
 1995 The Haunting of Helen Walker (TV Movie)
Mrs. Grose
 1995 Zoya (TV Movie)
Evgenia
 1995 Oliver 2: Let's Twist Again (TV Movie)
Mrs. Childkiller
 1994 A Good Man in Africa
Chloe
 1993 Genghis Cohn
Frieda von Stangel
 1993 Running Delilah (TV Movie)
Judith
 1993 Avonlea (TV Series)
Lady Blackwell
- The Disappearance (1993) ... Lady Blackwell
 1992 Mrs 'Arris goes to Paris (TV Movie)
Mme. Colbert
 1990 Masterpiece Mystery (TV Series)
Helena Vesey / Self - Host
- Mother Love - Part 1 (1990) ... Helena Vesey / Self - Host
 1989 Mother Love (TV Mini Series)
Helena Vesey
- Episode #1.4 (1989) ... Helena Vesey
- Episode #1.3 (1989) ... Helena Vesey
- Episode #1.2 (1989) ... Helena Vesey
- Episode #1.1 (1989) ... Helena Vesey
 1989 The Play on One (TV Series)
Lydia
- Unexplained Laughter (1989) ... Lydia
 1987 A Hazard of Hearts (TV Movie)
Lady Harriet Vulcan
 1987 Snow White
Evil Queen
 1986 The Worst Witch (TV Movie)
Miss Hardbroom
 1985 Masterpiece Theatre: Bleak House (TV Mini Series)
Lady Honoria Dedlock
- Episode #1.7 (1985) ... Lady Honoria Dedlock
- Episode #1.6 (1985) ... Lady Honoria Dedlock
- Episode #1.5 (1985) ... Lady Honoria Dedlock
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... Lady Honoria Dedlock
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Lady Honoria Dedlock
 1983 King Lear (TV Movie)
Regan
 1982 Witness for the Prosecution (TV Movie)
Christine Vole
 1982 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Rita Allmers
- Little Eyolf (1982) ... Rita Allmers
 1982 Evil Under the Sun
Arlena Stuart Marshall
 1981 The Great Muppet Caper
Lady Holiday
 1981 Hedda Gabler (TV Movie)
Hedda Gabler
 1980 The Marquise (TV Movie)
Eloise (The Marquise)
 1979 Oresteia (TV Mini Series)
Clytemnestra
- Furies (1979) ... Clytemnestra
- Grave Gifts (1979) ... Clytemnestra
- Agamemnon (1979) ... Clytemnestra
 1977 A Little Night Music
Charlotte Mittelheim
 1975 In This House of Brede (TV Movie)
Philippa
 1974 Affairs of the Heart (TV Series)
Grace Gracedew
- Grace (1974) ... Grace Gracedew
 1973-1974 Diana (TV Series)
Diana Smythe
- Kung Who? (1974) ... Diana Smythe
- New Marshall in Town (1973) ... Diana Smythe
- Who's Minding the Cat? (1973) ... Diana Smythe
- Never, Never, Ever Again... Maybe (1973) ... Diana Smythe
- Long Shots and Fat Chances. (1973) ... Diana Smythe
 1973 Theater of Blood
Edwina Lionheart
 1971 The Hospital
Barbara Drummond
 1970 Julius Caesar
Portia
 1970 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Liz Jardine
- Married Alive (1970) ... Liz Jardine
 1969 The Diadem (Short)
Secret agent
 1969 minikillers (Short)
Karate Journalist
 1969 The Assassination Bureau
Sonya Winter
 1965-1968 The Avengers (TV Series)
Emma Peel / Lola
- The Forget-Me-Knot (1968) ... Emma Peel
- Mission... Highly Improbable (1967) ... Emma Peel
- Murdersville (1967) ... Emma Peel
- The Positive Negative Man (1967) ... Emma Peel
- You Have Just Been Murdered (1967) ... Emma Peel
 1965 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Bianca
- Women Beware Women (1965) ... Bianca
 1964 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Anita Fender
- The Hothouse (1964) ... Anita Fender
 1964 Festival (TV Series)
Adriana, Wife to Antipholus of Ephesus
- The Comedy of Errors (1964) ... Adriana, Wife to Antipholus of Ephesus
 1963 The Sentimental Agent (TV Series)
Francy Wilde
- A Very Desirable Plot (1963) ... Francy Wilde
 1961 Theatre Night (TV Series)
The King
- Ondine (1961) ... The King
 1959 A Midsummer Night's Dream (TV Movie)
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Other Works:

(4/21/59) Stage: Appeared in William Shakespeare's play, "All's Well That Ends Well," at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford, England, with Edith Evans, Edward de Souza, Zoe Caldwell, Robert Hardy and Vanessa Redgrave in the cast. Tyrone Guthrie was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 9 Interviews | 5 Articles | 8 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


Alternate Names:

Patrick & Diana | Dame Diana Rigg

Height:

5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Spouse:

Archibald Hugh (Archie) Stirling  (divorced)  (1 child) | See more »

Children:

Rachael Stirling

Parents:

Rigg, Louis | Helliwell, Beryl
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I had an eye job in my early forties. Someone took a photograph of me in a play, after I'd lost a lot of weight, and I did look like Miss Havisham. I thought, "I have to do something - I'm too young to look like this." So I went and had an eyelift once the play was finished, and the doctor said that it would last only about eight years. I imagined after that it would all cave in with a terrible ... See more »

Trivia:

She was considered for the role of Amy Sumner in Straw Dogs (1971), which went to Susan George. See more »

Trademark:

Deep husky yet smooth voice

Star Sign:

Cancer

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