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Diana Rigg

Knowledge Identifier: +Diana_Rigg


Diana Rigg

English actress add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1938.

Countries: United Kingdom (67%), United States (14%), France (5%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: The Avengers (TV series), Derek Jacobi, Donald Sinden

Linked to: Royal Shakespeare Company, Associated British Corporation, Fulneck school, National Theatre Company




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Diana Rigg was born in 1938 add something


She trained as an actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art from 1955-57 add something


Her professional debut was in the RADA production of "The Caucasian Chalk Circle" at the York Festival in 1957 add something


Rigg made her professional stage debut in 1957 in "The Caucasian Chalk Circle" and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1959 add something


Rigg's career in film, television and the theatre has been wide-ranging, including roles in the Royal Shakespeare Company between 1959 and 1964 add something


She is considered a sex symbol and an icon of 1960s feminism add something


Tracy Reed (English actress) - During a film-acting career that lasted from the early 1960s until 1975, she appeared in about thirty films, the TV series "Man of the World" and was at one point under consideration as a replacement for Diana Rigg in "The Avengers"


Max Adrian - In 1960, Adrian joined Peter Hall's newly-formed Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, together with such actors as Peggy Ashcroft, Peter O'Toole and Diana Rigg


Ondine (play) - The London premiere of "Ondine" was presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1961, directed by Peter Hall, with Leslie Caron in the title role, and a cast that included Richard Johnson, Diana Rigg, Eric_Porter, Clive Swift, Sian Phillips, Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, Roy Dotrice, Ian Holm and Peter Jeffrey


She is perhaps best known for the role of Emma Peel in the TV series "The Avengers", which she appeared in from 1965 to 1968 add something


John Bates (designer) - In 1965 Bates designed memorable outfits for Diana Rigg to wear for her role as Emma Peel in "The Avengers", including Op-Art mini-coats and accessories in graphic black and white, and a silver vinyl ensemble comprising a bra bodice, low-slung trousers, and a jacket


Brian Clemens - From 1967, he was with the actress Diane Enright, who was Diana Rigg's stand-in as Emma Peel during the 1965-1967 Avengers seasons


The Avengers (TV series) - When Diana Rigg left the series in October 1967, the British network executives decided that the current series formula, despite resulting in popular success, could not be pursued further


Mary Peach - When Diana Rigg left "The Avengers" in 1968, she was one of the actresses considered for the role of Steed's new assistant


A return to the stage and a nude scene with Keith Michell in the Ronald Millar play "Abelard and Heloise" in 1970 led to a notorious description of her as 'built like a brick basilica with insufficient flying buttresses', by the acerbic critic John Simon add something


Simon Langton (television director) - After he had directed a number of TV drama series and serials during the 1970s, his 1982 dramatisation of the John le Carré novel "Smiley's People" was nominated for both a BAFTA award in the UK, and an Emmy Award in the USA. He later won a BAFTA award for the 1989 series "Mother Love", starring Diana Rigg


Robert Moore (director) - As an actor, he played a disabled gay man opposite Liza Minnelli in the 1970 drama "Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon", appeared in two episodes of Valerie Harper's sitcom "Rhoda" , in one episode of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and was a regular on Diana Rigg's short-lived 1973 sitcom


William Redgrave - In the 1970s, Redgrave did portrait heads of a number of noted people, including Henry Cooper, Diana Rigg and Laurence Olivier


Following its success in London, she made her Broadway debut with the play in 1971, earning the first of three Tony award nominations for Best Actress in a Play add something


In 1971, she made her Broadway debut in "Abelard & Heloise" add something


A member of the National Theatre Company at the Old Vic from 1972 to 1975, Rigg took leading roles in premiere productions of two Tom Stoppard plays, Dorothy Moore in "Jumpers" and Ruth Carson in "Night and Day" add something


Michael Parkinson, who first interviewed Rigg in 1972, described her as the most desirable woman he ever met, who "radiated a lustrous beauty" add something


Her TV career in America has been varied; anomalously she starred in her own sitcom "Diana" in 1973, but it was not successful add something


Eric Sykes - In 1973 Sykes had a small role as a police sergeant in the Douglas Hickox thriller "Theatre of Blood", starring Vincent Price with an all-star supporting cast including Jack Hawkins, Diana Rigg, Robert Morley, Diana Dors, Michael Hordern, Arthur Lowe, Dennis Price and Milo O'Shea


Simon MacCorkindale - He made his West End theatre debut in a production of "Pygmalion" in 1974, starring alongside Alec McCowen and Diana Rigg in the role of "Sarcastic Bystander"


She received her second nomination in 1975, for "The Misanthrope" add something


With Stirling, Rigg has a daughter, actress Rachael Stirling, who was born in 1977 add something


Lesley Dunlop - She was cast alongside Diana Rigg and Elizabeth Taylor in the 1977 film version of Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music" and appeared in Roman Polanski's "Tess" in 1979


In 1981 she appeared in a Yorkshire Television production of "Hedda Gabler" in the title role, and as Lady Holiday in the film "The Great Muppet Caper" add something


In 1982, she appeared in a musical called "Colette", based on the life of the French writer and created by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, but it closed during an American tour en route to Broadway add something


She was married to Archibald Stirling, a theatrical producer and former officer in the Scots Guards, from 1982 until they divorced in 1990 add something


In 1987 she took a leading role in the West End production of Stephen Sondheim's musical "Follies" add something


Sarah Patterson - In 1987 she starred alongside Diana Rigg in another fairy tale-inspired film, playing the titular heroine in Cannon Films' "Snow White"


Rigg received honorary degrees from the University of Stirling in 1988 and the University of Leeds in 1992 add something


Rigg was made a CBE in 1988 and a Dame in 1994 add something


Rigg was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1988 and a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1994 add something


In 1989 she played Helena Vesey in "Mother Love" for the &BBC; her portrayal of an obsessive mother who was prepared to do anything, even murder, to keep control of her son won Rigg the 1989 BAFTA for Best Television Actress add something


On television, she starred in the 1989 BBC miniseries "Mother Love", for which she won a BAFTA award for Best Actress and the 1997 adaptation of "Rebecca", which won her an Emmy Award add something


Elaine Paige - Beyond her theatre roles, she appeared in the television programme "Unexplained Laughter" in 1989 alongside Diana Rigg


In the 1990s she appeared on television as Mrs. Danvers in "Rebecca" , as well as the PBS production "Moll Flanders", and as the amateur detective Mrs. Bradley in "The Mrs Bradley Mysteries" add something


In the 1990s, she had triumphs with roles at the Almeida Theatre in Islington, including "Medea" in 1992 , "Mother Courage" at the National Theatre in 1995 and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf-" at the Almeida Theatre in 1996 add something


She played "Medea" in 1992 at the Almeida and Wyndham's in London and again in New York, where she won the 1994 Tony award for Best Actress in a Play add something


Michael Grandage - From 1999 to 2005 he was Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres where his high-profile productions included "Edward II" with Joseph Fiennes, "Richard III" with Kenneth Branagh, "Suddenly Last Summer" with Diana Rigg and Victoria Hamilton, "The Tempest" with Derek Jacobi and "Don Carlos" with Derek Jacobi


Peter Davison - In 1999 he appeared as the outgoing head teacher in the television series "Hope and Glory", and had the recurring role of Inspector Christmas in several episodes of the 1999 series of Diana Rigg's "Mrs Bradley Mysteries"


In this BBC series, first aired in 2000, she played Gladys Mitchell's detective, Dame Beatrice Adela Le Strange Bradley, an eccentric old woman who worked for Scotland Yard as a pathologist add something


Linda Thorson - For her role in "The Avengers", Thorson received a special BAFTA at the 2000 BAFTA TV *awards along with the other three actresses from the series, Honor Blackman, Joanna Lumley and Diana Rigg


Ian Richardson - In 2002 Richardson joined Sir Derek Jacobi, Sir Donald Sinden and Dame Diana Rigg in an international tour of "The Hollow Crown"


Angie Dickinson - In 2002, TV Guide ranked her No. 3 on their list of the "50 Sexiest television Stars of All Time," behind Diana Rigg and George Clooney


Derek Jacobi - In 2002, Jacobi toured Australia in "The Hollow Crown" with Sir Donald Sinden, Ian Richardson and Dame Diana Rigg


In 2004, she appeared as Violet Venable in Sheffield Theatres' production of Tennessee Williams's play "Suddenly Last Summer", which transferred to the Albery Theatre add something


In 2006, she appeared at the Wyndham's Theatre in London's West End in a drama entitled "Honour" which had a limited but successful run add something


She appeared in the second series of Ricky Gervais's hit comedy "Extras", alongside Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, and in the 2006 film "The Painted Veil" add something


Natascha McElhone - She starred in a 2006 West End production of "Honour" at the Wyndham's Theatre alongside Diana Rigg and Martin Jarvis


Ricky Gervais - A second series began on 14 September 2006 in the UK and featured appearances by Daniel Radcliffe, Dame Diana Rigg, Orlando_Bloom, Sir Ian McKellen, Chris Martin, Keith Chegwin, Robert Lindsay, Warwick Davis, Ronnie Corbett, Stephen Fry, Richard Briers, Patricia Potter, Sophia Myles, Moira Stuart, David Bowie, Kate Winslet, Robert De Niro and Jonathan Ross


In 2007, she appeared as Huma Rojo in the Old Vic's production of "All About My Mother", adapted by Samuel Adamson and based on the film of the same title directed by Pedro Almodóvar add something


Chichester Festival Theatre - She appeared in 2008 in "The Cherry Orchard" at the Chichester Festival Theatre, returning there in 2009 to star in Noël Coward's "Hay Fever" add something


She was Chancellor of the University of Stirling, being succeeded by James Naughtie when her ten-year term of office ended on 31 July 2008 add something


James Naughtie - Naughtie was installed as chancellor of the University of Stirling on 9 October 2008, succeeding Dame Diana Rigg when her ten year term ended


Rupert Everett - Chichester Festival Theatre - During the summer of 2010 he played in a revival of "Pygmalion" as Professor Henry Higgins next to English actress Honeysuckle Weeks, with Stephanie Cole in the role of the Professor's mother, at the Chichester Festival Theatre and reprised this role in May 2011, at the Garrick Theatre in London 's West End, starring along side Diana Rigg as Professor Higgins mother and Kara Tointon as Eliza


In 2011 she played Mrs Higgins in "Pygmalion" at the Garrick Theatre, opposite Rupert Everett and Kara Tointon, having played Eliza Doolittle 37 years earlier at the Albery Theatre add something


Her performance was well received by critics and audiences alike, and earned her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for the 65th Primetime Emmy awards in 2013 add something


In 2013 she appeared in an episode of "Doctor Who" in a Victorian-era based story called "The Crimson Horror" alongside her daughter Rachael Stirling, Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman add something


She reprised her role in season four of "Game of Thrones", and in July 2014 received another Guest Actress Emmy nomination add something


She will be returning to Broadway on December 6, 2014 playing the role of Melissa Gardner in the revival of "Love Letters" at the Brooks Atkinson Theater add something


Stacy Keach - He will be returning to Broadway on December 6, 2014 playing the role of Andrew Makepeace in the revival of "Love Letters" at the Brooks Atkinson Theater alongside with Diana Rigg


In 2015 she will again reprise the role in season five, in an expanded role from the books add something


On 25 October 2015, to mark 50 years of Emma Peel, the BFI will screen an episode of "The_Avengers" followed by an onstage interview with Rigg about her time on the cult 1960s TV show add something


However in December 2017 she said she had quit smoking after becoming "seriously ill" and undergoing heart surgery two months earlier add something


In February 2018 she returned to Broadway in a non-singing role of Mrs. Higgins in "My Fair Lady" add something


In April 2019 Rigg said she had never watched "Game of Thrones", before or after her time on the show add something