Knowledge Identifier: +Diana_Rigg
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1938.
Countries: United Kingdom (67%), United States (14%), France (5%)
Linked to: Royal Shakespeare Company, Associated British Corporation, Fulneck school, National Theatre Company
Rigg's career in film, television and the theatre has been wide-ranging, including roles in the Royal Shakespeare Company between 1959 and 1964
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"
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
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
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
Her TV career in America has been varied; anomalously she starred in her own sitcom "Diana" in 1973, but it was not successful
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"
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"
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
In 1987 she took a leading role in the West End production of Stephen Sondheim's musical "Follies"
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
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"
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
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"
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
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
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