Diana Rigg

Diana Rigg

Highest Rated: 100% The Hospital (1971)

Lowest Rated: 10% A Good Man in Africa (1994)

Birthday: Jul 20, 1938

Birthplace: Doncaster, Yorkshire, England

Look up "statuesque" in the dictionary and you just might find a picture of British actress Diana Rigg. Born in a Yorkshire industrial town, Rigg was two years old when her father, a railroad constructionist, moved the family to India. Six years later, she was back in Yorkshire, suffering through the discipline and rigors of private school until one of her teachers introduced her to the world of the theatre. After graduation, Rigg was accepted by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art; she went on to the Royal Shakespeare Company, where her deeply distinctive voice, auburn red hair, and towering height (5'8") assured her such dynamic roles as Viola in Twelfth Night and Cordelia in King Lear. Though never lacking in prestige, the Royal Shakespeare paid starvation wages, compelling Rigg to moonlight in the more lucrative world of movies and TV. In 1965, she was selected to replace Honor Blackman on the popular tongue-in-cheek TV-adventure series "The Avengers," and for the next two years captivated little boys of all ages with her energetic portrayal of coolheaded, leather-clad karate expert Mrs. Emma Peel. Film stardom followed in short order with plum roles in The Assassination Bureau (1968) and the James Bond flick On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). Though she was always welcome in films and television (she headlined a brief American sitcom, "Diana," in 1973), Rigg preferred to think of herself as a "theatre animal," and continued to star in the classics on stage, still frequently accepting a miniscule salary in order to satisfy her muse. In the last decade, Rigg published the hilarious book No Turn Unstoned, in which she gathered together the worst reviews ever received by the world's best actors (including her own bad notices); in the early 1990s, she replaced Vincent Price as the host of PBS' "Mystery" anthology.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet Last Night in Soho Actor 2021
68% Breathe Lady Neville $0.5M 2017
No Score Yet The Honourable Rebel Actor 2015
No Score Yet Victoria & Albert Actor 2011
74% The Painted Veil Mother Superior $8M 2006
No Score Yet Heidi Grandmamma 2005
No Score Yet Last King: The Power And Passion Of Charles Ii, The Queen Henrietta Maria 2004
No Score Yet The American Actor 2001
No Score Yet Hedda Gabler Hedda Gabler 2001
No Score Yet Victoria & Albert Lehzen 2001
No Score Yet In the Beginning Rebeccah 2000
No Score Yet Parting Shots Lisa 1999
No Score Yet Rebecca Mrs. Danvers 1997
No Score Yet Samson and Delilah Mara 1996
No Score Yet The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders Mrs. Golightly 1996
No Score Yet The Haunting of Helen Walker (The Turn of the Screw) Mrs. Grose 1995
No Score Yet Zoya (Danielle Steel's Zoya) Evgenia 1995
10% A Good Man in Africa Chloe Fanshawe 1994
No Score Yet Running Delilah Judith 1994
No Score Yet Genghis Cohn Frieda von Stangel 1993
No Score Yet Mrs. 'arris Goes to Paris Mme. Colbert 1992
No Score Yet Unexplained Laughter Actor 1989
No Score Yet A Hazard of Hearts Lady Harriet Vulcan 1987
No Score Yet The Story of Snow White The Queen 1987
No Score Yet The Worst Witch Miss Constance Hardbroom 1986
No Score Yet King Lear Regan 1983
No Score Yet Little Eyolf Rita Allmers 1982
88% Evil Under the Sun Arlena Marshall 1982
76% The Great Muppet Caper Lady Holliday 1981
No Score Yet The Marquise Eloise 1980
20% A Little Night Music Charlotte Mittelheim 1977
No Score Yet In This House of Brede Dame Phillipa 1975
93% Theater of Blood (Theatre of Blood) (Much Ado About Murder) Edwina Lionheart 1973
100% The Hospital Barbara Drummond 1971
40% Julius Caesar Portia 1970
80% On Her Majesty's Secret Service Tracy Di Vicenzo 1969
75% The Assassination Bureau Sonya Winter 1969
No Score Yet A Midsummer Night's Dream Helena 1968
No Score Yet Bleak House Actor 1920

TV

Credit
87% Victoria
2016-2019
Duchess of Buccleuch 2018
89% Game of Thrones
2011-2019
Lady Olenna Tyrell Olenna Tyrell 2017
2016
2015
2013
83% You, Me and the Apocalypse
2015
2016
93% Doctor Who
2006
2013
88% Extras
2005-2007
Herself 2007
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Guest Madame de Bellegarde Lemuel's Mother Mrs. Danvers 2007
1997
1996
No Score Yet Mystery!
1980-2007
Host Adelia Bradley Adela Bradley 2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1994
1993
1992
1991
1990
1989
No Score Yet The Avengers (1961)
1969
Emma Peel 1969
1968
1967
1966
1965
1961
No Score Yet The Avengers [DELETED]

QUOTES FROM Diana Rigg CHARACTERS

Lady Holiday says: We have to make drastic changes in the new line before the show tomorrow - all my girls are going around looking like barn-yard animals. - good heavens, who are you?

Lady Holiday says: We have to make drastic changes in the new line before the show tomorrow. All my girls are going around looking like barn-yard animals. Good heavens, who are you?

Miss Piggy says: My name is Miss Piggy, and I would like to be a high-fashion model.

Miss Piggy says: My name is Miss Piggy and I would like to be a high-fashion model.

Lady Holiday says: Doesn't surprise me; seem to be the way we're heading.

Lady Holiday says: Doesn't surprise me. Seems to be the way we're heading.

Lady Holiday says: Nicky, that's my new receptionist dancing out there!

Nicky Holiday says: Which one?

Lady Holiday says: The pig.

Nicky Holiday says: She's sensational.

Lady Holiday says: 45 words a minute, about average.

Mother Superior says: When love and duty are one, then grace is within you.