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Diana Rigg

Highest Rated:   100% The Hospital (1971)
Lowest Rated:   11% A Good Man in Africa (1994)
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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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Honourable Rebel
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Victoria & Albert
  • Actor
2011
74% The Painted Veil
  • Mother Superior
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 Parting Shots
  • Actor
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
11% 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
83% Evil Under the Sun
  • Arlena Marshall
1982
79% The Great Muppet Caper
  • Lady Holliday
1981
No Score Yet The Marquise
  • Eloise
1980
11% 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
No Score Yet Julius Caesar
  • Portia
1970
82% On Her Majesty's Secret Service
  • Tracy Di Vicenzo
1969
67% The Assassination Bureau
  • Sonya Winter
1969
No Score Yet A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Helena
1968
No Score Yet Avengers, The - Noon Doomsday
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet Avengers, The - Game
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet Avengers, The - My Wildest Dreams
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet Avengers, The - Super Secret Cypher Snatch
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet Avengers, The - From Venus With Love
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet Avengers, The - Murder Market
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet Avengers, The - Stay Tuned
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet Avengers, The - Forget-Me-Knot
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet Avengers, The - Look Here These Fellows
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet Avengers, The - Silent Dust
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet Avengers, The - Legacy of Death
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet Avengers, The - Rotters
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet Avengers, The - Hidden Tiger
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet Avengers, The - Positive, Negative Man
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet Bleak House
  • Actor
1920
No Score Yet Avengers, The - Get Away
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
83% You, Me and the Apocalypse
2015
  • Actor
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Madame de Bellegarde Lemuel's Mother Mrs. Danvers
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Avengers
  • Actor
88% Doctor Who
2006
  • Actor
95% Game of Thrones
2011
  • Lady Olenna Tyrell Olenna Tyrell

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