Diana Rigg

Highest Rated: 100% The Hospital (1971)
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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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
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
86% Evil Under the Sun Arlena Marshall 1982
76% 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
81% 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
86% Victoria
2016
Duchess of Buccleuch
  • 2018
89% Game of Thrones
2011
Lady Olenna Tyrell Olenna Tyrell
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013
83% You, Me and the Apocalypse
2015
  • 2016
94% Doctor Who
2006
  • 2013
89% 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
  • 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]

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