‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Dame Diana Rigg Has Passed Away at 82

Dame Diana Rigg, known for appearing on “Game of Thrones” as well as the James Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” has passed away at age 82.

On Thursday, the actress’ daughter Rachael Stirling told The Hollywood Reporter that her mother died of cancer after being diagnosed in March.

“She spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession,” Stirling said. “I will miss her beyond words.”

Rigg’s agent Simon Beresford added that Diana “died at home with her family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time.”

Born in Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, Rigg — née Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg — lived in India between the ages of 2 months and 8 years, as her father was an executive for the Bikaner State Railway.

She later trained as an actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and appeared in the television series “The Avengers” as secret agent Emma Peel in 1961.

In 1969, Rigg became a Bond girl when she played Tracy Bond, James Bond’s only wife, opposite George Lazenby.

Most recently, Rigg portrayed Lady Olenna Tyrell, famously known as the Queen of Thorns, in the HBO series “Game of Thrones.”

“She’s very forceful,” Rigg told The Hollywood Reporter about her “GoT” character. “She doesn’t mince her words, she’s witty, which is always fun to play. She doesn’t think too highly of [the men in her family] — men in general, in fact. She thinks the world would be better if it were run by women.”

Throughout her career, she was nominated for nine Primetime Emmy awards, winning one for her role as Mrs. Danvers in 1997’s “Rebecca.” In 1994, she was awarded a Tony for playing the title role in “Medea.”

She was made a CBE in 1988 and became a dame in 1994 for her contributions to film and theater.

After news of her death broke, the Twitter accounts for James Bond and “Game of Thrones” paid tribute to the acclaimed star.

She will be missed.


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