Diana Rigg; Avengers and Game Of Thrones star actress dies at 82

Written by Chukwuma Obiasia

Dame Diana Rigg, who was popular for her roles in Avengers and Game Of Thrones movies is dead.

The actress who enjoyed a long and distinguished acting career on stage, in film and on television died at the age of 82.

Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg was born near Doncaster on the 20th of July 1938, and her death was confirmed by her agent to BBC.

According to her agent;

“She died peacefully. She was at home with her family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time”.

She was known for roles including Emma Peel in TV series, The Avengers between 1965 and 1968, and the wife of James Bond in 1969 film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Younger viewers will also know her as Olenna Tyrell of the House Tyrell in the popular movie series, Game of Thrones, who she played for five years between 2013 and 2017.

Rigg first found fame in the 1960s with The Avengers, and went onto to portray Tracy Bond, one of the most famous Bond girls of all time, as she was the only woman who was married at the time.

But Rigg revealed that she particularly enjoyed her time on HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones.

Reflecting on her career last year, she told BBC;

“I love playing bad characters. They are so much more interesting than good.

“There are some actors who don’t like to play bad; they like to be liked. I love to be disliked. Olenna had the best lines, they were very kind with their scripts”.

Rigg admitted she had no idea just how popular Game of Thrones was when she was offered the role.

“The world turns full circle, because just like with The Avengers, I wasn’t watching Game of Thrones and had absolutely no idea of its influence in the world.

And as for Tyrell’s iconic final scene, in which she died from drinking poison, Rigg felt her character’s departure from the series was just wonderful.

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