Diana Rigg Biography
This then blooming actress became known to British audiences in the TV series The Avengers, where she played the role of the sexy secret agent Emma Peel. After her three-year stay on the show, she starred on the TV movie The Marquise, as well as returned to theatre and appeared on two Tom Stoppard plays, Night and Day, The Jumpers, and Abelard and Eloise, where she did a nude scene with fellow actor Keith Mitchell.
In 1969, Diana Rigg, who is already one of the hottest actresses on British entertainment during her time, played the role of Tracy Bond, James Bonds only wife in On Her Majestys Secret Service opposite George Lazenby. Her other films include The Assasination Bureau, The Hospital, Theatre of Blood, A Little Night Music and The Great Muppet Caper.
During the 1980s, Diana Rigg starred in plays and musicals such as Colette, created by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, and Stephen Sondheims Follies. Her theatre performances received stinging reviews which she compiled together with other terrible theatrical reviews in a bestselling book entitled No Turn Unstored. In film meanwhile, Diana Rigg garnered critical acclaim with her role as Arlena Marshall in Agatha Christies Evil Under the Sun, appeared opposite Sir Laurence Olivier in the TV adaptation of King Lear, as the Wicked Queen in Snow White, and as the obsessive mother Helena Vesey in Mother Love in 1989, wherein she won a BAFTA award for best actress.
Diana Rigg has been a host of the PBS series Mystery! from 1989 to 2003, and has been a Tony-award winning actress throughout the 1990s. Her most recent work was the drama Honour, which had a successful run in 2006.
This versatile actress was twice married, first to Israeli painter Menachem Gueffen from 1973 to 1976, then to Archibald Stirling from 1982 to 1990. She has a daughter, actress Rachael Stirling. Diana Rigg was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1988 and a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1994. She is also Chancellor of the University of Sterling.