Diana Rigg: biography and latest news!

  • Occupation : actress
  • Real name: Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg
  • Sign: Cancer
  • Date of birth: Wednesday, July 20, 1938 (age: 82)
  • Date of Death: Thursday, September 10, 2020
  • Country: United Kingdom

Diana Rigg was born on July 20, 1938 in Doncaster, Northern England. She followed her father, a railway engineer, to India until 1945 and then returned to the United Kingdom. The young woman took classes at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art from which she graduated in 1957. She then acted in the staging of great classics, in dramas such as Othello or A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The theater is then her one and only passion.

It is on television that Diana Rigg will acquire an international reputation. From 1965 to 1968, she played Emma Peel alongside John Steed, played by Patrick Macnee in Chapeau Melon and leather boots. He wears the hat, she wears the boots. Taking advantage of her celebrity, she became the James Bond girl in the film In Her Majesty’s Service in 1969 alongside George Lazenby.

Diana Rigg is an integral part of the Royal Shakespeare Company, in which she is in turn Lady, maid, maid of joy, Andromache, Helena, Bianca… She also plays Ondine by Jean Giraudoux, and plays in All about my mother, a stage adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar’s film.

In 1978, Diana Rigg received a Play and Players Award for Best Actress for Ruth Carson’s Night and Day. She received Emmy Awards, South Bank Award, Olivier Award, etc. for her roles in theater, television and cinema. She also received the rank of Dame Commander in the Order of the British Empire in 1994.

On September 10, 2020, Diana Rigg died at the age of 82.

In her private life, Diana Rigg married Menachem Gueffen for the first time in 1973, before divorcing him in 1976. Her daughter Rachael Stirling was born in 1977 from her union with Archibald Hugh Stirling. This second marriage, celebrated in 1982, will end in a second divorce eight years later.