Former Bond girl and Game of Thrones actor Diana Rigg, died on Thursday after battling cancer at the age of 82.
“She spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession,” her daughter Rachael Stirling said adding that “I will miss her beyond words”.
Rigg rose to fame in the cult 1960s TV show The Avengers and recently appeared in Game of Thrones.
She had a long career in theatre as well as appearing in the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in which her character marries the British spy.
Rigg, born in Doncaster in northern England, moved with her family to India before going to school in England. She studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before making her debut at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1959.
Rigg’s role as the karate-kicking leather-clad secret agent Emma Peel in the Avengers, alongside Patrick McNee’s bowler-hatted John Steed, that brought her to wide attention.
“For half her life Diana was the most beautiful woman in the room, but she was what used to be called a Trouper. She went to work with her sleeves rolled up and a smile for everyone. Her talent was luminous,” British playwright Tom Stoppard said in a statement.
Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli also honoured her.
"We are very sad to hear of the passing of Dame Diana Rigg, the legendary stage and screen actress who was much beloved by Bond fans for her memorable performance as Tracy di Vicenzo in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the only woman to have married James Bond." pic.twitter.com/nqQCSg35oM
— James Bond (@007) September 10, 2020
The Game of Thrones official account also paid tribute to the late actress.
Be a dragon.
The realm will always remember Diana Rigg.
— Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) September 10, 2020