Dame Diana Rigg, best known for playing Olenna Tyrell in HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” has died aged 82 after being diagnosed with cancer in March. The actress died on Thursday morning peacefully in her sleep, as reported by BBC. “She died peacefully early this morning,” her agent said, according to the BBC. “She was at home with her family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time.”
“ My beloved MA died peacefully in her bed this morning at home surrounded by her family.” Riggs daughter, actress Rachael Stirling, said. “She died of cancer diagnosed in March, and spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession. I will miss her beyond words,” she continued.
While modern audiences will likely know Rigg best for starring as the quick-witted and savvy Olenna in “Game of Thrones,” Rigg has had a long and varied career full of range. Indeed, Rigg has starred in dramas and comedies alike, from 1970’s “Julius Caesar“ to 1981’s “The Great Muppet Caper.” She is also known for her work in movies, television, and theatre. She starred alongside Anthony Hopkins as Lady Macbeth in the 1972 production at the Old Vic Theatre in London.
She won the Tony Award for best actress in 1994 for “Medea,” and is also Olivier Award nominee. In television, she amassed nine Emmy nominations, winning once in 1997 for “Rebecca.” Four of those nominations came for playing Olenna in “Game of Thrones.” She joined the cast of the mammoth show in the third season and starred in a total of 18 episodes across five seasons until her character’s death in season seven.
Rigg also starred as Bond girl Tracy Bond in 1969’s “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” Starring alongside George Lazenby’s James Bond, Rigg’s Tracy is the only Bond girl to become Mrs. Bond. She was always known for the popular British television series “The Avengers,” which ran from 1961 to 1969 for six seasons. Rigg joined the show’s fourth and fifth seasons, which aired between 1965 and 1968. Rigg played a British spy herself in this, as agent Emma Speel. Later, Uma Thurman would take on Rigg’s role in the 1998 film adaptation. May her soul Rest In Peace. Cc: Insider.com