Dame Diana Rigg is one of our most distinguished actresses and has had an extensive, award-winning career in theatre, film and television.
Dame Diana trained at RADA, made her professional stage debut in 1957 in The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company two years later. She made her Broadway debut in the 1971 in Abelard & Heloise, opposite the late Keith Michell and played the title role in Medea, in London and New York for which she won the 1994 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. She has also appeared in the musicals Colette and as Phyllis in the London production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies with Julia McKenzie and Daniel Massey.
Her film roles include Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Countess Teresa di Vicenzo, in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service; she starred with Vincent Price in the classic horror film Theatre of Blood and with George C Scott in Arthur Hiller’s Oscar-winning The Hospital.
She is perhaps best known on TV for the role of Emma Peel in the TV series The Avengers but has also starred in the chilling BBC miniseries Mother Love, for which she won a BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress, as Mrs Danvers in Rebecca, for which she won an Emmy Award and since 2013, she has played Lady Olenna Tyrell in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones.
She was made a CBE in 1988 and a DBE in 1994.
Date: Sunday 7th February 2016
Duration: 90 minutes