Diana Rigg, known for 'James Bond' and 'Game of Thrones,' dead at 82

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English actress Diana Rigg as Emma Peel in the television series 'The Avengers', 14th December 1964. Rigg, known for 'James Bond' and 'Game of Thrones,' has passed away at 82. - Terry Disney/Hulton Archive/Getty Images North America/TNS

British actress Diana Rigg, who starred in famous franchises from “James Bond” to “Game of Thrones,” died Thursday.

She was 82.

“She was at home with her family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time,” her agent told the BBC.

In recent years, Rigg earned new fans for playing the fierce Lady Tyrell in HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” a role that earned her Emmy nominations for guest actress in a drama in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

But before that, she made her mark as Emma Peel in the 1960s British espionage TV series “The Avengers,” in which she played a secret agent alongside Patrick Macnee’s John Steed.

In 1969, she appeared as the only woman to win a ring from the dashing 007 when her Countess Teresa di Vicenzo wed James Bond in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.”

Rigg also won an Emmy for playing Mrs. Danvers in a TV adaptation of “Rebecca” in 1997 and was nominated for her roles in 1975’s “In This House of Brede” and 2002’s “Victoria & Albert.”

Her short-lived NBC sitcom, “Diana,” was modeled after “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and starred Rigg as a department store fashion coordinator who moves to New York after her divorce.

Rigg also had a prolific theater career, including a Tony-nominated turn as Mrs. Higgins in “My Fair Lady” on Broadway in 2018.

In 1994, she was made a a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her contributions to film and theater.

“She always raised the bar with her incredible talent, intelligence and wit,” “Game of Thrones” costar Nikolaj Coster-Waldau tweeted. “An absolute joy and honor to work with. May her soul Rest In Peace.”

“Be a dragon,” the “Game of Thrones” account tweeted. “The realm will always remember Diana Rigg.”

Rigg is survived by her daughter, actress Rachael Stirling, from her marriage to theatrical producer Archibald Stirling.

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