Doncaster, Yorkshire, England
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Dame Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg DBE (born 20 July 1938) is an English actress. She is probably best known for her portrayals of Emma Peel in The Avengers and Countess Teresa di Vicenzo in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty`s Secret Service. Rigg was born in the South Yorkshire town of Doncaster to Louis Rigg and Beryl Helliwell; her father was a railway engineer who had been born in Yorkshire. She lived in India between the ages of two months and eight years and then was sent to a boarding school, the Moravian school in Fulneck, near Pudsey. Rigg spent many years of her childhood in Bikaner, India, where her father was employed as a railroad executive. Rigg still speaks fluent Hindi. She disliked her boarding school, where she felt like a fish out of water, but she believes that Yorkshire played a greater part in shaping her character than India did.
She lived with Philip Saville for some time. A marriage to Menachem Gueffen, an Israeli painter, lasted from 1973 to 1976; she was later married to Archibald Stirling, a theatrical producer and former officer in the Scots Guards, from 1982 to 1990. The marriage broke up when Stirling had an affair with the actress Joely Richardson. By Stirling she has a daughter, the actress Rachael Stirling, who was born in 1977. Rigg was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1988 and a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1994. Patrick Macnee, her co-star in The Avengers, described Diana Rigg in a July 2006 documentary on BBC Four as "just like an angel coming down from heaven." Rigg is a Patron of International Care & Relief and was for many years the public face of the charity`s child sponsorship scheme. She was also Chancellor of the University of Stirling, being succeeded by James Naughtie when her ten year term of office ended on 31 July 2008.
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Dame Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg, DBE (born 20 July 1938) is an English actress. She played Emma Peel in the 1960s TV series The Avengers, and plays Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones, Sutton in You, Me and the Apocalypse, and opposite her daughter, Rachael Stirling, in Detectorists. She has had an extensive career in film and theatre, including playing the title role in Medea, both in London and New York, for which she won the 1994 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. She was made CBE in 1988 and a Dame in 1994.
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==Dame Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg,== DBE (born 20 July 1938) is an English actress. She played Emma Peel in the 1960s TV series [[The Avengers]], and plays [[Olenna Tyrell]] in [[Game of Thrones]], [[Sutton]] in [[You, Me and the Apocalypse]], and opposite her daughter, [[Rachael Stirling]], in [[Detectorists]]. She has had an extensive career in film and theater, including playing the title role in Medea, both in London and New York, for which she won the 1994 [[Tony Award]] for [[Best Actress in a Play]]. She was made [[CBE]] in 1988 and a [[Dame]] in 1994.
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