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Diana Rigg Biography and Filmography
Diana Rigg
Birthday: July 20, 1938
Birth Place: Doncaster, Yorkshire, England, UK
Height: 5' 8"
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Look up "statuesque" in the dictionary and you just might find a picture of British actress Diana Rigg. Born in a Yorkshire industrial town, Rigg was two years old when her father, a railroad constructionist, moved the family to India. Six years later, she was back in Yorkshire, suffering through the discipline and rigors of private school until one of her teachers introduced her to the world of the theatre. After graduation, Rigg was accepted by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art; she went on to the Royal Shakespeare Company, where her deeply distinctive voice, auburn red hair, and towering height (5'8") assured her such dynamic roles as Viola in Twelfth Night and Cordelia in King Lear. Though never lacking in prestige, the Royal Shakespeare paid starvation wages, compelling Rigg to moonlight in the more lucrative world of movies and TV. In 1965, she was selected to replace Honor Blackman on the popular tongue-in-cheek TV-adventure series "The Avengers," and for the next two years captivated little boys of all ages with her energetic portrayal of coolheaded, leather-clad karate expert Mrs. Emma Peel. Film stardom followed in short order with plum roles in The Assassination Bureau (1968) and the James Bond flick On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). Though she was always welcome in films and television (she headlined a brief American sitcom, "Diana," in 1973), Rigg preferred to think of herself as a "theatre animal," and continued to star in the classics on stage, still frequently accepting a miniscule salary in order to satisfy her muse. In the last decade, Rigg published the hilarious book No Turn Unstoned, in which she gathered together the worst reviews ever received by the world's best actors (including her own bad notices); in the early 1990s, she replaced Vincent Price as the host of PBS' "Mystery" anthology.
The Painted Veil (2006)
[ Naomi Watts ]
Heidi (2005)
[ Geraldine Chaplin ]
Victoria & Albert (2001)
The American (2001)
[ Brenda Fricker ]
In the Beginning (2000)
[ Jaqueline Bisset ][ Geraldine Chaplin ][ Amanda Donohoe ][ Archie Panjabi ]
Laurels Are Poison (1999)
The Rising of the Moon (1999)
Death at the Opera (1999)
Parting Shots (1999)
[ Joanna Lumley ][ Felicity Kendal ][ Nicola Bryant ][ Caroline Langrishe ]
The Mrs Bradley Mysteries: Speedy Death (1998)
Rebecca (1997)
[ Faye Dunaway ][ Emilia Fox ][ Kelly Reilly ][ Anita Rinaldi ]
Samson and Delilah (1996)
[ Elizabeth Hurley ][ Debora Caprioglio ]
The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (1996)
[ Alex Kingston ][ Maureen O'Brien ]
The Haunting of Helen Walker (1995)
[ Valerie Bertinelli ]
Zoya (1995)
[ Jennifer Garner ][ Melissa Gilbert ][ Julie Cox ][ Claire Sims ]
Running Delilah (1994)
[ Kim Cattrall ]
A Good Man in Africa (1994)
[ Joanne Whalley-Kilmer ][ Sarah-Jane Fenton ]
Genghis Cohn (1993)
Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris (1992)
[ Angela Lansbury ]
Unexplained Laughter (1988)
A Hazard of Hearts (1987)
[ Helena Bonham Carter ][ Fiona Fullerton ]
Snow White (1987)
[ Nicola Stapleton ]
The Worst Witch (1986)
[ Fairuza Balk ]
King Lear (1983)
Witness for the Prosecution (1982)
[ Deborah Kerr ]
Evil Under the Sun (1982)
[ Maggie Smith ][ Jane Birkin ]
The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
[ Susan Blackline ][ Chai Lee ]
Hedda Gabler (1980)
The Marquise (1980)
A Little Night Music (1978)
[ Elizabeth Taylor ][ Lesley Ann Down ][ Dagmar Koller ]
In This House of Brede (1975)
Theatre of Blood (1973)
[ Diana Dors ][ Madeline Smith ]
The Hospital (1971)
[ Stockard Channing ][ Katherine Helmond ]
Julius Caesar (1970)
Married Alive (1970)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
[ Joanna Lumley ][ Lois Maxwell ][ Catherine Schell ][ Angela Scoular ][ Ilse Steppat ]
The Assassination Bureau (1969)
Mini-Killers (1969)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1968)
[ Judi Dench ][ Helen Mirren ]
Mission... Highly Improbable (1967)
Murdersville (1967)
The Positive Negative Man (1967)
[ Maria Sheriff ]
You Have Just Been Murdered (1967)
The Comedy of Errors (1964)
Our Man in the Caribbean (1962)
[ Shirley Eaton ]
  • She is more properly known as Dame Diana Rigg, the female equivalent of the title "Sir" when knighted. In June 1994, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for her long contributions to theater and film.
  • Earned Tony nominations as Best Actress (Dramatic) for "Abelard and Heloise" (1972) and for "The Misanthrope" (1975). She won the Best Actress (Play) Tony Award in 1994 for her performance in the title role of "Medea." In recent years, her performances in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Mother Courage and Her Children" have led critics to proclaim her one of the greatest actresses on the British stage.
  • Her savage review from John Simon for "Abelard and Heloise" led her to collect devastating theatrical reviews throughout history. The result was her book "No Turn Unstoned", published in 1982.
  • Rigg is Chancellor of Stirling University in Scotland.
  • Was recently voted the sexiest ever TV star by TV Guide in the USA.
  • Mother of Rachael Stirling (born 1977).
  • Measurements: 34-25-36 1/2 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • 20 October 2003 - British courts awarded her ,832 and 4,000 in court expenses in her libel suit against Britain's "The Evening Standard" and "Daily Mail" newspapers. They had written that she was an embittered woman who held British men in low-regard.
  • She was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1999 (1998 season) for Best Actress for both performances in Britannicus and Phedre.
  • She was nominated for 1997 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Play of 1996 for her performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • She was awarded the 1992 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance in Medea.
  • She was awarded the 1996 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performances in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Mother Courage.
  • Born in Yorkshire, the daughter of a railroad engineer, she moved with her family to India at the age of two months and lived there until she was 8 (learning to speak Hindi).
  • The first major actor (along with co-star Keith Michell) to appear nude on stage in the production of "Abelard and Heloise" in 1970.
  • Became an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1967 and was the first as such to join the National Theatre of Great Britain (1971).
  • Received honorary degrees from Stirling University in 1988 and Leeds University in 1992.
  • Became a Member of the RADA Council.
  • Graduated from RADA.

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