Happy Birthday to Diana Rigg. Born on July 20th in 1938, Rigg spent her early years in India. She returned to England at age eight and began her training at RADA in 1955. Her first big break on television was in a 1963 episode of Sentimental Agent. Broadcast two years prior to her debut as Mrs. Emma Peel on The Avengers, the young actress already displayed her trademark gravitas and irresistible sharp intelligence, powerful independence, and charm. Following her seasons on The Avengers (1965-1968), Rigg has appeared in numerous stage productions, films, and television shows, including her own series, Diana (1973-1974), and her famous role as a Bond Girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). She has appeared most recently in Game of Thrones (winning an Emmy Award) and Doctor Who, and has expressed an interest in returning to the Royal Shakespeare Company. At age 80, she shows no signs of slowing down. "I don't want to retire," she has said. "I never want to retire. What's the point of it?" Rigg made a rare appearance at the BFI in 2015 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her time on The Avengers and she co-starred as her daughter's (Rachael Stirling) fictional mom on the fantastic series The Detectorists. Rigg recently returned to Broadway in a 2018 production of My Fair Lady, for which she earned a Tony Award. She published a book, No Turn Unstoned, in 1983, and her biography was published in 2004 by Kathleen Tracy. Many Happy Returns, Diana, on your 80th! Related posts: Diana Rigg Motor Show, Shakespeare Spies Rigg, Rigg eBook, Avengers Season 5 Titles, Avengers Interview: Michael Richardson, Avengers Interview: Rodney Marshall I, Avengers Interview: Rodney Marshall II, Rare Avengers Scripts, Lost Avengers Released, Season 5 Blu-ray speed comparison, Shakespeare Spies: Diana Rigg, Diana Rigg at 76, Jean Varon Fashion, Mini-Killers, Mrs. Peel Audio Dramas.
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