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Diana Rigg ACTOR


Diana Rigg was born on July 20th, 1938 in Doncaster, England with the birth name Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg to parents, Louis Rigg and Beryl Hilda Helliwell.  Up until the age of eight she lived in India for her fathers work as a railway executive.  She later received her formal acting training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Rigg became most well known to the public for her role on the British television series, "The Avengers" which ran for fifty one episodes between 1965 and 1967.  She is also known for her role portraying, Countess Teresa di Vicenzo in the film, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969).
Her career began as a stage actress with roles in the, Royal Shakespeare Company in the late 50's and early 1960's.  In 1955 she had her professional stage debut in, "The Caucasian Chalk Circle" at the age of seventeen.  In 1959 she debuted in her first film, "A Mid-Summer Nights Dream". 
As her career progressed, Rigg's left "The Avenger's" series and took on the lead role in a television movie, "The Marquise" and continued gaining experience as an actress performing in such stage productions as, "Night and Day" and "Jumpers".
In 1969, Rigg's was cast in he film, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969) with hopes that this film role would increase her popularity in America.  As her career continued she appeared on the big screen in such films as, "The Assassination Bureau" (1969), "The Hospital" (1971), "Theatre of Blood" (1973), "In This House of Brede" (1975), "A Little Night Music" (1977) and "The Great Muppet Caper" (1981).
During the 1980's she worked in television and film receiving great reviews from critics for her role in the film, "Evil Under the Sun".  Some of her later television roles included, "Hedda Gabler" , "Bleak House" and "Mother Love" for which she won the 1989 BAFTA for best actress.  She also won an Emmy for her role as Mrs. Danvers in, "Rebecca".
Diana Rigg then went on to host a show on PBS titled, "Mystery!" between 1989 and 2003.  She also still managed to work in a number of stage productions such as, "Suddenly Last Summer", "Honour", "All About My Mother", "The Cherry Orchard" and "Hay Fever" in 2009.  She has received critical praise for her role in, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and she has the reputation of being one of the greatest actresses to ever work on the British stage. 
Her latest film appearances have been on, "The Painted Veil" (2006) and "Heidi" (2005).  Diana has married twice, first to a painter, Menachen Gueffen from 1973 through 1976.  She then married her second husband, Archibald High Stirling in 1982 and after having one child together, this marriage ended in 1990.
She has retired from the industry and is Chancellor of Stirling University in Scotland.  She was also recently voted as the sexiest star ever by TV Guide in the United States.


2006 The Painted Veil
2005 Heidi
2003 The Last King
2003 Murder in Mind
2001 Victoria & Albert
2000 In the Beginning
1998-2000 The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries
1999 Parting Shots
1998 The American
1997 Rebecca
1996 Samson and Delilah 
1996 The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders
1995 The Haunting of Helen Walker 
1995 Zoya
1994 A Good Man in Africa
1993 Screen Two
1993 Running Delilah 
1993 Avonlea 
1992 Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris
1989-2004 Masterpiece Mystery 
1989 Mother Love
1989 The Play on One 
1987 A Hazard of Hearts 
1987 Snow White
1986 The Worst Witch 
1985 Masterpiece Theatre: Bleak House 
1983 King Lear 
1982 Hallmark Hall of Fame
1982 BBC Play of the Month 
1982 Evil Under the Sun
1981 The Great Muppet Caper 
1981 Hedda Gabler
1980 The Marquise
1979 Oresteia
1977 A Little Night Music 
1977 Three Piece Suite 
1975 In This House of Brede 
1974 Affairs of the Heart 
1973-1974 Diana 
1973 Theater of Blood 
1971 The Hospital 
1970 Julius Caesar
1970 Saturday Night Theatre
1969 On Her Majesty's Secret Service
1969 The Assassination Bureau
1969 Mini-Killers
1965-1968 The Avengers 
1965 Play of the Week 
1964 Armchair Theatre 
1964 Festival 
1963 The Sentimental Agent
1962 Our Man in the Caribbean 
1959 A Midsummer Night's Dream

Matinee Classics - A Hazard of Hearts starring Helena Bonham Carter, Diana Rigg and Christopher Plummer
Matinee Classics - A Hazard of Hearts starring Helena Bonham Carter, Diana Rigg and Christopher Plummer
Matinee Classics - On Her Majesty's Secret Service starring George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Gabriele Ferzetti, Ilse Steppa, Lois Maxwell, George Baker, Bernard Lee, Bernard Horsfall and Desmond Llewelyn
Matinee Classics - The Avengers starring Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg and Honor Blackman

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