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Meet...Dame Diana Rigg
Diana Rigg with Eric Morcambe
Diana Rigg with Eric Morcambe in the Morcambe and Wise 1975 Christmas Special
Doncaster stage diva Dame Diana Rigg starred in The Avengers - and still raises pulses many years on...
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Dame Diana Rigg is a lady whose enduring charms have cut across the generations with almost boundless ease.

I wonder whether Uma Thurman's performance in the recent big screen adaptation of The Avengers will be remembered so fondly in 30 years' time.

Of course, it's the role of Emma Peel in that 60s TV show that Diana will be forever famous for.

As the all-action, cat-suited Mrs. Peel, she was a resounding success, as notable for her wonderfully English performance as for her undoubtedly resonant sex appeal.

Dame Diana as Mrs Bradley
Dame Diana Rigg as Mrs Bradley

A South Yorkshire girl by birth (Doncaster 1938), Diana Rigg was raised from the ages of 2 - 8 in exotic India.

Upon returning home she earned a place at the pretigious RADA drama school, and the rest - as they say - is history.

Her career included roles in the James Bond film 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service', an appearance alongside the Muppets in 'The Great Muppet Caper', various stints treading the boards (she was a noted Shakespearian actress) and even an American sitcom, ‘Diana’.

Although she hit a peak in the late 60s and early 70s, she has found an Indian summer in recent years, with books and acting roles, including 'The Mrs Bradley Mysteries', gaining her even more plaudits.

On top of this, the timeless beauty that is Diana Rigg recently triumphed in a poll of the sexiest women of all time.

Dame Diana, we salute you.



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