RIP: Game of Thrones and The Avengers Actress Diana Rigg

The world was made brighter by her presence.

Game of Thrones, Diana Rigg, Olenna Tyrell
Photo Credit: HBO

Dame Diana Rigg, of Game of Thrones fame, has passed away at the age of 82, according to BBC.

Her daughter, actress Rachael Stirling, revealed her mother had died of cancer.

“She spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession.” 

The actress, entered the pop culture zeitgeist in the 1960s TV series The Avengers as Emma Peel, spent the later years of her career portraying the equally iconic Olenna Tyrell on the HBO blockbuster fantasy series Game of Thrones. Or also known as the beloved and often meme’d Granny Tyrell on social media.

Rigg is also noted as the only woman to become a Mrs. James Bond with her character Tracy in the 1969 film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

The official Game of Thrones Twitter profile posted a simple, but poignant tribute to the actress whose character was a master of the game of thrones.

Rigg won a Best Actress BAFTA in 1990 for Mother Love, a Best Actress Tony and an Olivier Award for her role in Medea and a Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or TV movie in 1997 for her role in Rebecca. She was nominated for a Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Emmy in 2018 for Game of Thrones.

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Written by Luke Kerr

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