Biography

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. A savage review from John Simon for her performance in "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 $63,832 and $134,000 in court expenses in her libel suit against Britain's "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 her performances in both "Britannicus" and "Phèdre.". 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. (She learned 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. Was forced to turn down the role of Elizabeth in Paint Your Wagon (1969) with Clint Eastwood, due to illness. Jean Seberg replaced her. Father: Louis Rigg. Mother: Beryl Helliwell. Her ex-husband, Archibald Stirling, is the nephew of Colonel Sir David Stirling, founder of the Special Air Service (SAS).

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. A savage review from John Simon for her performance in "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 $63,832 and $134,000 in court expenses in her libel suit against Britain's "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 her performances in both "Britannicus" and "Phèdre.". 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. (She learned 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. Was forced to turn down the role of Elizabeth in Paint Your Wagon (1969) with Clint Eastwood, due to illness. Jean Seberg replaced her. Father: Louis Rigg. Mother: Beryl Helliwell. Her ex-husband, Archibald Stirling, is the nephew of Colonel Sir David Stirling, founder of the Special Air Service (SAS).

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 60

Birthday 1938-07-20

Place of Birth Doncaster, Yorkshire, England, UK

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Also Known As

  • Dame Diana Rigg

Acting TV ShowsMovies

The American as Madame de Bellegarde
2017 A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong as Aunt Diana
2017 Breathe as Lady Neville
2016 Victoria(8 episodes) as Duchess of Buccleuch
2015 Professor Branestawm Returns as Lady Pagwell
2015 The Honourable Rebel as the narrator
2014 Detectorists(6 episodes) as Veronica
2011 Game of Thrones(18 episodes) as Olenna Tyrell
2006 The Painted Veil as Mother Superior
2005 Extras(1 episode)
2005 Doctor Who(1 episode) as Mrs. Gillyflower
2003 Charles II: The Power and The Passion(1 episode) as Queen Henrietta Maria
2003 Broadway: The Golden Age as Herself
2002 Bond Girls Are Forever as Tracy Di Vicenzo (archive footage)
2001 Victoria & Albert as Baroness Lehzen
2001 Murder in Mind(1 episode) as Jill Craig
2000 In the Beginning(2 episodes) as Mature Rebeccah
1999 Parting Shots as Lisa
1998 The Mrs Bradley Mysteries(5 episodes)
1997 Rebecca(2 episodes) as Mrs. Danvers
1996 Samson and Delilah as Mara
1996 The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders as Mrs. Golightly
1995 The Haunting of Helen Walker as Mrs. Grose
1995 Zoya as Evgenia
1994 A Good Man in Africa as Chloe Fanshawe
1994 Running Delilah as Judith
1994 Genghis Cohn as Baroness Frieda von Stangel
1992 Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris as Mme. Colbert
1989 Mother Love(8 episodes) as Helena Vesey
1987 A Hazard of Hearts as Lady Harriet Vulcan
1987 Snow White as Evil Queen
1986 The Worst Witch as Constance Hardbroom
1985 Bleak House(8 episodes) as Lady Honoria Dedlock
1983 Affairs of the Heart(6 episodes) as Grace Gracedew
1983 King Lear as Regan
1982 Witness for the Prosecution as Christine Vole
1982 Little Eyolf as Rita Allmers
1982 Wogan(4 episodes) as Herself
1982 Wogan(1 episode)
1982 Evil Under the Sun as Arlena Stuart Marshall
1982 The Making of Agatha Christie's 'Evil Under the Sun' as Herself / Arlena Stuart Marshall
1981 The Great Muppet Caper as Lady Holiday
1981 Hedda Gabler as Hedda Gabler
1977 A Little Night Music as Charlotte Mittelheim
1977 Three Piece Suite(1 episode)
1977 Three Piece Suite
1975 In This House of Brede as Dame Philippa
1973 Diana(15 episodes) as Diana Smythe
1973 Theatre of Blood as Edwina Lionheart
1971 The Hospital as Barbara Drummond
1971 V.I.P. Schaukel(1 episode)
1970 Julius Caesar as Portia
1969 On Her Majesty's Secret Service as Tracy Di Vicenzo
1969 The Assassination Bureau as Sonya Winter
1969 Minikillers
1968 A Midsummer Night's Dream as Helena
1964 The Hothouse as Anita Fender
1963 The Sentimental Agent(1 episode)
1961 The Avengers(50 episodes) as Emma Peel
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame(1 episode)
1947 Tony Awards(1 episode)

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