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Diana Rigg

She is more properly known as Dame Diana Rigg, the female equivalent of the title "Sir" when knighted. 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).

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Jul 20, 1938 In Doncaster, Yorkshire, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Story of Seabiscuit 1949-11-12
Latest Project:
Movie Last Night in Soho 2021-10-21
Known For
Poster of The Worst Witch
Poster of Witness for the Prosecution
Poster of Evil Under the Sun
Poster of The Making of Agatha Christie's 'Evil Under the Sun'
Movie Last Night in Soho Ms. Collins 2021-10-21
Movie Breathe Lady Neville 2017-10-13
Movie Mischief at Christmas: Peter Pan Goes Wrong & A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong Aunt Diana/Narrator 2017-12-30
Movie A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong Aunt Diana 2017-12-30
Series Victoria Duchess of Buccleuch 2016-08-28
Movie Professor Branestawm Returns Lady Pagwell 2015-12-24
Series Game of Thrones Olenna Tyrell 2011-04-17
Movie Orphan Unknown 2009-07-24
Movie Dark Harbour Unknown 2009-07-18
Movie The Painted Veil Mother Superior 2006-01-01
Series Extras Unknown 2005-07-21
Movie All About Love Sutton 2005-10-20
Movie Heidi Grandmamma 2005-08-19
Series Charles II: The Power and The Passion Unknown 2003-11-16
Movie Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There Self 2003-01-01
Movie Charles II: The Power & the Passion Queen Henrietta Maria 2003-11-23
Movie Bond Girls Are Forever Tracy Di Vicenzo (archive footage) 2002-11-06
Movie Victoria & Albert Baroness Lehzen 2001-08-26
Movie Unknown 2000-09-15
Series X-Men: Evolution Tracy Di Vicenzo 2000-11-04
Movie In the Beginning Mature Rebeccah 2000-11-12
Series In the Beginning Mature Rebeccah 2000-11-12
Movie Parting Shots Lisa 1999-05-14
Series The Mrs Bradley Mysteries 1998-08-31
Series Rebecca Mrs. Danvers 1997-01-05
Movie Rebecca Mrs. Danvers 1997-01-05
Movie Sansone e Dalila 1996-01-01
Movie Samson and Delilah Mara 1996-12-08
Movie The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders Mrs. Golightly 1996-10-13
Movie Danielle Steel's Zoya Evgenia 1995-09-17
Movie Genghis Cohn Baroness Frieda von Stangel 1994-03-02
Movie Running Delilah Judith 1994-03-22
Movie The World of Jim Henson Lady Holiday (archive footage) 1994-11-23
Movie A Good Man in Africa Chloe Fanshawe 1994-07-14
Movie Radio Flyer Helena Vesey 1992-02-21
Movie Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris Mme. Colbert 1992-12-27
Movie Snow White Evil Queen 1987-05-14
Movie A Hazard of Hearts Lady Harriet Vulcan 1987-12-27
Movie The Worst Witch Constance Hardbroom 1986-10-31
Movie Bleak House Lady Dedlock 1985-01-01
Series Bleak House Lady Honoria Dedlock 1985-04-10
Movie King Lear Regan 1983-04-03
Series Affairs of the Heart Grace Gracedew 1983-08-23
Movie The Making of Agatha Christie's 'Evil Under the Sun' Herself / Arlena Stuart Marshall 1982-01-01
Movie Evil Under the Sun Arlena Stuart Marshall 1982-03-05
Movie Little Eyolf Rita Allmers 1982-07-19
Series Wogan Unknown 1982-05-04
Movie Witness for the Prosecution Christine Vole 1982-12-04
Movie Hedda Gabler Hedda Gabler 1981-03-03
Movie The Great Muppet Caper Lady Holiday 1981-06-26
Movie Atlantic City Unknown 1980-09-03
Movie Three Piece Suite 1977-01-01
Movie A Little Night Music Charlotte Mittelheim 1977-12-01
Movie Jumpin' at the Bedside Diana Smythe 1976-01-28
Movie In This House of Brede Dame Philippa 1975-02-27
Movie Theatre of Blood Edwina Lionheart 1973-03-16
Movie The Hospital Barbara Drummond 1971-12-14
Movie Minikillers 1969-01-03
Movie The Assassination Bureau Sonya Winter 1969-03-09
Movie A Midsummer Night's Dream Helena 1968-09-30
Movie The Hothouse Anita Fender 1964-12-13
Series The Avengers Emma Peel 1961-01-07
Series Tony Awards Unknown 1956-04-01
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Movie The Story of Seabiscuit Veronica 1949-11-12