The Avengers, Game of Thrones Star Diana Rigg Dies, Aged 82

Diana Rigg, arguably one of the brightest stars in HBO’s Game of Thrones, has sadly passed away this week.

Variety reports that the 82-year-old British actress, who was remembered for her sharp, quip-laden performances as Lady Olenna Tyrell in the fantasy drama series between 2013 – 2017, had died in her home in England. She had been fighting against cancer after being diagnosed in March earlier this year.

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Diana Rigg in The Avengers (1960s)

Aside from Game of Thrones, Diana Rigg was best known for her role as Emma Peel in the espionage series The Avengers (not to be confused with the Marvel Studios movies) between 1965 – 1968, landing two Emmy nominations in the process.

She also played a starring role as Tracy Bond in the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1968, among other works. She also won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in 1972 for her performance in The Hospital (1971).

Rigg is survived by her daughter, the actress Rachael Stirling (Snow White and the Huntsman).

Max von Sydow was another cast member who passed away since the conclusion of Game of Thrones.