Dame Diana Rigg – an actress famous for roles in television shows including Game of Thrones and The Avengers, as well as films including On Her Majesty's Secret Service – has passed away, aged 82.
Rigg's family confirmed the news this afternoon, stating that the actress was suffering with cancer.
"My Beloved Ma died peacefully in her sleep early this morning, at home, surrounded by family. I will miss her beyond words," Rigg's daughter Rachael Stirling said today in a statement, after confirming that the actress had been diagnosed with cancer in March.
"She spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession."
Throughout her illustrious career, Rigg received many accolades, including a Best Actress Bafta TV award for Mother Love and a Bafta special award in 2000 for The Avengers, while she was also nominated for nine primetime Emmy awards, winning one in 1997.
Off screen, she also had a successful career on the stage, being nominated for four Tony Awards, winning one in 1994 for her role in the play Medea.
The actress was made a Dame in the 1994 Birthday Honour's List for her services to drama.
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