Yesterday (10 September) it was announced that the legendary actress Dame Diana Rigg has died at the age of 82.
"She died peacefully early this morning," her agent confirmed (via BBC News). "She was at home with her family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time."
Dame Diana began her career on stage in the 1950s and went on to star in hit movies and TV series including the James Bond franchise and Game of Thrones.
Her impressive career also featured a 2017 role in popular ITV drama Victoria, as the headstrong and witty Duchess of Buccleuch.
The show's lead Jenna Coleman has shared a touching tribute to her co-star, following the news of her death.
Jenna posted an image to social media showing Dame Diana behind the scenes of filming the ITV period drama, along with other cast members.
"Here is Dame Diana Rigg chilling on the props truck. She knew all the best tricks. Naughty and fearless. Hero and Legend. RIP DDR," she wrote.
Many more tributes have been paid by those who knew and admired Dame Diana.
Funny, feisty, beautiful, intelligent & gifted. A whole generation fell for her when we first saw on screen in The Avengers. It’s the end of an era - and a special life. A sad day. RIP Dame Diana Rigg. https://t.co/2ezhNbVKyT— Gyles Brandreth (@GylesB1) September 10, 2020
"We are very sad to hear of the passing of Dame Diana Rigg, the legendary stage and screen actress who was much beloved by Bond fans for her memorable performance as Tracy di Vicenzo in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the only woman to have married James Bond." pic.twitter.com/nqQCSg35oM— James Bond (@007) September 10, 2020
It was my great joy and privilege to have known Diana Rigg. From three slightly hysterical months at the Old Vic in ‘All About Mother’ to writing The Crimson Horror for Diana and her wonderful daughter Rachael. Flinty, fearless, fabulous. There will never be another. RIP pic.twitter.com/2EGc4MVx0S— Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) September 10, 2020
Dame Diana's daughter, actress Rachael Stirling, said her mother died of cancer, after being diagnosed in March.
"She spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession," Rachael added.
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