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Dame Enid Diana Elizabeth RiggDBE (born 20 July 1938) is an English actress. She is probably best known for her portrayals of Emma Peel in The Avengers and Countess Teresa di Vicenzo in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. She is considered a sex symbol and an icon of 1960s feminism.


FilmographyEdit

[edit]FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1968 A Midsummer Night's Dream Helena
1969 Mini-Killers Short film
1969 The Assassination Bureau Sonya Winter
1969 On Her Majesty's Secret Service Tracy
1970 Julius Caesar Portia
1971 The Hospital Barbara Drummond
1973 Theatre of Blood Edwina Lionheart
1977 A Little Night Music Charlotte Mittelheim
1981 The Great Muppet Caper Lady Holiday
1982 Evil Under the Sun Arlena Marshall
1987 Snow White Evil Queen
1994 A Good Man in Africa Chloe Fanshawe
1998 Parting Shots Lisa
2005 Heidi Grandmamma
2006 The Painted Veil Mother Superior

[edit]TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1959 A Midsummer Night's Dream Bit part TV film
1963 The Sentimental Agent Francy Wilde Episode: "A Very Desirable Plot"
1964 Festival Adriana Episode: "The Comedy of Errors"
1964 Armchair Theatre Anita Fender Episode: "The Hothouse"
1965 ITV Play of the Week Bianca Episode: "Women Beware Women"
1965-1968 The Avengers Emma Peel Main role (51 episodes)
1970 ITV Saturday Night Theatre Liz Jardine Episode: "Married Alive"
1973-1974 Diana Diana Smythe Main role (15 episodes)
1974 Affairs of the Heart Grace Gracedew Episode: "Grace"
1975 In This House of Brede Philippa TV film
1977 Three Piece Suite Various Regular role (6 episodes)
1979 Oresteia Clytemnestra TV miniseries
1980 The Marquise Eloise TV film
1981 Hedda Gabler Hedda Gabler TV film
1982 BBC Play of the Month Rita Allmers Episode: "Little Eyolf"
1982 Witness for the Prosecution Christine Vole TV film
1983 King Lear Regan TV film
1985 Masterpiece Theatre: Bleak House Lady Honoria Dedlock TV miniseries
1986 The Worst Witch Miss Constance Hardbroom TV film
1987 A Hazard of Hearts Lady Harriet Vulcan TV film
1989 The Play on One Lydia Episode: "Unexplained Laughter"
1989 Mother Love Helena Vesey TV miniseries
1992 Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris Mme. Colbert TV film
1993 Road to Avonlea Lady Blackwell Episode: "The Disappearance"
1993 Running Delilah Judith TV film
1993 Screen Two Baroness Frieda von Stangel Episode: "Genghis Cohn"
1995 Zoya Evgenia TV film
1995 The Haunting of Helen Walker Mrs. Grose TV film
1996 The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders Mrs. Golightly TV film
1996 Samson and Delilah Mara TV film
1997 Rebecca Mrs. Danvers TV miniseries
1998 The American Madame de Bellegarde TV film
1998-2000 The Mrs Bradley Mysteries Mrs. Adela Bradley Main role
2000 In the Beginning Mature Rebeccah TV film
2001 Victoria & Albert Baroness Lehzen TV miniseries
2003 Murder in Mind Jill Craig Episode: "Suicide"
2003 Charles II: The Power and the Passion Queen Henrietta Maria TV miniseries
2013 Game of Thrones Lady Olenna Tyrell Episodes: "Dark Wings, Dark Words", "And Now His Watch Is Ended"
2013 Doctor Who Winifred Gillyflower Episode: "The Crimson Horror"

[edit]TheatreEdit

List of selected theatre credits
Year Title Role Notes
1966 Twelfth Night Viola Royal Shakespeare Company
1971 Abelard and Heloise Heloise
1974 Pygmalion Elisa Albery Theatre, London
1975 Night and Day Ruth Phoenix Theatre, London
1975 The Misanthrope Célimène
1982 Colette Colette US national tour
1983 Heartbreak House Lady Ariadne Utterword Theatre Royal Haymarket, London
1985 Little Eyolf Rita Lyric Theatre, London
1985 Antony and Cleopatra Cleopatra Chichester Festival Theatre, UK
1986 Wildfire Bess Theatre Royal, Bath & Phoenix Theatre, London
1987 Follies Phyllis Shaftesbury Theatre, London
1990 Love Letters Melissa Stage Door Theatre, San Francisco
1992 Putting It Together Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford
1992 Berlin Bertie Rosa Royal Court Theatre, London
1994 Medea Medea
1998 Phaedra Phaedra Almeida Theatre, London
1998 Britannicus Agrippa Almedia Theatre, London & New York City
2001 Humble Boy Flora National Theatre, London
2002 The Hollow Crown Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne
2004 Suddenly, Last Summer Violet Albery Theatre, London
2006 Honour Honour Wyndham's Theatre, London
2008 The Cherry Orchard TGanevskya Chichester Festival Theatre, UK

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