London: Stars of stage and screen on Thursday paid tribute to Diana Rigg, the award-winning British actress who shot to fame in the 1960s television series The Avengers and won new fans in Game Of Thrones, after her death aged 82.
Diana Rigg, who won Emmy, Tony and Bafta awards during her lengthy career on both sides of the Atlantic, died six months after being diagnosed with cancer. Simon Beresford, her agent, said in a statement that she had died "peacefully" early on Thursday morning at home with her family, who had asked for privacy.
"Dame Diana was a much loved and admired member of her profession, a force of nature who loved her work and her fellow actors," he added. "She will be greatly missed." Diana Rigg's daughter, the actress Rachael Stirling, said her mother had "spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession. "I will miss her beyond words," she added.