Diana Rigg (b.1938)
Dame Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg DBE is one of Britain's leading actresses. She was born in Doncaster to Louis Rigg,a railway engineer, and Beryl Helliwell. Between the ages of two months and eight years, she lived in India where her father was employed as a railroad executive. On returning to Yorkshire she attended the Moravian school in Fulneck, near Pudsey.
Her career in film, television and the theatre has been wide-ranging, including roles in the Royal Shakespeare Company between 1959 and 1964. She is particularly known for her role in the 1960s television series The Avengers as the sexy secret agent Emma Peel.
Her films include On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), The Assassination Bureau (1969), The Hospital (1971), Theatre of Blood (1973) and A Little Night Music (1977). She also appeared as Lady Holiday in the 1981 film The Great Muppet Caper.
Throughout her career she has continued to perform on stage in London. In October 1990 she officially opened The West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds.
Diana Rigg was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1988 and a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1994.
She has been married twice. Her first marriage was to Israeli painter Menhem Gueffen in 1973. They were divorced in 1976. In 1982 Rigg married Scottish laird Archie Stirling. They had one daughter and were divorced in 1990.