Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg was born on July 20, 1938, close to Doncaster. She grew up for a short time in India and spoke Hindi as a second language. She returned to the UK to attend a Yorkshire boarding college run by the Moravian church. Rigg enrolled within the Royal Academy of Dramatic Artwork in 1955. One in every of her classmates was Glenda Jackson. She made her skilled debut in a manufacturing of Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle as a part of the 1957 York Competition. Rigg was first seen for her function within the Ronald Millar play Abelard and Heloïse. She was nominated for a Tony Award.
Rigg screen-tested for The Avengers in 1965 after Honor Blackman, who had been taking part in Emma Peel, was forged as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger. Rigg starred in 51 episodes. She additionally had main roles within the movies A Midsummer Evening’s Dream (1968), The Assassination Bureau (1969), and Julius Caesar (1970), which starred Charlton Heston. Rigg was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her function within the 1971 basic satire The Hospital, which was directed by Arthur Hiller, written by Paddy Chayefsky and co-starred George C. Scott.
On tv, Rigg starred within the eponymous NBC sitcom Diana from 1973-74. She starred as Clytemnestra in BBC’s 1979 miniseries adaptation of Sophocles’ Oresteia. In 1981, she starred in an adaptation of Hedda Gabler for English tv. from 1989-2004, she was host of PBS’ Masterpiece Thriller.
Rigg was a member of the Nationwide Theatre Firm on the Previous Vic from 1972 by 75. Rigg performed main roles within the premieres of two Tom Stoppard performs: Jumpers in 1972 and Evening and Day in 1978. She performed Girl Macbeth in 1972, and was Eliza Doolittle in a 1974 revival of Pygmalion. In 2011 she returned to George Bernard Shaw’s timeless basic within the function of Mrs. Higgins. Her final stage look was as Mrs. Higgins within the 2018 revival of My Honest Girl. In 1994, Rigg received a Tony Award for Finest Actress in a Play for Medea. Her different stage work included roles in Bertolt Brecht’s Mom Braveness, Albert Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Tennessee Williams’ All of a sudden, Final Summer season, and a revival of Noel Coward’s Hay Fever.
In 1977, Rigg starred in A Little Evening Music with Elizabeth Taylor. She additionally appeared in The Nice Muppet Caper in 1981. She was the Evil Queen within the 1987 movie Snow White. She additionally performed in Bruce Beresford’s A Good Man in Africa, which starred Sean Connery in 1994, in addition to Parting Photographs (1998), the 2006 romantic drama The Painted Veil and Andy Serkis’ romance Breathe (2017).