Diana Rigg, star of James Bond and Game of Thrones, has died aged 82.
“She died peacefully early this morning,” her agent said. “She was at home with her family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time.”
She died after a secret battle with cancer, which was diagnosed back in March.
Her agent shared the news in a statement released on Thursday, saying: “It is with tremendous sadness that we announce that Dame Diana Rigg died peacefully early this morning.
“She was at home with her family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time. Dame Diana was an icon of theatre, film, and television.
“She was the recipient of Bafta, Emmy, Tony and Evening Standard Awards for her work on stage and screen.
“Dame Diana was a much loved and admired member of her profession, a force of nature who loved her work and her fellow actors. She will be greatly missed.”
Her daughter Rachael Stirling paid tribute to her in an emotional statement.
“My Beloved Ma died peacefully in her sleep early this morning, at home, surrounded by family.
“She died of cancer diagnosed in March, and 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.”
The iconic actress is known for her roles in Game Of Thrones, TV series The Avengers and James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
She was made a Dame in the 1994 Birthday Honours for her services to drama.
Diana’s most popular recent role was as Olenna Tyrell in Game Of Thrones, which she held from 2013 until 2017.
The character was killed off by Jaime Lannister in season seven.
Born in Doncaster in 1938, Diana started her career in theatre with roles in Royal Shakespeare Company productions in the early sixties.
From 1961 to 1969 she played secret agent Emma Peel in 51 episodes of The Avengers. She became a Bond girl in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service opposite George Lazenby. The star played Tracy Bond, James Bond’s only wife. But the character died just moments after the wedding.
Her most recent film role is in Last Night in Soho, which will be released next year.
She won an Emmy for her role as Mrs Danvers in a TV adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca and gained an Emmy nomination for her role as Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones.