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A small website containing information about the actress Diana Rigg and her role as Emma Peel in The Avengers. Pages on Diana Rigg, Diana Rigg gallery, The Avengers TV Series UK & pictures of Emma Peel.

Welcome to EmmaPeel.com
Where feminist icon meets modern day Amazonian

Emma Peel (Click to enlarge)
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Emma, played by Diana Rigg, was the leading female character in the Avengers from 1965-67

She can be categorized as the high kicking, leather sporting sex goddess in the same vein as Catwoman. She may have been the image of true feminism but even at her most seductive, she never sold out. She was smart without being cocky, sexy without being slutty and always an equal. Emma Peel never resorted to the self-deprecating tactics of body piercings, tattoos or four letter words in order to stand on even terms with a man. She relied on wit, charm and an unflappable sense of self. Men wanted her, respected her and if they didn't, they received a karate chop on the back of the neck and were flipped over into the next room - after all, when a girl's dealing with dangerous types, Emma would always look to her best talents.

Some facts about Emma Peel

In the Avengers, Emma's maiden name was Emma Knight. She married test pilot Peter Peel, whose body wasn't immediately found after a plane crash. He was later found alive in the Amazon, giving Emma Peel/Diana Rigg a convenient reason for leaving the series.

Emma had two children, Orange and Lemon, she was nearly 5' 9" tall. Emma was born in the late '30s. Emma became Chairman/woman of her father's corporation aged 21.

Emma was also played by Uma Thurman in 1998

Where two British agents (John Steed and Emma Peel) team up to stop Sir August De Wynter from destroying the world with a weather changing machine.

Fact - The name Emma Peel was a play on the phrase "man appeal" ("m-appeal")

Fact - There was also a punk pop group in the 1990's of the same name - taking their name from the Avengers heroine, New York's Emma Peel were a trashy punk quintet with a certain twanginess that earned them comparisons to the Geraldine Fibbers. Their only album was 1995's Play Emma for Me, released on Sympathy for the Record Industry, which featured several songs from a live gig at CBGB's. The group toured in 1996 and sometimes included former Pain Teens singer Bliss Blood, who never recorded with them owing to their imminent breakup.

Emma Peel - played by Uma Thurman

Emma Peel in the Avengers

Other side kicks to John Steed

Honor Blackman played Cathy Gale from 1962 to 1965, before leaving the show to play Pussy Galore in Goldfinger.

As Steed's third female compatriot, Tara King bent the established rules of the partnership, that is, Tara was clearly in love with Steed. Called Tara-Ra-Boom-Di-Ay by Steed, Tara was much more traditionally feminine than either Emma Peel or Cathy Gale. In fact, while Emma and Cathy were martial arts experts, Tara carried a brick in her purse!

Diana RiggDiana Rigg - The English actress Diana Rigg with access to her biography, Rigg as Emma Peel, pictures of her roles and her private life as dame Diana Rigg.

Diana Rigg GalleryDiana Rigg Gallery - Diana Rigg gallery with pictures and images of Diana Rigg from early in her life, through her acting career and as a mature Dame Diana in the Diana Rigg gallery.

Avengers TV Series UKAvengers TV Series UK - Avengers TV series UK features the early series with Honor Blackman and Diana Rigg as Cathy Gale and Mrs Emma Peel alongside Patrick McNee in the Avengers TV series UK version.

Emma Peel CatsuitEmma Peel Catsuit - Emma Peel Catsuit pictures including her leather catsuit, her catsuit with holes and her early latex Emma Peel catsuit. Links to other catsuit related sites with details of her influence on 1960's fashion.

Emma Peel GalleryEmma Peel Gallery - The Emma Peel gallery contains pictures of Emma Peel played by Diana Rigg from the 1960's BBC Avengers series with links to external Emma Peel gallery images and the Diana Rigg gallery.

Emma Peel LeatherEmma Peel Leather - Details of Emma Peel leather clothes with pictures of the EmmaPeeler leather pants, snakeskin hood, lacey corset with spiked leather collar and other Emma Peel Leather attire from the BBC Avengers series.

Avengers Emma PeelAvengers Emma Peel - Avengers Emma Peel pictures and biography of the Avengers Emma Peel with her address, her motorcars, her pistol and her early life after her father died.

Avengers Comic PeelAvengers Comic Strip - Avengers Comic Peel in newspapers and magazines as comic strips and cameo roles with the Avengers annual and access to online details of dates and the Avengers comic Peel series.

Avengers Peel MovieAvengers Peel Movie - Pictures from the 1998 movie with cast, directorship, overview of the plot and reviews of the Avengers Peel movie. Emma Peel is played by Uma Thurman.

The most relevant links we could find, placed here free

Definitive Diana Rigg - Access to a well written biography and analysis of Emma Peel from the Avengers. theavengers.tv

The Avengers Forever - More details of the Avengers and featuring Emma Peel. www.theavengers.tv

Uma Thurman - An excellent site with details of this popular actress and her role as Emma Peel in the 1998 film update. www.imdb.com

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