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Emma PeelEmma Peel - 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.

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.

Dame Diana Rigg DBE (born 20 July 1938)

born Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg she is an English actress.

Diana Rigg, Diana as Emma Peel (Click to enlarge)

Diana was born in the South Yorkshire town of Doncaster, to Beryl Helliwell and Louis Rigg, a newspaperman who had been born in Yorkshire. She lived in India between the ages of two and eight and then went to school at Fulneck in Leeds.

Much of her biography is contained at Diana Rigg Biography - which describes her early life, training at R.A.D.A. acting career in Royal Shakespeare her OBE and Dame Diana with some family details.

In her private life

She lived with Philip Saville for some time, but would not marry him (he was married already). She did marry Menachem Gueffen, an Israeli painter, which lasted from 1973 to 1976 and Archibald Stirling, a theatrical producer, former officer in the Scots Guards and a member of one of Scotland's grandest families, which lasted from 1982 to 1990. By Stirling she has a daughter, Rachael Atlanta Stirling, who was born in 1977 and is also an actress.

You will find pictures of her daughter Rachael at Diana Rigg Gallery - with additional pictures and images of Diana from early in her life, through her acting career and as a mature Dame Diana in the Diana Rigg Gallery.

Diana was created a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1988 and raised to Dame Commander (DBE) in 1994.

Diana Rigg BiographyDiana's Biography - - Her early life, training at R.A.D.A. acting career in Royal Shakespeare her OBE and Dame with some family details in the Diana Rigg biography.

Early Diana Rigg RoleEarly Diana Rigg Role - Features some early Diana Rigg roles on stage, TV and movies including her first two plays and a list of early Diana Rigg role appearances from 1959 to 1965 prior to BBC The Avengers TV series.

Dame Diana RiggDame Diana Rigg - Details of Dame Diana's maturing roles and pictures with her daughter Rachel. Her awards and knighthood for services to stage and screen as Dame Diana Rigg.

Diana Rigg InterviewDiana Interview - Contains an early Diana Rigg interview when she was playing Emma Peel with revealing personal details, her likes and dislikes. Also access to other Diana Rigg interviews throughout her career.

Diana Rigg RolesDiana's Roles - Diana Rigg roles, her stage and film career from her 1957 debut to present day with access to full online listings and more on Diana Rigg roles in the TV Avengers.

The most relevant links we could find, placed here free

Wikipedia - more on Diana and her life. en.wikipedia.org

Mindspring - Diana Rigg - summary of her life. www.mindspring.com

She rocked the boat a bit !

She was one of the first in acting to switch between television and stage. This was often criticized by many of her contemporaries in the theatre as a waste of her talents. But in the end, she was a trend setter and many modern actors now do the same.

She was (and occasionally still is) blunt and outspoken. Diana Rigg countered that the television to stage switch was a new challenge for her and refused to be put down. Diana was also outspoken in her personal objection to marriage setting the trend for more modern living. But no matter how much Diana Rigg's character, Emma Peel, personified the new, liberated woman and the evolving feminist movement of the late 60's, Rigg's remarks ground away at the comfort level of conservative, male, television executives. But she has prevailed and is now looked upon with a degree of reverence in the way that she has helped to push the boundaries.

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