Diana Rigg dies at age 82. \tShe was known for her roles in 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service,' 'Game of Thrones,' and 'The Avengers.' \tWe explore her legacy in TV and film. By: Ed Gross British actress Diana Rigg, who has entertained generations of television and movie fans through her portrayals of Emma Peel on TV\u2019s The Avengers, James Bond\u2019s only on-screen wife in 1969\u2019s On Her Majesty\u2019s Secret Service and Olenna Tyrell on HBO\u2019s Game of Thrones \u2014 among many others \u2014\u00a0has died at the age of 82. Born July 20, 1938, in Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, she debuted professionally in a 1957 stage production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, becoming a part of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1959. Her ensuing stage career (including a Broadway debut in 1971\u2019s Abeland & Heloise, was extensive, ranging from 1964\u2019s King Lear to 2018\u2019s My Fair Lady. Remembering the legacy of Diana Rigg Beyond the stage, she made a name for herself on British television, beginning with the 1959 movie A Midsummer Night\u2019s Dream to the still-to-come Black Narcissus. Where she really caught the eye of the mainstream audience, though, was as secret agent Emma Peel, co-starring alongside Patrick Macnee in the campy spy drama The Avengers (which had nothing to do with Iron Man, Captain America or any of those guys). She was a part of that show from 1965 to 1968 and a total of 51 episodes. RELATED: Iconic Bond Girls: Then And Now She has said that she loved working with Patrick on it (\u201cWe sparked\u201d), but the show also saw her fighting for pay equality at a time when women didn\u2019t do that. \u201cThat was my first battle with male authority,\u201d she told Variety. \u201cI discovered after a while in The Avengers that I was earning less than the cameraman. made a bit of a song and dance about it and demanded more. I was ahead of the game, in that respect, because nobody backed me up. There was no sisterhood. In those days, you were on your own.\u201d Happily, it worked out for her. Continuing her legacy in film and TV Diana made her big-screen debut in A Midsummer Night\u2019s Dream (1968) but found herself in the media spotlight in a whole new way when she co-starred in the sixth James Bond movie, On Her Majesty\u2019s Secret Service. It was the first 007 movie not to star Sean Connery, with Australian model turned actor George Lazenby assuming the role for that one film, and it was far more dramatic than the formula the previous films had evolved into. Additionally, it represented the first time that Bond truly fell in love, marrying Diana\u2019s Teresa \u201cTracy\u201d di Vicenzo, who, at film\u2019s end, would be shot in the head by one of his enemies. A shocking turn of events. As she commented to the AVclub, \u201cUnlike most Bond heroines, she had a touch of melancholy about her. She was much more substantial than most.\u201d The kind of characters she loved to portray Besides appearing in many other British shows and TV movies, she starred in the series Diana (1973 to 1974), Three Piece Suite (1977), and The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries. Of course, a whole new generation of fans discovered her over the course of 18 episodes of Game of Thrones as Olenna Tyrell \u2014 a part she absolutely relished. \u201cI love playing bad characters,\u201d she told the BBC. \u201cThey are so much more interesting than good. There are some actors who don\u2019t like to play bad; they like to be liked. I love to be disliked. Olenna had the best lines; they were very kind with their scripts.\u201d Named a "Dame" for her services in the arts In 1994 she was made a \u201cDame\u201d for her services to drama. Through her career she\u2019s been nominated for a wide variety of awards, winning the BAFTA TV Award (1990), Broadcasting Press Guild Award (1990), Evening Standard Award (1992 and 1996), Tony Award (1994), Emmy Award (1997) and Cenneseries (2019). She was married twice, to Menachem Gueffen from 1973 to 1976 and Archie Stirling from 1982 to 1990. She\u2019s the mother of Rachel Stirling.