Elbow singer's tribute to 'amazing lady' mother-in-law, Doncaster actress Diana Rigg

The lead singer of rock band Elbow has paid tribute to his ‘amazing lady' mother in law, Doncaster actress Dame Diana Rigg after her death.

Tuesday, 22nd September 2020, 9:11 am
Guy Garvey has paid tribute to his mother in law, Doncaster actress Dame Diana Rigg.

Guy Garvey, whose actress partner Rachael Stirling is Dame Diana’s daughter, devoted his weekend BBC Radio 6 music show to his famed mother-in-law, playing music in her memory and reading out anecdotes about her career.

Dame Diana, famous for roles including Emma Peel in TV series The Avengers and Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones, died on September 10 at the age of 82 following a battle with cancer.After his show, Garvey thanked listeners and tweeted: “Thanks everyone. She was an amazing lady. Just like her daughter. X”

Dame Diana, who was born in Doncaster in 1938, is also known for playing Tracy, the only woman who became Mrs James Bond, in 1969 film On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

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She played the Duchess of Buccleuch in ITV royal drama Victoria and can currently be seen playing Mrs Pumphrey in Channel 5's new adaptation of All Creatures Great and Small.

Earlier this month her daughter said: "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."

Dame Diana spent her childhood growing up in India before returning to England and launching her acting career, making her television breakthrough as 60s sex symbol Emma Peel, her skintight catsuit making her an instantly recognisable star.