Dame Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg, DBE (born 20 July 1938) is an English actress. She is perhaps best known for the role of Emma Peel in the TV series The Avengers, which she appeared in from 1965 to 1968. She has also had an extensive career in the theatre both in Britain and America.
In those days, trousers were appallingly cut for women so I used to go to a gentlemen's tailor to have them made. Nowadays you can look at some quite highly priced clothes and be astonished at how badly they are finished. But then, people don't look for that any more, it's only old bags like me that do. When I need to look smart, I go for Armani because he's just absolutely brilliant at tailoring. I always dress for myself, not men or other women. I'm well aware of them though - you get the sweep of the eye up and down and I think, "You poor thing, are you so competitive that you have to measure yourself against everyone else?" It's so pathetic.
I had an eye job in my early forties. Someone took a photograph of me in a play, after I'd lost a lot of weight, and I did look like Miss Havisham. I thought: "I have to do something - I'm too young to look like this." So I went and had an eyelift once the play was finished, and the doctor said that it would last only about eight years. I imagined after that it would all cave in with a terrible groaning sound, like scaffolding, but it didn't, and I haven't had anything done since. I look at women who are my age who look absolutely ravishing and I know they have had something done. Well, why not?
I didn't like my Bond Girl outfits. The designer was a friend of the directors and I thought they were too boring and middle-aged for my character. The right costumes are essential for getting into a part; I've witnessed many costume parades with grumpy or even weeping actors because they've been put into the wrong thing.
|Song Title||Year Released *||Song Rank|
|Every Day A Little Death||-|
|Why is my verse so barren of new pride||-|
|Every Day A Little Death - Film Version||-|
|Could I Leave You||-|
|Ah But Underneath||-|
|Sonnet CXXX 'My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun...' by William Shakespeare||-|
|You're The Top||-|
|Sonnet LXXVI 'Why is my verse so barren of new pride...' by William Shakespeare||-|
|Why Is My Verse So Barren||-|
|Full Name at Birth||Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg|
|Date of Birth||July 20, 1938|
|Birthplace||Doncaster, Yorkshire, England|
|Height||5' 8½" (174 cm)|
|Eye Color||Brown - Dark|
|Hair Color||Brown - Light|
|Claim to Fame||Mrs. Peel - The Avengers & Evil Under the Sun|