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Diana Rigg
Diana Rigg was born in Yorkshire and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She joined the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford–on–Avon in 1959 and made her mark shortly thereafter in productions of The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, and King Lear.

Following on the heels of a year–long stint as Emma Peel in The Avengers, Rigg joined the National Theatre, where she played Dottie in Tom Stoppard's Jumpers, Celimène in The Misanthrope, Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, and Phaedra in Phaedra Britannica. Rigg also starred in Tom Stoppard's Night and Day, Antony and Cleopatra, Stephen Sondheim's Follies, and won a Tony Award in 1994 for her Broadway performance in the title role of Medea. Her many film credits include: The Hospital, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Little Night Music, Evil Under the Sun, and A Good Man in Africa. In 1988, Rigg was decorated as a Commander of the British Empire and, in 1994, was named Dame Commander of the British Empire.

Dame Diana Rigg has been host of PBS's MYSTERY! since 1989, and counts among her many television credits Hedda Gabler, Witness for the Prosecution, Bleak House, and Mother Love, a WGBH Boston–BBC coproduction which was broadcast on MYSTERY! in 1990. She also starred as Mrs. Danvers in ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre's Rebecca (1997), a performance that earned her the 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries. Rigg also stars in the acclaimed series The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries, which continues next season on MYSTERY!.

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