Since bursting onto TV screens in the 1960s as Mrs Peel, she’s been an inspirational role model across the world.
During an era when women were expected to defer to the superiority of men, Emma Peel proved an equal, or a superior, frequently outwitting them intellectually and beating them physically – Diana Rigg even made the record books as the first female to use the martial art Karate on television.
Alongside her impressive film and TV appearances, she’s had a distinguished theatre career of performances filled with strong female roles, including her award-winning turns in “Medea” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”.
The only “Bond Girl” strong-minded enough to marry James Bond, she continues to portray women who know their own mind as the fierce Lady Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones.
Art & Hue had the pleasure of meeting Diana Rigg in October 2015 when the BFI invited Art & Hue to install a pop-up exhibition of The Avengers pop art to coincide with a screening of “The House That Jack Built” followed by an on-stage interview with the actress.
It was great to meet her, present her with the pop art to take with her (which thankfully she loved!), and it’s wonderful to know that she has the pop art in one of her homes (there was a mention of her French home).