Born 20 July 1938 in Doncaster, England, Diana Rigg was
transplanted to India at the age of two months when her
father, a railroad construction engineer, moved the family
there for seven years (where she learned to speak Hindi).
Returning to Yorkshire, she graduated from Fulneck Girls
School in Pudsey and was promptly accepted by the Royal
Academy of Dramatic Art, although she frequently butted
heads with the faculty and was nearly kicked out. While
highly successful at the Royal Shakespeare Company, she
was starving on the meager pay, and started moonlighting
on television shows. An appearance on Armchair Theatre ("The
Hothouse") indirectly led to her world-famous role
as Mrs. Emma Peel.
Voted #1 in TV Guide's "Top Ten Hottest Stars of All
Time" (7 August 1999), Ms. Rigg started her acting
career early, appearing in a school play of "Goldilocks"
at the age of thirteen, and thereafter expressed a preference
for the stage. By the time she was 22 she had been a clerk,
a telephonist, and a fashion model. Named Commander of the
Order of the British Empire in 1987 and made a Dame in 1994,
she has received honorary doctorates from Stirling University
and from the University of Leeds.
Diana's father was Louis Rigg, her mother Beryl Helliwell.
She has a brother, Hugh, an officer in the R.A.F., four
years her elder. She married Menachem Gueffen, an artist,
on 6 July 1973 in London, and divorced on 3 September 1976.
Her daugher Rachael Atlanta Stirling was born 30 May 1977.
She then married Archibald Hugh Stirling, a theatrical producer
and Scottish laird (full title: Archibald Stirling of Keir)
on 25 March 1982 in New York, and divorced in 1990.
Her daughter Rachael Atlanta Stirling graduated from University
of Edinburgh and now works as an actress. Filmography includes
Still Crazy, on video. Interviews with Rachael can
be found in the Sunday - Times UK 3 October 1999 and the
London Evening Standard, 7 March 2000. Earlier she swore
she'd never step into a catsuit, but has lately commented
she might be coerced. She is 1/2-inch taller than her mother,
who is 5 feet, 8-1/2 inches, and they both smoke Marlboro