Diana Rigg leaves £ 3million fortune to actress daughter Rachael Stirling – and £ 5,000 to beautician
Avengers star Dame Diana Rigg bequeathed Â£ 3million of her fortune to actress daughter Rachel Stirling – and a Â£ 5,000 gift to a beautician at her local nail salon.
Dame Diana rose to fame in the 1960s and 1970s after playing the role of leather-clad Emma Peel in the cult series The Avengers and James Bond’s Cursed Lover in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Most recently, the British actress starred as the ruthless matriarch Lady Olenna Tyrell on HBO’s Game of Thrones, although she admitted she had never watched an episode of the hit series.
Described as a “fearless and fearless force of nature,” Rigg died following a short battle with cancer in September 2020, at the age of 82.
In a will signed days before her death, she bequeathed most of her fortune, including properties in France and the United States, to her daughter Rachael Stirling, 44.
The estate was disclosed at a value of Â£ 3,368,886.
Rigg looks fabulous as she posed on the pink carpet ahead of the Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony in April 2019
Rigg and his co-star George Lazenby in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Dame Diana poses alongside co-star Patrick Macnee on the set of The Avengers, a series that saw her rise to fame
Rigg alongside his co-star Patrick Mcnee in the hit television series The Avengers in 1966
Rachael’s father is a theater director and former Scots Guards officer Archibald Stirling, Dame Diana’s second husband.
Following in her mother’s footsteps, Ms. Stirling has also forged a successful acting career.
She has appeared in numerous stage and screen dramas including Snow White and the Huntsman, Detectorists, Tipping the Velvet, and Doctor Who.
The TV star, daughter of the Avengers icon, married to Elbow frontman Guy Garvey, inherited her mother’s Â£ 3million fortune
Rachael Stirling, 43, was initially known only to be the daughter of a famous actress. However, she has since gained acclaim with leading roles on stage and on television, most notably the ITV drama Hollington Drive.
Born May 30, 1977, Ms Stirling attended Wycombe Abbey School before earning a BA in Art History from the University of Edinburgh, while also performing with the Edinburgh University Theater Company.
She is married to Elbow frontman Guy Garvey and together they have a son, Jack, born in April 2017.
The actress has appeared in Snow White and the Huntsman, Tipping The Velvet, Detectorists and The Bletchley Circle, among others.
Ms Stirling has been appointed executor of her mother’s will alongside Lady Sarah Keswick, daughter of the Earl of Dalhousie.
In addition to the Â£ 3million fortune for her daughter, Dame Diana also left Â£ 280,500 to relatives and charities.
This included Â£ 50,000 at Great Ormond Street Hospital and St Christopher’s Hospice in south-east London, as well as Â£ 20,000 at Earl’s Court Youth Club.
Other financial donations included Â£ 5,000 to ‘Jessica of the Nail Gallery at 300 Fulham Road, London’ and Â£ 500 to the Other Club – a catering company founded by Winston Churchill in 2011 that meets at the Savoy Hotel.
Dame Diana, who lived in Cornwall Gardens, West London, also requested that Â£ 500 from her be used to “provide wine at the next gathering after I die and to be recognized on the menu but not gate”.
Born in Yorkshire, she spent part of her childhood in India before embarking on a career as an actress in television, film and on stage after training at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
She won the Bafta, Emmy and Tony Awards and was acclaimed around the world for her role as Bond girl Tray di Vicenzo – becoming the second Bond girl to marry 007.
Rigg was appointed lady in 1994 for her drama services.
She worked with Rachael on the 2014 BBC comedy series The Detectorists, playing a mother and daughter on the series.
Ms Stirling paid tribute to her mother last year with a touching photo of the couple in their youth.
She wrote: âMy beautiful and beautiful, beloved and brilliant mom. I already miss you. X ‘
Ms Stirling shared a touching photo of herself and her mother Diana Rigg, paying tribute to her “Beloved beautiful and courageous mum”
The Nail Gallery at 300 Fulham Road, West London, where Dame Diana left a Â£ 5,000 gift for a beautician named ‘Jessica’
Rachael Stirling and Guy Garvey attend the European premiere of “Last Night in Soho” at the Royal Festival Hall in London on October 9
Paying tribute after her death, Jonathan Kent, who directed Dame Diana in Medea, said: âHer combination of strength of personality, beauty, courage and sheer emotional power, made her a great classic actress – l ‘one of an amazing generation of British performing artists.’
Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli remembered Dame Diana for playing the role of the only woman to marry 007.
They said: âWe are very sad to learn of the passing of Dame Diana Rigg, the legendary stage and film actress who was beloved by Bond fans for her memorable performance as Tracy di Vicenzo in On the Secret Service of Her Majesty, the only woman to have married James Bond.
“Our love and thoughts are with his family and friends during these sad times.”