Dame Diana Rigg wowed audiences in her final role as Mrs Pumphrey on Channel 5's reboot of All Creatures Great and Small, which aired this week.
The Yorkshire-born actress, who died yesterday aged 82, made her debut on the series as the eccentric, wealthy widow obsessed with her Pekingnese dog Trick-Woo this week's episode.
The former Bond girl will appear during the six episodes that air Tuesdays for the next month. It is based on James Herriott's semi-autobiographical books about his time as a Yorkshire veterinarian.
On Tuesday night, viewers branded the actresses who portrayed the character as "wonderful," "fabulous," "awesome" and "brilliant" when introduced to the lovable elderly lady who called the vet to help if her pooch was about Stomach Problems Stomach problems had his rich diet of trifles and beef Wellington.
Dame Diana Rigg wowed audiences in her final role as Mrs Pumphrey on Channel 5's reboot of All Creatures Great and Small, which aired this week. She is shown in the character
Subsequently, James (Nicholas Ralph), a new assistant to the larger-than-life veterinarian Siegfried Farnon, played by Selfridge star Samuel West, picks up his boss's younger brother Tristan, who is returning from university.
Tristan, played by Callum Woodhouse (The Durrells), brings James to the home of wealthy widow Mrs. Pumphrey, who is struggling with her extremely spoiled pet, Tricki Woo.
Mrs. Pumphrey is convinced by James and quickly refers to him as "Uncle Herriot".
Then, on behalf of Trick Woo, James is invited to a white tie dance at Mrs Pumphrey's mansion.
Viewers praised Diana's performance as a rich and somewhat unconventional landowner just two days before the news of her death from cancer came.
The former Bond girl will appear during the six episodes that air Tuesdays for the next month and are based on James Herriott's semi-autobiographical books about his time as the Yorkshire Vet. She is pictured with her dog Tricki-Woo
& # 39; Diana Rigg as Mrs. Pumphrey totally fascinated! said one viewer.
"Diana Rigg is excellent," added another.
"Diana Rigg as Mrs. Pumphrey = GENIUS!" said a third.
"It's wonderful to see Diana Rigg as Mrs. Pumphrey!" wrote a fourth.
The British actress made a name for herself on cult TV series The Avengers in 1961 before starring as cutthroat Lady Olenna Tyrell on HBO's Game of Thrones, a show she later admitted she had never seen.
Viewers praised Diana's performance as a rich and somewhat unconventional landowner just two days before the news of her death from cancer came
Her agent confirmed her death, saying Rigg died "peacefully" Thursday morning. She was "at home with her family, who asked for privacy during this difficult time".
Dame Diana started out as a classically trained actress for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her captivating stage performances are said to come from her "fun and lively" personality.
Jonathan Kent, who directed Rigg in a Medea production, said her "combination of personality, beauty, courage and sheer emotional power made her a great classical actress – one of an amazing generation of British stage performers".
All creatures big and small paid tribute to the actress, saying she was "sorely missed" and that they were "deeply saddened".
Samuel West, who plays alongside her on the show, added that Diana is supposed to "live the hell of it all".
The star, who won the Bafta, Emmy and Tony Awards, was also recognized worldwide as Bond girl Tracy di Vicenzo on Her Majesty's Secret Service in 1969, where she was the second Bond girl to marry 007.
Her last hurray was on All Creatures Great and Small, which opened to a debut audience of 3.3 million viewers, making it the most watched show to air on Channel 5 in five years.
The reboot of the 1980s hit takes place amid a huge surge in popularity of shows about rural life. Our Yorkshire Farm follows the real-life dramas of a shepherdess and her nine children and will be the surprise hit of the summer.
Diana Rigg as cutthroat matriarch Oleanna Tyrell on HBO's hit world hit series Game of Thrones, a show she admitted in 2019 that she had never seen
The story is based on the real life experience of James Herriot (real name Alf Wright) and his semi-autobiographical series of books based on his interactions in the Yorkshire Dales.
All Creatures Great and Small's collected works have sold 60 million copies internationally and have never been out of print.
The most famous adaptation originally ran on the BBC from 1978 to 1990 with Christopher Timothy as Dales vet and Robert Hardy as his boss, Siegfried Farnon.
Set in the stunning Yorkshire Dales, the show is broadcast on The Yorkshire Vet, a real-world program through a Skeldale Veterinary Center in Thirsk, North Yorkshire – once the practice of Alf Wight.
Rigg was the second Bond girl to marry 007 when she starred in James Bonds On Her Majesty & # 39; s Secret Service in 1969
The Yorkshire Vet is narrated by Christopher Timothy, who played Herriot in the original series of All Creatures Great and Small, which aired 30 years ago.
In a statement last night, Channel 5 said, “We are terribly sad to hear the news of Lady Diana's death today. She was a stage and screen icon, who last appeared as the lovable and eccentric Mrs. Pumphrey in our adaptation of All Creatures Great and Small.
Sir Colin Callender, Executive Producer of All Creatures Big and Small, added, "Dame Diana is sorely missed in the creative industry and our thoughts at this point are on her friends and family."
& # 39; All of us at Al Creatures Great and Small are broken by the death of Dame Diana Rigg, one of the greats of British acting kings.
“From day one, we wanted Dame Diana to play James Herriot's icon, Mrs. Pumphrey, and we loved it when she said yes.
She accepted the role with ruthless devotion and brought enormous glamor, dignity and self-deprecating wit to the screen. We were very privileged to have worked with her. She will be missed very much. & # 39;
The Yorkshire girl who would later become a big screen star and James Bond's first wife
Dame Diana rose to fame as Emma Peel in the 1960s TV series The Avengers and then as a Bond girl.
But she has also played many Shakespeare roles and has had a long career when she recently appeared as the mighty matriarch Olenna Tyrell in Game Of Thrones.
Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg was born in Doncaster on July 20, 1938.
She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1959.
The actress quickly made a name for herself there with important roles in productions of The Taming Of The Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth and King Lear.
After that she was extremely successful in her role as Emma Peel, the secret service agent in The Avengers with Patrick Macnee.
But Dame Diana was unhappy with the privacy intrusion that came with television, and she also criticized the way she was treated by TV bosses.
She also discovered that she was paid less than a cameraman.
"It was very, very pushy back then because I was instantly recognizable," the actress later told Variety.
"I was grateful to be a success, but there was a price to be paid."
In 1969 she played the Bond girl Tracy in Her Majesty's Secret Service opposite the Bond actor George Lazenby, with whom she had a difficult relationship.
In the 1970s she joined the National Theater, where she starred in Tom Stoppard's Jumpers, The Misanthrope, Pygmalion, Antony And Cleopatra and Stephen Sondheim's Follies.
In a nude scene she played in Abelard And Heloise, she was described by a critic as "built like a brick mausoleum with inadequate buttresses".
As a result, she produced a top-rated book of all time called No Turn Unstoned. It was a best seller.
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