Game of Thrones stars mourn death of Diana Rigg, the show's 'true queen'

Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones.
Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones. Photo credit: HBO

Co-stars of British actress Diana Rigg are paying heartfelt tributes on social media after her death at the age of 82.

She came to fame in cult 1960s TV show The Avengers and recently won fans for Game of Thrones, with James Bond and Doctor Who roles along the way. She won numerous Emmy, Tony and BAFTA awards during her long career, with several classical theatre roles as well as the popular TV shows.

Rigg died peacefully at home with her family, the BBC reported her agent as saying.

On Game of Thrones, she played Olenna Tyrell the Queen of Thorns and was responsible for many of the hit fantasy show's most memorable lines.

Tributes are being paid to Rigg from her co-stars on the series, including Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell) hailing her as "the true queen of Westeros".

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who played Jaime Lannister, exclaimed: "She always raised the bar with her incredible talent, intelligence and wit. An absolute joy and honour to work with."

HBO's official Game of Thrones account simply tweeted: "Be a dragon. The realm will always remember Diana Rigg."

Rigg's final film role will be in Edgar Wright's psychological horror Last Night in Soho, which is set for release in April, 2021.