Diana Rigg's daughter Rachael Stirling pays emotional tribute to her 'beloved, beautiful mama' as she dies aged 82

Diana Rigg's daughter Rachael Stirling pays emotional tribute to her 'beloved, beautiful mama' as she dies aged 82

DIANA Rigg's daughter Rachael Stirling paid emotional tribute to her mum following her death aged 82.

The 43 year old, who is also an actress, took to her Instagram page last night to share a sweet throwback photo.

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In the snap, Diana is smiling as she tenderly holds her hands to her daughter's face.

Rachael is looking back with adoration in her eyes, with both women sporting matching short brown hairstyles and cosy jumpers.

Grieving Rachael captioned the post: "My Beloved Beautiful Brave and Brilliant Mama.

"Missing you already. X"

She was inundated with support from her followers, who flocked to the comments to share their response to the touching photo.

Sending love, one fan wrote: "One picture is worth a thousand words – the photo says it all.

"Your mother will be deeply missed."

Another added: "A beautiful pic. Really thinking of you. Big love."

A third shared: "So sorry! What an amazing actress, mama, and woman. Take care."

Diana's sad death was announced yesterday, with the former Bond Girl passing away "peacefully" at home surrounded by her family after a secret six-month battle with cancer.

It was Rachael who shared the news in a moving statement, which read: "My Beloved Ma died peacefully in her sleep early this morning, at home, surrounded by family.

"She died of cancer diagnosed in March, and spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession.

"I will miss her beyond words".

Her agent Simon Beresford added: "It is with tremendous sadness that we announce that Dame Diana Rigg died peacefully early this morning.

"She was at home with her family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time. Dame Diana was an icon of theatre, film, and television.

"She was the recipient of Bafta, Emmy, Tony and Evening Standard Awards for her work on stage and screen.

"Dame Diana was a much loved and admired member of her profession, a force of nature who loved her work and her fellow actors. She will be greatly missed."

Rigg famously played secret agent Emma Peel in 51 episodes of the Avengers in the 1960s.

She was also the only Bond girl to marry 007 – getting hitched to George Lazenby in Her Majesty's Secret Service.

Later in her career, she appeared in ITV's Victoria and was most recently seen playing Mrs Pumphrey in Channel 5's new adaptation of All Creatures Great and Small.

She also appeared in Game of Thrones as fan-favourite Olenna Tyrell between 2013 to 2017.

Rachael is Diana's only child, who she shares with theatre producer Archibald Stirling – the Laird of the Keir Estate in Stirling, Scotland.

Rachael is married to musician and Elbow frontman Guy Garvey with whom she shares son Jack, who was born in April 2017.

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